Exchange 2.0

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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    Michael Simkins

    How is this idea different from "Connecting Classrooms Internationally??

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    dpotter_iEARN ( Idea Submitter )

    Hi Michael,

    Slightly different emphasis and approach to use of technologies and social media: "Exchange 2.0" is the evolution of the traditional student and teacher exchange program, which are geared toward individual transformation. "Connecting Classroom Globally" is less personal and more geared toward how we can support entire schools, classrooms and groups to collaborate with partners abroad.

    Definitely, lots of potential overlap.

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    Michael Simkins

    OK, that makes sense. After I wrote my previous comment I was thinking about student exchange programs and that perhaps your suggestion related to them. When I was in high school, I was a finalist for "AFS." Rules at the time prevented me from going abroad because I was taking a medication—antibiotics for my acne! The rationale was that AFS could not guarantee that students would be able to get the medicine they needed at any foreign assignment. Education 2.0 could have offered me a way to participate at least to some degree, though I don't think a virtual experience is the same as a real one.

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    dpotter_iEARN ( Idea Submitter )

    True, a virtual exchange is not the same as a physical exchange, so replication of any specific study abroad experience, like sharing meals with your host family, for example, shouldn't be the goal. New technologies allow, however, pretty amazing interaction, like these Kindergarten classes using Twitter to connect. Imagine how empathetic kids who have this type of experience at 4,5,6 years old will be when they become adults.

    Future is bright.

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