March 2020

Interesting Global Times

As the COVID-19 takes increasing coverage in themedia and social media, it is time for all elements of our society to work collaboratively on a global scale to learn from and share with each other. We are all being impacted in some way. Keen interest is being shown around Information on online teaching and learning, factors to be taken into account, virtual classrooms, apps and tools to use etc. Although the status of conferences is being impacted, there continue to be global projects, conferences, online conferences and webinars to be involved in. This newsletter shares some of them.

The Corona Virus - COVID-19

Some resources, links, apps and tools to use

This virus has impacted all of us around the world. Some countries have gone into lock down, communities are being isolated, schools are being closed. Online learning has taken on a new reality and importance. For many of us it is still business as usual! Following are some of the sites and resources that are being shared for learning that we have been made aware of. There are many more! Some of the most popular tools and apps are being offered for free to schools that are closed.
Explaining the Corona Virus

A youtube video that explains the corona virus.

From Erin Dowd

Erin is one of our leadershtip team of our ISTE Global Collaboration PLN and co-ordatinates our online webinars. Her blog JRNEY shares posts on the Corona Virus. Erin lives and works in China.

Global Awareness and how to Teach about the Virus

Belouga Resources

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Erin has developed the following Belouga resources specific to covid-19:

Novel COVID-19 overview

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Note that Belouga is free- communication tools including chat, video conferencing and collaboration within series is all free.

Online resources

The following resources are being shared via our ISTE community or online - some are collaboratively produced from educators across the world.

Hashtags to follow......

Some hashtags to follow in the wake of the Covid-19:-



USA Map of School Closures

A map of school closures across the USA.

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From Edmodo

If you are using Edmodo, the following resources/webinars may be of interest.

Webinar: Edmodo for Distance Learning
Friday, March 13, 2020 | 12-12:30pm EDT
Teacher and Edmodo Ambassador, Kate Baker, will share tips for setting up your class on Edmodo, creating engaging lessons, communicating remotely, and collaborating online. Join in here.

Articles: Guides for Distance Learning
Setting Up Edmodo Classes for Distance Learning
Three Activities to Get Started with Distance Learning Using Edmodo
Quick guides to preparing your classroom for distance learning, including ways to communicate, share documents, assign work, and give your students a space to collaborate.

Twitter Chat: Distance Learning is #BetterTogether
Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 12–1pm EDT
Need help implementing distance learning strategies? Join our #EdmodoChat this week on Twitter with other edtech tools. Join in here.

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March Webinar: Around the World with Global Read Aloud

This is the theme of our March webinar, organised by Erin Dowd. (Thanks Erin)

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Title: Around the World with Global Read Aloud
Presenter: Susan Grigsby
When: Sunday, March 15/ March 16
Time/timezone: 9:00 pm EST/ 8:00 am Bangkok Check your timezone

Webinar overview: Join librarian Susan KS Grigsby as she shares a project in which Year 5 students in Thailand connected with 5th graders in Virginia for a shared reading of Kelly Yang's "Front Desk." Learn about how a media specialist/classroom teacher team in Virginia and a teacher-librarian/classroom teacher team in Thailand connected these students to learn more about immigration, racism, and the hardships of starting over from Yang's book to build cross-cultural understandings and a more personal connection to the text, to themselves, and to each other. Click on this link to register.
Please join us. If you register but cannot attend, the link to the recording will be emailed to you

Global Projects

A group of 9th-grade students from Oahu, Hawaii, has developed a project based on GoalSixteen of the #SDGs. This is a student-led movement centered around the UN Sustainability Goal #16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions) and a simple idea: the only way to prepare for an uncertain future is to learn from our past and present. They are looking to build a global movement of students who are thinking about and working toward peace. They would like to invite you to participate in the project we are launching called [re]Framing Peace. Complete this google form.

[re]Framing Peace is an opportunity to use your creativity and contribute to a movement that advocates for peace. This is a photography-based project, where people of all ages can take a picture of what they believe captures peace in their community. This is a chance for world connectivity, where we can finally see the true peace that lies within each and every nation. Photos from all over the world will be collected and made into a collage on the website, and you can view your picture along with the many others submitted.

The concept involves the following:

1. Take a picture of something that shows what peace means to you. Submit it to us for it to be made into a collage on the GoalSixteen website.

2. Add a title for your picture, and approximately 2 sentences on why this is peace to you.

3. Join the movement, and change your future.

How Can We Solve the Problem of Waste?

A global project looking at how we can solve the problem of waste in our local landfills using STEM and DESIGN thinking.

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Take Action Project

Take Action project started this month and is all about youth leading a global conversation to design the world they want - today.

K-12 Global Art Exchange

One World provides this great global project involving art and students across the world. Students from all school year levels can be involved.

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Upcoming Conferences

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Some ISTE Global Collaboration PLN activities to join

More details will be shared closer to the date but:-

  • come say hello at the Community Fair on Sunday June 28th.
  • attend our Playground on #SDGs
  • look for our top picks of sessions to attend

Global Education Day

Join the 9th annual meetup at ISTE20 organised by Global Education Conference Co-chairs Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray on Sunday, June 28th.This event is a great face-to-face opportunity for meeting other educators and organization leaders interested in globally connected teaching and learning. Please read this flyer to find out more details.

If you are attending ISTE and would like to volunteer to serve as an ignite speaker or discussion facilitator at Global Education Day, please fill out this form and you will be contacted in March.
Some interesting resources on the Global Education Online Community

OGC International Conference

Education Elevators are bringing the world's best educators together in Australia in July, 2020. With a theme of Create, Innovate, Educate we believe that preparing students for the future is vital for their development in life.

.....On Twitter!

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How to evaluate equity in the use of digital technology!

@msEdtechie (Patricia Brown) shared this graphic and update "One way to evaluate equity is asking questions like are your students passive or active users of tech?"

(See the graphic below)

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Thai New Year

The people of Thailand celebrate their New Year from 12th - 15th April in 2020 in a festival called the Songkran.

Building Capacity for Global Connections/Collaboration

The link to the recording of theJan webinar with Julie Lindsay has been uploaded to our library. Click on the heading above to listen to the recording.

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March 8th International Women's Day

20th March International Happiness Day

2 April World Autism Day

See the full calendar

Keep the global conversations going!

Stay up to date with the latest conversations by checking in regularly to our ISTE Connects page. If you have anything to share including questions please add them to the discussions.

Follow us on twitter.

Our ISTE Global Collaboration PLN Leadership Team

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