#globalclassroom Chat – Building a Virtual PLN: What, Why, How?

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               Virtual PLN connections coming together in person! Hosted by @globaledcon and @VIFLearn, the Global Educators Brunch at #ISTE2015 brought together (for the first time ever) many of the #globalclassroom project leaders and organisers from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Connecting. Collaborating. Professional growth. Constant learning. New ideas. A network of like-minded, online educators who enable all of the above while inspiring, encouraging, and supporting each other in this ever-changing field of education. These are just some of the words and phrases that come to mind when one thinks of a virtual Personal Learning Network (PLN).

Here at The Global Classroom Project and VIF, we have all seen the value in starting and building strong PLNs. We have connected with each other from far across the globe, shared wonderful ideas, collaborated on projects, and brought classrooms of students together that otherwise may not have had the opportunity to meet and learn from one another. We have reaped the benefits and we know that many of you have as well!

In honor of these benefits and of PLNs everywhere, this month’s chat is dedicated to exploring all of the ins and outs – the how and the why, challenges and successes, and recommendations about some additions we might all want to add to our networks.

Check out the questions and the chat times below. We hope you will add at least one of these to your Saturday calendar so you can share your experience and expertise with the rest of us!

Questions

Q1: Let’s start from the beginning! Why did you start building a virtual PLN? How has having a PLN impacted your work as an educator? #globalclassroom

Q2: How did you go about starting and building up your virtual PLN? #globalclassroom

Q3: What challenges have you (or colleagues) faced when building & growing your virtual PLN? Did you overcome them? How? #globalclassroom

Q4: Let’s wrap up with recommendations! What tools or people have influenced the development of your PLN? Why?  #globalclassroom

Times

Based on past experience with the #globalclassroom chats, we are trialling an adjusted chat timetable, with two (rather than three) chats typically starting on the second or third Saturday of the month. The sharing and learning that comes from these discussions enriches our practice and the learning experiences of our students. We hope that you will join us!

Check below for the time that best fits with your zone:

Chat 1 ~ Saturday, August 22, 2015

10:00 UTC (Europe/Asia/Australia)

  • 6:00 North Carolina, 11:00 London, 12:00 (noon) Cape Town, 15:30 New Delhi, 18:00 Perth, 20:00 Sydney, 22:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

Chat 2: Saturday, August 22, 2015

23:00 UTC (Americas/Asia/Australia).

  • Saturday night USA – 16:00 Los Angeles, 19:00 New York and North Carolina
  • Sunday morning – – 07:00 Perth, 9:00 Sydney, 11:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

We hope to see you online this weekend. Use #globalclassroom and join in on the conversation!

Global Green-Screen Project #globalGSP

Originally posted on Adjusting Course:

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CONNECT STUDENTS TO A COLLABORATIVE VIDEO PROJECT #GlobalGSP

Do you remember being a student in elementary school and creating a shared story with your classmates?  The idea was simple…a teacher started by writing down a sentence on a sheet of notebook paper.

The teacher would then pass the paper to a student seated near the front of the class, and that student would add a sentence.  After that, the story would be passed to the next student who would also add a sentence.  The key was to build off each other’s writing to create a cohesive plot.  It was wildly creative and tons of fun!

The Global Green-Screen Project is essentially the same thing.  Instead of adding a sentence to a story your class is adding a 20-30 second video created in green-screen.  This is an opportunity for students to practice creativity, collaboration, digital leadership and more!

OPTION #1: DIRECTIONS

  1. Sign-up…

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#globalclassroom Chat: Art, Music, Global and More!

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The thought above, from Stough Elementary School’s art teacher Daniel James Kennington, sums things up perfectly! And this same sentiment can be applied to music, physical education, computer, language and any other resource class. For those of us who are passionate about making global education a priority and not simply a privilege, the goal is to make such teaching and learning accessible to all – all students and all teachers, through all subject areas.

Inspired by Daniel’s statement, the focus of this month’s #globalclassroom chat is global integration beyond the expected place – the social studies classroom. Let’s chat about how global concepts can be tied to curriculum standards in art, music, physical education, computer, and media classes.

So bring your thoughts, rally your specialist teachers, and join us for what is sure to be a chat full of wonderful global integration ideas!

