AT&T Supports Global Virtual Classroom Program
A global collaborative learning program for primary and secondary school students
Dallas, Texas, September 9, 2008
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced a $50,000 contribution to support the Global Virtual Classroom (GVC) — 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 sixth year, the GVC provides an opportunity for primary and secondary school students from different countries to work with and learn from students in other countries, as they collaboratively design a website on a topic of their choosing.
Commenting on the 2008/9 program, JoAnn Patrick-Ezzell, Chairman and one of the co-founders of the GSBI Foundation said, "It is very exciting for us to have the support of AT&T, a global company deeply committed to youth education, and to providing services that connect people with each other and with the information they need. This is a great match that will benefit the students working together from their many countries, and allow us to expand and enhance the program. Over the years, we have had approximately 29,000 students and 1,300 teachers participate from over 500 schools from 50 countries."
Each GVC team consists of three primary or three secondary schools from different countries. Once the teams have completed their planning work 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, and the due dates as well as a copy of the online application can be found at www.VirtualClassroom.org.
Online applications will be accepted through September 26th, at which time teams of three schools from different countries will be formed and start to work together on their websites. 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.
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