AT&TSUPPORTS GLOBAL VIRTUAL CLASSROOM PROGRAM

 

Aglobal collaborative learning program for primary and secondary school students

 

 

Dallas, Texas, Sept. 9, 2008 — AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced a$50,000 contribution to support theGlobal Virtual Classroom (GVC) - a free online collaborative learning projectthat fosters teamwork, creativity, cross cultural understanding and teaches ITand website design skills amongst students working together from around theworld.

 

Sponsored by the Give Something Back InternationalFoundation (GSBI), and now in its sixth year, the GVC provides an opportunityfor primary and secondary school students from different countries to work withand learn from students in other countries, as they collaboratively design a websiteon a topic of their choosing. 

 

Commenting on the 2008/9 program, JoAnnPatrick-Ezzell, Chairman and one of the co-founders of the GSBI Foundationsaid, “It is very exciting for us to have the support of AT&T, a globalcompany deeply committed to youth education, and to providing services thatconnect people with each other and with the information they need.  This is a great match that will benefitthe students working together from their many countries, and allow us to expandand enhance the program.  Over theyears, we have had approximately 29,000 students and 1,300 teachers participatefrom over 500 schools from 50 countries.”

 

Each GVC team consists of three primary or threesecondary schools from different countries.  Once the teams have completed their planning work anddesigned their websites, a panel of international judges evaluates the finalwork products and determines the winners. Plaques and cash awards are presented to the schools of the winningteams and each student receives a certificate of participation.  The Grand Prize award is $3,000 for thewinning primary school team and $3,000 for the winning secondary school team.The second place award is $1,500 for each winning team and the third placeaward is $750 to each team.

 

More details of the GVC program, the schedule, and thedue dates as well as a copy of the online application can be found at www.VirtualClassroom.org.

 

Online applications will be accepted through September26th, at which time teams of three schools from different countries will beformed and start to work together on their websites.  Beyond the accomplishment of the website projects, theseteams will learn how to collaborate across cultures and form new, first-handunderstandings and friendships with those from different lands.