AT&T* today announced a $25,000 contribution to support the Global Virtual Classroom (GVC) program – a free online collaborative learning project that fosters teamwork, creativity, cross cultural understanding and teaches IT and website design skills amongst students working together from around the world.
Sponsored by the Give Something Back International Foundation (GSBI), and now in its eighth year, the GVC provides an opportunity for primary and secondary school students around the world to work with and learn from students in other countries, as they collaboratively design a website on a topic of their choosing. Over the years, 33,500 students and 1,400 teachers from over 600 schools in 52 countries have participated in the program.
JoAnn Patrick-Ezzell, Chairman and one of the co-founders of the GSBI Foundation said, “We are very grateful for the support AT&T has provided to us over the years. As a global company connecting millions of people every day, AT&T is an ideal partner for the program. Through the use of blogs, an interactive website, and online research and design tools, the GVC helps teachers and students harness the power and benefits of technology to strengthen cross-cultural collaboration.”
Each GVC team consists of three primary or three secondary schools from different countries. Once the teams have completed their projects and designed their websites, a panel of international judges evaluates the final work products and determines the winners. Plaques and cash awards are presented to the schools of the winning teams and each student receives a certificate of participation. The Grand Prize award is $3,000 for the winning primary school team and $3,000 for the winning secondary school team. The second place award is $1,500 for each winning team and the third place award is $750 to each team.
More details of the GVC program, the schedule as well as the online application can be found at www.VirtualClassroom.org
Online applications will be accepted through September 30th, at which time teams of three schools from different countries will be formed and start to work together. Beyond the accomplishment of the website projects, these teams will learn how to collaborate across cultures and form new, first-hand understandings and friendships with those from different lands.