Imagine a high school or college student taking a class on twenty-first century globalizing trends. Imagine that student turning on a computer to carry on class discussions with students on the other side of the world.
The World Classroom Project aims to establish a system by which secondary students in the U.S. and other countries interact in class together. Using videoconference and Web-based communication technology, students and teachers on opposite sides of the world will be able to come together and discuss the contemporary social and cultural issues their countries face. These exchanges will increase students’ understanding of far-off nations and world events and will move them into the roles of active participants in a global sphere.
The virtual exchange element of our project will be supplanted with a summer intercultural exchange. Beginning in the summer of 2008, Project Russia, an exchange between American and Russian students, will take place at a Russian camp called Orlyonok. During the fall of 2008. and into 2009, one of our representatives will stay in Moscow to solidify partnerships with various schools in the area, and establish a distance-learning system by which American and Russian students can hold a class together during the school year.