ERIC Number: EJ762442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Panettieri, Joseph C.
T.H.E. Journal, v33 n6 p20 Jan 2006
This article describes a program linking American and Japanese schools that reveals the ability of international collaborative projects to knock down traditional barriers to learning. At Callisburg Independent School District, located 70 miles north of Dallas, near the border of Texas and Oklahoma, students are no longer limited by geographical borders. The school participates in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program (JFMFMTP), which began in August 2005, and is designed to foster international collaboration and education. The program includes 25 schools in the United States that are paired with 25 schools in Japan. Unlike "pen pal" programs of yesteryear, the JFMFMTP goes far beyond simple information exchanges. The program seeks to accomplish several large goals via online and in-person contact: (1) Expand and enhance the scope of global exploration and communication among primary and secondary school students in Japan and the United States; (2) Encourage increased interaction with and understanding of the natural environment among students in the United States and Japan; (3) Create opportunities to utilize technology in education, so as to encourage online information exchanges between Japanese and American schools; and (4) Increase the understanding of different educational methods by having U.S. and Japanese teachers meet and work together in each other's schools.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Educational Methods, Internet, Student Exchange Programs, International Educational Exchange, Program Effectiveness, Computer Mediated Communication, Teacher Exchange Programs, Case Studies, International Cooperation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas; United States