ISTE Global Collaboration PLN

HOPE - Newsletter for May 2020

The COVID19 Pandemic continues to impact the world. Many countries are still in strict quarantine, schools continue to be closed in most countries with sanitisation and social distancing high on the agenda. Economies are suffering. A number of countries are starting to reduce restrictions and their imposed quarantine. Students in some countries are even returning to schools. This is contributing to hope that there is a road out of the pandemic.

The theme of this newsletter is HOPE. Hope keeps many of us going by generating positive emotions that leads to healthier mindsets. It is of note that the month of May is also Mental Health Awareness Month.

Despite school closures, there are still a variety of global projects to be involved in, virtual conferences and webinars to participate in and some great recordings to listen to.

The Hope

Jane Goodall’s (world famous conservationist) work with chimpanzees is a great example of hope. National Geographic's video The Hope shows that every individual has the potential to be a catalyst and can create lasting change.

Discover how we, as educators, can help to change the world at Jane Goodall's RootsandShoots

THE HOPE Official Trailer HD (2020) Jane Goodall, Documentary

May is Mental Health Awareness month

What a timely theme for the month of May. May is Mental Health Awareness month. Looking after mental health should be a priority during these traumatic times. Connectedness is more important than ever.

Some tags to search for on Twitter include #SameHere #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth.

Look for online resources, webinars and relevant events.

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Bringing Communities Together Recording Link

This is a presentation for Belouga and features speakers from our ISTE Global Collaboration PLN leadership team - Dr. Ilene Winokur and Marialice B.F.X. Curran and forms part of DigCitIMPACT on Mental Health

Resources to Explore

Following are a number of resources to explore for global educators.

Resources for Mental Health

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Belouga Resources for Mental Awareness Month

A network of resources through May

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Global Projects

International #StudentVoiceDay

International #StudentVoiceDay brings the world together.

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Explorers for Global Goals

The World's Largest lesson for children aged 4-8 to learn about The Global Goals through play. Meet Ekani Empathy, Crawford Creativity, Parker the Problem Solver, Cassia Communication, and Claudie Curiosity!

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PenPal Schools

PenPal Schools connects half a million students from 150 countries to practice writing, create original projects, and make friends from around the world.

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Moon Hack

Gets kids together (virtually) to learn how to code.

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Earth School Day

30 Quests for students around the world to celebrate, explore and connect with nature.


Distance Learning Resources

A wakelet put together collaborativey with Making a Wakelet Wave

Events, Webinars and Conferences

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The Science Behind Sustainable Behaviors

Link to the recording of our ISTE Global Collaboration PLN May webinar

The Learning Revolution

A free online conference organised by Steve Hargadon

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Connected Ed Virtual Conference

Learn about best practices from a range of education topics and explore how technology can further support educators and students to achieve more.

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EduTECH Virtual Asia conference

The first ever VIRTUAL EVENT for Asian Educators 23-26 June 2020

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Free Education for Sustainable Development CPD

TES Institute has partnered with WWF – the world’s leading independent conservation organisation – to create a new free CPD course for primary teachers and leaders.

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North American Global Goals Project

Read more about the award-winning project!

Congratulations to Dr. Eva Brown who has been awarded our Excellence Award for 2020.

In partnership with a colleague in the United States, Canadian Dr. Eva Brown designed a global collaboration project to inspire and engage new teachers. Using the ISTE Standards for Students and Educators, Dr. Brown pushed her students to think outside the traditional realm of education. The project encouraged future teachers to design authentic learning experiences for students using the UN Sustainable Development Goals, resulting in a change of their own perspective of our ever changing world.

Beyond providing her students with a unique experience in working internationally with other future teachers, they had the opportunity to learn from their experience. They have reviewed their project and developed a series of “Lessons Learned” based upon their experiences. They have had the opportunity to share their insights with other educators at three conferences. Finally, they plan to publish an article in ISTE’s Journal for Digital Learning in Teacher Education in the near future.

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.

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