Awards

 

2011

AASLiEARN recognized as a Best Website for Teaching and Learning 2011 by the American Association of School Librarians. The American Association of School Librarians is a division of the American Library Association (ALA) that promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. AASL's mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field. 

The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Award honors websites, tools and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The recognized websites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

2009

US Department of State recognizes iEARN schools in its 2009 Doors to Diplomacy program. Co-sponsored by Global SchoolNet, Doors to Diplomacy recognizes the web projects that best teach young people about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Participants, ranging in age from 11 to 18, included 203 student teams from 34 countries. Student peers, educational professionals and a team of Department of State officers reviewed the team projects. iEARN schools receiving recognition include: (Platinum) SMA 1, Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia (Global Connections alumni) (Gold) Public School #2, Rustavi, Georgia (Silver) Eastern Mediterranean College, Cyprus (Honorable Mention) St. Lawrence High School, Mumbai, India; and Public School #5, Rustavi, Georgia. More information about school projects may be found at: http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsndoors/

2008

iEARN-USA Executive Director featured in Edutopia's Daring Dozen 2008. See http://www.edutopia.org/edwin-gragert

2007

Three iEARN educators featured in Edutopia's Global 6 2007! Congratulations to Rosy Aquila (Argentina -- "Pioneer in teaching teachers to use the Internet for online, collaborative projects throughout Argentina"), Tommy Hamaluba (Botswana -- "Founder of the grassroots Eradication of Malaria Project, in which his students educate themselves about malaria and teach their communities in Botswana about prevention.") and Jove Jankulovski (Macedonia -- Builder of bridges between Macedonian and Albanian youth, whose countries have been at odds, using the Internet as a tool to foster collaboration and understanding). See http://www.edutopia.org/daring-dozen-2007 (Use the related links on the right to see the Global 6.)

Council of Foundations, 2007 Critical Impact Award for Innovative and Bold Solutions to Enhance the Common Good Presented to The Copen Family Fund. The Council on Foundations writes, "The Copen Family Fund is recognized for its efforts to encourage world peace through its International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) project. Through iEARN, students and teachers in K-12 schools are connected through the Internet so they can collaborate on projects that make a meaningful difference in the health and welfare of people and the planet across national, religious, political and social borders."

2006

iEARN educators receive 3 of 8 21st Century Global Educators awards. When Global SchoolNet announced its 2006 Online Shared Learning Champions, three of the eight Champions were iEARN participants: Sharon Peters (Montreal, Canada), Judy Huynh (Michigan, USA) and Jove Jankulovski (Bitola, Macedonia).

2005

ChildnetParticipating iEARN Students in Nigeria, Iran and Uzbekistan win ChildNet Awards. Students in Nigeria, Iran, and Uzbekistan will be receiving awards in March from ChildNet International for their work in science/math and humanities projects. We congratulate and celebrate with: 1) Samuel Odofin for his "Biotechnology - the food solution," 2) Maryam Behnoudi's students work in the Math Virtual Learning Circle, and 3) Alisher Navoi School in Uzbekistan. Samuel will be traveling to Jamaica to receive his award! For all the winners see: http://www.childnetacademy.org/winners/

2004

Atlas of DiversityAtlas of Diversity Project Wins AXG Tecnonexo 2004 Prize for Best Iberoamerica Initiative in E-Learning. The Iberoamerica AXG Tecnonexo Prize is the major award for innovative e-learning initiatives in Spanish-speaking countries. ATLAS is a project coordinated by Red TELAR (Argentina) and iEARN-Pangea (Spain) that invites students aged 6-17 and other youth groups to develop content which illustrates "their place" in the world and distinctive features of their own culture, through a multi-media database of 'portraits' (youth work). Selected by the European Union as a Demonstration Project for Latin America and Europe. Until May 2005 over 3000 teachers have been trained by the project and 1150 schools/ youth organisations from 21 countries have participated creating 3350 portraits. http://www.atlasdeladiversidad.net

Global Junior Challenge Awards - November 15-19 - Congratulations to iEARN Teachers and Students in Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Italy, Canada, and Finland! The project of teachers in Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia, "Youth Have a Say Against Terrorism," shared first prize in the category of youth up to 18 years of age, "We the Children" of Canada won an award in the youth up to 15 years of age category, and "ENO - Environment Online" in Finland was awarded as a finalist in the up to 18 years of age category in the Global Junior Challenge Award.

