"Challenge 20/20 is an Internet-based program that pairs classes at any grade level (K-12) from schools in the U.S. with their counterpart classes in schools in other countries; together, the teams (of two or three schools) find local solutions to one of 20 global problems."
This is all about Flattening Classroom, a way to work collaboratively with someone in a different part in the world, but with the same interests, so we can share ideas, interests, lessons. We have been learning about Flattening classrooms and lowering our walls and Challenge 20/20 is the way to make it possible, by subscribing to this Association a teacher can be connected with the word and so their students.
What is great about this Internet Based Program is that it is based on 20 global problem, such a deforestation, water scarcity,natural disaster prevention, illegal drugs and other topic that are not exclusive to a City neither to a Country. Those problems are global problem, they transcend frontiers and would be great to work collaboratively across our borders.
This channel is a great tool for teachers who are willing to lower their walls as they are offering this world wide spread problems that can be addressed by any teacher at any Country. The topic I am more interested in, is the "water deficit" as I teach Environmental Laws in our Country and how they have helped or interrupted the manage of our natural resources. Wouldn´t it be great to know how other Countries manage their resources and if they have similar laws than us?
I would love to share statistics about water in Mexico City, like the amount of water used per person a year, the cost of it, how may people have access to it, from where the water comes, if water is polluted or not... By sharing those "numbers", students can compare and contrast the same problem in their own cities and come with collaborative solutions.
By the beginning of the next scholl year I will sign up to to this program once I know the scheduling of my topics and I will be delighted to work with a teacher from abroad.