ISTE GCN Global Collaboration Summit

We're hosting our first annual Global Collaboration Summit and we want you to join us!

Register now at bit.do/ISTEGCNSUMMIT.

JUNE 10th entirely online!

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The Great Global Scavenger Hunt

#ISTE19 It's almost here folks! Have you registered for the Great Global Scavenger Hunt!? You don't want to miss out on this awesome experience!
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Connecting the Dots...Creating a Global Movement

If you have never heard of Dr. Sarah Thomas or Edumatch, then check out this amazing webinar to find out all about what you have been missing and how to join in the movement!
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Which SDG are you or your students passionate about? Share your 1 Minute video or the link of video on any one of the 17 #SDGs with us. The 17 selected videos will be posted on our website.

Submit your video by June 10, 2019!

And let's celebrate this movement, as it's student led!

SDGsForChildren was founded in 2014 by the young teenager Ayush Chopra. It is an initiative to give platform to children across the globe to CONNECT, CREATE and COLLABORATE.

Opportunities to Connect & Collaborate

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Design for Change equips young people to transform empathy into social action using 4 steps: Feel, Imagine, Do, Share.

Educators use DFC to facilitate a design process that fosters empathy and student agency.

Students brainstorm, plan, and execute community change projects.

Although the deadline has passed for submissions, check out what is possible and start planning what you and your students want to do next year!


Global Day of Design

Although the Global Day of Design was on May 6th, 2019, we didn't want you to miss out on all the great stuff that was shared.

What is it?

Students need to make, build, and tinker. The Global Day of Design is one-day that focuses on using the Design Thinking process in school. Our goal for the Global Day of Design is to inspire a transformation in schools around the world to incorporate design into an every day practice with our students.

In the past three years over 140,000 students from 1250 schools (and four continents) have participated. We are hoping to grow even more this year!

And we hope you can mark your calendar for the 2020 Global Day of Design!

ISTE T Standard 5: Designer

Educators design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability

ISTE S Standard 4: Innovative Designer

Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.

Summer is almost here: self-care, bookclubs, conferences, and ISTE Connects!

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Breathe for Change

Our very own PLN leader, Erin Dowd, shared information about Breathe for Change on ISTE Connects this past month.

From Breathe for Change's website: Breathe For Change envisions all people inspired, educated, and empowered to be their whole and brilliant selves in their lives, relationships, and communities. We run mind-body and social-emotional wellness trainings that unite, train, and support educators in manifesting individual and collective well-being. We are a movement of passionate educators and leaders transforming ourselves to Change the World, One Teacher at a Time.

If you're interested in either attending a 2 or 3 day workshop or hosting one at your school, please contact Erin at erindowd27@gmail.com and she will connect you with the right people.

And don't forget to use ISTE Connects as a way to learn more about the wonderful ways to collaborate and grow with each other!

Flipgrid Global Book Club!

So you have probably already heard about the amazing Sean Forde (@sean4d) and his mega popular World Read Alouds...but have you heard about his latest project, the Flipgrid Global Book Club? Beginning June 1st, a new book will be featured each month for students from around the world to read at the same time. As the students work their way through the chapters, there will be Flipgrid Topics that will become active throughout the Month for students to respond and reflect on. This will open up the discussion and connections around the world that each book will bring over summer. Even after the month is complete the Flipgrid Grid will be left open for students to continue to post their chapter reflections.
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Have you picked out your summer reading list? Would you like to join educators from around the globe in summer book club full of learning and reflecting? If so, you have to check out #BookCampPD!

GlobalMindED Conference

It's not too late to register for the GlobalMindED Conference in Denver, Co, June 5-17!

Hundreds of dedicated professionals and students will come together to learn from world famous keynote speakers and take part in breakout sessions that target educational change. They will share what has worked in classrooms throughout the country and come away with ways to craft innovative approaches in different settings.

