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Janet Barnstable
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  • Addison, IL
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Global Virtual Classroom

The Global Virtual Classroom (GVC) is a collection of free, online educational activities and resources.  It aims to complement the efforts of governments…Continue

Tags: Internet, primary, secondary, web, global

Started Sep 14, 2010


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Janet Barnstable
About Me:
Forty eight years teaching K-8; retired June 2010; Program Manager currently for Global Virtual Classroom, sponsored by Give Something Back International Foundation.
Interest in Flat Connections
Spread the word of the GVC program.

What is GVC?

The Global Virtual Classroom (GVC) is a collection of free, online educational activities and resources. It aims to complement the efforts of governments and educators around the world to integrate technology into their classrooms and curricula and to link their schools to the Internet in educationally productive ways.

The GVC vision is to empower, enable and connect students around the world using Internet technology. It provides students with a stimulating, positive and enjoyable environment along with the opportunity to develop skills that are essential in the 21st century: cross-cultural communication, collaboration through teamwork, information technology and website design.

The major projects of the GVC are the annual Contest and the Clubhouse Program. During the Contest, teams from schools from around the world compete in an effort to build websites that best meet contest objectives. Each team is made up of students from schools in different countries working together. The websites are judged on the quality of their content and presentation, effective collaboration, and a focus on helping others through knowledge or activities. The contest runs from October through April, with winners announced and cash prizes awarded in May.

The Clubhouse is a non-competitive flexible program focused on collaborative learning. Projects can include any topics such as: language class exchanges, environmental research, collaborative science projects, and discussion groups. This program can begin at any time and last months or multiple years.

Whether students participate in the GVC contest or the interactive GVC Clubhouse, they will all be “winners” of an expanded worldwide perspective through the broadening experience of the Global Virtual Classroom.

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Global Virtual Classroom Contest registration near an end!

You may be able to win cash prizes for your school.… Continue

Posted on September 25, 2010 at 6:05am

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At 12:12pm on September 13, 2010,
Julie Lindsay
Janet, welcome to our Flat Classrooms educator network. I look forward to reading a blog post from you on this network to update us on the GVC program.


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