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 Educación 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. Three 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.