The Japan-U.S. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Teacher Exchange Program provides the opportunity for U.S. grades 7-12 teachers to participate in a five-day conference in Hawaii in August 2019. For 2019, the theme is Space and Earth - utilizing ICT in the classroom. During the conference, 15 U.S. teachers along with 15 Japanese teachers will work together in order to 1) gain multiple perspectives on the Japan-U.S. relationship focusing on the shared academic fields of interest between the two countries and 2) develop skills in incorporating ICT into their classroom teaching.

The program is open to teachers from all disciplines, as long as applicants can demonstrate ability to apply “Space and Earth” to their own subject. Science and math teachers may have numerous examples of relevant applications, but the topic has many examples of cross-disciplinary approaches such as history, geography, food education, life science and more. Some examples may include:

  • A home economics class learning about “space food” (preserved food for astronauts)
  • A social science class discussing international space treaties and how to regulate them
  • A history class analyzing the societal implications of Galileo’s discoveries
  • A creative writing class where students write fiction and poetry based on field trips and lab discoveries
  • And many more!

The goal of this program is to promote educational exchange between Japanese and U.S. teachers, while strengthening secondary schools’ curricular development by utilizing ICT in order to build the 21st century skills in the classroom. Through discussion, the teachers will expand their perspectives, enrich the content of their classes, and foster better understanding of each other’s countries.

The Japan-U.S. ICT Teacher Exchange Program is administered by Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan) and jointly funded by the U.S. Embassy Japan and the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Sports, Science, Culture and Technology (MEXT). The Institute of International Education (IIE) is an implementation partner of this program.