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Global SchoolNet Foundation (GSN)

Global SchoolNet Foundation partners with schools, communities and businesses to provide online collaborative learning programs that prepare students for the workforce and help them to become literate and responsible global citizens. GSN is a not-for-profit 501©(3) educational organization, that has been linking classrooms around the world since 1984. GSN’s free membership program provides project-based learning support materials, resources, activities, lessons and special offers from Global SchoolNet partners.

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Phone: 760-635-0001
Fax: 760-635-0003

Global SchoolNet Foundation
132 N. El Camino Real, Ste. 395
Encinitas, CA 92024


International Schools CyberFair
Youth Worldwide Become Digital Story Tellers Showcasing Local Community Achievements
Based on the theme “Share & Unite” this program strengthens school-community relationships, as students conduct research about their local community and its resources, and then publish the results on the Web. Now in its tenth year, this program has involved one million students from 100 countries.
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Doors to Diplomacy
Scholarships, Cash & Trip to Wash DC!
The U. S. Department of State is sponsoring the "Doors to Diplomacy" educational challenge - to encourage middle school and high school students around the world  to produce web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Each student team member of the winning “Doors to Diplomacy” Award team receive a $2,000 scholarship, and the winning coaches’ schools each receive a $500 cash award. The State Department sponsors a trip to Washington, DC where the winners receive a private tour of the State Department facilities, meet with key officials, and participate in a special award presentation ceremony.
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Online Expeditions
Follow the expeditions of real explorers!
Students interact with real explorers as they travel to exotic locations, engaging in intriguing dialogue as they re-enact history—or even make history.  Thanks to the Internet  you can have incredible adventures in exotic locales without spending a dime or leaving the room. Whether explorers travel the Silk Road of China or climb Mt. Everest, learning becomes an unforgettable adventure as students join thrilling, real-time expeditions to remote and fascinating locations. Observe daily progress and read field dispatches
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Participate in an interactive online geography game!
GeoGame helps students learn geographic terms, how to read and interpret maps, and increases their awareness of cultural diversity. GSN has supported GeoGame since 1991 with email sessions offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring of each school year.
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International NewsDay
Funded in part by Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants
Students become involved in international affairs as they create their own newspaper based on articles by global student correspondents. Have your students ever created a newspaper of their own?   Would they like to?  In the Newsday Project, students write articles and post them for the whole world to see!  Then they read and choose articles from other schools to download and include in their own newspaper!  Students' reading and writing skills will improve while they learn about current local, national, and global issues.  Newsday currently takes place twice each year
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Kids Cope by Sharing Hope
Students can collaborate by sending their messages of hope, support, and condolences to those affected by the September 11th tragedy. Scanned drawings and digital photos that convey hope and support are also accepted and published. Learn more


Projects Registry
Find online projects and learning partners!
A database containing more than 900 listings, GSN’s clearinghouse of online projects provides opportunities for teachers to collaborate, communicate, and celebrate shared learning experiences.
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Collaborative Learning Center
Clearinghouse for collaboration tools and resources!
Successful online collaborative learning requires appropriate content, reliable partners, the right tools, and effective implementation strategies. There are numerous free and low cost options available. The following information will help you to get started.
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Classroom Conferencing
Find video conferencing partners!
GSN maintains an international schools registry, multiple discussion lists, a HelpDesk and a secure conference server for educators who want to use video conferencing to connect communities, cultures, and classrooms so that students around the world can learn together.
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Harnessing the Power of the Web
Tutorial for collaborative project-based learning!
What is NetPBL, who is doing it and why it's important (the pedagogy, examples, and resources). How to define, design and deliver your own online projects, plus classic quickstart projects.
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GSN's Online Shared Learning Award Program
$10,000 cash awards
An annual award program to recognize champion educators worldwide, who have distinguished themselves in online collaborative learning (OCL).
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Make a Difference
Students are inspired by true stories about kids around the globe who are waking up the world. Learn more

Global SchoolNet's Project Registry

GSN International Youth Projects

International Schools CyberFair 2003 logo

GSN Student Ambassador Program

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GSN's Online Shared Learning Award

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