Thursday, June 8, 2017

Afghanistan Award Ceremony

Students and teachers in Afghanistan at Tajorbawi Girls High School celebrate their first place award in this year's Global Virtual Classroom web contest. Officials from the town were there also, acknowledging the work done by the school. Along with St Marks, Janikpuri, they created the site "21st Century Skills".

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Food for all

Schools in Mississippi, Pennsylvania and India created the website "Food for All" a merit award winner in the GVC contest.  View the site here:

Students in India receive their award certificates

Love is all around you

Students from Rome, working with Russia and India created an award winning site about love.

View the site here:

Partners from India proudly display their certificates.

Student leader Tanmay received a special award.

Friday, May 5, 2017

District 97 Schools Earn Top Awards in Global Virtual Classroom Contest

May 3, 2017

Students from Mann and Lincoln elementary schools recently competed in the Global Virtual Classroom Contest, which is a free online collaborative learning project that fosters creativity, cross cultural understanding and helping others. It also teaches IT and Web site design skills to students from around the world.
The student teams who participated in this project had their entries judged on a number of criteria, including content, presentation, collaboration and a helping focus. The helping focus encourages students to demonstrate achievement of a helpful objective (i.e., personal, social and/or environmental responsibility) or support for a worthy cause.
The district's student teams received three awards in the primary school category this year, including:
  • Mann Elementary School’s fourth graders won second prize for the site The Beauty and Sorrow of Food. The class partnered on the project with students from Taiwan. The teacher leaders for the team were Linda Chrystall and Ann LaHucik.
  • Lincoln Elementary School’s fifth graders won third prize for the site Animal Olympics. The class partnered on the project with students from India and the Czech Republic. The teacher leader for the team was Matt Kuntz.
  • Mann Elementary School’s fifth graders won a merit award for academic excellence for the site Bon Appetit. The class partnered on the project with students from India. The teacher leader for the team was Jim Hayward.
Since 2005, District 97 has won 10 grand prize awards, seven second place awards, seven third place awards and 19 special merit awards in the competition.