iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization, made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries, that works to connect classroom learning with real world issues, and to work collaboratively to find solutions to these issues.
iEARN’s vision: To enable young people to undertake projects designed to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people.
iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students have been engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.
What are the benefits of iEARN?
- iEARN offers the opportunity to join a global community of educators and students who share the vision that Internet-based collaboration can both enhance learning and improve the quality of life on the planet.
- iEARN enables youth and teachers to communicate and work together with others locally and internationally, using the Internet to enhance learning and make a difference in their own communities and around the world.
- iEARN projects are teacher designed and student driven
- iEARN promotes interactivity, not passivity: students receive feedback from other students, motivating them to continue the dialogue and learning
In March 2008 ROTA became the representative of iEARN in Qatar. Since then, more than 400 teachers from 80+ schools in Qatar has attended ROTA’s iEARN workshops, and participated in a variety of iEARN projects with their students.
Educators also have an opportunity to join the ROTA Knowledge Network for professional development to enable them to integrate internet technologies and project-based learning into their curriculum.
ROTA organizes an Open House every June to give students and teachers the chance to display their work and achievements and showcase their iEARN projects for the school year.
What are the benefits of iEARN-Qatar?
- Participation in the iEARN Global community of educators and students collaborating online through the iEARN Collaboration Center.
- Online collaborative projects with other iEARN communities around the world.
- Participation in the iEARN-Qatar community of educators through the Knowledge Network.
- Professional development for educators including integration of technology and project-based learning into their curriculum.
Educators in the iEARN-Qatar community collaborate online through the ROTA Knowledge Network platform
What are iEARN Projects?
iEARN projects are designed and facilitated by educators and students worldwide. iEARN projects take on many different forms, but most are rooted in the pedagogy of Project-Based Learning and result in a range of collaborative final “products” or project outcomes that are shared between the participants. These have included magazines, creative writing anthologies, websites, reports to government officials, art exhibits, performances, and many more examples of youth taking action as part of what they are learning in the classroom.
In addition to connecting students’ learning with local issues and meeting specific curriculum needs, every iEARN project should answer the question, “How will this project improve the quality of life on the planet?” This vision and purpose is the glue that holds iEARN together, enabling participants to become global citizens who make a difference by collaborating with their peers around the world.
Characteristics of iEARN projects:
- Curriculum based, and cover all subject areas
- Designed by teachers to suit different student age groups
- Experiential and enjoyable active learning experience for students
- Connected to real life issues
- Encourage global citizenship and leadership
- Flexible yet structured
- Enhance students’ language skills
- Arouse civil awareness and responsibility
All projects in iEARN are designed by teachers and students, and provide powerful examples of how technology can make a difference in teaching and learning.