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From Franklin West Supervisory Union official blog site

…..Once again students from both Georgia Elementary School and BFA Middle School engaged the broader global community to enhance their understanding of intercultural competence. This semester eight classrooms of students interacted and learned alongside students from Mexico and South Korea. The students interacted virtually on a weekly basis with their peers through a learning management system (LMS) provided by International Virtual Schooling (IVECA). 

The goals of IVECA match the FWSU Action Plan goals to expand the opportunities for our students to become leaders and learners in a global society. Our students will need the skills obtained in IVECA to thrive in the world they will enter after high school. Starting the process of understanding how to work and learn with students from around the world is beneficial. ….. Read more

In February 2013, the United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) recommended to grant Special Consultative Status to IVECA Center for International Virtual Schooling.  The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) approved the recommendation in July 2013. Mr. Andrei Abramov, Chief of the NGO Branch, congratulated IVECA Center in its letter of approval.

“I am pleased to inform you that the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at its Substantive Session of July 2013 adopted the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to grant Special consultative status to your organization, Center for International Virtual Schooling. On behalf of all staff of the Non-Governmental Organizations Branch, please accept our heartfelt congratulations.”      

Georgia Elementary School teacher, Ms. Sullivan is preparing to start the IVECA Live Class with her partner school teacher Ms. Yoon at Charmsam Elementary School in South Korea

GEMS Students Connect with Classrooms in South Korea June 4, 2013 (from FWSU district’s official blog)

Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning FWSU students will engage in personalized learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Step –  Increase easily accessible opportunities for global collaboration for teachers and students

Last night at Georgia Elementary and Middle Schools (GEMS) students from three fourth grade classrooms culminated a three-month international virtual exchange with three classrooms in South Korea. The program was sponsored by IVECA (The Center for International Virtual Schooling). IVECA is non-profit organization that is committed to promoting cultural competence in schools all over the world…

“Our experience with IVECA has been a great success! Students were engaged, motivated, and excited about their learning. EVERY student established a lead role with their counterpart and took on new roles and responsibilities while communicating weekly. Smiles, laughter, and joy filled our fourth grade classrooms as they communicated across the world with their new friends.” – Principal Steve Emery

Read full stories about: Georgia Elementary and Middle Schools’ experience here and Bellow Free Academy’s here.

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