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Sunday April 20th 2014

U.S., Chinese Schools Build Virtual Ed. Partnerships

Students at Ningbo Secondary School in China’s Zhejiang province (shown on the computer screen) ask questions of teenagers in teacher Fan Li’s Chinese-language class at Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich. The January teleconference, which was the class’s first with its Chinese counterparts, saw both groups performing and conversing in Chinese and English. —Brian Widdis for Education Week

Several schools aiming to better prepare students for a global economy and foster cultural understanding between the United States and China have turned to virtual exchange programs between American and Chinese schools.

“The global market is changing 24-7,” said William Skilling, the superintendent of the 4,600-student Oxford community school system in Michigan. “We feel it is mission-critical for every student to become fluent in a world language and fluent in multiple world cultures.”

Read more: Education Week

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