It's not too late: the December ISTE Global PLN Webinar, with Rachelle Dene Poth!

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Register today!!

In this 30 minute webinar, Rachelle Dene Poth (@Rdene915) will take us on a journey to go global with Project Based Learning. She will show how project-based learning provides opportunities for students to connect globally and the benefits for student learning, by having access to authentic and real-world learning experiences that will prepare them for the future. Learn how to get started, how to connect, the challenges that may arise and where to find the best resources. See student projects and hear how these connections led to deeper learning and more student engagement. Through PBL we empower students to become more aware of real-world problems, make global connections, teach about the SDGs and understand the power and benefits of using technology to connect with other students, educators and even experts in the field.

The webinar is Dec 18, 2018 7:30 PM, so register today!


With the new year...

Use Sir Ken Robinson's 2006 TED Talk as inspiration as you begin the new year, explore the resources in this newsletter, and plan for your student's wonderful global collaboration opportunities!

Fellowships and other opportunities for educators!

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The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship offers public school educators 12 months of professional development. The NEA Foundation staff, partners, and field experts support Global Learning Fellows as they participate in online coursework, webinars, and peer learning communities, including a two-day professional development workshop in Washington, DC.

Application deadline is February 4, 2019.


Global Competence Certificate

The Global Competence Certificate was launched in 2014 with the goal of increasing the number of educators professionally trained to teach for global competence. As the program grew, there was a demand from teachers to enroll in single courses. In 2016, they introduced that option.

In-service educators may register for select GCC courses outside of the full certificate program. Courses last for 8 weeks and participants should be prepared to devote approximately 6 hours per course per week to synchronous and asynchronous coursework. There are 4-6 synchronous class meetings during each 8-week course and these meetings generally are scheduled for 1.5 hours on weeknights between 6pm and 10pm Eastern time.

Register by January 22, 2019.

Fund For Teachers Fellowship (U.S. teachers)

Fund for Teachers strengthens instruction by investing in outstanding teachers' self-determined professional growth and development in order to support student success, enrich their own practice, and strengthen their schools and communities.

Fund for Teachers supports educators' efforts to develop skills, knowledge and confidence that impact student achievement. By trusting teachers to design unique fellowships, Fund for Teachers grants validate teachers' professionalism and leadership, as well. Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has invested 30 million in nearly 8,000 teachers, transforming grants into growth for teachers and their students.

The application deadline is January 31, 2019.


Participate Professional Development

Get CEU credit with many of the courses on Participate. Learn new teaching strategies and build a plan that:

  • Personalizes your learning path
  • Expands your skill set
  • Earns micro-credentials

Becoming a stronger educator supports better outcomes for students.

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On-going student opportunities

Candy Around the World

This is still going on!

Don't hesitate to 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.

Our Global Classroom's kindness calendar

Although this has already begun, there are 24 total days of ways your students can share their kindness.

Brought to you by Brownyn Joyce (@JoyceBronwyn), founder of Our Global Classroom and ISTE Global PLN At-Large Member, and other leading educator-collaborators, including Michael Drezek (@m_drez), Jennifer Saarinen (@snej80), Bernadine (@berngill), Melisa Hayes (@hayes_melisa), Priscilla Heredia (@MTL_TechHeredia), and Linda Edwards (@LindaEdwardsi), this calendar helps remind your students to be kind this season.

Check it out at www.flipgrid.com/adventcalendar.

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Global Kind Project (dates TBA)

For the past two years, the Educator Collaborative (@TheEdCollab) has hosted the Global Kind Project.

The Global Kind Project invites preK-12 classrooms to reflect on our individual and collective roles in building a more empathetic, positive and inclusive society.

Check back to find out exactly when you and your students can be a part of the larger dialogue! You can find more information here: https://theeducatorcollaborative.com/global-kind-project/

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Global Holiday Traditions with Google Earth, from Ryan Orilio's blog

Ryan writes on his blog,

"Google has just released a neat activity for Google Earth. This is perfect for classes who are learning about holidays around the world, other cultures and traditions, and geography.

Check out the Activity Here.

This activity is an interactive quiz about global holiday traditions. The user gets a series of questions about holidays around the world. After each question, the correct answer is revealed, more information is provided about the topic, and Google Earth takes you to the location so that you can explore a bit."

Learn more from this Apple Distinguished Educator by following Ryan on Twitter: @ryanorilio

Focus on the ISTE Standards

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.

ISTE E Standard 6- Facilitator

Educators facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement of the ISTE Standards for Students.

Check out the educator (and student!) spotlight in this newsletter, Engineering Brightness, to see how students can use technology to solve the problem of light poverty and how educators have facilitated that learning process.


Educator Spotlight

Engineering Brightness

Facing some of the World's Biggest Problems:

Engineering Brightness is a teacher created concept that harness the potential of youth to impact authentic global problems. 1.3 billion people worldwide suffer from light poverty. Engineering Brightness was created after Tracey Winey and her students had partnered with orphanages in Uganda and in the Philippines to provide biomass stoves. At the same time, John Howe and Ian Fogarty had brainstormed ways to fight light poverty. Tracey, John and Ian joined forces and Engineering Brightness was born in 2014!