Questions

Q1: Think about special/resource/elective classes. Why is #global integration important &/or valuable in these areas? #globalclassroom

Q2: How have you seen regular classroom Ts & specialist Ts working collaboratively on #global integration? #globalclassroom

Q3: How have you &/or colleagues integrated #global content into fine #arts & other special/resource/elective classes? #globalclassroom

Q4: What helpful resources have you found for #global integration in fine #arts & other special/resource/elective classes? #globalclassroom
Times

Based on past experience with the #globalclassroom chats, we are trialling an adjusted chat timetable, with two (rather than three) chats typically starting on the second or third Saturday of the month. The sharing and learning that comes from these discussions enriches our practice and the learning experiences of our students. We hope that you will join us!

Check below for the time that best fits with your zone:

Chat 1 ~ Saturday July 25, 2015

10:00 UTC (Europe/Asia/Australia)

  • 6:00 North Carolina, 11:00 London, 12:00 (noon) Cape Town, 15:30 New Delhi, 18:00 Perth, 20:00 Sydney, 22:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

Chat 2: Saturday July 25, 2015

23:00 UTC (Americas/Asia/Australia).

  • Saturday night USA – 16:00 Los Angeles, 19:00 New York and North Carolina
  • Sunday morning – 07:00 Perth, 9:00 Sydney, 11:00 Auckland

Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

Global Math Task Twitter Exchange

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Originally posted on beverlyladd:

As the year comes to a close I look back at all the global connections and collaboration opportunities my students have had through making connections through Skype, Twitter, blog, and GAFE. One of the ways we have connected during math this year was through our weekly math exchange of a math problem or math task with Heidi Samuelson‘s second graders in Tennessee. Every Tuesday we would take turns tweeting out a math task for the other class to figure out and tweet back the answer.

The students were so engaged we often tweeted out more than one problem each day. Which would often lead to more classes tweeting and asking questions as well.

Toward the end of the year we often had other classes joining in on the fun and tweeting problems to us as well. One week we had other so classes tweeting math problems with us my students took it as a challenge…

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Join us for Stories from the #globalclassroom – LIVE @ #iste2015

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It has been an interesting year here at The Global Classroom Project, with a lot happening behind the scenes. Keeping this organisation alive for over four years has been a remarkable achievement, brought about through the dedication and hard work of volunteer teachers around the world.

As we start to plan for our new-look 2015-16 project, we’d like to take this opportunity to invite #globalclassroom teachers to join us at the International Society for Technology Education Conference in Philadelphia, USA from June 28-July 1. This will be the first time I attend this conference in person, and I am hoping to meet many of our project organisers and leaders face-to-face for the first time.

Stories from The Global Classroom Project

  • Sunday, June 28, 7:00–8:30 pm
    PCC Broad Street Atrium, Table 17
  • Add to your schedule here

 

In other news …

Call for Volunteers – Webinar Preparations (August 2015)

We are looking for volunteers to organise and host this year’s “Looking Forwards, Looking Back” project celebration webinars – in mid/late August 2015. These annual webinars are held in BlackBoard Collaborate, and enable international participant teachers, who can’t attend the ISTE Conference, to share their stories and experiences virtually. (This is what we did last year – 2013-14)

If you can help, could you please email globalclassroomorganisers AT gmail.com, or tweet @gcporganisers. Thankyou.

Global Classroom 2015-16 Update

After some lengthy, heartfelt discussions behind the scenes, we have decided to go forward with Global Classroom 2015-16, but in a smaller, more sustainable format. Please keep an eye on this blog for updates, and an invitation to join a planning webinar around September 2015.

Please remember that this project relies on the goodwill and expertise of volunteer teachers around the world. We will be needing your help and support next year.

 

#globalclassroom Chat: Eat Your Frogs (Take 2)

June has arrived and that means it is time for another #globalclassroom chat. This month we are pleased to announce the return of two past moderators, David Potter (@GlobalReady) and Laurie Renton (@RentonL), who bring with them a slightly revised version of a past favorite – their very popular (and fun) eating frogs chat!

Eating Frogs for Global Classrooms

Do you ever participate in Twitter chats, attend free virtual conferences and connect with other like-minded educators from around the world? Do you ever wonder why there aren’t thousands of teachers and classrooms joining these totally awesome free, anytime, anywhere chats and sessions? And, more to the point, why aren’t millions of teachers and students collaborating with partners worldwide every day? As @ktvee put it during #ntchat last year:

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Perhaps it’s not that easy for most educators yet but after this month’s #globalclassroom chat maybe we can all help to make it a little easier!

