#globalclassroom 2014-15 Launch – Slides and Recording

On November 20, we marked the official launch of Global Classroom 2014-15 with our presentation at the Global Education Conference. Attended by viewers from Australia, Kenya, Norway, and the United States, we are delighted to share the slides and recording with you today.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: 

https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=2008350&psid=2014-11-21.0414.D.439D8CE5EF39E223D0D5B21CA9BAD5.vcr

Join us for our Global Classroom 2014-15 Project Launch @ #globaled14 (Nov 21)!

The playground swingset.

#globalclassroom students, SAV School Nepal

This Friday, we mark the official launch of Global Classroom 2014-15 at the Global Education Conference.

Established in March 2011, we are embarking on our fourth year of global connections and collaboration; and we’d love for you to join us!

2014-15 Wiki: http://globalclassroom2014-15.wikispaces.com

Webinar Details

Date and Time: 12:00 GMT November 21, 2014. Please click here to see when this is in YOUR timezone.

Room Link :  https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=GEC15Part119.

Please add this event to your calendar, and help us spread the word through your social networks! We are looking forward to sharing our stories and projects as we look forward to 2014-15.

Slides and recordings will be published on this blog following the conference.

#globalclassroom Chat: The Globally Connected Educator (Nov 16, 2014)

Global Classroom is three!

Global Classroom is three!

#globalclassroom twitter chats are three years old!   To celebrate this month’s chat will take up the theme of “The Globally Connected Educator”. This also continues the theme of  Connected Educator month which took place during October. Karen Stadler (@ICT_Integrator) of South Africa and  Anne Mirtschin (@murcha) of Australia will c0-moderate this chat. It will take place on Sunday November 16th at 9pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) Please check timeanddate for your day and timezone.

The following questions will be posed.

  1. What does it mean to be a globally connected educator? What does it mean to YOU personally?
  2. How do you become a global connected educator? Ideas / advice for teachers wanting to become global connected educators.
  3. What are the benefits of being a globally connected educator – why would you encourage other teachers to become globally connected?
  4. Ideas/Tips for managing your “connectedness” – one cannot be available online 24/7, so how do you get around this and find the balance? Tips from other globally connected educators.

If you cannot be part of this chat due to timezone constraints, it would be great if you can share your answers either prior to or after the chat. Use the hashtag #globalclassroom, add A1 or A2 etc to whichever question you are answering.

If this is your first experience in a twitter chat, see How to participate in a twitter chat

Please note that these chats will be held on a quarterly basis over the next year. Looking forward to you joining us!

 

Have a global project idea? We’re here to help!

We are accepting project proposals for

Global Classroom 2014-15. 

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The Global Classroom Project is committed to helping teachers and schools connect to create dynamic educational experiences. We help teachers build and promote their global collaboration project ideas, and assist them in finding collaboration partners and facilitating enriching international exchanges.

Since 2011, we have hosted in excess of 30 K-12 global projects, and worked with over 430 teachers from 42 countries. In 2014, one of our longest running projects, The Travelling Rhino Project, won the ISTE Online Learning Award.

In order for us to continue facilitating these enriching international exchanges, and build our #globalclassroom community, we ask participating project leaders to agree to the following:

  1. Fill out the Project Framework form. This helps ensure the projects are well-planned and thought-out, and also allows us to get a good understanding about the purpose and design of your project.
  2. Submit at least one blog post to our community blog, and a slide to our bi-annual project webinars – sharing your experiences and learning outcomes as a result of your project.

We will help promote your project, and find collaboration partners, in exchange for your sharing of your experiences and practice with our community. This enables us to learn from each other, and improve our professional practice.

If you have any questions, please email globalclassroomorganisers AT gmail.com or tweet @gcporganisers. Thank you!

We look forward to launching Global Classroom 2014-15 at the Global Education Conference in November! 

