Pleasanton, California (EastBayDaily) — Elluminate, Inc., the leader in web, audio, video and social networking solutions that support 21st century teaching, learning, and collaboration, announced today that its Fire and Ice initiative was awarded iNACOL’s first-ever Outstanding and Most Innovative Online Learning Practice award, which was announced at the organization’s annual Virtual School Symposium held November 15-17 in Austin, Texas.
The award recognizes an individual, team, or program whose innovative practices or policies have ultimately led to student achievement and serve as a model for other K-12 online learning institutions.
Fire and Ice connects K-12 schools in the Northern Hemisphere (ice) with those in mainly rural developing countries in the Southern Hemisphere (fire), engaging them in highly collaborative projects universal themes like climate change and poverty reduction using enabling technology that includes the Elluminate Live! virtual classroom.
Since its inception in 2006, Fire and Ice has authored highly creative international content and generated unforgettable learning experiences for thousands of students in over 25 countries, including the, Australia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, Colombia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The program was also recognized by being named as a 2009 Global Junior Challenge Finalist, 2008 Stockholm Challenge Finalist, 2007 Tech Museum Awards Finalist, and Fast Company Magazine’s Fast 50 in 2007.
Recent training projects include training healthcare workers in Burkina Faso, West Africa, to combat malaria and providing English as a second language (ESL) training to K-12 students in China and teachers in Columbia.
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“The School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Hertfordshire collaborated with nursing personal in five different locations in Burkina Faso on the management of malaria. With Elluminate, distance is no longer a barrier. Students from remote areas can view teaching materials and interact with each other online without traveling, while lecturers can provide education from the comfort of their office in the U.K. The project demonstrated that online education can be delivered with ease and was evaluated very favorably, especially for offering the unique opportunity to have online discussions.” Jay Ragoo, Senior Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire
“I took part in the Burkina Faso malaria training project as both participant and facilitator. As a participant, Elluminate allowed me to acquire knowledge at a distance without travel. As a facilitator, I gained valuable experience with this new technology and found that no matter where in the world information is located, it can be accessible and distributed anywhere, anytime. Health professionals could be part of a global exchange without leaving their country.” Kinda Seydou, Healthcare Provider, Samorogouan, Burkina Faso
“Courses like the Colombian English language training project enable students who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to practice with native English teachers in a virtual environment. The Elluminate Live! virtual classroom is able to connect both the language students and the language teachers from around the world. The students are not only learning a language but are also gaining competence in using the new media that is now part of mainstream communication today.” Holly Longstroth, Director of Studies, Lancelot School
“I like the course very much, and I am very motivated and enthusiastic. The coordinator is always ready to help us. We are working in a very collaborative way because we are helping each other at all times. The methodology is excellent. It is very important for us as teachers to learn English.” Maria Bernarda Díaz, ESL Student
“It’s an incredible honor to be selected for the iNACOL Online Learning Online Innovator Award. It validates the tremendous impact that collaboration technologies (such as Elluminate Live!) and school-to-school collaboration projects (like Fire and Ice) can have on development, particularly in rural and remote areas restricted by bandwidth limitations and unstable internet connections.” Stace Wills, Fire and Ice Global Coordinator, Elluminate
“Elluminate is committed to breaking down geographical barriers and providing access to knowledge and education in over 170 countries, including some of the world’s most remote regions. Elluminate is now excited to expand the admirable Fire and Ice programs to include innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable training for areas that have traditionally been left out.” Nashir Samanani, Founder and CEO, Elluminate
Supporting Resources: Brochure: Elluminate Live!
Relevant Links: Elluminate portal: Fire and Ice LearnCentral discussion group: Fire and Ice