RiverXchange is an innovative program that combines a year-long water resources curriculum with class partnerships through social networking technology. New Mexico fifth graders are partnered with “high tech pen pals” in another part of the U.S. or world to share what they are learning about critical water resources issues relating to their local river. Students learn about The Big Water Questions and must decide for themselves what they can do to protect local water resources.
Our goal is to help students and teachers understand and appreciate their local water resources so that they will take action to protect them, and to reinforce this understanding through communication with pen-pals in other states or countries.
“The meeting [online training] was very easy and helpful. The wiki, curriculum, etc. are so well thought out, the great amount of work you put into it is obvious.” — Pam Northam, Cape Henry Collegiate School, Virginia Beach, VA