Spotlight: Cross-Cultural Debating

In September 2013, QFI re-launched its cross-cultural telepresence debate project, now under a new name - Global Youth for Teledebates (GYFT), in partnership with QatarDebateAfter several practice debates using Cisco telepresence technology, six student finalists from Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. were chosen to travel to Doha in February 2014 to compete alongside students from Al-Bayan Education Complex and Qatar Leadership Academy in QatarDebate's Schools League tournament. In addition, the students had the opportunity to experience Qatar's most exciting cultural and historical attractions. 

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Meet QFI's OER Fellows

On December 9, 2013, QFI’s OER Fellows participated in an International Math Collaboration OER Training put on by ISKME in Half Moon Bay, Calif. The one-day training gave math teachers from the Middle East and U.S. the opportunity to share best practices for innovative math teaching and to collaborate to create new curriculum. The goal of the training was to share best practices for effective implementation of math teaching and learning, experience IKSME’s OER Design Lab to brainstorm, prototype and present new curriculum project ideas and create OER using an online authoring tool. At the end of the conference, we asked the participants to talk about what they took away from their experience in Half Moon Bay and in touring San Francisco. Click below to read their words of inspiration.

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Learn Arabic Through Madar Al-Huruf

"Madar Al-Huruf," which means "Wheel of Letters" in Arabic is a valuable language tool that introduces users to the Arabic alphabet by matching English letters and sounds to their Arabic phonetic counterparts. Created by former QFI Communications Fellow, Moneera Al-Badi, the wheel now has an accompanying workbook and is available for download from the iTunes store. 

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Summer Arabic Programs

Qatar Foundation International is excited to announce support for student scholarship to study Arabic over the summer! QFI is funding scholarships for the Arabic summer programs at Middlebury Monterey Language Academy, Concordia Language Villages, and California State University-San Bernardino. Students do not need previous Arabic experience to apply.

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Virtual Connections

On March 5th, Qatar Foundation International and MacArthur Foundation will be hosting a meeting about The Potential of Virtual Exchange and Connected Learning, in Fairmont Copley Plaza. QFI’s Francesca Carpenter will be speaking on the panel about virtual connections and how QFI programs have connected students around the world to inspire global citizenship and encourage peers to tackle local and global challenges together.

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