Global Classroom Lead Teacher Awards 2014

We’d like to formally congratulate the Global Classroom Lead Teachers for 2014.

The Global Classroom Lead Teacher awards were created in 2012 to recognise teachers around the world who have made an exceptional contribution to the development and success of #globalclassroom communities and projects. These awards are based on collegial nominations from the online global education community, and nominees were formally acknowledged at our ‘Looking Forwards, Looking Back’ webinars, held last weekend.

Lead Teachers were nominated for their:

  • Significant contributions to the professional learning of teachers around the world through blogs, Twitter, and other social media platforms
  • Inspired efforts to enhance their students’ learning through their global connections
  • Creation of innovative, pioneering projects which showcase new ways for teachers and students to connect, learn, share, and collaborate globally.

 

Lead Teacher Award recipients will receive a one year subscription to Oddizzi, an award-winning online resource for 4-11 year olds that brings the world to life. With over 1,000 pages of written content, video, images, maps and games it is a fantastic resource that supports geography, social studies and global citizenship. Oddizzi also has a unique tool called ClassPals that helps connects classrooms around the world. To view our Oddizzi film click here: http://www.oddizzi.com/us/

 

AUSTRALIA

Anne Mirtschin (@murcha)

Anne is an inspiring advocate for flat classrooms, regularly participating in global projects. Her students, from primary to Year 12, have been actively involved in a variety of projects over many years. She has also been an invaluable supporter and mentor within the #globalclassroom community, and her support is greatly appreciated.

Celia Coffa (http://ccoffa.edublogs.org/ @ccoffa)

Celia has been inspirational leading our school as a 21st century contemporary learning research school. Celia helped us establish blogging, skype, quad blogs, a yammer and EDMODO community throughout the school. She has set up global collaborations through the Student Blogging challenge for the past 3 years, and has supported students around the world in establishing their blogs.

Celia was instrumental in beginning and running the Teach Meets in Melbourne, and has been a guest presenter at numerous schools and conferences, sharing her passion for using technology to engage and enhance the learning.

SOUTH AFRICA

Karen Stadler (@ICT_Integrator)

It is hard to describe Karen’s award winning Traveling Rhinos project, but we tend to agree with the rave reviews from participants, who call it “the epitome of a global project”. What else can we say? Karen recently won the ISTE online learning award and received her award while attending the 2014 ISTE Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. While in Atlanta, Karen was able to personally connect with many of the members of the GCP community.

USA

Heidi Hutchison(@heidihutchison)

Heidi Hutchison personifies a Global Classroom teacher. She has created two very successful global PBLs (Malala Project and the One and Only Ivan), and contributes to the larger global community through her blog and on Twitter. She presented at Global EdCon 2013, hosted and co-founded with Bianca & Lee Hewes the U.S. version of Project Swap Meet, hosted numerous Twitter chats, and is now delving into the world of leadership with a focus and mind to helping administrators be more forward thinking in regards to global citizenship.

Louise Morgan (@MrsMorgansClass)

Louise has been an amazing organizer and promoter of the Global Classroom project. I admire her stamina, energy, and dedication to the success of the projects for teachers and students.  We would like to thank Louise for her recent promotion of GCP during ISTE 2014 in Atlanta. Louise presented an Ignite session during Global Ed Day and also prepared a poster session where many Global Classroom participants gathered and shared their experiences.

Kathleen Corley (@kathleencorley)

Kathleen set up a global Edmodo project between Windsor Primary, Arlington Heights, Illinois, Dalkeith Primary, Perth and St Thomas More CPS, Margaret River. This project was a beautiful collaboration for Grade 1-2 students and their teachers, helping them learn about their similarities and differences through sharing information about our schools.

CANADA

Laurie Clement (@LLClement)

Laurie is actively involved in Social Media and providing global opportunities for her students. In 2011 she created her Skype in the Classroom account and as a result has connected with over 30 classes around the world. She initially began engaging her students in Mystery Skype Calls and immediately began to see the excitement in her students. Shortly after she created global projects with a colleague in Brazil, that she initially connected with in one of her mystery class calls. They began engaging their students in global projects and soon after developed four projects and invited schools to join from across the globe. This past year they hosted four projects which included students from over 10 countries and 3 continents. Aside from these projects, Laurie is actively involved in promoting global connections through G+ and Twitter.

 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD

Aaron Brzowski and Garrett Wilkinson (@ProjectPurus)

Aaron and Garrett, both just recently graduated from high school, are the founders of Project Purus. Project Purus is a non profit organization with mission  to provide education through clean water. These passionate, young, social entrepreneurs have recently shared their passion and story during the Global Ed Day conference at ISTE2014 and during Podstock14.

Aaron and Garrett worked closely with Robyn Thiessen’s class, mentoring, inspiring and educating her students from January to May of this year. This summer, Aaron also went to Nepal to meet Govinda and the students of SAV School, where he taught English and witnessed the positive effects of Project Purus first hand!

