World Water Day 2014 – March #globalclassroom chats & Projects


This coming weekend marks the celebration of World Water Day 2014, held on March 22 each year, and it promises to be a wet weekend at The Global Classroom Project.

1) World Water Day International LinoIt Project 2014

For the past three years, the WWD LinoIt Project has given students around the world the opportunity to share their thoughts, photos, and experiences of water conservation with the wider world.

This year’s project will run from March 19-25, and will be jointly hosted by Class 5, from School 1302 in Moscow, Russia and Robyn Thiessen’s Grade 4/5 class in Canada. We are also looking forward to working with Project Purus, who are raising to provide clean water for school children in Nepal. 

Please bookmark the 2014 LinoIt and share with your class using this link –

2) March #globalclassroom Chats – March 22/23

See the UN World Water Day website for more!

Discussion Questions

  1. What does water mean to you and your community?
  2. What global water issues are you aware of, or experiencing in your country?
  3. What opportunities can we provide our students to take action on water issues in their local region?
  4. Can students raise awareness and make a real difference globally? Can you share some examples?
  5. What activities and teaching resources would you recommend for exploring World Water Day issues with your class?


Please double check the time in your region, particularly if you have recently moved to/from DST

Chat 1 ~ Saturday, March 22, 10:00 – 11:00 UTC

  • 10:00 London, 12:00 Cape Town, 15:30 New Delhi, 18:00 Perth, 21:00 Sydney (AEDT), 23:00 Auckland

  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

Chat 2 ~ Saturday, March 22, 18:00 – 19:00 UTC

  • 11:00 Los Angeles, 14:00 New York, 18:00 London, 20:00 Cape Town, 07:00 SUNDAY – Auckland

  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

Chat 3 ~ Sunday, March 23, 02:00 – 03:00 UTC (Saturday in N & S America!)

  • Saturday night – 18:00 Los Angeles, 21:00 New York

  • Sunday – 06:30 New Dehli, 9:00 Perth, 12:00 Sydney, 14:00 Auckland

Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.


#globalclassroom Conversations & Interviews

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had the privilege of chatting with some amazing educators around the world, sharing #globalclassroom stories through podcasts and a Google “Hangout on Air”.

In case you missed them, we highly recommend taking a few moments to watch / listen to these –

The Global Classroom Project – Every Classroom Matters with Cool Cat Teacher (Podcast)

Despite having to get up at 5AM, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to chat with Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher), one of the two amazing global educators who inspired this very project. You can listen to / download the podcast here.

The Global Classroom @ ACCELN “Hangout on Air”

This was the first ever #globalclassroom “Hangout on Air”, hosted by Amanda Rablin and Roland Gesthuizen from the ACCE Learning Network.

Featuring passionate teachers from Australia, South Africa, USA, and Taiwan – this was one of the most international #ACCELN hangouts ever, and we look forward to returning to the show in 2014. A number of people dropped in while we were on air, so this one is worth watching all the way through!

Global Classroom 2013-14 Launch – Slides & Recordings


Image via @ICT_Integrator, South Africa

It is hard to believe that we’re embarking on the third year of our #globalclassroom journey, but here we are.

With our formal launch at #globaled13 (and repeat webinar the following day), Global Classroom 2013-14 is officially under-way. It looks to be an incredibly exciting year, with some 20 projects already on the wiki, with a few more in development.

The two launch webinars featured 16 speakers from Australia, New Zealand, Bulgaria, South Africa, Canada, USA, Taiwan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, and were very well attended.

Webinar 2 featured short presentations from our Partner Charities – Open World Cause and Project Purus, whose work we are keen to promote and support through Global Classroom 2013-14.

Thank you to everyone who made these presentations possible! Your support, dedication, and passion shine are what makes our community so special!


Webinar 1

Webinar 2

  • Hosted by Teresa Mackinnon @warwicklanguage), Louise Morgan (@mrsmorgansclass) and Theresa Allen (@tdallen5)
  • BlackBoard Recording

Working in the Global Classroom @ #RSCON4 (Oct 12)

Cross posted from

If there are any other #globalclassroom teachers presenting at this conference, please get in touch – we would love to help promote your sessions.

