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!

Schedule

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.

Early Childhood Reflections (May #globalclassroom Archives)

Skype Connections in Grade 3/4 via @RobynThiessen

The May #globalclassroom chats were some of the liveliest and productive we’ve had in some time. With contributions from leading early childhood educators around the world, it is hard to sum up the true impact of these chats …

I highly recommend exploring the archives for great links, resources, and ideas for integrarating global perspectives into the early years.

Archives

Thank you to our moderators – @WarwickLanguage, @learningmurd, @MrsMorgansClass, and first time #globalclassroom moderators @tashacowdy & @tori1074.

Connecting & Collaborating in Early Childhood (May #globalclassroom Chat)

To celebrate the publication of our first Global Classroom Project feature article, in the K-3 Class Ideas magazine here in Australia, this month’s #globalclassroom chat is dedicated to exploring the possibilities for global connections and collaboration in Early Childhood (K-3). (You can read the article here.)

K-3 Class Ideas

Guiding Questions

We are lucky enough to have some amazing early childhood educators in the #globalclassroom community, and its time to give their stories and experiences centre stage. If you know of an early childhood educator, please let them know about these chats! We’d always enjoy meeting new faces!

  • What online communities and projects do early childhood teachers find useful for connecting and collaborating globally?

  • How do we ensure that our students have the skills and understanding necessary to participate in a global collaboration project?

  • What strategies and tools can we use to support very young children’s participation in global projects?

  • Can you share your stories and advice for K-3 teachers interested in exploring the possibilities of global connections?

  • What options are there for K-3 classrooms without reliable Internet connections to get involved in global projects?

Chat Schedule & Times

Chat 1 ~ Saturday, May 11th, 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, May 11th, 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, May 12th, 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.

KNOCK Those Classroom Walls DOWN!

WAIT a minute … before you take that TOO seriously, PLEASE continue reading. Put that sledge hammer down … we’re not talking demolition … we’re talking global connections! That’s right … you can’t BUILD global connections without FLATTENING those CLASSROOM walls!

There is something SO empowering when students feel personally invested in their learning journey!

There is something SO empowering when students feel personally invested in their learning journey!

This month, our #globalclassroom chat will focus on the POWER of blogging with your students. We are SO fortunate to be teaching in an age when the SKY is the LIMIT with technology. Skype has become a staple in MANY classrooms. No longer are BOOKS our sole way of learning about the world … and, while relying on Google to enrich our inquiries is STILL important, we are NOW able to connect in REAL time with others around the world. This ability to connect synchronously and asynchronously, collaborating with other classes on the other side of the WORLD, has changed our learning FOREVER. We are NO longer just learning ABOUT the world. We are in an age where we are learning WITH the world.

Writing for authentic reasons create magic moments when your students chant "We should BLOG about this!"

Writing for authentic reasons creates MAGIC moments when your students chant “We should BLOG about this!”

Some things to think about PRIOR to our February chat:

  • Why is blogging a valuable tool for connecting and sharing global inquiries with a global audience?
  • What skills can students develop by sharing their learning with a global audience?
  • If you don’t have access to an NGO, (Non-Government Organization), where do you find collaboration opportunities? How can you find projects to join?
  • How can you create you OWN inquiry to share?
  • How do you fit it into EVERYTHING else you need to accomplish in a day?
  • How do you come up with “post” ideas for your blog?
  • What are some resources you use? Books? Sources of inspiration?
  • How do you address digital citizenship? Global citizenship? Online safety?
  • How do you attract readers to your classroom blog?

If you are interested in learning more about flattening YOUR walls and creating a global classroom for your students, you should DEFINITELY check out the Global Classroom Wiki and the Global Classroom Blog! This learning community is ALL about sharing and mentoring, and there are projects already on the go to help you get your feet wet or to continue to enrich you and your students’ learning journeys! TRUST me … once you START blogging with you students, connecting and learning WITH the world and no longer just ABOUT the world, you will NEVER look back!

After you’re done checking out THOSE awesome resources, mark the February #globalclassroom chat on your CALENDAR! See the times below … we’re looking forward to CONNECTING with you!

