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Globaldreamers -Dream a dream with Ein Ganim

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"GlobalDreamers is a universal communication tool and serves as a common reference point to create cultural bridges amongst different countries and promote communication and exchanges between teachers children and parents.” GJC guidebook

1. Sommario progetto
Sommario: 

When the computers first arrived at my schools most of the teachers (me included) panicked! I had no idea how I was going to cope with that little box and screen that now was given an "honorable section" at my school in the lab. Needless to say I was apprehensive and puzzled. Change is never easy for anyone.Fully aware my 6th graders are part of the computer generation; my thoughts led me to ask the class to recommend one of their classmates to spearhead our computer project. Surprisingly, they all recommended a boy named Avishai, so I decided to ask for his assistance. I suggested that I teach him extra hours after school in order to improve his English. In return he would teach me computer skills. He immediately agreed and to my delight Avishai received a 95 on his next English test! (I didn't learn as quickly about technology!)
The novelty of remaining after school was beginning to wear thin for both of us I and asked him if he were willing to give up the extra hours of English since he had improved so much and I was so proud of his accomplishments. I said, "Maybe you don't need the English lessons anymore." He said," I don't need the English lessons but you still need the computer lessons. You have not yet received a 95! After Avishai's instructions and then taking several courses, I realized I needed to advance my students and myself towards the world of tomorrow, and not educate them for a world that no longer existed.
World of Projects
Five years ago I was looking for ways to interest my children in their English studies. After many courses and difficult work, I realized the value of the Internet as a way of spreading an educational message around the world. The process has led me to become a technology innovator and global leader in online collaborative learning projects. These projects now include thousands of children from more than 37 countries worldwide.
My introduction to collaborative projects was through the "friends and flags" project in Israel. I was now ready to begin my own collaborative projects and began developing "Dream a dream with Ein Ganim" (now called Global Dreamers).
"Global Dreamers" (http://www.globaldreamers.org/) prompts students at Ein Ganim and from around the world to join in a multicultural project that captures students' thinking in a visual way. The "Share" section is full of information about many countries, cultures, schools, etc. There are also many group projects that participants can choose to join as their schedules allow.
"Global Dreamers" inspires children to take a deeper look at the world by exploring, exchanging ideas, and using research tools. It supports a positive learning environment and a shared learning experience. By inviting the participation of children from around the globe, it supports the fight against the Digital Divide. In addition, it aims to encourage cross-cultural communication and to promote global understanding, while helping children to expand their knowledge and supporting the innovative use of new technologies in education. Above all, it attempts to create a more tolerant individual in a multicultural society. We believe that by understanding and learning about others, children can face a better world.
As an EFL teacher it was my wish to combine English teaching along with technology. I wanted my students to experience a social, cultural and personal learning experience. This project utilizes Internet technologies for genuine learning of the English language by activating and motivating children with various online activities. In addition to the utilization of technologies, studying English will also assist different cultures in participating with greater understanding in the challenge of globalization.
The project's activities include a web quest about Israel and our 'dreamers' web site, writing and story corners, emails, a calendar, a news corner, an active discussion board and virtual games. The project integrates technology in the classroom and children become active creative learners. It increases their curiosity, their interests and as a result they are more committed to the authentic learning process. There are many group projects that teachers can choose to join and an art gallery where students can send in their own work.
As a result of all the following, the number of participants grows from month to month. Over 75 schools and home-schooled families from around the world take part in our activities. Teachers, parents and children from around the world have joined in the dynamic GlobalDreamers project.
Since the project demands organized communication, I send emails to all the educators involved. This includes classes from kindergartens, elementary schools, home schooled, junior high and high schools. Once a week I notify them of the different activities that are offered on the web site so they can participate in our online activities. Our meeting place is of course the website.

When an educator contacts me, I first send pictures of all the children in the project from my 4th 5th and 6th grade classes. I also include background information about our school, city and of our country. The teachers involved use these materials to begin teaching about us and of course about Israel. Teachers have learned new and exciting ways of integrating various forms of technology into their curriculum. The feedback I receive has been encouraging.

2. Paese (Città / Regione)
Stato: 
Israel
Città: 
Petach Tikva
3. Nome dell'organizzazione che presenta il progetto
Organizzazione: 
Ein Ganim Institution
4. Tipo di organizzazione
Scegli tipo: 
Scuola
5. Coordinatore del progetto
Nome e Cognome: 
Marsha Goren
E-Mail: 
gorenmm@zahav.net.il
6. Website
Il sito web del progetto: 
http://www.globaldreamers.org
7. Selezionate la categoria di appartenenza del vostro progetto
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Fino a 15 anni
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creatività e Innovazione sociale: 
Creatività e Innovazione sociale
8. Da quando è funzionante il vostro progetto?
Da: 
01/09/2002
9. Obiettivi ed elementi di innovazione
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

