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


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, 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?


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


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!

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Malayala Manorama Daily, 31 May 2015

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.

“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.

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”.

What’s Your Story? – #globalclassroom chats – Saturday, May 16, 2015

We are delighted to announce the return of the #globalclassroom chats for 2015, in partnership with VIF International Education … just in time to celebrate the fourth anniversary of The Global Classroom Project!

It is hard to believe, but four years ago this month, Deb Frazier and Michael Graffin connected their classes with classes in the USA, Romania, Guatemala, Australia, and New Zealand to create a shared VoiceThread, focussing on children’s questions about life and schooling around the world. They may not know it, but there are hundreds of teachers and thousands of students around the world who owe a debt to a little boy questioning a textbook about life in India.

In May 2015, as we look forward to sharing our stories at ISTE, we’d like to invite the #globalclassroom and #globaled community to reflect on what they’ve learned, and where they’re heading as global educators.

It’s time to share your story … through the #globalclassroom chats.


Q1: Why do you connect with colleagues and classes around the world?

Q2: What’s your story? How did you begin your #globalclassroom journey?

Q3: What lessons have you learned as a global educator?

Q4: What would you like to learn or explore next on your #globalclassroom journey?


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 Saturday of the month.

Chat 1 ~ Saturday May 16    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 May 16    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

The Journey of Being a Connected Classroom

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So what is a connected classroom and how do I get my classroom connected?  These two questions seem to be common for many educators today.  More and more teachers are seeking to build and maintain connections in their classrooms.  Establishing a connected classroom doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen without grit and perseverance.

I hope you’re still with me because being a part of a connected classroom gives the learners (and I am including us as  learners) a greater purpose and authenticity in our work, it motivates us and it pushes our thinking.

You may be familiar with this quote~

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

Donald Rumsfeld


We know this is true for adults who have many years of experience, but let’s think about our studens who are just beginning to experience life. Their schema is limited, limited by the people they are surrounded by.  What they learn and how they think is based on the community in which they live and go to school.  As we prepare our students to be leaders of our communities we know their professional communities will reach far beyond the limits of our classrooms, our schools and even the communities in which they live.  Knowing this, as professional educators, we can’t stand unconnected in our professional lives. Not if we are preparing learners to be members of the global community in which they are living.

The journey of being a connected educator begins with the teacher.  I am not a spokes person for Twitter, but I would be remiss not to share the brawn of Twitter in becoming connected.  I know many people at this point begin to nod or curl a lip.  Don’t worry I am not talking about twitter like my teenagers use twitter. I am talking about following other educators and their classrooms.

In my first job I had an employer give me this advice,

“Always surround yourself with people you want to be like.”

This advice has served me well in so many instances and it couldn’t be more suited here. If you want to be a connected educator, follow connected educators and their classrooms. Follow their blogs, their thinking and their journeys. Connected educators share all this and more on twitter. They share tools, struggles and celebrations and they do it for FREE and they do it for OUR kids!  Connected educators are immersed in the voyage and they know the challenges, they are living them, they are overcoming them and they are sharing it all on Twitter!

Happy Tweeting!

Practicing what I preach … Introducing Mystery Skype #ionapsict

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Mystery Skyping with Nepal

In July 2014, after many frustrating years of relief teaching, I finally found a school to call home. I know I have been a little distant from the wider project community for some time, but I have been taking time out to actually practice what I preach. For the past few years, I’ve helped and watched teachers around the world flatten their classroom walls, but I was unable to learn how to do it in my own classroom and school. Until now.

Last year, Mrs R (a Year 3 teacher), and I joined a small handful of teachers in Western Australia who Mystery Skype. Integrating our Skype sessions into Geography, we made some memorable connections with Hello Little World Skypers and Global Classroom teachers from Argentina, India, Nepal, and the United States. We also were able to connect with ‘Flat Addy’, a little girl in Iowa, USA, who had sent us a Flat Stanley earlier in the year.

Mystery Skype proved to be a fantastic introduction for our students, who learnt how to communicate and share with authentic global audiences. As the 2015 school year progresses, I am hoping to introduce videoconferencing and Mystery Skype into more classes, as we work to build our students’ awareness of the world beyond their classroom walls.


  • Students will use map skills to find the location of the mystery classroom
  • Students will use communication and critical thinking skills to ask questions to help them find the mystery location.
  • Classes communicate with other classrooms via Skype or Google+ Hangouts.
  • Students will learn to respect and appreciate the cultures and customs of others.
  • Students will be able to see the differences and similarities between themselves and others around the world.

This post was adapted from Meeting the World via Mystery Skype (#ionapsict)