“Creative Connections” helps students reach out across the world

More than 1,500 classes from around the globe reportedly have participated in this online virtual exchange program that connects students and teachers around the world in efforts to promote a free-flowing cultural exchange of art, history, and modern-day communication. With components in the Amazon Rain Forest (including schools in Ecuador and Guyana), Latin America (including schools in the Galapagos Islands, Chile, Ecuador, and Costa Rica), Africa, and China, the Creative Connections Project “brings the world right into your classroom,” its creators say. Features include eMail and Q&A exchanges between teachers and students; student art exchanges; class-to-class photo and information exchanges; International PowerPoint presentation exchanges; music sampling; virtual pen-pal exercises; video streaming; and scrapbooking. While some features, including a project newsletter, are free of charge, there are costs associated with the full exchange program. Prices range from $15 to $200 per class, depending on the participation options selected. Whole-school participation starts at $75 per school, according to the site.

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