Please introduce yourself, let us know a little bit about you, and where you are from.

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Hi, Marsha!
Happy to meet you here. :)
The Peace project on Global Dreamers' site is great! I would like to take part with my kids there.Can we?
Keep in touch:)
Rose
Hi Rose,
ABSOLUTELY, we would love to have you on Globaldreamers with your kids and make friends with you.
I am so excited to read this email.
We go back to school on Septemeber 1st and you can contact me through my email so I can send you some things about us. It is gorenmm@gmail.com or gorenmm@zahav.net.il
I look forward to hearing from you again.
Marsha
:-)
Hi Everyone. Bobby Kennedy from Denver, Colorado. I have worked at Buffalo Trail Elementary with 2nd and 3rd graders for four years. Before that I lived in New York and Boulder, Colorado. I am loving exploring all of the new possibilities for using technology in the classroom. Students and families are really jumping on board.

I am very passionate about teaching kids respect for the environment, and to give them a focus on altruism and community service. We would love to connect with other teachers with ideas for how to promote these ideas in the classroom. Glad to be here!
I'm Janet Barnstable. I've worked with Marsha in Global Dreamers for many years and my students (Middle School) and I have had very positive experiences. We've also worked together on Global Virtual Classroom, which, now that I've retired from teaching, fills my life. I've just become the program director.

Between these two programs there is something for everyone. Global Dreamers lets you pick and choose your level of involvement, without pressure or time constraints. (Well, hardly any.) Global Virtual Classroom can vary from the less intense Clubhouse program to the very intense Contest which runs annually from the end of Sept to the end of March.

Best of all, whether it's Global Dreamers or Global Virtual Classroom, this is all aimed at connecting kids and classrooms around the world to promote global understanding -- and on the side increases kid's AND teacher's tech skills.
Janet, do your students also use social-networking tools (such as Facebook, Twitter, or blogs) as a part of these cross-cultural programs?
Darlene,
We've used Facebook with one of our GVC teams, but that could only be accessed by the students from home. The REAL problem with collaboration is that many districts (including the one I just retired from) BLOCK these networks... instead of allowing teachers to teach, they just restrict.

With GVC (that I now direct) we've been using Nicenet for student 'chat rooms'. Needless to say, if you know Nicenet, it's nice, but not enough for good interaction.

We do also use Skype where time differences allow.
Janet, thanks so much for replying.

I'm writing an article this week for Teaching Tolerance (a publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center) on ways that teachers are using social-networking tools to promote tolerance and social justice. The program you're involved in sounds like a great one to describe. In addition, part of this story is the blocking of a lot of these tools by school districts -- and how some teachers have gotten around that. Your thoughts on how these tools contribute to collaborative learning would also be very valuable. And Skype -- yes -- that's another tool we can include.

If you'd be interested in being part of this story, I can be reached at koenigeducation@verizon.net. Thank you!
EVERY educator should learn about Teaching Tolerance. I've subscribed to it for years before it also went online. Have used many of the activities with students and recommend everyone become aware of this publication!

Will contact you via email.
Hi everyone. I am John Parker in St Louis MO. I am a former and future (got to love this economy) middle school Teacher, social studies.
Hi John,
I am Marsha from Globaldreamers Israel and our share may interest you and your kids with many different activities from different countries.
I invite you to look at it and let me know what you think, you are welcome to use anything from our site.
We as educators have the power to share knowledge and that is awesome.
Marsha
Hello Aleksandra,
To everyone who reads about this phenomenal educator Aleksandra and her kids are outstanding global partners and I invite all of you to see her work on our Globaldreamers site.

Hope you are enjoying your summer,
Best to you,
Marsha
Hi ,
My name is Carolyn. I am new to this group and to the world of PLN. After joining two other groups, I'm thrilled with all the information available, yet a little overwhelmed. I'm excited about interfacing with this group. I'm a seventh grade intervention specialist, and always trying to find innovative ways to engage my learners. I look forward to our communications.

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