Reform Symposium

Next weekend will be a special moment on my teaching journey, when I present at the Reform Symposium eConference, the online conference which kick-started my global journey over two and a half years ago.

In 2011, I was a troubled first year relief (substitute) teacher who’d been going through all kinds of first-year hell, just starting to explore the potential of online connections as a professional learning resource. I was experimenting with Twitter, building this blog, and writing about Personal Learning Networks. With the quiet assistance of my dear friend @clivesir, I found myself sharing my learning and experiences at a global conference for the very first time …

2013 Reform Symposium E-Conference (RSCON)

Now, I’m returning to where it all began, presenting “Working in the Global Classroom – A Teacher’s Journey“, on Saturday Oct 1 (13:00 GMT) at #RSCON4. This is on the weekend in the Americas and Europe, so I hope you’ll drop in and say hi 🙂

You can find out the exact time, and details on the other (amazing) #RSCON4 sessions, using the official schedule here.

Reform Symposium eConference #4 – October 2013

Teachers now have access to free quality professional development via current online technologies. Experience this live with thousands of educators from around the globe by attending the 4th annual Reform Symposium Online Conference, RSCON, which takes place October 11th to 13th in conjunction with Connected Educator Month. Attend this free online conference from anywhere that has Internet access.

View the schedule online here.

Look forward to being inspired by the following:

  • Plenaries- Sugata Mitra, 2013 Ted prize winner and instigator of the Hole-in-the Wall experiment and Salome Thomas-EL, Principal EL of the Dr. Oz Show.

  • Steve Bingham, electric violinist, and Laura Oldham, the Book Supplier, will play live.

  • 3 Panel discussions featuring Dr. Alec Couros, Ozge Karaoglu, Nicholas Provenzano, Jackie Gerstein, Steven Anderson, Silvia Tolisano, Joe Dale, Tom Whitby, Pam Moran, Lisa Dabbs, Erin Klein, and Tom Murray.

  • 100+ sessions. Topics include genius hour, the flipped classroom, global projects, mobile learning, game based learning, web 2.0 tools, integrating iPads, e-portfolios, and more. The activities meet Common Core objectives and cover all subjects and age groups.

  • Nominate an educator to receive an EdInspire Award. Takes 5 minutes.

  • Keynotes include Angela Maiers (US), Mark Moran (US), Steve Wheeler (UK), Chuck Sandy (Japan), Rafael Parente (Brazil), John Spencer (US), Chris Lehmann (US), Sue Waters (Australia), Jose Vilson (US), Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto (Japan), Mark Barnes (US), Josh Stumpenhorst (US), Nicky Hockly (Sp), German Doin (Argentina), and 13 year-old humanitarian Mallory Fundora (founder of Project Yesu)

Connect with over 10,000 educators from 100+ countries and receive conference updates via the community, Twitter (@RSCON4), Facebook, or Pinterest.

Global Classroom Lead Teachers 2012-13


We’d like to formally congratulate the Global Classroom Lead Teachers for 2012-13.

We are proud to work with such an amazing group of international educators, who are shining examples of teachers who “connect, learn, share, collaborate and lead globally”.

This year, our Lead Teachers were nominated by the #globalclassroom community and @gcporganisers, recognising their special contribution to the development and success of the #globalclassroom community.

Over the course of 2012-13, our Lead Teachers  have made:

  • Significant contributions to the professional learning of teachers around the world (through our blog & Twitter chats)
  • Inspired efforts to enhance their students’ learning through their global connections
  • Assisted with the development and maintenance of the #globalclassroom online learning spaces
  • Created innovative, pioneering projects which showcase new ways for teachers and students to connect, learn, share, and collaborate globally.

New and experienced global educators alike, we highly recommend adding our #globalclassroom Lead Teachers to your PLNs.


