New technologies and social media have, for the first time in history, offer an unlimited number of teachers and students of all ages and economic backgrounds to develop relationships with one another and promote empathy, respect, prosperity and security across international borders in a way that has never been done before. “Exchange 2.0” isn’t dependent upon travel costs, real-time language immersion, face-to-face interaction, host families, culture shock or other traditional aspects of studying abroad. The challenge is to make the Exchange 2.0 experience as transformative as a study abroad program, especially for disadvantaged youth, young children, teachers and students with disabilities and others for whom international travel is a barrier to engaging with their peers around the world. What new technologies and social media tools are best suited to support Exchange 2.0?
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