Tech MuseumiEARN-USA is a 2004 Tech Museum Laureate in the Education category. Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, points out “The true winners of these Awards are the many people who stand to benefit from the innovations the Awards are intended to recognize." The Award ceremony will be held on November 10, 2004. (see advertisement placed in Forbes magazine highlighting this award).

Peter Copen Honored. On October 10, 2004, Peter Copen, President of The Copen Family Fund and founder of iEARN was awarded the honor of being a finalist (five out of fifteen nominees) in the field of innovative educational applications of technology by The World Technology Network (www.wtn.net). The WTN awards honor the person in their field doing the work of the greatest likely long-term significance. Peter noted "This is really an award shared by all of the iEARN network. Many people have good innovative ideas, but it is the network of good people who work with tireless commitment around the globe to make these ideas real who are the ones deserving of the awards."

2003

goldman sachs award

iEARN announced as co-recipient (with Sesame Workshop’s Global Grover) of an inaugural Goldman Sachs Foundation Prize for Excellence in International Education in the field of media and technology, established along with the Asia Society to identify effective and replicable models of international education that address concerns about the economic, social, and diplomatic costs of educational isolationism.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO IEARN SIERRA LEONE'S CHILD SOLDIER PROJECT, AND iEARN-MACEDONIA! Both were recognized in the "New to the Net" category of the Cable and Wireless (C&W) Childnet Awards.

2002

IEARN MACEDONIA A FINALIST IN THE STOCKHOLM CHALLENGE 2002! Learn more about their project, "Building Bridges over Borders by using ICT and Project Based Learning" (International Education and Resource Network - Macedonia (iEARN Macedonia) at http://www.imor.org.mk/programmes/bridges/. The winners of the six categories will be announced on the prize-giving ceremony in the Stockholm City Hall on October 10. See all finalist projects at http://www.challenge.stockholm.se/finalists_2002.asp

TEACHERS RECOGNIZED IN 2002 GSN ONLINE SHARED LEARNING AWARD. Teachers who are working with iEARN received a number of honors. Karen Eini, Israel, received the highest award for her Friends and Flags Project http://www.friendsandflags.org. Sylvia Li, Taiwan, (former iEARN-Taiwan Coordinator) and Barry Kramer, USA, were among the 10 finalists. In addition, Karen, Sylvia, Mourad Benali (iEARN-Morocco Coordinator), Yue-Chane Hsing (iEARN teacher in Taiwan), and Mika Vanhanen, (Finland) have all been invited to serve as an International Review Board to judge Cyberfair finalist entries. Congratulations to all! See: http://www.globalschoolnet.org/GSNawards/

SOLAR COOKING PROJECT WINS EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING" AWARD IN 2002 FROM CURRICULUM ASSOCIATES. Grant program open to educators in grades K-8 who are residents of the U.S or Canada. http://www.curriculumassociates.com/cabinet/

iEARN TEACHER IN RUSSIA, NINA KOPTYUG, WINS GIGGLEPOTZ INTERNET EDUCATOR OF THE MONTH AWARD. February, 2002.

2001

2001 STOCKHOLM CHALLENGE AWARDS.Finalists included three iEARN projects - Colouring our Cultures - Jo Tate - Australia, Labs Alive - Jo Tate - Australia, Stop Bullying - Bill Belsey - Canada. Lab's Alive won a Stockholm Challenge Award, with panelists commenting:

"The world of the future will be built by the children of today. So we have the duty to enrich our children with the awareness of the environment and the tools to protect and nurture it. Lab's Alive is certainly at the frontier of efforts to fulfill this noble goal. It has motivated a classroom in Australia to reached across oceans to South America and Africa to involve students in ³hands-on² scientific and environmental activities that make a difference in their communities. Whether the school projects involve protection of endangered species or pest and pollution control, alternative power sources or recycling efforts, the children learn critical thinking, collaboration, and experimentation. The emphasis on sharing of ideas, publication of results, and the search for environmental solutions is a most valuable gift the project is giving to the students across all communities."

