The Project Based Learning

iEARN@lgeria Global Connection and Exchange Workshop

Fifteen Algerian teachers of English came on January 29 to Hammou Boutlelis High School in Oran to attend the first Global Connections and Exchange professional development workshop presented by Kheira Mezough, a teacher of English and ELT@lgeria webmaster.

Miss Kheira Mezough has been appointed  the country coordinator of iEARN@lgeria. She is now working in Algeria on the State Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs' Program, Global Connections and Exchange 2.0. This program increases virtual collaboration and exchange between high schools in the US and 19 countries in the Middle East and North Africa through online project based learning.
The first round of face to face workshop included a series of interactive and group work activities related to both the national curriculum and online program.
As iEARN@lgeria and iEARN-USA program coordinators have been working in collaboration since November 1st, Kheira Mezough and Jennifer Russell planned a video conference to close the first round face to face workshop. Kheira introduced the 15 select teachers to Jennifer who welcomed the group of iEARN@lgeria to the GCE program and had a 15 mns conversation with the enthusiastic team.
At the end of the course,iEARN@lgeria teachers were awarded certificates of participation in recognition for their contribution to develop online collaborative projects and connect students to make a difference in the world.
Once back to school, 5 lead teachers will join the first online professional development course and in the mean time work in collaboration with their colleagues to integrate online project based learning in their schools on the already selected themes that are in line with the Algerian secondary education year 2 curriculum.
The teachers have already been congratulated by the supervisor, M.Louznadji and  their head teachers who are welcoming the program for the sake of education and the future generation. They encouraged the teachers to stay engaged and felt concerned with the program for they want Algerian students to learn with the world not just about it.
By Miss.Kheira Mezough