The Global Virtual Classroom project was a wonderful opportunity for the students in our three schools. Many of them have commented that the experience was one they will never forget, and that their lives have been greatly enriched by their exposure to such an endeavor. Normally stoic students would turn giddy when logging on to Nicenet to check if students in the other countries had responded to their posts. They would look for pictures, descriptions, and web links that would connect them to a part of the world they had only heard about in movies. Students who would have never had the option of meeting students in different countries were suddenly conversing in English with children halfway around the world! Cultures collided, and each student was changed for the better.
Not content with merely meeting each other, students in the three schools considered it their responsibility to make a lasting impact on their local and global environments. Through education, oyster restoration, Project Haiti relief, and other noteworthy efforts, our team has reduced their carbon footprint and left a lasting impression on our beautiful planet. When a school stands alone, its impact on the world is limited. When joined together with caring, compassionate schools from around the world, the results are amazing.
Our team, made up of students from India, Japan, and the United States, are deeply grateful for the opportunity to have our lives enriched by participation in the Global Virtual Classroom project. Such an opportunity is invaluable, and we are privileged to have been able to compete in such a great competition.