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GLOBE Virtual Exchange Toolkit Released – Share Educational Experiences with GLOBE Community Members Around the World

Screenshot of GLOBE community members engaging in a virtual exchange

GLOBE worked with the Collaboratory of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State to develop a toolkit for teachers connecting GLOBE schools involved in the Zika Education and Prevention Project. This toolkit, and the companion website, are now ready for use by the broader GLOBE community!

Virtual exchanges were organized to connect students collecting water samples and tracking mosquito habitats in Brazil, Kenya, Paraguay, and Thailand prior to the GLOBE Learning Expedition (which took place in Ireland in 2018). During these exchanges, students shared photos, videos, and stories and connected virtually to learn about mosquito-borne diseases and science communications. Feedback from the participating teachers was incorporated into a GLOBE Virtual Exchange Toolkit. A pilot was then conducted with this new toolkit, where six pairs of schools (ranging from middle to secondary school-aged students) in Brazil, Estonia, Kenya, Thailand, and the United States field tested the toolkit. Teachers provided comments and suggestions for the toolkit and the companion website.  

The GLOBE Virtual Exchange Toolkit offers guidance and tools for GLOBE community members to engage with their counterparts over a sustained period of time. It outlines steps, program ideas, suggested criteria, and a sample timeline for creating a virtual exchange, and shares best practices and experiences. It also provides technical tips, including a technical troubleshooting “cheat sheet” and checklist.

To access the toolkit, click here.

To learn more about the GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention Project, click here.

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News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office