iEARN PROJECTS RECOGNIZED AT 2001 CABLE AND WIRELESS INTERNATIONAL CHILDNET AWARDS. The ChildNet awards go to projects that make the Internet a better place for children. iEARN - CANADA was recognized for The Bullying Project, http://www.bullying.org, and The Smile Train - USA was recognized for the Cleft Buddy Project both in the charity/not for profit section, Bela 3rd Grammar School was recognized in the school category, and Maria Monica Dumitru-Nistor in the individual category. Congratulations to all! See http://www.childnet-int.org/awards/press/index.html for more information.

iEARN RECEIVES AWARD IN 2000 GLOBAL YOUTH CHALLENGE. I*EARN, submitted to the Global Junior Challenge http://www.gjc.comune.roma.it/ in Rome (Italy) by the I*EARN-Morocco coordinator, Mourad Benali, was one of the three winners in the category up to 29 years! The judges write, "This project effectively fosters the concept that individuals can make a difference, regardless of age or location. Schools in 88 countries participate in 29 languages. It is a wonderful example of how technology can be used to make a positive impact on the lives of students. " During the two previous days of exhibition, Alenka Makuc , the I*EARN-Slovenia Coordinator, who represented I*EARN projects, wrote that "we showed I*EARN, along with the Learning Circles and the Holocaust Genocide Project (which were also finalists), to more that 3000 students and teachers from Rome and to visitors from India, Canada, USA, Italy, Israel, etc." Congratulations to everyone in I*EARN. It is your wonderful work and dedication that is being recognized!

iEARN TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS ARE FINALISTS IN WIRELESS CHILDNET 2000 AWARDS. In the "schools" section, Petru Dimitru and Duiliu Zamfirescu School in Romania are finalists for the Children's Folk Games Project, and Jo Tate in Australia received a special "individual" award for her work in the school and with iEARN. In addition, Judy Barr's Kindred Project at St Pauls Anglican School in Australia is a "Commended Project."

Highlights by PBS Television Network. The classroom work of iEARN teacher Kristi Rennenbohm Franz was highlighted by the PBS Television network as an example of how a rural community can use the iEARN global network to bridge the digital divide and enhance teaching and learning. Click on "Classrooms" and then on "Voices." iEARN is listed as a key educational resource

1999

The iEARN First Peoples Project Wins Global Bangemann Challenge Award in Education Category! The King of Sweden handed out the Challenge trophies in all categories in the Nobel Hall in Stockholm on June 9th, 1999. The participating projects demonstrate how technology can be applied in the best interest of people and society all over the world. Global Bangemann Challenge.

Cable & Wireless Childnet International judges gave a 1999 Special Issues Award to the Bairnsdale Secondary College for its work on developing the 'Fight Against Child Labour & Exploitation' and The 'First Peoples'' projects. Childnet writes, "Both of these initiatives are supported by the iEARN organisation and have empowered young people to work collaboratively with students in other parts of the world. The students writing and artwork is outstanding and The First Peoples' project is in two languages." In 1998, iEARN-Australia was awarded a Non-Profit Organisation Award for the Teddy Bear Project. Childnet wrote, "Muriel Wells of Grovedale West Primary School in Victoria has developed the idea of teddy bear travel buddies by using e-mail. Teddies have been sent to different countries from Australia, and recipient school children have sent back e-mails explaining how the teddy's are getting on in their new surroundings. A great way for young children to be inspired to use technology!

The History Channel has awarded iEARN's WWW site as a "Recommended Site." The History Channel writes, "We salute your efforts to provide high-quality, in-depth historical content, and we wish you continued success in the future." The History Channel has a link to iEARN on its WWW page.

1998

iEARN was awarded the EdNET HERO award from 1998 EdNET Industry Awards. The EdNET HERO awards are given to the organizations having made the most significant positive impact on education through educational technology and telecommunications. The award was announced at the annual EdNET '98 Awards banquet on Thursday, September 24, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto in Toronto, Canada.

iEARN's WWW site has received an award of "Finalist" in the Third Annual GII (Global Information Infrastructure) Awards. iEARN was entered in the Children Category. Congratulations to all around the iEARN global network who have helped us win this award by creating local WWW sites to which we are linked!

1995

ISTE SIG Tel Award. Peter Copen was awarded the 1995 SIGTel Educational Telecomputing Outstanding Achievement Award for "pioneering contributions and extraordinary service in connecting the educational community and promoting lifelong learning across the planet."