Global Classroom 2013-14 Closing Webinar Slides & Recordings (August)

In August 2014, we formally marked the conclusion of Global Classroom 2013-14 with two online webinars. Thank you to everyone who helped make the project such an amazing success, and we look forward to announcing details of Global Classroom 2014-15 shortly.

Recordings

Webinar 1 (August 15, 2014)

https://warwick.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/globalclassroom+close+2014/0_64v4rdzu/22743902

 

Webinar 2 (August 16, 2014)

https://warwick.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/globalclassroom+close+2+2014/0_ildo270x/22743902

Oh The Places We’ll Go – Connected Classroom

I was very honoured this week to be named a Lead Teacher by the Global Classroom Project.   As soon as I heard, I was excited to read more about the amazing things happening in the classrooms of the the other Lead Teachers (@murcha and @cccoffa from Australia, @ICT_Integrator from South Africa, and @heidihutchison, @MrsMorgansClass and @kathleencorley from the United Staes).   As I read through their accomplishments,  I was humbled and in awe of the opportunities they are providing their students.  Without a doubt, the ability to connect globally has been the “a-ha” moment of my teaching career.  I am not sure there are words to truly express the amazement I feel as I watch my students communicate, collaborate and think critically with peers across the globe.

My global connections have evolved from one-time connections to collaborative projects.  I hope to give you a sense of the different options while sharing some of my personal highlights.

Skype In The Classroom is an excellent place to start.  Anyone can create a free account and you can instantly access hundreds of lessons, speakers that you could virtually bring into your classroom and teachers that are equally as excited about connecting their students.  There are lessons for every age and in every subject.  Once you are comfortable with the idea, you can create lessons of your own.  Initially I created a Where in The World project where we connected with various classes and asked yes/no questions to pinpoint their geographical location.  After we identified each locations we enjoyed learning more about the classes we connected with. We have connected with 17 classes over the past few years  through this project.  As a result, we have learned quite a bit about class routines and the lifestyles of students around the world.

Google Hangouts is another way you can connect your students.  There are many Google Communities that post opportunities to connect.  Connected Classroom Workshop and the Global Classroom Project are two of my favourites.  Both of these communities provide opportunities to network with other teachers as well as virtual field trips.  For example, last year when studying the Holocaust, my class was able to participate in a hangout featuring Holocaust survivor Gideon Frieder.  Hangouts allow you to engage up to ten computers in the video call allowing students to interact with Mr. Frieder from their respective classrooms.  As you can see, Hangouts is a very powerful way to connect.
Twitter, Google+, websites dedicated to Global Connections and blog surfing are also excellent ways to expand your PLN and global connections.  Searching hashtags like #globalclassroom and spending time on global G+ communities and reading through Skype projects will provide ideas and potential global partners.
You never know where these initial connections might take you!  Three years ago I connected with Mark Engstrom (@markaengstrom), MS Assistant Principal and 8th Grade Geography Teacher at The Graded School – the American School in Sao Paulo on Skype in the Classroom where we completed a Where in the World Geography Project.  It was evident that we had a similar vision of the possibilities of global collaboration and decided to try a project where our students were partnered together.  We immediately saw that the benefits of global collaboration was different than anything we could have provided through a textbook or projects that grouped students within our own classes.  At that time, Global Students Global Perspectives was created.  Together, Mark and I designed four collaborative global projects with the intention of connecting students from across the globe.  What an incredible experience it has been.  Without a doubt, Mark and I learned as much as the students did.  On the map below you will see the classes that participated in each of our four projects last year.  This year we are already expanding to include students from additional countries and continents.
This map includes all of the classes my students have connected with since our very first Skype Call in October 2011.
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View an interactive version of this  map by clicking here.
Our students have the world at their fingertips.  As educators,  it is essential that we provide them with the skills they need to become effective digital and global citizens.
I have made a lot of exciting global connections for the year ahead.  I will post more about these adventures soon on my class site.
If you would like additional information on how you can connect your class globally,  please feel free to email me or connect with me on Twitter.

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!