The mission of GlobalMindED is to help First Generation and underrepresented college students achieve career success by providing them with professional skills, resources, networks, mentors, experiential learning and social support via an annual conference, Campus Collaboratives and campus interventions that make grads employment ready and capable for promotion pathways.

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ISTE Connects-join the conversation through your ISTE account

Use the summer to breathe, read a good book and join a book club, AND talk to other amazing educators using ISTE Connects.

Lauren Kocher, of ISTE, created this video that walks you through Connects. Make sure you are harnessing the power of connections!

Educator Focus: Koen Timmers

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It takes people a 5 hour trip to travel to a country having a very different culture, habits, religion, language, etc. But still we know very little about the people living over there. We live in an era where there's technology available to connect synchronous or asynchronous with students living in those countries. This requires a different kind of education. Rather than focusing too much on knowledge acquisition, memorization and assessment we also need to make the learning process student-centered allowing our students to explore, discuss, create, connect, brainstorm, share their findings. By launching projects we promote creativity, problem solving, empathy and critical thinking.

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That is why I decided to launch:

- project Kakuma: 350 teachers offering free educations to African refugees (Kenya) via Skype - there's a cool interaction which fosters intercultural exchange and so students get a fair perspective about refugees' lives. www.projectkakuma.com

- Climate Action project: 500 schools / 90 countries focussing on climate for 4 weeks. Endorsed by Dalai Lama and Charlize Theron, published by media across 45 countries, and mindblowing results like students beginning to plant 60 Million (not a typo!!!) trees in Malawi, Irish president sending mail to students to congratulate, Canadian students 3D printing coral reefs, etc, etc. www.climate-action.info

Students' mindsets have been changed, they had fun, were offered some very important skills which will become increasingly important in 4th industrial revolution and they know more about the world.


Upcoming Projects:

We just finished the No.More.Plastic project in which students focused on the issue, tried to find solutions and took action. 400 schools across 70 countries participated. Some students recycled, found alternatives, some even made their own biodegradable plastic, edible bottles, etc. Really powerful solutions. Did you know 90% of all humans has plastic in their body? Did you know 80 to 90% of tapped water contains micro plastics? That is not ok. And by educating kids about this, we can even bring change at their homes and the community. no.moreplastic.info.

I'm also working on 12 innovation lab schools in collaboration with Jane Goodall. We are working on building schools in 12 countries offering a free education to 1 million students. http://innovationsdglab.com. The project involves our own curriculum built by 20 authors across the world based on UN Sustainable Development Goals.

You can find out more information about projects:




https://joom.ag/T2xa page 42-44

Koen is a Belgian educator, author, speaker and SDG ambassador. In 2018 he was announced as one of the best teachers globally by Bill Gates as part of the Global Teacher Prize. He’s a lecturer and researcher at the Teacher Training department at PXL university college Hasselt. Koen is passionate about technology enhanced and collaborative learning. In 2015 he launched the Kakuma project in which 280 educators across 6 continents offer free education to African refugees via Skype. He also launched several global educational projects focusing on several UN SDGs involving 500 schools over 90 countries which were supported by the Dalai Lama, Charlize Theron, UNESCO, Greenpeace, scientists, National Geographic, etc. These projects were covered by (national) media across 35 countries.

Koen is a Microsoft Expert Educator Fellow, winner of the HundrED award, National Geographic Certified Educator and TeachSDGs founding ambassador. He’s co-author of the book “Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” which is available at Amazon.

Koen has been invited to speak at NNSTOY Washington, EdCrunch Moscow, Mesa Vienna, GESF Dubai, Agastya Bangalore, Microsoft UK, European Commission, Qudwa Abu Dhabi, Teach for Belgium and NRClive Rotterdam.

He created several educational apps and websites and founded his own online school Zelfstudie.com currently having 20,000 online students.

More info: www.timmers.me

Sustainable Development Goals

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Planet or Plastic?

