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ERIC Number: EJ781101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Crossing Borders and Building Bridges Using the Internet
Risinger, C. Frederick
Social Education, v71 n7 p380-382 Nov-Dec 2007
Although there are many differences among the nations and cultures of the world, there are also many attributes, beliefs, and aspirations that are common to the world's peoples. Teachers can help their students gain perspective by using the Internet to implement a program for "pen pals"--or paired classrooms and partner schools. The Internet has many advantages over writing letters and using the mail service. Pictures, maps, and other graphics--even videos--can be transmitted instantly to partner classrooms or schools. Entire classes can meet each other and learn about each other's school, community, and culture. Moreover, this "people to people" approach has proved to be quite successful in bridging boundaries, not just across oceans and continents, but between schools, neighborhoods, and groups across the United States. There are many resources on the Internet that can help teachers link their students, their class, even their entire school with students across town, across the country, or in nations across the world. In this article, the author discusses several free websites that have a history of linking teachers and students together effectively and have Internet safeguards.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States