During April Marsha's class took part in online activities following the explorer, Wave Vidmar, on his journey to the North Pole. (This work has been shared with partners around the world). Here is a question and answer that I think is relevant to our work: Hi Wave, my name is On. We are doing a project, writing to children from around the world on the Internet and in letters. Do you think children can make a difference?
Oh absolutely. You kids today are the future of tomorrow, you are the future of the world. That's why it's important that you always do your best and try your best and be kind to other people and do what you can to make a difference ...
The educational and cultural exchange with Croatia progressed extremely well and a Croatian national newspaper published information about the project and the school in Slavonski Brod. The article said that the work was an excellent example of work between countries with different cultures and traditions.
The academic year ended with emails flooding in from Australia, China, Croatia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, Uzbekistan and the USA.
During the holidays we continued to follow the route of the Olympic Flame, a project initiated by our friends in Greece. Most appropriately the ideals of the Olympic Games tie in with our theme of friendly cooperation. (I have added the item, The Route of the Olympic Flame, to EdNA Online and to the Olympics Theme Page. Education Network Australia)
The New School Year
Throughout the summer holidays students and teachers continued to use the Discussion Board and students from Siberia took the opportunity to try out their English. We had some very interesting conversations covering many topics.
During a visit to the US Marsha was interviewed for Talk of the Town on WATR radio, Waterbury, Connecticut.
At the beginning of September Marsha was invited to become a Jury Member for the Global Junior Challenge in Rome. "Being a juror on the Global Junior Challenge is an honor and a privilege. Peace and tolerance can only be achieved through education and the Internet has the power to bring us all together towards this goal".
Between 15 and 19 November we attended the Global Junior Challenge
in Rome. The visit was a wonderful experience and we hope contact will continue with our new friends and colleagues.
Much of the communication between the schools transferred to the Discussion Board. Subjects under discussion included the siege at Beslan, the tsunami in Southeast Asia, and the destruction of a village by landslide on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.
Activities such as quizzes have been added to the case study. It is hoped that not only will students test the knowledge they have gained from the project, but that others will be able to see the variety of things that can be learned through global communication, systematically documented and backed by the WIZ Linking the World
Conclusion of the Case Study
Many teachers in the case study have used global communication as an aid to teaching English as a second language. Others incorporate global communication into a variety of school subjects. World InfoZone aims to provide education in its widest sense for all ages. Whatever the undertaking, we have all learned from each other. Not only have we gained knowledge but there has been a transfer of skills such as teaching methods and information presentation. We have found that the ability to communicate quickly and easily with people from all parts of the world has made an enormous difference to our understanding of one another and the world in which we live.
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