ISTE Global Collaboration Network Award: Nominations due February 28th!
Be sure to submit a nomination for the ISTE Global Collaboration PLN Award! Time is running out to highlight all of the great work that is being done!
ISTE Global Collaboration Network Playground at #ISTE19: submissions due March 1!
The playground is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2019 form 9:00-1:00 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time).
If you are interested, please submit one form per proposal by March 1.
The planning team will be in contact with you to let you know if your proposal has been accepted by April 1.
If you have specific questions, please email Nikole Blanchard at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Webinar: it's not too late to register!
Amplifying Student Voice through Global Connections
Learning does not have to stay within the four walls of the classroom. Teachers can easily take learning beyond the classroom walls and amplify student voice. In this webinar, Heidi Trude will share how teachers can easily use tools like Flipgrid, Padlet, and G-Suite for Education to make global connections in their classrooms. She will explain how she uses each of these tools in her classroom and how her students are now connecting and collaborating with their partner school in France.
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sT_aIg2VQ-KuotLHX2e33Q
We can't wait to see you!!
Have YOU registered for #ISTE19 yet? Check out the link below!
Global Collaboration Spotlight: Laura Krenicki
Preparing for a National Geographic Explorer webcast with Botswana
Laura teaches sixth grade at William J. Johnston Middle School in Colchester, Connecticut. She is a Global Social Studies Educator, a #TeachSDGs teacher, part of CT Geographic Alliance, NatGeo & Google Certified, and a Flipgrid Ambassador.
Students working on the #OneDay Global Collaboration Project
My teaching philosophy is to develop global competencies in my students by recognizing perspectives, investigating the world, generating intercultural communications, and taking informed action in local and global issues. As a middle-school teacher, we are having students learn about the world thematically, to recognize that issues are not isolated to specific places in the world. These themes also tie into the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
I asked my students what themes or topics especially resonated with them. They said they really “got” topics to do with gender equality, including preventing child marriage. They agreed that the UN SDGs enable everyone to have the same rights and access to education to better their futures.
Being a global learner myself has opened up many opportunities and connections with educators. My Twitter and National Geographic Educators PLN allows us to share materials and have academic conversations with educators in every part of the globe! Students then become global learners by using what they learn to take informed action. It also allows them to have authentic experiences in sharing what they learned. Students also appreciate the need to be culturally sensitive while communicating globally; including learning about customs or expressions, and being culturally sensitive and appropriate.
New Zealand Read Aloud Book - An Unexpected Hero by LP Hansen (to collaborate with classrooms in New Zealand)
Using Listenwise to learn about conscientious objectors to prepare for the NZ Read Aloud
National Geographic Explorer Classroom with South Africa Penguin Rescue
In September, we host the Global Collaboration Day #OneDay project, where students from all grade levels around the world may share local customs, traditions, foods, school, neighborhoods, etc. We look forward to this every year because it highlights not what is different about us, but what is alike. It eliminates the “us/them” mentality. In addition, since we start this project at the start of our school year, it establishes collaboration norms right away, and also establishes connections to classrooms throughout the world that we may continue to collaborate with year-long.
When I asked students what global projects they enjoyed in our classroom this year, I was surprised they recalled so many of them and gave examples why they liked them. These included the World of 7 Billion project (worldof7billion.org) which had students make videos on global issues connected to an increasing global population, the “Change I Want to Make,” Ted-Ed Clubs, #NZReadAloud, Global Read Aloud, iEARN Global Citizens Project, Flipgrid (#OneDay, Our Global Classroom, etc.), Digital Learning Day, “Innovate Your Dreams,” Virtual Author Visits, and even using Listenwise.com to hear stories about refugees. We also participated in many National Geographic Explorer Classroom webcasts that had kids speaking with explorers all around the world!
This year, we have a new school building and we are 1-to-1 with Chromebooks with Google Classroom for every student. This is a fantastic resource for us because we didn’t have enough tools to go around before! We consistently use Flipgrid, Listenwise, Adobe Spark (for video production and to design infographics), and Google products like slides, drawings, hangouts, etc. I also have a class website where we share student work and archived webcasts we participate in with explorers or other classrooms. This site is helpful for parents and students, too, so that they may keep up with the learning in the classroom.