Chat 1 – Saturday – February 9th (10:00 GMT)

  • 10AM London, 3.30PM New Delhi, 6PM Perth, 9PM Sydney (AEDT), 11PM Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone. 

Chat 2 – Saturday – February 9th (19:00 GMT) 

  • 11AM Los Angeles, 2PM New York, 7PM London, 9PM Cape Town,
  • 8AM SUNDAY – Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

Chat 3 – Saturday – February 9th / Sunday – February 10th (02:00 GMT) 

  • Saturday night – 6PM Los Angeles, 9PM New York
  • Sunday – 7.30AM New Dehli, 10AM Perth, 1PM Sydney, 3PM Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone

January #globalclassroom Chat Reflections: a HUGE Celebration of Collaboration and Community!

Photo shared by the Global Grade 3s.

Photo shared by the Global Grade 3s.

It’s hard to believe that the January #globalclassroom chats have already come and gone! The new schedule proved to be a huge success, with all three chats occurring within a 24 hour period. Although it was certainly a celebration, it was a powerful work party as well.

It was a WONDERFUL opportunity for participants to share their  highlights and SUCCESSES in a #globalclassroom as well as some of the FROGS that @iEARNUSA got us thinking about and sharing during the December “Eat that Frog” discussion. This specific “frog” chat was a highlight for MANY!

Several fantastic suggestions were shared for future chats and have been saved in order to guide our journey going forward. Please remember that this is ALWAYS a working “document” of sorts, morphing and changing with the needs of our #globalclassroom participants. If you think of a topic that you would like to see explored you are urged to share it on the wiki or to contact @mgraffin!

The #globalclassroom community is a vibrant, collaborative and generous one. People share willingly and eagerly. Even if you do NOT have a #globalclassroom, this is the place to begin discovering how EASY it is to bring the WORLD to your students, within the supportive #globalclassroom environment! After all, learning WITH the world, not just ABOUT the world, makes our learning authentic, personalized and meaningful!

Be sure to check the archives of these chats. Each contains a WEALTH of information, links and on-going projects! Thank you to EVERYONE for making this January chat a HUGE success! We COULDN’T do it WITHOUT you! We are looking forward to seeing you at the FEBRUARY #globalclassroom chats!

Global Perspectives in Inquiry – #globalclassroom Chat (November 2012)

This month marks the ONE YEAR anniversary of the #globalclassroom chats. From humble beginnings, these chats have become a major monthly event on the global education calendar, and truly taken on a life of their own.

This month’s chat sees a slew of time changes in response to the start / end of daylight saving in various parts of the world, and an adjustment to the start time of Chat #3 in response to poor attendance over the past few months. We have tried to bring it into a more friendly time for our growing #globalclassroom community in the United Kingdom.


cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by quinn.anya

This month’s topic comes to us courtesy of Aimee Gale (@aimee_gale) in Australia. 

When I was asked by Michael Graffin to submit a question for the next global classroom chat, my thoughts went straight to inquiry. I am very passionate about creating authentic inquiries that help develop the whole student.

I believe it is important that inquiries are developed around rich concepts and essential questions that can inspire a child or an adult. Often one of the hardest elements in developing rich inquiries is making sure that they go further than just a theme. When planning for inquiry units I want them to involve students developing empathy and compassion and a deeper understanding of the world.

To further explore this idea this months #globalclassroom chat topic is:

How can we support students to inquire into global issues that help develop empathy and compassion?

Some of the specific questions we will be exploring include:

  • Why is it important to use inquiry to help develop the whole child?
  • What are some global issues that could be explored through a rich inquiry?
  • How can making global connections help students develop empathy and compassion?
  • Where could teachers find connections that can help their students explore global perspectives?
  • How do you convince your planning team that exploring global perspectives is essential?

Chat Schedule – November 2012

Chat 1 – Saturday, November 10, 17:00 – 18:00 UTC – N America, S America, Europe, Africa

  •  New York: 12pm (noon), London: 5pm (17:00), Cape Town: 7pm (19:00), Bucharest: 7pm (20:00)
  • Or click here to find out when this chat runs in your time-zone.

