Pen Pals 2.0: Can Technology Foster Global Tolerance?

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One evening last December, Kay Lee gathered her class of third graders in front of a webcam in Georgia, Vermont, to “meet” a class more than 6,000 miles away in Sejong City, South Korea, for the first time.

Though the students had spent months sharing lessons and conversing online, they had never seen each other on live video before.

After the cameras turned on, both sets of students sat for a few moments in stunned silence staring at one another. The quiet quickly erupted into giggles as the Korean students took turns introducing themselves.

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