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Our school had an interesting start to the school year, in that the H1N1 pandemic prompted city officials to close down all schools. As a ‘technology-rich’ institution, we decided to proceed with a program of providing distance learning for the first week.

Our director wrote up a review of his observations and community reactions for his blog, and the article was expanded on and reprinted in one of the professional journals for international educators. It provides an interesting ‘big picture’ view of some of the successes and challenges we experienced. It also gives anyone interested in teaching overseas an idea of the resources available. ISS is one of the big names in recruiting, as is Search, and the University of Northern Iowa‘s job fair gives an idea of the breadth of positions and countries available!

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2 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. you know Dave, that really is a remarkable story. I don’t think the public schools here in the U.S. could pull that off. Very impressive!

    1. susana on January 15th, 2010 at 7:44 am
  2. To tell the truth, I wasn’t really sure we could pull it off. It really was more dependent on everyone having reliable internet than on the hardware issues. Everyone in the school has a laptop; not every building gets good connectivity. But we did it, we learned a lot, and while we hope never to have to do it again, we are certainly ready to.

    I’ll tell you what, though – starting the year that way has certainly rippled down through the months. Never forget how important that first week is in setting tone!

    BTW, a few other comments were left on Facebook!

    2. Dave on January 15th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

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