The chat topic title comes from a nifty Global Education Conference keynote by the awesome social media maven Beth Kanter. While discussing procrastination, Beth asked us to “eat that frog.” Wondering what she meant? Author Brian Tracy explains:

An old saying is that, “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long!” Your “FROG” is the one thing you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it now!  It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.

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Watch this Eat That Frog video based on a quote by Brian Tracy and uploaded by simpletruthstv.     If it’s the worst thing you do all day, things are looking up!

To further explore this idea, June’s #globalclassroom chat topic is:

How can we help our peers eat their frogs so they can connect their classrooms globally?

Questions

Q1: If you have a global classroom, what frog did you need to eat before you went global? #globalclassroom

Q2: If you would like to go global, what frog do you feel you need help eating? #globalclassroom

Q3: What can frog-eating teachers with global classrooms do to help their peers eat their respective frogs? #globalclassroom

Q4: Eating frogs can be messy. How do we best “learn to learn from each other, not just about each other?” #globalclassroom

Times

Based on past experience with the #globalclassroom chats, we are trialling an adjusted chat timetable, with two (rather than three) chats typically starting on the second (or third) Saturday of the month. The sharing and learning that comes from these discussions enriches our practice and the learning experiences of our students. We hope that you will join us!

Check below for the time that best fits with your zone:

Chat 1 ~ Saturday June 20, 2015

10:00 UTC (Europe/Asia/Australia)

  • 6:00 North Carolina, 11:00 London, 12:00 (noon) Cape Town, 15:30 New Delhi, 18:00 Perth, 20:00 Sydney, 22:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

Chat 2: Saturday June 20, 2015

23:00 UTC (Americas/Asia/Australia)

  • Saturday night USA – 16:00 Los Angeles, 19:00 New York and North Carolina
  • Sunday morning – – 07:00 Perth, 9:00 Sydney, 11:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone

Bringing Up A School

The day before the schools reopen in Kerala, a piece of news arrested my eyes!

News in Malayala Manorama Daily, 31 May 2015

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The report mentioned a 95 year old village school that faced closure as there were not enough students to justify the expenses incurred by the Government. Seven teachers for a total of 25 students in five standards! Unless more students join, the school will be closed down! Result is painful:

  • The village loses part of her history
  • Villagers lose the school that beamed the light of knowledge, for almost a century!
  • Teachers lose their jobs
  • The poor lose out on all counts!

Government schools provide FREE education to the disenfranchised. But once closed, there is no chance of revival. The poor families will have no place to educate their children!

I studied at Edward Memorial Government Upper Primary School, Veli, Fort Cochin. I know Government schools’ facilities and lessons are on par, if not better, with private schools. Students are lured away from Government Schools as teachers are not updated, up-skilled.

My parents were Head Teachers of Government Schools. The news that a school closed down due to lack of students would hurt the teachers’ spirit in my deceased parents.

I decided to give the school a heart transplant – connected learning with Global Classrooms. I offered my FREE training to the teachers, parents and students of the school.

On 1 June, 2015, I was a part of the party – Praveshanotsavam (School Reopening Celebration)

At the PTA meeting that day, the Head Mistress asked me to present my proposal to the PTA.

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“It takes a village to educate a child” I quoted an African proverb.
In this global village, it takes a globe to educate a child. At ‘The Global Classroom’, everyone is just a call away. We are all connected through the web of relationships. Let us use the power of networked learning to revive this school. I volunteer my personal mentoring. I shall involve the PTA at connected learning with The Global Classroom Project, ensure ample positive publicity to the school and force a rethinking by the Government, forestalling the closure of the school.
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Three years ago, Michael Graffin had a Skype conversation with our Finance Minister as the duo inaugurated Learn English Online together at a Skype Linkup.

  • Connected learning is sure to improve performance of school.
  • It is sure to bring media attention highlighting the school’s achievements.

The Global Classroom at this village classroom could change history in this remote village. The school shall be a role model to all schools in Kerala.

“My colleagues at The Global Classroom Project, please join me in this crusade to save a school from oblivion”.