Taking It Global

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]

I recently collaborated with two colleagues for the IOC 2010 Online Conference (you know who you are); we presented a poster session.  We learned much and left the conference charged with creativity and new information.  One of the many interesting sessions I attended particularly piqued my interest:  Taking It Global (TIG).

TIG is an innovative online social learning community geared toward young people.  Their mission is to “enable a collaborative learning community which provides youth with access to global opportunities, cross-cultural connections and meaningful participation in decision-making.”

TIGed (TIG for educators) “allows educators to leverage the resources of the world’s most popular online community for youth who want to make a difference. . . in ways that meet the needs of their learning environments.”  One of the many tools and resources TIG offers, the TIG Sprout e-Course, is offered “for young people who want to grow their social or environmental project idea and learn to create lasting change that takes root in their communities.”  This opportunity is made possible by TIG’s partnership with The Pearson Foundation.

If you are a teacher, parent, or have an influence on any young’uns at all, I highly recommend that you share this site with them.  It is great for kids and young adults who want to make a difference.  Good stuff!

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