Interested in reaching out?
Feel free to find me on Twitter (@laura_krenicki), Instagram at @Miss_Krenicki, or by email (email@example.com).
The #ISTEGlobalPLN wants to connect with you!
Visit http://bit.do/ISTEConnects , sign in using your account or create one, choose communities, select Global Collaboration Network!
First Time Global Collaboration: Connect with EdObstacles, in Atlanta
Val works in Gwinnett County Public Schools as an Assistant Principal. She is an active leader in Delta Kappa Gamma, #passthescopeEdu, EduMatch, and ISTE's Digital Equity PLN.
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Student-run and seeking opportunities for global collaboration.
Val and her students at EdObstalces have found a lot of success in Atlanta so far: hosting an event at the Maker Faire in Atlanta, among other things, shows what student-led initiatives are all about.
Now they are ready for the next step: global collaboration.
Consider this a call to action to help make the world a better place!
EdObstacles is interested in global collaboration topics like Design Thinking, Innovation and Creativity in Schools, Equity and Inclusion.
They know that the benefits of global collaboration are that different perspectives and experiences are shared, heard, and implemented. The opportunity to meet new people across the globe is no longer limited by zip code. The access to shared knowledge and resources is easily accessible and shared with the purpose of solving a challenge. Global collaboration has also caused me to level up and lead within my building by sharpening my pedagogy and leadership skills.
EdObstacles needs others (you!) to collaborate by bringing their strengths to the project in order to ensure it can be replicated not only in the Metro Atlanta area but also across the country and even the world. There are opportunities for kids to design for others kids and to cultivate Future Ready skills: collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication and problem solving.
Visit www.EdObstacles.com or reach me directly across all media platforms @iamvlewis.
Literature: Digital Citizenship + Global Collaboration
There are several ISTE PLN leaders who are authors, but all of the contributors are leaders in both digitcal citizenship and global collaboration.
Join Marialice Curran, Curran Dee, María Zabala, Jyoti Chopra, Mary Jalland, Rachel Murat, Jennifer Scheffer, Michael Drezek, Claudio Zavala, Amy Storer, Mandy Froehlich, JoAnn Jacobs, Oluwakemi Olurinola, Tracy Mercier, Eugenia Tamez, Bronwyn Joyce, and Judy Arzt as they share the power that is student empowerment, digital citizenship, and global collaboration.
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Global Projects, Opportunities & Events
Stevens Initiative at the Aspen Institute
The Centre for Global Education
Since 2008, hundreds of thousands of students, from more than 400 schools, in 30 different countries have participated in over 350 different conferences, making TCGE the largest provider of real-time high school collaborative programming in Canada. With the addition of Microsoft, UNESCO Associated Schools and TakingITGlobal as partners, TCGE is looking forward to connecting even more youth across Canada and around the world.
Know My World Initiative
An exciting opportunity for classrooms around the world to connect with each other using Know My World’s unique philosophy of digital exchanges. In order to ensure that all schools are able to participate in our exchanges, Know My World provides full scholarships through their Every World Initiative.
ASCD Global Leadership Summit
When: Friday, March 15, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m - Chicago, Illinois. This is an ASCD Empower 19 pre-conference event. A separate fee is required to attend.
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program
Bett is the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape, bringing together 850 leading companies, 103 exciting new edtech start ups and over 34,700 attendees (131 countries represented) from the global education community, that come together to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as the role technology and innovation plays in enabling all educators and learners to thrive.
FOCUS ON THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
SDG #10: Reduced Inequalities
Use this platform to find information and articles that will help you and your students advocate for SDG #10.
Focus on the Standards
ISTE E Standard 6 - Facilitator
ISTE S Standard 5 - Computational Thinker
ISTE S Standard 7 - Global Collaborator
Putting it Together
Resources for Global Learning and Lesson design
Flat Connections provides unique approaches to online global collaboration. We ‘flatten’ the disconnected classroom to become a global learning environment of the future.