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#globalclassroom 2013-14 Closing Webinars – August 15/16

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The past year has been yet another exciting journey for the hundreds of students and teachers participating in the Global Classroom Project!

We have connected via Skype, letters, journals, Google Hangouts, email, wikispaces and more. Students and teachers learned about global and digital citizenship by participating in projects. We continue to grow and learn each year, but more importantly, we continue to be inspired by the incredible passion of children and their teachers across the world.

Please join us for a very special ceremony as we mark the conclusion of a memorable year in our annual “Looking Forwards, Looking Back” webinars. Many of our project managers and lead teachers will reflect and share their projects and stories. These webinars will be a opportunity for teachers to learn more about global projects, or who are looking for some inspiration and connections to create a project of their very own.

The recipients of the Global Classroom Lead Teacher Awards will be announced and formally recognised at this event.

Join us in celebrating our journey in breaking down the walls of our classrooms!

Event Details

The closing webinars will be held on Friday, August 15, and Saturday August 16, in BlackBoard Collaborate.

You can access the live webinar rooms from about 15 minutes prior to the start time by clicking the room link below on your laptop, desktop computer, or mobile device (through the free BlackBoard Collaborate app). Session recordings and slides will be published on this blog next week.

WEBINAR 1: Friday, August 15th (11:00 GMT)

Room Link: https://ca-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=2012058&username=&password=M.A3305872F6A4AA6B40F5621EA41CD7

Time: 6AM USA (Central), 12PM London, 1PM Cape Town, 7PM Perth, 9PM Sydney. To find out when this in your time zone, please click here.

 

WEBINAR 2: Saturday, August 16th (15:00GMT)

Room Link: https://ca-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=2012058&username=&password=M.A3305872F6A4AA6B40F5621EA41CD7

Time: 1oAM USA (Central), 4PM London, 5PM Cape Town, 11PM Perth. To find out when this is in your time zone, please click here.

 

Thank you to everyone who has helped make Global Classroom 2013-14 such an incredible project year. We look forward to seeing you, and hearing your #globalclassroom story at our webinars this weekend!

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Reconnecting with the #globalclassroom

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A small explanatory note from @gcporganisers

In early 2011, Deb Frazier (@Deb_Frazier) and Michael Graffin (@mgraffin) co-founded a small “Global Classsroom” project, which ultimately grew into the Global Classroom Project community as we know it today. As happens with many of us, personal circumstances changed, and Deb was sadly unable to participate in the community for several years.

Today, we can finally say “Welcome home!”

 

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Thank you PLN and #Globalclassroom!  I have shared how much I LOVE my PLN about 5 million times and still I can’t say it enough! I know that I can click on my friendly device and you will be right there ready to share and learn together!  Sure, the members may be different and things went along with or without me, but that IS the beauty of a PLN! We are risk takers, we are collaborators and we are leaders and we are always there or should I say here!

So What Have I Been Doing?

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 12.35.54 AMWell, I haven’t been far, I am physically in central Ohio, USA but I am only a click away virtually.  I am on twitter  @Deb_Frazier and my class tweets  @Frazier1st . I am still blogging on Primary Perspective  and my class of first graders (age 6-7 yrs) on Behind the Scenes in First Grade . My class and I have been active in connecting our class globally and locally, you can see our global learning here.

 So Now What? 

Well, I am overwhelmed with all that the #globalclassroom has going on, there are so many talented and dedicated professional and students in Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 12.38.57 AMour community! I have been clicking around and I think catching up will take a bit of time.  I will continue to click and get acquainted with all the work here in the #Globalclassroom. In the fall when I meet my new class of first graders, I will let them guide us with their WONDERFUL WONDERS  into the #globalclassroom community!

 

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Global Classroom Lead Teacher Awards – Nominations now Open

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The Global Classroom Lead Teacher Awards provide a community based recognition of those teachers quietly working to change their classrooms and the world … with a particular interest in those who never receive official recognition for their efforts.

In a slight change from previous years, this year we are inviting nominations of global education leaders working both within, and beyond The Global Classroom Project community.

We are looking to acknowledge the quiet achievers, the risk takers, the innovators, the lead learners – who, in their own small way, are helping to create a better world. 

 

Nomination Criteria

We invite global educators to nominate their colleagues, and emerging student leaders, for a Global Classroom Lead Teacher (or Lead Student) Award. We respectfully discourage self-nominations, as these are intended to be community awards.

Nominations must provide detailed evidence of the nominee’s contribution in one or more of these areas:

  1. Teachers’ professional learning: Through blogs, twitter chats, global education conference presentations
  2. Students’ learning: through active participation in global projects
  3. Exemplary contribution to a K-12 #globalclassroom #globaled project
  4. Development of innovative global education projects which showcase new ways for teachers and students to connect, learn, share, and collaborate globally.

