Imagine a world where science teachers in India could swap lesson plans with their counterparts in California, or where students in a rural high school in Nebraska could try their hand at mathematics problems written for an audience halfway across the globe--in China, or Germany, or Italy, for example.

Ten years ago, such academic collaborations would have seemed ridiculous to most classroom educators, many of whom hardly have enough time during a typical day to network with co-workers in their own school buildings, much less cultivate relationships with colleagues hundreds and even thousands of miles...

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