It is common to think that Mikogo’s remote desktop solution is primarily used by companies for online meetings and remote support sessions, and consequently it can come as a surprise to some to learn that today online collaboration solutions are considered highly effective and important within the field of education. More and more schools and teachers are implementing collaboration technologies to assist in students in the classroom. Furthermore, online teaching is rising in popularity and bringing children from all over the world into a common virtual classroom.
Mikogo is happy to be a part of the world of online education, and more so when we learnt about Global SchoolNet and how this organization has been using our software to bring children and teachers together to learn and collaborate online.
Introducing Global SchoolNet
Global SchoolNet is a non-profit education organization working with 45,000 schools and youth organizations worldwide, and is focused on enhancing academic learning and performance via content driven collaboration. The work of Global SchoolNet engages teachers and K-12 students in meaningful project learning exchanges worldwide to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding.
Global SchoolNet runs an international scholarship program, “Doors to Diplomacy”, for the US Department of State that is open to youths 12-19 worldwide. Students are required to work in teams of 2-4 students with teacher coaches to build educational web projects that teach others about diplomacy and international affairs. Since the students often do their work after school and on weekends, the teams will use Mikogo to connect and collaborate together. Registration for Doors to Diplomacy starts today (October 20th) and the projects are due March 15, 2011.
President of Global SchoolNet, Dr. Yvonne Marie Andres, has found Mikogo to be an exceptional tool thanks to its ease of use and no need for training in order to use the software:
“We have been using Mikogo to provide support and training to many of the schools that we work with around the globe, because of the challenge of economics, geography, time zones and different technology situations.”
We are delighted that Global SchoolNet has incorporated the use of Mikogo into their organization, and pleased to announce our new partnership with Global SchoolNet. We aim to work together and further facilitate collaboration and online education.
Looking Ahead Already…
Together, Global SchoolNet and Mikogo will stage a collaboration project for children to learn how they can utilize Mikogo so they can learn and collaborate with schools and other children online. The idea of this is to demonstrate collaboration and improve the know-how and awareness of collaboration technologies within the classroom. The exact date of this project is still to be announced. If you’re interested in learning more about the upcoming collaboration project, please leave a comment below.