Wednesday, September 20, 2017

IJWC to host an event at 2017 Global Collaboration Day

International Junior Writers Club (IJWC) will host an event at 2017 Global Collaboration Day on September 21, 2017. The event titled, ISIS Presidential Debateengages participants in a friendly online debate whether they should help fight ISIS terrorism or stay out of it if they were the president of their country. The debate is timely as September 21st is also the observance of International Day of Peace. Participants may start asking themselves, "Does world peace mean getting rid of ISIS or leaving them alone?" The debate runs from September 18-23. If you would like to participate, please go to or click the graphic below.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

USA, Philippines complete Louisiana Purchase PBL

As a contribution of the English Department of Alternative Education Center (AEC), Odessa, TX to the school's first school-wide project-based learning (PBL) activity for the school year 2017-2018, members of the International Junior Writers Club from Odessa, TX and Dapitan City, Philippines completed a PBL activity called Louisiana Purchase on August 28-September 1, 2017. AEC students acted as historians tasked by the Louisiana State Museum to revisit researches or studies about Louisiana Purchase as a basis for the creation of a new Louisiana Purchase model to be displayed in the museum. Their Philippine learning partners acted as artists creating the model. 

After researching about Louisiana Purchase from their History, Science, Math, and Elective Courses, AEC students in their English class consolidated and analyzed their findings using graphic organizers and depth and complexity icons, wrote a report, and presented the report to the class. Philippine students, under the guidance of Mr. Araibo D. Elumba, US Embassy's Access Program teacher, created posters based on the researched information about Louisiana Purchase. Aside from using the posters to complete the PBL, Philippine students used the artwork for their editorial cartooning activity as they studied American history and culture.

Friday, September 8, 2017

IJWC attends EdmodoCon 2017

International Junior Writers Club, through its adviser, attended the EdmodoCon 2017 on August 1, 2017. EdmodoCon is a virtual event sponsored by Edmodo, an educational technology company that offers a communication, collaboration, and coaching platform to K-12 schools and teachers. Edmodo is a known platform not only for teachers of a virtual classroom but also those involved in global learning collaboration. Highlights during the conference involved the inspiring talks of Richard Culatta, CEO of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE); Ved Sinha, VP Product of Edmodo; Anthony Salcito, VP of Worldwide Education - Microsoft; and Sal Khan, Founder and CEO of Khan Academy; among others.