Curriculum Objectives, Standards and Goals
(Taken from the English teachers' web site in Israel:
http://www.etni.org.il/By the Ministry of Education in Israel- English Inspectorate)
Teaching technology to children in the classroom answers and reinforces all of the demands of the new curriculum according to the Ministry of Education in Israel. Children learn how to interact and obtain information as well as to present information in an organized manner. They also improve oral and written skills. Above all they learn to appreciate other cultures and hopefully accept different people from around the world.
The goal of this new curriculum is to set standards for four domains of English Language learning: social interaction; access to information; presentation; and appreciation of literature and culture, and language. According to this curriculum, by the end of twelfth grade, pupils should be able to:
• interact effectively in a variety of situations
• obtain and make use of information from a variety of sources and media
• present information in an organized manner
• appreciate literature and other cultures and the nature of language
• provide opportunities for peer interaction
• incorporate task-based activities
• allow pupils to make choices
• encourage pupils to use English outside the classroom
• stimulate pupils to broaden their horizons through the use of English.
Social Content of the project
*Project encourages active individual and group learning.
*Group learning encourages decision making as well as learning from others and contributing to the well- being of the class.
*Children compare and analyze Israeli culture along with other children in the world.
*Children learn cultural appreciation and a shared learning experience.
*Use educational technology to communicate/ collaborate with students and teachers from around the world.

Come, e con quali mezzi cerca di raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati: 

Vision – objectives – goals:
1) TO ENCOURAGE AND INSPIRE STUDENT INVOLVEMENT WHICH STRENGTHENS THE CURRICULUM AND ALLOWS LEARNERS TO BECOME ACTIVE IN THE PROCESS AND IN REAL LIFE EXCHANGES. 2) TO ENGAGE IN AN EFFECTIVE GLOBAL COLLABORATION AMONGST YOUTH, AUTHENTIC LANGUAGE USE, AND THE PROMOTION OF LEARNING TOWARDS POSTIVE CULTURAL EXCHANGES 3) TO EDUATE AND TRAIN CHILDEN TO PRACTICE COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND PROVIDE ABUNDANT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN AN ONLINE ENVIRONMENT 4) TO HAVE STUDENTS USE THEIR ENGLISH FOR AUTHENTIC COMMUNICATIONS WITH A GLOBAL AUDIENCE OF PEERS. PARTNERS RECEIVE UPDATES ABOUT THE CURRENT PROJECTS. THE WEBSITE, WHICH IS A MEETING PLACE FOR ALL, ALLOWS STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS TO TAKE PART IN VARIED ACTIVITIES, EXCHANGE IDEAS, AND PROMOTES GLOBAL COLLABORATION. BY SENDING GIFTS AND PACKAGES TO EACH OTHEER WE STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP AMONG ALL. THE PROJECT IS YEARLY; TEACHERS COMMIT TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY. THE MILESTONE OF GLOBALDREAMERS IS THAT MANY EDUCATORS HAVE BEEN DREAMING WITH US FOR 3 OR 4 YEARS. THIS IS NO SMALL ACCOMPLISHMENT AS THE CHILDREN AND I WORK WITH MINIMAL FUNDS AND LITTLE TECHNOLOGY. OUR DETERMINATION AND HARD WORK ARE THE FORCES BEHIND GLOBALDREAMERS AND ITS VISION: TO ENCOURAGE PEACE AMONG ALL NATIONS AND TO EDUCATE A MORE TOLERANT AND UNDERSTANDING INDIVIDUAL.

Quali opportunità/problemi affronta: 

THE PROJECT ENCOURAGES GLOBAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE AMONG ALL WHO REGISTER. WHEN AN EDUCATOR OR SCHOOL REGISTERS I THEN SEND MATERIALS TO THE TEACHER. FIRST OF ALL, PICTURES OF THE CHILDREN FROM THE CLASSES IN MY PROJECT AND OF COURSE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SCHOOL, OUR CITY AND OUR COUNTRY. SINCE THE PROJECT ANSWERS TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CURRICULUM, CHILDREN ARE THE CENTER OF ATTENTION AND THE LEARNING IS ACTIVE. THE WEBSITE WHICH IS A MEETING PLACE FOR ALL, ALLOWS CHILDREN AND EDUCATORS TO TAKE PART IN VARIED ACTIVITIES, EXCHANGE IDEAS, AND ALLOW FOR GLOBALCOMMUNICTION. CHILDREN ARE ENRICHED BY THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND THE CHILDREN HAVE CREATED A COMMUNITY FOR VISITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. CHILDREN ALSO SEND EACH OTHER EMAILS AND GIFTS. IN ADDITION, WE SEND A MOVIE IN A CD FORMAT FOR EACH AND EVERY SCHOOL.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

