By Jenna Zwang from eSchoolNews

“With cuts to school budgets, teachers are often left searching for ways to innovate without breaking the bank. In fact, a recent survey reveals that educators are incorporating more internet-related resources into their lessons, but shrinking school budgets have prompted many educators to look for free resources to enhance their lessons.

There are numerous sites that can help, but we’ve picked 10 that our among our favorites. Click through to browse our list, and then tell us what some of your favorites are in the comments section.”

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iEARN-USA is launching a database for students and educators to share their stories about connecting their school with a school abroad. The “Connect All Schools” initiative, which aims to connect all US schools with international communities by 2016, is motivating the people already within the field of education to make this vision a reality. Check it out, and share your thoughts –

>> Story from CNN Student News (

For a group of eighth graders in Iowa a language arts assignment turned into an eye-opening experience when they got the chance to speak with some of the CNN Heroes winners.

Their teacher assigned them to draw names of the CNN Hero finalists and try to reach out to them for a Skype session for class. Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, who was named a hero for his efforts to towards global hunger relief, shared stories with the students of other kids, worlds away, who don’t have even the simple luxuries the Dickinson County kids likely took for granted.

“For our kids to hear these stories about other students their age that all they want out of life is education and a meal,” teacher Chris Block told the Dickinson County News. “That’s pretty amazing– for our students to know what life is really like in other places.”

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President Obama addresses the rights of all people living within American borders to be granted an education, regardless of immigration status, in the State of the Union Speech:

“They grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet they live every day with the threat of deportation… Let’s stop expelling talented, responsible young people who could be staffing our research labs or starting a new business, who could be further enriching this nation.”

Our latest video on how students are using Flip cameras to identify challenges in their community, as well as to connect with peers across borders –

Interesting post on the White House Blog about the importance of study abroad opportunities:

“So we’ve had a pretty busy morning at the White House,” said Mrs. Obama, addressing an audience of more than a thousand young people from the Washington, DC area. President Obama and the First Lady began the day by welcoming Chinese President Hu Jintao for a State Visit.

Following the Arrival Ceremony, and continuing her focus on engaging youth around the world, the First Lady spoke to students about the importance of building relationships with their peers in China and creating a mutual understanding around the world.

She focused on the importance of studying abroad in support of the President’s “100,000 Strong Initiative” – a program that aims to increase the number of Americans who have the opportunity to study in China:

The fact is, with every friendship you make, and every bond of trust you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world. That is so important. So when you study abroad, you’re actually helping to make America stronger.

And these experiences also set the stage for young people all over the world to come together and work together to make our world stronger, because make no mistake about it, whether it’s climate change or terrorism, economic recovery or the spread of nuclear weapons, for the U.S. and China, the defining challenges of our time are shared challenges. Neither of our countries can confront these alone. The only way forward, the only way to solve these problems, is by working together.

That’s why it is so important for more of our young people to live and study in each other’s countries. That’s how, student by student, we develop that habit of cooperation, by immersing yourself in someone else’s culture, by sharing your stories and letting them share theirs, by taking the time to get past the stereotypes and misperceptions that too often divide us.

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