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International Exchanges are a great way to learn about different languages, cultures and geography. Learn how suburban Atlanta and Ottawa students crossed virtual borders to fuel their 21st century learning. The first Nortel LearniT-sponsored bilingual Canada/US e-learning videocast took place between English and French-speaking middle schoolers in began April 2008, followed by a second sessions in May. This ongoing activity is designed to increase student's awareness of students around the world and their similarities and differences via a periodic face-to-face video/audio exchange. Webb Bridge eighth graders (Alpharetta, GA) and students at École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité, Ottawa, conversed, in true exchange spirit, each in the other's language. Initial participants were six eighth grade level classes, totaling some 150 students in the two collaborating countries. As part of the exchange, each student presented a collage they had prepared introducing themself to the groups joined via audio and video connection via Nortel Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) technology.
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