Learning Circles are highly interactive, project-based partnerships among a small number of schools located throughout the world.
There are two sessions each year, September - January and January - May.
This session begins January 30, 2014, and ends on May 30, 2014 (15 weeks with a 1-week break in April). Learning Circle Placement forms are due January 29, 2014.
To join iEARN Learning Circles, you must complete a placement form at least two weeks before the beginning of the session. Once you complete the placement form you will be placed in a Circle for the next session.
Interested? Please review the choices below, and then click Join this Space at the bottom of this page and fill out the registration form on the following page.
Computer Chronicles: Promotes writing across the curriculum. Interaction online revolves around producing a newspaper called The Computer Chronicles. Each class has the opportunity to sponsor one or more sections of the newspaper as their Learning Circle project.
Places and Perspectives: Encourages students to explore regional history, culture, government, and geography by sharing their knowledge with people from different locations.
MindWorks: A writing theme designed to enhance creative and expository writing as well as develop different forms of self-expression. The goal is to help student learn how to communication their thoughts and feelings in writing, then share and compare them with other students from distant places.
My Hero: A joint venture between Learning Circles and the My Hero project. This Circle will bring together students and teachers who are interested in collaborating with other schools from diverse areas of the world on the topic of My Hero through writing, photography, and digital video. See more Information.
My Hero: A Call To Action: An advanced level mulit-media project for teachers and students who are interested in putting the principles of the My Hero project into action. Students and teachers will explore the use of the My Hero multi-media page. Several training sessions about making a short film will be offered.
Global Issues (Education): Encourages students to investigate education as a fundamental human right as well as the broad range of issues regarding education throughout the world. Students will develop global education perspectives by sharing regional and global practices. Projects will range from identifying current issues to investigating new and unique educational practices being used around the world.
Global Issues (Environment): Allows students to discuss a broad range of environmental social, political, and economic issues with concern and affect the Earth's entire population. Projects will focus on identifying and developing solutions for the countless issues that face the Earth's inhabitants. This curriculum encompasses many subject areas including sociology, science, government, history, and economics.
My City and Me: A social, cultural and environmental project that encourages students to explore what they can do to improve their life in the place they live, so they can be active members of their communities. Through online discussions and collaborative project work, students learn, share, and create projects about local governments, culture, society, and the environment.
Money Matters: A comparative international exploration about the role, value, significance, and history of money in each participating country. Through creative writing, art, and project work, students will collaboratively investigate how money affects our lives.
For more information about iEARN Learning Circles, including Frequently Asked Questions, see www.iearn.org/circles. A Learning Circles Teachers Guide is available to help educators organize their participation.