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Global Collaboration Projects


Gingerbread STEM Project

Check out this STEM/STEAM graham cracker gingerbread engineering challenge where students design and construct their own communities and then provide a presentation tour either via social media or by connecting and sharing with another classroom.

A gingerbread house plus Makey-Makey, littleBits, Squishy Circuits, Ozobot, or Arduino?

Sign us up!

You can even make your community virtually using CoSpacesEDU or Scratch!

Don't miss this chance! The deadline to register is Dec 7th!

Register and find so much more information, including more videos, using the link below.

The Candy Project

Join classrooms from all over the world as you embark on candy learning and sharing journey through a series of sweet activities! There will be a chance to research, write, and even illustrate!

Although it opened November 1st, it will continue through December 31, 2018. Don't miss out!

This project is organized by Lucy Gray, Director of Educational Technology at North Shore Country Day School and co-founder of the Global Education Conference Network.

Mrs. Gray will compile research, creative writing and art into eBooks and will make them available to the public by January 15, 2019.

This five minute video by Bon Appetite is a great way to introduce the Candy Project.

You can have students start thinking about change over time or the historical time frame associated with the candy. You might even discuss candy from other countries!

Click on the link below to register for The Candy Project!

Focus on the ISTE Standards

ISTE S Standard 7 - Global Collaborator

Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.


ISTE E Standard 3a - Citizen

Educators create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.


Tools for Collaboration

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Flipgrid #GRIDPALS

I am sure you have all heard of Flipgrid, a video discussion tool that is great for social learning, building communication skills, and feedback. Classrooms across the world are using Flipgrid as part of their routine daily, and they are also using Flipgrid to connect with other classes. Finding classrooms to connect with can be difficult, but now with Gridpals (Started by Bonnie McClelland), educators now have a way to find other classrooms to connect with! The amazing team at Flipgrid picked up on this awesomess and integrated it right into their platform. So head on over to Flipgrid and check out Gridpals to connect your classroom!

Educator Spotlight

CREATOMsetgo - Kathy Fritz

Background in Education:

Kathy was a Fulbright Fellow and lecturer at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India and a professor of interior design at Savannah College of Art and Design. She also holds a BA in psychology with a minor in special education. Kathy has also worked with adolescents and adults with major mental illness for 10 years prior to becoming a designer and design educator.

What topics inspire you in the world of global education?

Kathy is inspired by narrative and how storytelling through books, documentaries, podcasts, skype interviews, and now, virtual reality, can connect students to build empathy through addressing design challenges. Inspired by A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, Kathy has been coaching teachers to take this project a bit further as a spring board to look at local or regional issues connected with water, sanitation and especially food deserts which is an issue in many of the school districts in Georgia where she lives.

What is the inspiration behind CREATOMsetgo?

“The first time I went to India, I was studying a triple bottom line (People, Planet, Profit) flooring product designed through a collaboration of European and Indian designers and constructed by rural grass mat weavers in the very south of Tamil Nadu, India. I was introduced to the woman-run collective through the Indian NGO IndusTree Crafts Foundation.

In the grass mat weaving collective, the mothers would start teaching the craft to their daughters after school until they were ready to join the collective after graduation. She stood there and met one 14 year old girl who was already an accomplished weaver and asked myself, "How can this new generation of weavers lead the design of new products instead of being dictated designs by university trained designers?

A year later, I returned to India on the Fulbright, and worked with students from Srishti and a non-profit after-school program called Communities Rising. We collaborated and designed art and design integrated activities to spark learning in English language, math and computer literacy. I realized that students in India were being taught to memorize just as students in the US were being taught to memorize facts for tests. This was not just about education in impoverished rural areas, but an issue in educational approach. By developing a design thinking approach to learning, we can engage students through solving the problems that are presented through the curriculum.”

How would you like to see CREATOMsetgo used in education?

The mission of CREATOMsetgo is to make design thinking accessible to everyone. CREATOMset go is designed as a teacher facing tool, but it can be given to students starting around grade 5 to learn the design thinking process and eventually build their own projects.

The CREATOMsetgo tools and the Ultimate Project Planning Guide provides an accessible scaffold, including graphic organizers, project templates, and activities, where teachers can build and execute a rigorous problem solving learning experience with their students. It's like training wheels for design thinking in the classroom.

What have you loved seeing as a result?

“I love it when I meet with teachers and students after they've completed their first project. The discussions and language completely changes. They start talking about how they can iterate on the last project, how they will incorporate end-users this time, what types of new technology they will incorporate to tell the story, or discuss sequencing and on-time delivery of standards. Then, seeing how students giving feedback to each other and discussing design and problem solving is just amazing. They sound like my college students. It's really transformative.”

Big News!

CREATOMsetgo has been shortlisted the Reimagine Education Awards! The Reimagine Education Conference & Award Ceremony will take place on November 29-30 2018 in San Francisco.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Kathy get there. To contribute go to https://www.gofundme.com/send-kathy-to-reimagine-education


Contact Kathy

Contact Kathy directly for questions or coaching through the contact form at www.creatomsetgo.com or via email at kathyfritz@creatombuilder.com.

To purchase CREATOMsetgo or the Ultimate Project Planning Guide to Design Thinking in the Classroom please go to www.creatomsetgo.com/store. Contact Kathy directly if you need to work through a purchase order.

Follow Kathy on Twitter @CREATOMbuilder or on Facebook www.facebook.com/CREATOMbuilder

Focus on the sustainable development goals

SDG #2 - Zero Hunger

The Facts...

  • The proportion of undernourished people worldwide increased from 10.6 per cent in 2015 to 11.0 per cent in 2016. This translates to 815 million people worldwide in 2016, up from 777 million in 2015.
  • In 2017, 151 million children under age 5 suffered from stunting (low height for their age), 51 million suffered from wasting (low weight for height), and 38 million were overweight.

In the spirit of CREATOMsetgo, why not have your students design solutions that will help combat world hunger!

To learn more about the hunger worldwide and how you can get involved, check out the organization below.

What We Do - Heifer International
About The Hunger Project

The #isteGlobalPLN Community

Twitter Chat!!! Nov 26th, 7pm

Mark your Calendars now! You don't want to miss this! ISTEGlobalPLN will join forces with the ISTE Teacher Education PLN and discuss all things #globalcitizenship and #connections. #ISTETEN #ISTEGlobalPLN #GlobalEd.
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Check out our Forum

Have you checked the forum lately? Be sure you are using the power of the GlobalPLN forum to ask questions, meet someone new, give feedback, learn new things, and connect!

Visit http://bit.do/ISTEConnects , sign in using your account or create one, choose communities, select Global Collaboration Network!

ISTE Board Elections Now Open!! Click the image to learn more & Vote!

Check out our very own leader, Nikole Blanchard's election submission.

Missed a webinar?

If you missed our amazing October webinar, "Impactful Action & the SDGs", you can still check it out here!

Find all recorded webinars in our Community Library.

November Global Conferences

LACUE: Louisiana Computer Using Educators Annual Conference

New Orleans, LA


The Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators invites you to attend the LACUE 34th Annual Conference. The conference will be held November 27-29, 2018 at the Hyatt New Orleans.

Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference

Boston, MA


Join us in Boston to explore how teachers in very different schools across the country are using shared leadership and collaborative decision making to design and run student-centered schools! Share and grow together with local and national networking. Learn from practitioners in powerful breakout sessions for schools in all stages. Cost: $254.15 - $399. Contact Email: info@learnlaunch.org; Contact Number: 651-252-4452.

The #ISTEGlobalPLN Leadership Team is here to help!

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