Anne Mirtschin (@murcha)

Anne has long been an inspiration; tirelessly mentoring and supporting global educators around the world. Her efforts to share best practice in global education have been very well received by the #globalclassroom community, and added great value to our monthly Twitter chats. Thanks Anne!

Kerry Muste (@kerrymuste)

Kerry is one of the few #globalclassroom Lead Teachers I’ve actually had the pleasure of meeting face-to-face. She is rapidly emerging as an ICT and global education leader here in Western Australia, and has already made a rich contribution to our organisation.

Pru Thomas (@pruthomas)

While we’ve had Flat Friends exchanges as part of the #globalclassroom for some time, Pru’s Flat Rosie project (2012) took them to a whole new level. Flat Rosie was one of the most popular projects we helped promote last year, and we hope that she will return, in some form, in the future!


Cathy Beach (@beachcat11)

Although Cathy has just retired after many years of teaching, she is an inspiration and should be an example to those new to the profession. Cathy embraced technology and brought it into her classroom so that her students could benefit from connected learning and was keen to try anything vaguely tech-related. She also participated in The Travelling Rhinos Project with gusto, resulting in her students making various meaningful contributions.

Karen Lirenman (@KLirenman)

Awarded the ‘ISTE Kay L. Bitter Vision Award’ earlier this year, Karen has become an integral part of the #globalclassroom community this year. We are proud to work with such a passionate and innovative early-childhood educator who works to make a difference for her students.

Laurie Renton (@RentonL)

There have been times when I have wondered if Laurie ever sleeps, as her boundless enthusiasm for the #globalclassroom chats, classroom blogging, and Peru appear to know no limits. We’d like to thank Laurie for her rich contribution to our online community, and in particular for her incredible support of the #globalclassroom chats.

Robyn Thiessen (@RobynThiessen)

Robyn is a natural global educator whose Global Genius Hour is a perfect example of a relevant and authentic global project. She has impressed many through her active participation in our projects, twitter chats, and community spaces, and her #geniushour project continues to receive positive, worldwide attention.

Sarah Thompson (@smrthompson)

We’re not sure how many #globalclassroom folk know Sarah, but you will certainly know her work. Sarah has been a key member of our 2012-13 wiki management team, and we are very grateful for her giving up her time and expertise in support the behind-the-scenes management of the #globalclassroom community.


Stefan Nielsen (@snskole)

Having the unusual distinction of connecting the Global Classroom with Antarctica, Stefan, and his bunch of Grade 2 students, helped make our year. We highly recommend exploring Stefan’s bilingual class blog at


Tasha Cowdy (@tashacowdy)

Perhaps the most extraordinary Kindergarten teacher we’ve ever met online, Tasha constantly pushes the boundaries, connecting her young students with the world. We wish Tasha all the best for her new job in Russia, and highly recommend her work to any early childhood teachers interested in building their own global classrooms.


Brenda Hallowes (@bhallowes)

Over the past year, Brenda has become a model #globalclassroom teacher; actively contributing to our online community spaces and working to build longer-term collaborative relationships with classes around the world. She has become a valuable contributor to the #globalclassroom chats, and we are proud to have her as a member of our community.

Karen Stadler (@ICT_Integrator)

It is hard to describe Karen’s 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? Except that we think this project is going places …


Nick Corben, South Korea (@NickCorben)

Nick is one of our new #globalclassroom teachers based in SE Asia, and he’s been nominated for his involvement in the Travelling Rhinos project, where “he set aside his regular curriculum and dedicated so much time and effort to raising awareness amongst his students”. As Karen commented, “his students were totally engaged and produced amazing work! I had a fantastic Skype session with his class too!”


Rawya Shatila (@raywashatila)

Rawya is a shining example of a caring, dedicated educator who helps her students “learn with the world, not just about it.” Rawya made a fantastic contribution to our recently published Global Classroom feature article, and has quietly helped transform teachers’ and students’ understanding of the extraordinary people and culture of the Middle East.


