The GLOBE Program - Virtual Exchanges
About Virtual Exchanges
Virtual exchanges can help facilitate:
- connecting you and your students virtually with other teachers / students about your GLOBE research and other activities
- learning what GLOBE schools in other parts of the world or your country are doing
- developing and conducting a collaborative GLOBE research project that enables your students to compare and analyze environmental conditions in different locations
- connecting virtually with other members of the GLOBE community to learn about their history and culture and sharing yours
How to Conduct a Virtual Exchange Program
Virtual Exchanges include a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (offline) exchanges between two groups of participants.
The GLOBE Virtual Exchange Toolkit offers guidance and tools for GLOBE community members to engage with their counterparts on projects that promote STEM skills, mutual understanding, and collaboration.
Good Virtual Exchange matches include:
grade level compatibility
similar research, protocols, campaigns
aligned academic calendar and breaks
manageable time zone differences
A detailed Virtual Exchange Toolkit outlining steps, program ideas, and a sample timeline can be found below. Remember that the sample timeline in the Toolkit may not fit your personal timeline for your students / classroom! Adjust as needed to meet your objectives.
In addition, you are able to download GLOBE certificate templates here in PPT format, that could be provided to students upon completion of a Virtual Exchange!
Other Helpful Resources
Connect to GLOBE Teachers using the GLOBE Find a Collaboration Partner tool
Sharing Your Virtual Exchange Program Experience with the GLOBE Community
Following your Virtual Exchange, share your experience with the GLOBE Community in a GLOBE Stars Story or GLOBE News Item!
Your experience is a valuable resource for the GLOBE community. Highlighting information about how you conducted your Virtual Exchange, and what your students gained from the experience supports other GLOBE community members in conducting similar exchanges.
Please refer to the submission instructions for GLOBE Stars and GLOBE News Items.
GLOBE News Item: Send GLOBE news items to firstname.lastname@example.org