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

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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

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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Reflection Time: Global Projects – The #globalclassroom Chats (June 14/15)

Thank you to Heidi Hutchison @HeidiHutchison who is helping organise the chats this month, and provided our topic:

Creating and participating in global projects has fed my soul, but more importantly, it has nurtured the spirit of my students. I have come away with many positives through collaborating and partaking in global projects, but I have learned more through some failures this year. 

This weekend, we would like to reflect through sharing what worked and what didn’t work for us.

Questions for our chat:

1.)  What positives happened as a result of participating in global projects and connections (via Skype, Google hangouts, blogging, pen pals, etc.) for you and your students?

2.)  What made it difficult to participate in a global project or connection? What are some ideas to make it better?

3.)  What were some things that fell through the cracks for you and why? What did you learn about yourself that could make it better for others?

4.)  What ideas do you have for the upcoming school year? How can we connect with others to help us create and collaborate more effectively?

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


Chat 1 ~ Saturday, June 14, 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, June 14th, 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, June 15th, 01:00 – 02:00 UTC (Saturday in N & S America!)

  • Saturday night – 18:00 Los Angeles, 21:00 New York
  • Sunday – 06:30 New Dehli, 09:00 Perth, 11:00 Sydney, 13:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.
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Join the Flat Connections Virtual Conference (June 18-20, 2014)

It’s just two weeks until I fly out for the Flat Connections Conference in Sydney! As much as I’d love to see everyone there in person, this is one of the few conferences which you can attend virtually, and I hope you can join us online – for FREE!

You can find out more details, and sign up for the Virtual Conference (even as a team member!) at, and the virtual kickoff meeting is happening early next week, on June 8/9, depending on your timezone.

For more details about the conference, I highly recommend the official website -

If you’re in Sydney, and would like to meet up, tweet @mgraffin / @gcporganisers. I’m looking forward to meeting a few long-time friends there!

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