Luke Dyer (@dukelyer)

Despite the rural setting of his school, way down in New Zealand, Luke’s class made a truly staggering contribution to the Travelling Rhinos Project. They drew up a petition and raised far-reaching awareness by having articles published in TWO local newspapers! We were extremely proud to see how a new #globalclassroom teacher took a project, and used it as a springboard to make a real-world difference, beyond their classroom walls. We look forward to working with Luke next year, and wish him all the best for his new job in China!


David Karnosack (@DKarnoscak)

Here at #globalclassroom, we try to provide teachers with the online spaces to connect, learn, share, and collaborate globally. With a very busy year on Skype, David has been one of our most active #globalclassroom teachers of 2012-13, and thoroughly deserves his nomination for Lead Teacher 2012-13.

Donna Roman (@donnaroman)

Those who have been lucky enough to meet Donna online, or face-to-face, know her to be a wonderful and inspiring global education leader. Working with Lisa Parisi, she won the ‘2013 ISTE SIGOL Online Learning Award’ for their ‘Natural Disasters’ project. We’re hoping to work more closely with her in the year to come!

Heidi Hutchinson (@heidihutchison)

Over the past year, Heidi has proved to be an exemplary #globalclassroom teacher, drawing upon the community resources and support to launch her first (and very successful) global project – the “Malala Project”. This project was one of our first student-led investigative projects which responded to current, real-world issues, and we look forward to seeing many more in future!

Kyle Dunbar (@edtechdunny)

Kyle has had a busy year, organising and leading the Flat Classroom Virtual Book Club in early 2013. She remains one of our few active #globalclassroom secondary teachers and we can’t wait to see what she creates in 2012-13!

Louise Morgan (@MrsMorgansClass)

Over the past year, Louise has become a key #globalclassroom leader and project manager, who tirelessly seeks to “lead up”, and support other teachers. We’d like to thank her for her tireless dedication, leadership, and creativity – which has come to underpin our organisation.

Lisa Parisi (@lparisi)

When I eventually find a class of my own, I’ll be modelling my global collaboration activities on Lisa’s exemplary record. I am indebted to Karen Stadler for creating the project which turned Lisa into such a passionate advocate for the #globalclassroom community, and am very much looking forward to working more closely with her in 2013-14.

Maggie Powers (@mpowers3)

We first met Maggie when she was working as an education consultant, and we were thrilled to work with her this year when she brought the ‘Global Classroom’ to the early childhood students of her new school. She’s done some amazing work this year, participating in a range of projects, and making a very welcome and positive contribution to our community.

Theresa Allen (@tdallen5)

Affectionately known as the ‘lady who never sleeps’, Theresa is “omnipresent in the Global Classroom world. Any time help is required for a project or a favour is asked she has always come to the fore”. Theresa has been a key leader and #globalclassroom mentor, and her contribution has been deeply valued by teachers all over the world.

Tina Schmidt (@MrsSchmidtB4)

Tina has had a busy year, running Edmodo PenPals for a second year, and exploring new connections via classroom blogging & Flat Stanley exchanges. Tina is a great collaborator and project leader, and we’re thrilled to know she’s been able to use #globalclassroom connections to build closer relationships with classes around the world.

Honorary Awards

Awarded to global education leaders who aren’t formally a part of the #globalclassroom community, but who have been nominated for their inspirational efforts to enable their students and colleagues around the world to ‘connect, learn, share, and collaborate globally’.

Endang Palupi, Indonesia

Endang is an amazing ICT leader and English Language Teacher in Indonesia. She has a passion for providing her language learners with frequent and authentic opportunities to practice their skills with native English speakers around the world. As one of a handful of teachers in Indonesia who use ICT to flatten their classroom walls, we highly recommend adding Endang to your Skype PLN.

Ashley Bowman, USA (@ateach08)

This may come as a surprise to Ashley, but her work has not gone unnoticed by members of the #globalclassroom community. We believe she richly deserves the following glowing nomination:

Mrs. Bowman is a dedicated and passionate teacher who has worked extremely hard this year to ‘break down’ her classroom walls and connect her students to others around the world.

