iEARN-USA enables young people worldwide, working in collaboration and dialogue, to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people.
Since 1988, iEARN-USA has pioneered the use of the Internet and other innovative technologies to engage youth worldwide in collaborative project-based learning to address curriculum subjects and take action on global issues.
Mission: iEARN-USA enables young people worldwide, working in collaboration and dialogue, to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people.
Vision: iEARN-USA envisions people engaging in respectful dialogue and collaborative action to meet challenges of our world.
The organization’s strategy is to teach and support educators in using technologies to promote student interaction in global projects.
Projects: iEARN-USA enables students and teachers to design and participate in global projects as part of their regular classroom and after-school programs. All projects align to education standards and use a safe and structured online Collaboration Centre.
In addition to meeting specific curriculum needs, every new project has to answer the question, "How will this project improve the quality of life on the planet?" Participants become global citizens who make a difference by collaborating with their peers around the world.
Professional Development: iEARN-USA also offers face-to-face workshops and online professional development (courses and webinars) for educators seeking to engage their students in online global project work.
Since 1988, iEARN has equipped more than 100,000 educators with the technical, collaborative and organizational skills needed to integrate global online collaborative projects in classrooms and after-school programs.
Partnerships: iEARN-USA works with educational, youth service, relief and development organizations, agencies, and institutions to build a network of opportunities for young people to work together on educational programs that make a meaningful difference in the world.
iEARN-USA believes these organizations enhance their programs and enable them to better meet their goals. In partnership, iEARN-USA is proud to provide teacher and students online and in-person exchange, language, and multimedia opportunities.
iEARN has been linking schools internationally since 1988.
In that year, the Copen Family Foundation, under the leadership of Peter Copen, linked 12 schools in Moscow with 12 schools in New York State in a pioneering demonstration that education can be enhanced and the quality of life on the planet improved if young people are given the opportunity to use telecommunications technologies to collaborate on projects.
Based on the successful project work completed between 1990 and 1994, and through the leadership of iEARN's first Executive Director, Ed Gragert, iEARN opened its network worldwide and built a collaborative management structure and global network that is now active in more than 30,000 schools and youth organizations in over 140 countries. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work through iEARN.