Announcing the Global Classroom Memento Project

We believe our global connections are changing education and our lives.

As we commemorate the first anniversary of the Global Classroom Project, we are realising that our rich and diverse global connections are having an incredible impact on our classrooms, and our very lives.

We come from different countries, cultures, and economic situations, yet we are learning with the world beyond our classroom walls; building respect, understanding, and a sense of our common humanity.

We are making new friends, and building a true global community.

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Vajrasattva

It is time to share our stories with the world, celebrating our learning and achievements in Global Classroom 2011-12

From a remote village in Nepal, to inner city New York, the Global Classroom Memento Project will connect and celebrate global classrooms across 6 continents, from very diverse linguistic, cultural, and economic backgrounds.

What makes this project a little different from anything we’ve ever done before is the focus on creating digital and physical artefacts of global collaboration.

We have our official memento wiki, and three Global Classroom Scrapbooks which are travelling around the world. These scrapbooks will visit at least 15 countries over the next nine months, visiting diverse places including Brasil, Romania, Guatemala, United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Nepal, India, United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand … and hopefully many more.

How can you get involved?

The Wiki – A Digital Celebration of Global Classroom 2011-12

Teachers, and students are invited to join the official Global Classroom Mementos Wiki, and establish a “Class Page” in a similar style to what we did in Global Classroom 2011.

We’d love to learn a little about your class, your country, and community. We particularly want to encourage your students to share their favourite stories, learning, art, photos, and digital artefacts, created through their involvement in The Global Classroom Project over the past year.

The Travelling Memento Scrapbooks

Two #globalclassroom scrapbooks are on the road, currently embarking on their second journey legs through South America and Europe. The third will leave Australia in a few months time, to coincide with the beginning of the Northern Hemisphere 2012-13 school year. You can follow their journey here.

This part of the project is invitation-only at this stage, as postage and materials proved to be more expensive than anticipated. I have recently launched a PayPal fundraiser to help cover the costs of this inaugural project, and I would sincerely appreciate a small donation to help ensure the long-term viability of this unique educational opportunity.

Your support will go a long way to making the memento scrapbooks a permanent, special celebration of our work in The Global Classroom Project over the years to come.

Thankyou.

Michael Graffin

Global Classroom Co-Founder
Perth, Western Australia

mgraffin.edublogs.org

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3 comments on “Announcing the Global Classroom Memento Project
  1. frugalteacher says:

    Michael, What a great idea! The Global Classroom Project has had a significant impact on me this year. I have learned how to collaborate on a global stage and how to bring the world to my classroom.

    I know it has had an impact on my students and that they will always remember their 2nd grade year when they Skyped with many clssstooms, the funny maths guy in South Aftrica, an astronaut, and a scientist.

    They will remember their Ustream video where we taught the world abut Cinco de Mayo, and the “Seasons Around the World” and “Kids Speak” Voicethreads where we learned what collaboration REALLY means!

    Thank you for all your hard work and many, many, many hours you have spent to make this project memorable and life-changing for teachers and students around the world ~ Louise

  2. frugalteacher says:

    What a great idea, Michael! it will be interesting to see how The Global Classroom has impacted classrooms around the world. For me, it has forever changed the way I teach and present material. I have learned how to collaborate with teachers on a global stage and my students now know that there are kids all over the world just like them! My 2nd graders will always remember the year when they Skyped with classrooms and then marked their location with a pin on our classroom map. There were also memorable Skype sessions with Mr. S – the funny maths guy in S. Africa, an astronaut, and a scientist. They will be able to watch their UStream video where we taught the world about Cinco de Mayo, and the “Seasons Around the World” and “Kids Speak” Voicethreads where we created a collaborative projects with other schools. Thank you for all your hard work and the many,many, many hours you have spent to make this the NEW MODEL for how we teach and learn ~ Louise

  3. [...] September 2012, although some projects (e.g. Brenda Hallowes’ London 2012 project, and the #globalclassroom scrapbooks) will continue through the remainder of our Southern Hemisphere school [...]

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