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Connecting globally

He has the whole world on his head

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Part of the Australian curriculum relates to connecting both teachers and students globally. How do you do that?

When I first began blogging in 2007, I knew no-one from overseas. I asked my mentor Sue Waters from Edublogs how to find people for my students to connect with on their blogs. Sue sent out a tweet and, suddenly, I started to develop a global PLN (personal learning network).

My first three connections were Jan Smith from Vancouver Island, Canada, Inpi from Lisbon, Portugal and Paul Bogush from Connecticut, USA. I am still in contact with these three educators and have actually visited Jan and Paul on one of my trips to USA.

Do you have any overseas teachers or educators in your PLN ? How can you find them?

Join a global education network

With over 26,000 members in their global network, this conference always has some great presenters from many different countries of the world. Check out their online guide to their conference happening next week. Make sure you find the schedule for our time zone.

I will be there next week as a volunteer in some of the sessions.

Join twitter as an educator and or class

You will see a twitter guide in the links on the sidebar – everything you need to know about twitter. Twitter is my go to for personal learning.

  • Send out the URLs of student posts and see who replies on their blog posts. Include #17stubc and #comments4kids
  • Start a hashtag relating to a topic you are doing in class and pose questions on twitter for other classes to reply to – make sure you are following other class twitter accounts for this to work well
  • As you now have a blog, make sure you include the @edublogs whenever you tweet.
  • Take part in some Twitter chats – you can follow even if not a member but need to join Twitter to actually take part

Here is the information for using Twitter with students

Take part in the Global Read Aloud

This event takes place in October/November each year. Check out their website here and perhaps plan to take part in 2018.

Connect with other groups

Join the Global Oneness project – Lots of interesting stories and ways to curate collections of stories about global events and problems.

Connect with others via Skype or Edmodo

The Wonderment is a way for kids to do good in the world


Great sessions about global education

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When I attend a conference, I generally plan and schedule the sessions I want to attend. These are often with speakers I know from previous conferences or about a topic I am really interested in.

But this online conference was different. Being retired and used to using the Blackboard Collaborate rooms, I offered to help as a moderator. I arrived in the main conference lounge around 10am and left around midnight each day. Some hours we were flat out, checking a couple of rooms each, but we did have chances for breaks.

Here are some of the sessions I moderated in,  had time to attend as a participant or heard were fantastic. Those teachers in bold I have met face to face and would recommend their sessions first as they collaborate globally all the time. Here is the link to all recordings from the conference.

Just click on the link and it will take you to the recording. Make sure your Java is up to date if you decide to use the BbC version rather than the .mp versions.

Theresa Allen: Digitween/Digiteen global digital citizenship project – students were presenters in this session

Christy Barham: Helping students embrace cultural diversity and develop global awareness

Marshal Conley: Personalized learning – a guide for engaging students through technology

Maria del Carmen Colussa – Keeping your batteries charged – learning together by connecting globally

Nick Cusumano: World Theatre Video Project – connecting globally through performance

Alice Forsythe: Global Education Coalition – mainly for New York City but mentioned other resources

Peter Gilmartin: Strategy for globalizing secondary school – global citizenship/competency certificates

Terry Godwaldt: Connecting your classroom to the global stage with Global Encounters

Michael Graffin: The Global Classroom Project: Stories and project launch 2014/2015

Dondi Gyongyi- how a classroom in Hungary opens its students eyes to the large world around it

Leena Hannula – Wonderful third life – senior citizens in art museum in Finland

Henry Harboe – Video pen pals with developing world classrooms

Jeff Harlan – Dream Flag Project – empowering and developing global awareness in K-12 students

Leslie Pralle Keehn – Global Citizenship License

Effie Kyrikakis – Building Essential 21st Century Skills Through Global Collaboration Projects

Julie LindsayFlat students – Flat learning – Global Understanding

Ann Michaelsen – How to create a student centred global classroom through skype, twitter and blogs

Anne Mirtschin – 4 different sessions – World is our classroom, Global connections, Skype in the connected classroom and Hello little world skypers

Yoshiro Miyata – World Museum Project – collaboration project using Scratch

Kate O’Hara – went through three web tools for enacting critical pedagogy online

Toni Olivieri Barton – Students presenting about Week in the Life – environmental issues

Group of teachersour global friendships

Daniel Sadowsky – Free UNICEF teaching resources for Ebola, Climate Change and more!

Student technology team – A student led virtual technology conference – a new model for collaboration

Joyce Valenza – Going global – a Library call to action

Ruth Valle – Mystery Skyping – why we love it