Did you know that 9 million tons of Plastic Waste ends up in the oceans each year? Want to learn more about what you and your students can do to combat this? Check out National Geographic to learn more and to take the pledge!

Virtual Reality and Education

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World Wise, as a part of Maiden Voyage Productions

World Wise builds Global Competence with Virtual Reality (VR) films and interactive learning experiences designed to foster empathy and raise awareness of diverse cultures and critical global issues.

Grounded in collaborations with local and international nonprofits, we share the inspiring stories of teens engaged in environmental stewardship, wildlife conservation, social justice and human rights.

The curriculum and VR experience is being piloted as we speak. Stay tuned for more and follow them on Twitter @Be_WorldWise for updates!

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Radical Empathy Education Foundation (REEF)

Diversity is our Strength

It is our shared mission to end trafficking.

Our team consists of experts in fields relevant to anti-trafficking efforts, survivor support, and justice. Working together, our diversity allows us to approach trafficking from a more holistic viewpoint.

Our Board of Directors and our partners have expertise in interactive education, psychology, accountancy, law enforcement, private investigations, legal support and representation, software and hardware technology, entertainment software, gamification, nonprofit leadership, grantmaking, direct services, mental health issues, code enforcement, curriculum creation, strategic partnerships, war crimes, and more.

Our advisors include awareness and prevention educators, survivors, survivor groups, agencies working to turn victims into survivors, and groups providing direct services to survivors.

Most importantly, we are children, parents, siblings, spouses, and understand our interconnectedness with others. Each of us wants to have a world without slavery and are dedicated to that mission: ending human trafficking in one generation.

Schools and districts can be trained in the VR experience and included curriculum. Follow them on Twitter at @REEFCares and reach out to find out more information!

REEF training at Vista Innovation Design Academy (VIDA)

Read more about training in REEF's VR experience and curriculum at a San Diego area school!

All things immersion tech...prepare to be transported! @geoparadigm @steampunksedu @jamesmccrary @stevensato.

Available on iTunes & Google Play.

Follow the hashtag #vrpodcast and @VRPodcast on Twitter for more information!

Countdown to #ISTE19

There will be plenty to share about what to look for at #ISTE19 in our June newsletter (which will be published just a few days before #ISTE19!), but as we continue to countdown to Philadelphia, we will share a few things to look for in this newsletter!

We can't wait to see you!

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The 8th annual Global Education Day celebration is taking place this year at this year's ISTE conference! Find all the details here.

Join Lucy Gray, Steve Hargadon, and many members of the Global Education Conference community on Sunday, June 23rd from 2:30 PM to 5:15 PM for a special face-to-face meeting in which you can connect and collaborate with other globally-minded educators. This is a great way to meet others before the official start of the ISTE conference!

This participatory event will feature:

  • Inspirational ignite talks by noted educators and organizations working to connect classrooms
  • Design sprints around the formation of global project-based learning opportunities (NEW THIS YEAR!)
  • A global resources fair for organizations
  • A global resource cool tools smackdown in which attendees will share the best resources and tools for creating global experiences for students

Want to give an ignite talk, participate in our Global Resources Fair, facilitate our design sprints (no experience necessary), share a resource during our Global Resources Smackdown, or receive email updates if you are attending ISTE? Fill out this form!

You can contact Lucy Gray if you have more questions! She is the Director of Educational Technology at North Shore Country Day School. She is also Co-Chair of The Global Education Conference, GlobalEd Events. Her contact information is lucy@globaledevents.com || @elemenous || @GlobalEdCon.

Visit the website: http://www.globaledmeetup.com/

ISTEGlobalPLN Playground

Don't miss the opportunity to learn all about opportunities to collaborate and share at our Playground! It will be Wednesday, June 26, 9:00 am–1:00 pm.

Look for the badge on Twitter to see who will be there, presenting. We've already spotted a few!

Your #ISTEGlobalPLN Leadership

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