Chat 2 – Sunday, November 11, 09:00 – 10:00 UTC – Europe, Asia, Australia

  •  London: 9am (9:00), Singapore: 5pm (17:00), Perth: 5pm (17:00), Tokyo: 6pm (18:00), Sydney: 8pm (20:00), Auckland: 10pm (22:00)
  • Or click here to find out when this chat runs in your time-zone.

Chat 3 – Monday November 12, 21:00 – 22:00 UTC – N America, S America / United Kingdom / Tuesday November 13 in Australia & Asia)

  • MONDAY New York: 4pm (16:00), London: 9pm (21:00)
  • TUESDAY Sydney: 8am (08:00), Auckland: 10am (10:00)
  • OR click here to find out when this chat runs in your timezone.

Getting a global project started … Where do you begin, and how do you make it meaningful and sustainable?

The May #globalclassroom chats are upon us, and this month’s question and discussion post comes to us courtesy of Laurie Renton, a Grade Three teacher working in Alberta, Canada. (@RentonL)

In her own words … this is how her global inquiry began:

I have been blessed with the opportunity to work closely with a not-for-profit organization working in Peru.  Our Library Project was a global inquiry that essentially “fell into our lap” and took on a life of its own because we allowed our children to wonder, to clarify, and to ask further questions after participating in a Video Conference experience to “enhance” our understanding of the customs and culture in Peru.  What we thought would be a “one time only” has grown into an amazing partnership with our Grade Threes and this organization – working to build a library in a small rural weaving village – Q’enqo Peru.

This is our second year in the project.  This year, we’ve been given permission to pilot a classroom blog in order to connect with experts and to share our learning journey.  The blog has added another incredible layer to our global inquiry.  Although our inquiry is tied to our Social Studies curriculum, it is interwoven into all other curricula in ways we would have never predicted.

Thoughts:

  • A global project is easiest and most meaningful when it is directly connected to your curriculum – not an add on that isn’t found within your grade SLOs (often the engagement and “buy in” is not there when it isn’t directly connected to the learning taking place within the classroom), especially if you want it to be long term and sustainable.
  • It can occur naturally when you allow children the opportunity to extend their understanding of concepts and personalize meaning by asking questions.
  • When you are able to connect with experts in the field and ask student questions, this often further extends the inquiry.
  • Being able to weave the inquiry into all aspect of the curriculum enriches the exploration and deepen the connections.

What do you think?

  • Finding an inquiry to take to the “next level” is challenging … what would you suggest for people who are interested and just not sure where to begin?
  • Do you have examples of authentic global inquiry projects that you could share with us?
  • How do you make these connections with “experts in the field”?
  • How do you make your inquiry “manageable” so that you are able to get ALL curricular “responsibilities” addressed AND find time to pursue your global project?
  • What tools are you using to share your global inquiry with others?  Blogging? Video? Skype? Wiki?
  • How do you generate global interest in your inquiry? Twitter?

May Chat Details

Saturday, May 12 – USA, Europe, Africa (17:00 – 18:00 GMT)

  • 1PM (13:00) New York, 6PM (18:00) London, 7PM (19:00) Cape Town, 8PM (20:00) Bucharest
  • Or click here to find out when this chat runs in your timezone.

Sunday, May 13 - Asia / Europe ( 9:00 – 10:00 GMT)

  • 10AM (10:00) London, 5PM (17:00) Singapore, 6PM (18:00) Tokyo, 7PM (19:00) Sydney, 9PM (21:00) Wellington
  • Or click here to find out when this chat runs in your timezone.

Monday / Tuesday May 14 / 15 (22:00 – 23:00 GMT)

  • 6PM (18:00) New York, 11PM (23:00) London – Monday
  • 6AM (6:00) Hong Kong, 8AM (8:00) Sydney, 10AM (10:00) Auckland – Tuesday
  • OR click here to find out when this chat runs in your timezone.

Can you help?

We are always keen to recruit new chat moderators, and would love suggestions for future chat topics. Please tweet @mgraffin if interested or access the online form on the #globalclassroom chat wiki. We sincerely appreciate your support!