President & CEO, Global SchoolNet Foundation Global SchoolNet's mission is to support 21st century learning and improve academic performance through content-driven collaboration. We engage educators and students in meaningful e-learning projects worldwide to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding. We prepare youth for full participation as productive and compassionate citizens in an increasing global economy. Founded in 1984, GSN is a 501(c)3 non-profit education organization.
Co-founder, GlobalSchoolhouse.org The Global Schoolhouse is a virtual meeting place where educators can collaborate, interact, develop, publish, and discover resources.
In recognition of her pioneering work in eLearning District Administration Magazine honored Yvonne Andres as one of the all-time Top 25 Educational Technology Advocates. In 2017 Andres was selected an ELearning!Champion for her exceptional contributions to education and was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for her work as an innovator and global connector.
Dr. Yvonne Marie Andres is the President, CEO and co-founder of the Global SchoolNet Foundation. She is a former Vice President of Internet Learning Programs and Partnerships at Lightspan.com and the creator of the Global Schoolhouse.
As a longtime educator, Dr. Andres has taught pre-school through university and is dedicated to discovering, demonstrating, and documenting the power of collaborative project-based learning. Andres has designed and taught many courses, including "Hello Internet," "Managing Global Learning Projects," "Designing On-line Courses," and "Creating Effective Educational Websites." Ms. Andres' activities include promoting and facilitating exciting and innovative Internet learning projects, including International CyberFair.
Dr. Andres has been champion of instructional telecommunications since 1984, as an electronic bulletin board systems operator and project director for various networks including the AT&T Learning Network, CORE (California Online Resources in Education) Network, CERFnet (California Education and Research Federation) and the FrEdMail Network. She has provided leadership and training in educational telecommunications at conferences and workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, Asia, Europe, Australia, South America and Africa. She designed a pilot interactive Internet video project with ABC World News Now.
In 1988, she co-authored "TeleSensations: The Educators' Handbook to Instructional TeleComputing" and for seven years served as the editor of an international newsletter focusing on collaborative telecomputing projects. She has helped develop hundreds of successful online projects, two of which were selected as model telelessons by the California Educational Technology Committee. Dr. Andres has written dozens of articles, is the winner of the 1989 Computer Learning Month's Telecommunications Lesson Plan contest and is featured on the cover of the May 1990 Teaching and Computers with some students in "Telecommunicating from Sea to Shining Sea."
Dr. Andres developed and coordinated the original Global Schoolhouse Project, electronically bringing together students from schools in Knoxville, Tennessee, Arlington, Virginia, Oceanside, California, and London, England. Students, grades 5 through 8, conducted an environmental study of watershed pollution and shared their findings via state-of-the-art video conferencing using desktop computers and the Internet. The project was expanded to include twenty schools in 12 states who used the Internet to study alternative energy sources, space exploration, natural disasters, and waste management.
In 1992 Andres authored, "CERF'n Safari: An Educators' Guide to the Internet," the very first teacher's Internet guide! In September 1994 Dr. Andres accepted an appointment to the Governor's Information Technology Council for the State of California, where she helped author "Getting Results." Andres is also a co-author of "Going to School on the Internet" (a publication of Cisco Systems) and "Harnessing the Power of the Web for Classroom Use: A Tutorial." Dr. Andres authored Apple's "Getting Started on the Internet." In 1996 Ms. Andres was selected as a Woman of Merit and in 1997 as one of the 100 most influential people in U.S. public education. In 1999 Ms. Andres was named one of the 30 most influential people, nationwide, in education technology by eSchool News.
Dr. Andres received her doctorate in educational technology from United States International University in San Diego, with a focus on online collaborative learning (OCL).
Dr. Yvonne Marie Andres is featured on Girl Geeks as a woman who inspire us.
Wisdom of Crowds: Reinventing Educational Activism by Creating Linkages WorldFuture 2011, Vancouver, Canada, July 2011 Presenters: Yvonne Marie Andres, Ismo Heikkila, Pauline Roberts, Rick Joseph Download Audio presentation MP3 (40 MB)
How important are linkages to your personal future and to the future of your community? Best seller Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything sends a critical message that individuals can no longer independently learn all they need to know to be successful in the workforce or in their personal lives. In a globally connected world, there is enormous value to tapping into the "wisdom of the crowd" and collaboratively sharing best practices with others. Join e-learning pioneer Yvonne Marie Andres and financial education specialist Ismo Heikkila for a look at how interactive, real-world projects linking students, mentors, and the world community are offering exciting potential for gains in cultural understanding, financial literacy, and career preparedness. Hear directly from teacher practitioners.
5 Powerful Things Teachers Can Do With Online Collaboration Global Education Conference, November 2010 Presenters: Yvonne Marie Andres, Teresa Roebuck Download Audio presentation MP3 (52 MB)
Bestseller "Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything" sends educators a critical message that individuals can no longer independently learn all they need to know. In a globally connected world, there is enormous value in using online tools and technology to collaboratively connect and learn with others. Join award-winning online learning pioneer, Dr. Yvonne Marie Andres, as she discusses successful integration of project-based, collaborative learning by showcasing the best content, tools and resources that support teachers and their students as they strive to master 21st century learning skills. Youth need to learn collaborative, 21st century learning skills, through safe, structured, supervised, educational projects. But, without some structure it can lead to chaos and frustration. Teachers need guidance in transitioning from traditional learning -- to new learning tools and experiences (e.g. Flexbooks, blended learning environments, collaborative projects, co-created content, virtual field trips, global exhibitions and competitions).
Focus on Future Thinking: What is Possible? Probable? Preferable? Preventable? World Future Society Conference, Toronto, Canada, July 2006 Presenters: Yvonne Marie Andres, Sara Armstrong, David Thornburg, Tom Abeles, Stephen MacKinnon DownloadAudio presentation MP3 (20 MB)
How important is it for students to think about the future? It has been said that the best way to predict the future is to invent it—and that we cannot always build the future for our youth. but we can build our youth for the future. Today’s youth are our children and grandchildren. They will be our future business and political leaders—and will shape the quality of life for our citizens. Education is the foundation of democratic institutions, national security, economic growth, and prosperity. Therefore, twenty-first-century knowledge and skills must be integrated into education.