Please provide as MUCH detail as possible, as your nomination will be incorporated into the published comments. Nominees will be formally acknowledged at our ‘Looking Forwards, Looking Back’ webinars to be held in late July / early August 2014; and will receive a special award badge to display on their blog or website.

Nomination Form

 

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Designing Learning Experiences to Support Global Habits of Mind (#globalclassroom chats – July 19 & 20, 2014)

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As educators, current 21st century teaching includes designing learning experiences that expose students to real world problems, present learning to an authentic audience, connect to other classrooms and people outside the walls of their school, and also foster skills such as: creativity, curiosity, empathy, resilience and collaboration. Tony Wagner has his own list of Seven Survival Skills and how to close the Global Achievement Gap, if you will. This is a big job … it’s an incredibly huge, yet honorable task we have to tackle!

How are we, like Andrew Miller states, “learning designers” in the global sense? How do the habits of mind (i.e. creativity, curiosity, empathy, resilience and collaboration) play out in globally connecting with other classrooms? What habits of mind are harder to “get to?”

This weekend, we would like to chat about how we foster these habits of mind, and what our list of global survival skills would include.

 

Questions for our chat:

  1. What habits of mind do you find easiest to teach either directly or indirectly?
  2. Which ones are the hardest? Why?
  3. Do we reflect on these habits of mind collaboratively enough with other classrooms? How can we design experiences to help us do that in a semi-organic way?
  4. What resources help you design experiences that foster the habits of mind?
  5. What is our list of Global Habits of Mind? How do we or can we model this for our students?

Please join our chat whether you participate in global projects or not. We will all learn more together and your voice is important.

If you’d like to join the moderation team for these chats, please tweet @gcporganisers or @HeidiHutchison ASAP. Thanks!

 

Chat 1 ~ Saturday, July 19th, 10:00 – 11:00 UTC

  • 11:00 London, 12:00 (noon) Cape Town, 15:30 New Delhi, 18:00 Perth, 20:00 Sydney, 22:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

 

Chat 2 ~ Saturday, July 19th, 18:00 – 19:00 UTC

  • 11:00 Los Angeles, 14:00 New York, 19:00 London, 20:00 Cape Town, 06:00 SUNDAY – Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

 

Chat 3 ~ Sunday, July 20th, 01:00 – 02:00 UTC (Saturday in N & S America!)

  • Saturday night – 18:00 Los Angeles, 21:00 New York
  • Sunday – 06:30 New Delhi, 09:00 Perth, 11:00 Sydney, 13:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.
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#RSCON5 – Free Global Web Conference July 11-14

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Join 1000+ teachers online for an inspirting event showcasing “wow” learning worldwide! Featuring 2 plenaries, 60+ presentations, 11 keynotes, panel discussions, tech/app/lessons swaps, and more!

I am looking forward to this weekend’s Reform Symposium Free Web Conference. It will be 3 days packed with learning and inspiration from the educators from around the world. For more information please follow the #RSCON5 hashtag on Twitter and visit The Future of Education page for a complete listing of sessions, presenters, and times.

 I will be doing two sessions plus participating in an app smackdown where I will be talking about Write About This . Here is the information for my sessions:

The Global Classroom Project 

When: Friday July 11, 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm (central time)

Description: Learn how a great idea and a simple tweet turned into a dynamic network of international educators who collaborate and participate in global projects. This session will highlight some of our projects and how you can get involved.

Tech and App Swapalooza

When: Saturday July 12, 9:00 – 10:00 am (central time)

Desription: Anyone can join in with a 2 minute presentation of their favorite app or web tool.

Reduce the Paper! Student-Created Digital Portfolios

When: Saturday July 12, 10:00 – 10:30 am (central time)

Description: Discover how your students can document their learning and thinking while reducing the amount of paper used in your classroom. Learn how students can create digital portfolios using ipad apps and Kidblog.

 

 

 

 

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The Global Classroom at #ISTE2014

Preston Morgan, Anne Mirtschin, Theresa Allen, Karen Stadler, Robyn Thiessen, Louise Morgan

So many of our lead teachers have convened at #ISTE2014. After the opening keynote, The Global Classroom hosted a poster session. We met so many amazing educators who are eager to connect their classrooms and participate in global projects.

About us: 

Since the beginning of the project in June 2011, we have built vibrant online collaborative spaces and a global network, helping teachers and students around the world to explore new ways to connect, share, learn and collaborate globally.

We have grown to include over 500 K-12  teachers from 40+ countries around the world and we have hosted approximately 50 global projects – organized and run by our participants. You can find out more about our history, and projects by visiting our current wiki – at http://globalclasroom2012-13.wikispaces.com.

If you have a great idea for a global project, we can help you organize it and get participants so that you will be successful. We have many lead teachers and mentors that will help you get started. If you are not ready to host your own project, but would like to participate, you can do that too!

We are in the planning stages for the 2014-15 school year. If you would like to host a project, particiate, and learn more about us, please complete the form below.

 

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