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

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!

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

2013-14 Closing Webinar - Slides

 

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!

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.

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 http://tinyurl.com/flatsydney, 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 – http://www.flatconnections.com/sydney-2014.html.

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!

Growing Up Global – Is it changing our students? – the #globalclassroom Chats (May 10/11)

Thankyou to @beachcat11 who is helping organise the chats this month, and provided our topic.

“Men often hate each other because they fear each other;

they fear each other because they don’t know each other;

they don’t know each other because they can not communicate;

they can not communicate because they are separated.”

~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

What do you think?

“Global Computer Networking” courtesy of cuteimage / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

When I first read these words, I immediately started wondering: Our kids aren’t separated in the same way any more. So will our students’ ability to connect and collaborate on a global scale eventually help to reduce human conflicts and overcome such hate and fear? Will students who regularly communicate and form relationships with students of different cultures and lifestyles become any more tolerant and understanding than those who don’t?

Our students are clearly ‘growing up global’ in a connected world — where those of us in North America regularly chat with others already in “tomorrow”, where inspiring Korean commercials can be viewed on YouTube around the world, and global projects like the Travelling Rhino project see students in classrooms around the world all working to help solve the very same issue.

As educators create and conduct more and more new global activities and projects, and as we invite world-wide student participation and collaboration, what are we learning about the effects they are having on our students’ values and beliefs? Am I just acting on some blind belief or vague assumption that these things are good for my students?? Or is there some solid body of evidence which proves this is true? What can we do to monitor and provide evidence of what is happening as a result of these global connections — if indeed, there even is any change?!?

They say that when the astronauts sent back pictures of that first human view of Earth from space, it forever changed our collective perception of Planet Earth as “Home”. And I have to wonder: like seeing our planet from space for the very first time, will ‘growing up global’ also leave an indelible mark on the human psyche? Will growing up globally connected help to create a new generation who take it for granted that we are all one connected people who must resolve our differences to work and live together as we journey through space and time on this tiny blue planet?

As our population increases and our access to resources decreases, will growing up global and learning in a connected global classroom make any difference at all to the human ability to overcome fear and hate, and to solve problems together?

What can we do to help make it so?

There are no magic answers, no miraculous methods to overcome the problems we face, just the familiar ones:  an honest search for understanding, education, organization, and action …inspired by the hope of a brighter future.

~~Noam Chomsky

 

Discussion Questions

Please join us as we discuss these issues in our next #globalclassroom chats –  this weekend!

Q1. In what global activities have your and your students participated?

Q2. What did you hope your students would gain from participating in them? Were attitudes and beliefs are an expressed part of your goal?

Q3. Did you observe any evidence of changes in your students’ attitudes and beliefs about different cultures? If so, how?

Q4. As global educators, how can we contribute to the collective knowledge and research about the effects of connected learning?

 

Schedule

Chat 1 ~ Saturday, May 10th, 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 10th, 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 11th, 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.