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Wednesday, June 19 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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Bridging Continents - Student Engagement in the Classroom
Marla Hilderbrand-Chae
The paper outlines a project at Greater Lawrence Technical School that explored overcoming the limitations of war using the context of the Syrian refugee crisis. At some point in the project, a gas explosion tragedy rocked Lawrence, North Andover (where 80% of the school population resided), creating a displacement of the students and their families. Although it was smaller in measure, it transformed the teacher's methodology of using visual and tactile information to help the students envision the refugee experience into something real, in their immediate lives. Their families were displaced temporarily, lacked hot water, food or energy, among other things. With this backdrop, students learned about the practical applications of drug discovery, computer science, and even mechanizing bioreactors in war-torn zones like Syria, that might lack electricity and other resources.

The Learning Network Program – An Online Collaborative Methodology
Mariana Diana
The Learning Network Program is an initiative and an online collaborative methodology that can be applied to all age ranges, with students at the initial level, up to university students. It is an interschool project that has been promoted by the Brazilian NGO Instituto Crescer since 2010, and it has been putting schools from different parts of the world in contact. Teachers, together with their students, work in a topic proposed by Instituto Crescer, related to the environment, historical memory, citizenship or culture of the region where the school is located. The whole process is documented in a virtual community, such as Facebook, by the teachers themselves, who also have the objective of sharing the work of the other schools with their students. During the project, students videoconference with one another in order to exchange impressions and experiences of their work. Students, in addition to knowing other cultures, also begin to have deeper knowledge about their own reality.

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