I now follow “Finding Dulcinea” and recently I received a Tweet about a post called “Educators that Rock” http://www.findingdulcinea.com/features/interviews/Bill-Reilly.html. It was about a teacher from Bethlehem Middle School in New York State called Bill Reilly.
Bill teaches Social Studies and had a vision of using the power of the internet to bring together schools from all over the world and get children to communicate and collaborate so as to promote peace and understanding between nations.
He founded an organisation called “The Global Coalition Project”. The film below shows an interview with Bill in which he explains the way that the organisation works.
I found this film really exciting. Here was an educator that was trying to use the connectivity of the internet so as to get children from different parts of the world to try and understand each other. They have used e-pals to try and communicate with each other see http://cmcss.epals.com/media/p/234769.aspx
The children from the twenty countries involved with the project have created artworks that they have contributed to an annual auction that raises money to help support schools in Africa.
This truly is using the power of the web to develop understanding and promote world peace. Hopefully other schools in other countries will feel able to join this project ( I would especially like to see a school from the U.K. where I live join the Project).