Saturday, July 8, 2017

IJWC wins Great Global Project Challenge

International Junior Writers Club (IJWC), an initiative of Alternative Education Center (AEC), Ector County Independent School District, Odessa, TX to connect its students to the world, won the Great Global Project Challenge for the school year 2016-2017. Sponsored by Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) and Participate, the Great Global Project Challenge was a project of the Global Education Conference Network that challenged teachers and students all over the world to engage in globally connected learning opportunities, meeting Asia Society's Pillars for Global Competence, International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE) Standards, or P21's Global Education Framework. The objective of the challenge was to create and present as many globally connective projects for students and educators as possible from December 1, 2016 to April 1, 2017.

AEC students sought partnership with the US Embassy-sponsored English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) recipients from Dapitan City National High School, Schools Division of Dapitan City, Philippines and with students from Instituto de EducaciĆ³n Secundaria IES Prado Mayor, Totana, Spain to collaborate year-round on any writing assignments and projects. During the school year 2016-2017, students from the US, Philippines, and Spain were actively engaged in project-based learning (PBL) and revising and editing activities. IJWC’s participation in the Great Global Project Challenge signified the unwavering commitment of AEC and its international partners in promoting globally connected learning in spite of language barrier or lack of technology.

Winners of the Great Global Project Challenge were officially recognized at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference & Expo in San Antonio, TX on June 25, 2017. Some of them had the privilege of sharing their projects with educators and global education experts from different parts of the world attending the international conference. Click on the image below to see the winners in alphabetical order and their amazing global projects.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spanish students edit US-Philippines PBL

Students from Murcia, Spain edited writing outputs of the project-based learning (PBL) activity called Working in Texas that was collaborated and completed last month by students from Alternative Education Center (AEC) and US Embassy Access scholars from Dapitan City, Philippines. Spanish students used the writing outputs for their revising and editing activity. The revised copies were sent back to the US from Spain and returned to US students for their reflections.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

AEC receives Aerospace Education Excellence Award

Alternative Education Center (AEC), through the International Junior Writers Club (IJWC) and its adviser, recently received Aerospace Education Excellence Award for 2016-2017 from Civil Air Patrol (CAP) National Headquarters, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. AEC has been integrating aerospace education into its English classes using CAP and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) resources since the beginning of this school year. The writing outputs of some aerospace education-integrated activities were sent to AEC students' international learning partners for their revising and editing activities.