This project has been up and running since 2002 and that is evidence of the hard work and determination of our goal in producing friendships in global collaboration as well as the authentic learning process. ________________________________________________________________________ DREAM A DREAM IS A VERY SPECIAL PROJECT. FIRST OF ALL IT HELPS TO BUILD CULTURAL BRIDGES AMONG THE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. IT ALSO BUILDS AND UNITES RELATIONSHIPS AMONG THE TEACHERS, CHILDREN, AND EVEN THEIR PARENTS. THE UNIQUE SHARE SECTION ON THE SITE OFFERS A TREMEDOUS AMOUNT OF WONDERFUL MATERIALS AND GIVES CHILDREN THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT EACH OTHER IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT. WHETHER THEY ARE ENCOURAGING STUDENTS FROM KENYA WHO’S PARENTS HAVE DIED OF AIDS, OR CHEERING WITH THOSE STUDENTS AS WELL AS THE WELL WAS INSTALLED AT THEIR SCHOOL SAVING THEM THE DAILY TRIP TO THE RIVER TO CARRY WATER, THEY HAVE SHARED IN THEIR LIVES. WHEN THEY ASK QUESTIONS OF THEIR PARTNERS FROM CROATIA WHO VISITED THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS IN POLAND, BOTH SETS OF STUDENTS HAVE THOUGHT MORE DEEPLY ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST. WHEN THEY ASK OTHERS STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD FOR THEIR THOUGHTS ON VIOLENCE AND BULLYING, THEY REALLY WANT TO KNOW AND WANT TO SHARE THEIR IDEAS FOR SOLVING THESE PROBLEMS.

10. Risultati
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

THE RESULTS ARE MEASUED BY THE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WHO COME ON THE SITE AND ARE ACTIVE ON OUR DREAMY DISCUSSION BOARD. EDUCATORS ARE ALSO ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS IN THE DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES THAT GLOBAL DREAMERS OFFERS. SUCH ACTIVITIES INCLUDE JOINT LEARNING UNITS ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST, SPRING, WINTER, FAVORITE PLACES AND A PET GALLERY. THE GLOBAL COLLABORATION UNITES A GROUP OF DEDICATED EDUCATORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

In che misura risponde ai bisogni degli utenti: 

CHILDREN AND EDUCATORS ARE PLEASED AS THE RESULTS ARE PUT ON THE WEBSITE FOR IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK. IN THE FREQUENT WEEKLY EMAILS I SEND TO THE EDUCATORS THERE IS MENTION OF THE GREAT WORK EVERYONE IS DOING AND CONTRIBUTING FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL. CHILDREN TAKE PRIDE IN WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND ACT AS AMBASSADORS FOR THEIR SCHOOLS AND THEIR COUNTRIES. THEY IMPROVE THEIR READING AND WRITING SKILLS AS WELL AS THEIR TECHNOLOGY SKILLS.

Quanti utenti interagiscono con il progetto mensilmente e in quale modo: 

DREAM A DREAM PARTICIPANTS TAKE PART IN THE ONLINE ACTIVITIES SUCH AS THE DISCUSSION BOARD, THE WEBQUEST, PETACH TIKVA LEARNING UNIT ABOUT OUR TOWN, THEY CONTRIBUTE MATERIALS TO THE PHOTO GALLERY AS WELL AS SHARE. I BELIEVE THAT CLOSE TO 3,000 CHILDREN NOW VISIT AND TAKE PART IN OUR PROJECT.
The children take part in our group projects which can be seen in our special share section. Every project we invite educators to join in there are no less than 20 to 25 schools from around the world. This is a huge accomplishment which demands hard work and determination together with compassion.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto contribuisce a migliorare l'educazione e la formazione dei giovani: 

EFL TEACHERS TELL US HOW IT HAS MOTIVATED STUDENTS TO CHECK, CORRECT, AND TRY TO LEARN MORE SO THAT THEY WILL LOOK GOOD WHEN THEY POST ON THE BULLETIN BOARD. MY OWN STUDENTS HAVE INCREASED IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH, AND SCORE AT THE TOP IN OUR STATE TESTS. I CREDIT THEIR PARICIPATION IN GLOBAL DREAMERS FOR THIS. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT OUR WORK HERE HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE IN EFL INSTRUCTION IN MANY COUNTRIES.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto ha ottimizzato la partecipazione di professionisti, ragazzi, giovani o altri soggetti: 