Multi aged students worldwide work with and industry leaders and community members to design a safe, hand held, 3D printed, sustainable lantern. Mechanical and electrical engineering skills are not only learned, but applied, and refined using the design thinking model. Global collaboration is established through various means: Skype, in country visits, guest speakers, email and hand-written letters.

Currently, Engineering Brightness is in nine different countries and over 500 students are involved. Over five hundred fifty lanterns have been made and distributed. Feedback has been recorded and shared on the lanterns. Every person involved in Engineering Brightness has learned how to be an engineer, philanthropist, and positive local and global citizen.

Engineering Brightness is merging engineering with compassion to impact authentic, real world problems today!

Below is a picture of a student who has been with Engineering Brightness since the beginning. She is now a senior in highschool. Engineering Brightness has partnered with OtterBox and together they are patenting their next lantern. MJ and five other kids will have their names as “inventor” on a design patent!

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Tracey, what topics inspire you in the world of global education?

The power of student voice and student collaboration inspires me more than anything else. I love connecting students worldwide. It is so fun to learn about other people first, then their country, then from their knowledge. I believe that the key to solving some of the world’s biggest problems and issues lies in global education.

What benefits have you seen to being a global learner, Tracey?

By being a global learner I truly have access to the best education. I have learned so many things from my friends, students, and colleagues in Guatemala, Liberia and Uganda. Kids all over the world are smart in different and unique ways and are so gracious and willing to share their expertise. We are so fortunate to live in a time that miles and distance are no longer hurdles. This collaboration opens doors to opportunities we never had prior to global learning.

What digital tools do you use?

Anything we can find! We need to find digital tools that both locations have access to. Sometimes we can use Skype. Sometimes we take videos and then send them to each other. Sometimes we write letters. Sometimes we facetime or do a Google Hangout. It really depends on both locations.

We were recently honored by hundrED.org as a top ten global sustainable educator innovator!


Contact Engineering Brightness

Learn more about this amazing student-run company on their website: www.e-b.io.

Tracey's email is twiney@psdschools.org and her twitter handle is @winey02. John's Twitter is @STEMhowe, and Ian's Twitter is @ifoggs.

Tools for Collaboration


This is a new way for students to connect with each other, and it is in a safe environment!

Jam packed with social learning tools! Boost literacy and oracy with MyChannel, project based learning with Teams and collaborate with others using Besties.

#GoBubbleChat was the week of December 7th, and in case you missed out, you can check out the Wakelet here: https://wakelet.com/wake/dd867c44-7376-4247-8c9c-3f08dcdca82c

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Focus on the sustainable development goals

SDG #7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Engineering Brightness is leading the way for SDG#7.

SDG#7: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all has come one step closer due to recent progress in electrification, particularly in LDCs, and improvements in industrial energy efficiency. However, national priorities and policy ambitions still need to be strengthened to put the world on track to meet the energy targets for 2030

The Facts:

  • From 2000 to 2016, the proportion of the global population with access to electricity increased from 78 per cent to 87 per cent, with the absolute number of people living without electricity dipping to just below 1 billion.
  • In the least developed countries, the proportion of the people with access to electricity more than doubled between 2000 and 2016.
  • In 2016, 3 billion people (41 per cent of the world’s population) were still cooking with polluting fuel and stove combinations.
  • The share of renewables in final energy consumption increased modestly, from 17.3 per cent in 2014 to 17.5 per cent in 2015. Yet only 55 per cent of the renewable share was derived from modern forms of renewable energy.
  • Global energy intensity decreased by 2.8 per cent from 2014 to 2015, double the rate of improvement seen between 1990 and 2010.

January Global Conferences

ACE/AIEA International Collaborative
Preparing for Tomorrow’s Student
January 19, 2019 in San Francisco, CA

AIEA 2019 Annual Conference
January 20-23, 2019 in San Francisco, CA

The Education World Forum
January 20-23, 2019 in the UK

AAC&U 2019 Annual Conference
Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?
January 23-26, 2019 in Atlanta, GA

PLN Shout-outs!

Nikole Blanchard, #ISTEGlobalPLN Playground Chair

Nikole has been elected to the ISTE Board of Directors! You can find out more here: https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=2324&category=Press-Releases&article=

Nikole is also honored as one of Baton Rouge's Forty under 40! You can read more here: https://www.businessreport.com/business/awards/forty-under-40-2018-baton-rouge

Kudos, Nikole, for all of your hard work!

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!

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.

Look out for this!

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EdSpace Live

Most teachers feel like the social learning that happens on platforms like Twitter outweighs the impact of conventional professional development, like conferences and in-service days.

Why? Because it meets them where they’re at — allowing them to direct when and how they learn, who they learn with, and what they’re learning about.

No more sitting in rows and chairs. Professional development in the 21st Century requires learning from a PLN, putting that learning to use, and sharing with others as you grow.

EdSpace is a new social learning model coming your way in Spring 2019:


This fabulous new model comes from Real World Scholars, an organization dedicated to re-imagine the learning process.

Learn more and chat with Dr. Michael Crawford from RWS. Sign up to chat with him here: https://calendly.com/michaelrws/edspaceteachers/12-17-2018

The #ISTEGlobalPLN Leadership Team is here to help!

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