iEARN Learning Circles

iEARN GLOBAL Learning Circles
1995 - 2014

Global Learning Circles at iearn are highly interactive, project-based partnerships among a small number of schools located throughout the world. There are two sessions each year, September - January and January - May. To join iEARN Learning Circles, you must first be a member of iEARN and complete an iEARN Learning Circle placement form two weeks before the beginning of the session. Once you complete the placement form you will be placed in a circle for the next session.  Click for Frequently Asked Questions about the iEARN international Learning Circles project. The (2013-2014) had 12 learning circles each with an average of 8 schools in a circle, with an average of 25 students in a classroom means that about 2400 students were engaged in the iEARN Global Learning Circle during this period.

Schedule for  Learning Circles

September to January (Session 1):

Begins late in September and ends mid January (15 weeks with a 1-week break in December).
Learning Circle Placement forms
are due September 15, 2009

January to May Session (Session 1):

Begins late in  January and ends in May(15 weeks with a 1-week break in Spring).
Learning Circle Placement forms
are due on January 15, 2010

Current Learning Circles Themes

  Computer Chronicles - This theme promotes writing across the curriculum. Interaction online revolves around producing a newspaper called The Computer Chronicles. Each class has the opportunity to sponsor one or more sections of the newspaper as their Learning Circle project. They solicit articles from their partner classes and edit them to create one section of the newspaper. This section is combined with the other sections sponsored by circles partners to form the completed newspaper, the Circle publication. 
  Places and Perspectives - Places and Perspectives encourages students to explore regional history, culture, government, and geography by sharing their knowledge with people from different locations. The goal is to help students understand how historical events and geographic conditions interact to help shape their lives and gives them a deeper understanding of themselves, their families and their communities. Each classroom sponsors a project for a section in the Places and Perspectives Review. For instance, a classroom might sponsor a section on local legends, interview native inhabitants or the elderly, describe the historical attractions of the area, examine local constitutions, or compare weather patterns, map studies.
  MindWorks - MindWorks is an writing theme designed to enhance creative and expository writing as well as develop different forms of self-expression. The goal is to help student learn how to communication their thoughts and feelings in writing, then share and compare them with other students from distant places. The Circle publication for Mind Works is a literary magazine that might be called Creative Minds, Mind Works or a name selected by the group. The sponsored projects could be a specific form of writing such as: personal narratives, place poetry, city dialogues, school fables, local myths or personifications of local products. Or students can select a topic to sponsor and request different forms of expression on subjects like the family, jobs, schools or cities. 

My Hero - My Hero Learning Circles is a joint venture between Learning Circles and the My Hero project ( This Circle will bring together students and teachers who are interested in collaborating with other schools from diverse areas of the the world on the topic of My Hero through writing, photography, and digital video.

My Hero Learning Circles Information Flyer


Learning Circle Publications

Most teachers have been working with their students to put their section of the publication, their Learning Circle Projects on the Web. We are also beginning to have complete Circle publications online. Each Finished Project Page features all the work that was created by students and teachers during one Learning Circles session.

Congratulations to the students and teachers of the following Learning Circles for creating online Learning Circle Publications!

Learning Circles International Project:

September 2013 - January 2014 Finished Project Page
January - May 2013 Finished Project Page
September 2012 - January 2013 Finished Project Page
January - May 2012 Finished Project Page
September 2011 - January 2012 Finished Project Page

January - May 2011 Finished Project Page

September 2010 - January 2011 Finished Project Page
January - May 2010 Finished Project Page
September 2009 - January 2010 Finished Project Page
January - May 2009 Finished Project Page

September 2008 - January 2009 Finished Project Page
January - May 2008 Finished Project Page
September 2007 - January 2008 Finished Project Page
January - May 2007 Finished Project Page
September 2006 - January 2007 Finished Project Page
January - May 2006 Finished Project Page
September 2005 - January 2006 Finished Project Page
January - May 2005 Finished Project Page
September 2004 - January 2005 Finished Project Page


Learning Circles Course:

October - December 2010 LC Course Finished Project Page
February - April 2010 LC Course Finished Project Page
September - December 2009 LC Course Finished Project Page
February - April 2009 LC Course Finished Project Page
September - December 2007 LC Course Finished Project Page
February - April 2007 LC Course Finished Project Page
September - December 2006 LC Course Finished Project Page
February - April 2006 LC Course Finished Project Page


Special Projects:

Asia/Pacific Learning Circles - March 2007 Finished Project Page


Individual Projects 2002 and Before:

Jan-Jun-2002 Places and Perspectives (Elementary)
Sep-Jan 2000 Computer Chronicles (Elementary)
Jan-May 2000 Places and Perspectives Learning Circle (Elementary)
Sep-Jan 99-00 Computer Chronicles (Elementary)
Jan-May 1999 Computer Chronicles Learning Circle (Elementary)
Sep-Jan 98-99 Computer Chronicles (Elementary)
Jan-May 1998 Computer Chronicles Learning Circle (Elementary)

Also please visit the Learning Circle Projects which are individual school's contribution to their Learning Circle Publication.