Ar·ti·fact: /ˈär də fakt/ an object made by a human being; typically an item of cultural or historical interest.

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Art-i-Facts is a classroom-to-classroom international virtual collaboration about the everyday objects that make up our unique culture. Your class will be paired with a group of students abroad, and together, you’ll exchange photos, writing, and a “culture box” of objects–in other words, a collection of artifacts–to learn more about the lives of kids around the world.

As a participating teacher, you’ll receive all of the free materials and lesson plans you’ll need to carry out this creative collaboration. And at the end of the project, your students will get to see their work exhibited in a global “digital museum” that can be shared with other classrooms, parents, and the community.

 

How does it work?

Apply for inclusion in the project by completing and submitting the form below. Teachers who are accepted will receive a planner, a project guide, prepared lesson plans, and links to a series of short professional development videos designed to lead you through this exciting process.

Then we’ll introduce you to your international partner school–and we’ll also be there to coach you every step of the way. The project begins in January 2021 and ends in May 2021 with the unveiling of the Art-i-Facts Digital Museum.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

1. How will my students benefit?
Meeting kids around the world is exciting and makes learning fun! In addition, your students will learn how to communicate and collaborate across cultures. They’ll learn how others live, work, and play, and gain empathy as they discover all they have in common with their global partners. They’ll also learn to celebrate the rich diversity our world has to offer.

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2. I’m busy! Is this a lot of work?
In this project, you work at your own pace. You’ll receive a guide, a planner, lessons, and how-to videos to make sure you feel excited and confident. In addition, you’ll have access to one-on-one virtual coaching to ensure that you and your students have an excellent learning experience.

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3. I don’t speak any other languages. Is this a problem?
Not at all. The exchanges are conducted in English. If you DO speak another language (Yay, you!), we’ll do our best to give you the opportunity to use it during your exchange.

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4. Why is this free of charge?
It isn’t. It’s free to participating teachers thanks to generous grants from the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Florida. Their funding allows us to offer the program to a limited group of educators free of charge.

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5. Other questions? Contact us at info@blueplanetglobaled.org.

Art-i-Facts Application

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