THOUGH THERE IS MUCH THOUGHT BEHIND WHAT IS OFFERED IN GLOBAL DREAMERS, IT APPEARS TO BE A NON-THREATINING, EASY PROJECT IN WHICH TO PARTICIPATE. THIS IS DONE PURPOSELY, TO ENCOURAGE THE FIRST TIME PARTICIPANT TO STEP IN. ONCE THERE, THEY SEE HOW GREAT THEIR LITTLE PART LOOKS, AND DO MORE. SUGGESTIONS MADE BY STUDENTS ARE TAKEN AS SERIOUSLY AS THOSE MADE BY THEIR TEACHERS.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto favorisce l'uso delle nuove tecnologie da parte di professionisti, ragazzi e giovani per lo sviluppo culturale e didattico: 

SINCE THE PROJECT REQUIRES THE USE OF THE INTERNET AND EMAIL, PARTICIPANTS AT THE VERY LEAST MUST BECOME CONFIDENT IN THIS USE. THEN MANY MOVE ON TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, ANIMATION, PRESENTATION BUILDING, AND MORE AS CAN BE SEEN ON THE SITE.

11. Sostenibilità
Indicate la durata complessiva del progetto: 
Più di 6 anni
Indicate il costo di massima del vostro progetto (in Euro): 
Meno di 10.000
Come è finanziato il vostro progetto: 
Altro
Altro: 
Petach Tikva Municipality gives us about $1000 yearly.
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
Si
Insert date: 
01/01/2005
12. Trasferibilità
Il progetto è stato replicato/adattato altrove: 
Si
Specifica: 

YES, THESE PROJECT METHODS HAVE BEEN APPLIED IN MANY OF THE SCHOOLS THAT ARE MEMBERS OF GLOBALDREAMERS. TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD ARE NOW CONTRIBUTING TO THE GLOBALDREAMERS PROJECT IN MANY WAYS. SOME PARTNERS HAVE BUILT THEIR OWN WEB SITES OR WEB PAGES WHICH ARE LINKED BACK TO OUR PROJECT PAGE. SEE EXAMPLES OF THIS:
TEACHERS HAVE PROVIDED POSITIVE FEEDBACK AND HAVE REMAINED IN THE PROJECT FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS. GLOBALDREAMERS PRESENTS A LEARNING UNIT OF GLOBAL COMMUNICTION AND A SHARED EXPERIENCE OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY. THE INFORMATION FROM THE PROJECT CAN BE USED BY SCHOOOLS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. THE MESSAGE OF TOLERANCE AND PEACE WHICH GLOBALDREAMES IS BASED UPON CAN BE SUITED TO FIT ANY CLASS ANYWHERE. WE ARE HERE TO ASSIST AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO JOIN IN OUR DREAM.

Che cosa possono imparare altri soggetti dal vostro progetto: 

CHILDREN, YOUTH, ADULTS EVERYWHERE SHARE THE SAME HOPES AND DREAMS. EVERYONE WANTS TO FEEL SECURE, BE HAPPY, AND HAVE FRIENDS. ALL LIKE TO PLAY, LEARN, ENJOY LIFE.

Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti: 
We are not available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
13. Informazioni aggiuntive
Future plans and wish list: 

FUTURE- EXPECTED DEVELOPMENT- WE WANT EDUCATORS AROUND THE WORLD TO JOIN OUR GLOBAL DREAM. WE DREAM OF CREATING A CD TO SEND AROUND THE WORLD, ENCOURAGING TEACHERS’ DREAMS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE, I STARTED WHEREEVER I COULD GET WITH A FREE SERVER SPACE (LITERED WITH ADVERTSING AND POP UPS). THE 300 MB OUR SPONSOR BAL JOSHI OF THAMEL COM. MADE US HUNGER FOR MORE. WE DREAM OF ENOUGH SERVER SPACE FOR JOINT PROJECTS, MOTIVATING AND INSPIRING EVERYONE INVOLVED! WE DREAM OF SPONSORED WORKSHOPS IN OCL FOR EDUCATORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. THE SHARE’ CONCEPT ON GLOBALDREAMERS IS ONE FROM WHICH EDUCATORS BENEFIT. WE DREAM OF AN EXPERIENCED TEACHER COMMUNITY HELPING NEW OCL TEACHERS, ANSWERING QUESTONS, GUIDING AS NEEDED THROUGH AN ONLINE SITE. WE DREAM OF OTHER PROJECTS; CONTRIBUTING THESE MATERIALS TO EDUCATORS EVERYWHERE SO CHILDREN COULD BENEFIT FROM OUR WORK. WE HAVE DONE WONDERS BECAUSE OF THE BENEFITS AND MOTIVATION OF OCL. FUTURE IS EVERY DREAM YOU HAVE; WHAT YOU’D LIKE TO DO IF YOU HAD MONEY. WE’D DO VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING, CONTINUING WHAT WE’RE DOING AND BRANCHING OUT FROM THERE TO WORLD WIDE STUDENT EXCHANGE AND GATHERINGS TO PROMOTE PEACE AND TOLERANCE.

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