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ISTE Global Collaboration Network Award: Nominations due February 28th!

Are you an ISTE member who has made a ripple in education? Do you know someone who works to create change?

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 Global Collaboration PLN is hosting a playground at the 2019 ISTE Conference & Expo in Philadelphia. We are looking for PLN members to share their knowledge and expertise in the form of hands-on, interactive global collaboration events, activities or lessons with colleagues.

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 nikole.blanchard@dunhamschool.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

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.

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 (laura.krenicki@global-classrooms.org).

The #ISTEGlobalPLN wants to connect with you!

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!

Connect and Collaborate with others!

Have you filled out our connected classrooms form? If not do so here!

Looking for a classroom to connect and collaborate with? Find them on our form responses, here!

First Time Global Collaboration: Connect with EdObstacles, in Atlanta

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!

Ed Obstacles Promo Video

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

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DigCitKids: Lessons learning side-by-side, to empower others around the world was recently published by EduMatch, and it's all things global collaboration, from examples of student projects to the authors themselves.

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.

Order your copy today!

Global Projects, Opportunities & Events

Stevens Initiative at the Aspen Institute

An international effort to build global competence for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange: online, international, and collaborative learning.

The Centre for Global Education

The mission of The Centre for Global Education (TCGE) is to educate 21st Century students for a 21st Century world by providing global learning opportunities, enhanced through technology, informed by sound research and innovative teaching. Through a series of strategic relationships, The Centre has uniquely placed itself as an international hub of technology innovation, higher learning and 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

The annual Global Leadership Summit, cohosted by ASCD and GlobalEd Events, will convene classroom teachers, school and district administrators, and thought leaders in a full-day interactive, engaging program that empowers educators to lead classroom, school, districts, states, and policy arenas in supporting students as change agents in their own communities and around the world.

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

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program for U.S. Teachers (Fulbright DAST) provides an opportunity for outstanding K–12 teachers from the United States to take part in a two- to six-week professional development experience abroad. Teachers will share their educational expertise with schools, nonprofits, teacher training institutions, and other educational organizations abroad.


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.



SDG #10: Reduced Inequalities

The international community has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty. The most vulnerable nations – the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing states – continue to make inroads into poverty reduction. However, inequality persists and large disparities remain regarding access to health and education services and other assets.
SDG #10 Knowledge Platform

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

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

ISTE S Standard 5 - Computational Thinker

Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions

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.

Putting it Together

Resources for Global Learning and Lesson design

Flat Connections

Flat Connections provides unique approaches to online global collaboration. We ‘flatten’ the disconnected classroom to become a global learning environment of the future.

Before You Go...

...did you miss the January webinar?

You can still find it in ISTE Commons! Just go to the Global Collaboration PLN's library!

Don't miss out on layering depth and meaning to your pedagogy!

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