She teaches 5th grade at Community Christian School, a private, Christian school in Florida, and has connected her class with another private, Christian school in Lima, Peru. Mrs. Bowman’s class also began blogging, which is something that no other teacher at her school has even attempted. In addition, Mrs. Bowman has implemented Mystery Skype this year which has enhanced her geography lessons and allowed her students to learn from other students around the world.

Mrs. Bowman was chosen to lead a pilot program at her school this year and to bring in innovative ways to use technology. In a school that has limited technology and resources, I would say she has done an amazing job. Very few teachers in the private school sector receive recognition for their work, but I believe Mrs. Bowman is one who deserves acknowledgment for her efforts this year.

Global Classroom 2012-13 Webinars – Slides & Recordings

map - americas europe webinar july 27

A Fitting End to Global Classroom 2012-13

On Saturday July 27, we held our “Looking Forwards, Looking Back” Webinars, marking the end of our 2012-13 project.  The webinars were attended by close to 30 teachers from 8 countries (across the two sessions), and featured speakers from Australia, Canada, the United States, Bulgaria, and South Africa.

2012-13 was an amazing year of global learning, and marked a significant evolution in the #globalclassroom community; as we gradually move towards hosting and creating projects which go beyond ‘the meet & greet’, changing perspectives and making a real-world difference.

We highly recommend exploring the slides, and watching at least one of the webinar recordings. Webinar 2 was hosted by Lisa Parisi and Theresa Allen, and featured guest speakers from Open World Cause come in at the end to briefly talk about their work with the SAV School Nepal.

We’re looking forward to a significant year ahead, with Global Classroom 2013-14 scheduled to begin around October 2013.



Webinar 1 (Australia, Europe)

Webinar 2 (Americas / Europe)

Note: Webinar 2 (slides and audio) are also available on YouTube at


UPDATED – NEW VRoom for #globalclassroom Closing Webinars (July 27)


UPDATED 11:00GMT – Please note change of Webinar Room & advice for Mac Users.


Due to a software conflict issue, Mac users have been having trouble accessing our usual webinar ‘room’.

We’ve borrowed a new VRoom from @WarickLanguage, one of our #globalclassroom stalwarts for our second webinar at 19:00 GMT tonight.

Please note: This will NOT help Mac users with OS X 10.8.4, but WILL enable users to access the VRoom on their mobile devices (iOS/Android) as an alternative. Please see this document for guidance on how to do this.

WEBINAR ROOM for Webinar #2:

Please log in AT LEAST 10 minutes early to allow the slides to download, particularly if you are on a slow connection.

The time of the webinar has not changed. 

Thank you!

Please join us for the official Global Classroom 2012-13 Closing Webinars this weekend.

We’re running two sessions, 12 hrs apart to enable global participation. If the times work, you’re most welcome to come along to both 🙂

A note to #globalclassroom teachers – the more the merrier 🙂 

Webinar 1 – 05:00 GMT

6AM London, 7AM Cape Town, 1PM Beijing, 3PM Sydney, 5PM Auckland.

Click here to see when this is in YOUR timezone.

Webinar 2 – 17:00 GMT

7AM Hawaii, 10AM Los Angeles, 12PM Chicago, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Cape Town

Click here to see when this is in YOUR timezone.

How to Join

The webinars will be held in Blackboard Collaborate.

You will need to have Java installed on your computer, and preferably have a microphone headset handy. Please try and log in at least 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start to ensure that you can log in, and check that your speakers and mic are working correctly.


Please spread the word!

We would greatly appreciate your assistance in spreading this message as far and wide as possible. This year, with a completely different timeslot, we are hoping for a more representative global audience. We know some of our members are travelling, and some won’t be able to attend on the day, so we will be recording the sessions, and sharing the slides and recording links after the presentations.

Thank you.