Live Event: Take a Trip to the Deserts and Grasslands of Africa! (Feb 5, 2015)

Are you looking for new, exciting ways to connect your Grades 3-8 students with real world science, geography, and environmental issues beyond your classroom walls? Why rely on a textbook, when you can bring a real scientist into your classroom?

The Global Classroom Project is delighted to share an amazing upcoming live event, where The Nature Conservancy, PBS Learning Media, and field scientist Charles Oluchina will take your students on a live virtual field trip to Africa!

Event Description

Take your students on a virtual trip to Burkina Faso, where they will learn how one African farmer invented an ingenious method to help restore forestlands that had been lost to desertification. Head to Kenya to learn about the importance of grasslands, and how ecotourism has benefited both the people and Kenya’s majestic wildlife. Finally, you and your students will get a firsthand look at a PBS LearningMedia’s collection of videos, digital games and educational resources from the new PBS series EARTH A New Wild.

This event, focussing on the Deserts and Grasslands of Africa, marks the first of a new series of live events aimed at building students’ knowledge of, and emotional connection to environmental issues, which are at the heart of The Nature Conservancy’s mission.

Date and time:  Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:00 noon Eastern Time (17:00 GMT). 

The event will be streamed on YouTube (40 minutes), and recorded for those classes which can’t participate live due to time differences.

Get Involved!

Interested teachers are strongly encouraged to register for this event via this online form.

Classes can participate in the event in three ways:

  1. Join the live Google Hangout On Air on The Nature Conservancy’s Google + channel
  2. Watch the live stream on YouTube here, or
  3. Watch the event recording via the Nature Works Everywhere YouTube channel

About Nature Works Everywhere

The Nature Conservancy and its 550 scientists created Nature Works Everywhere to help students learn the science behind how nature works, and how we can help keep it strong. Nature Works Everywhere gives teachers, students and families around the world everything they need to start exploring and understanding the natural world alongside Nature Conservancy scientists, including interactive games, and curriculum linked lesson plans that be customised for use in classrooms around the world.

Related Science and Geography Resources for teachers:

#globalclassroom 2014-15 Launch – Slides and Recording

On November 20, we marked the official launch of Global Classroom 2014-15 with our presentation at the Global Education Conference. Attended by viewers from Australia, Kenya, Norway, and the United States, we are delighted to share the slides and recording with you today.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording:

Join us for our Global Classroom 2014-15 Project Launch @ #globaled14 (Nov 21)!

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#globalclassroom students, SAV School Nepal

This Friday, we mark the official launch of Global Classroom 2014-15 at the Global Education Conference.

Established in March 2011, we are embarking on our fourth year of global connections and collaboration; and we’d love for you to join us!

2014-15 Wiki:

Webinar Details

Date and Time: 12:00 GMT November 21, 2014. Please click here to see when this is in YOUR timezone.

Room Link :

Please add this event to your calendar, and help us spread the word through your social networks! We are looking forward to sharing our stories and projects as we look forward to 2014-15.

Slides and recordings will be published on this blog following the conference.

Have a global project idea? We’re here to help!

We are accepting project proposals for

Global Classroom 2014-15. 

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The Global Classroom Project is committed to helping teachers and schools connect to create dynamic educational experiences. We help teachers build and promote their global collaboration project ideas, and assist them in finding collaboration partners and facilitating enriching international exchanges.

Since 2011, we have hosted in excess of 30 K-12 global projects, and worked with over 430 teachers from 42 countries. In 2014, one of our longest running projects, The Travelling Rhino Project, won the ISTE Online Learning Award.

In order for us to continue facilitating these enriching international exchanges, and build our #globalclassroom community, we ask participating project leaders to agree to the following:

  1. Fill out the Project Framework form. This helps ensure the projects are well-planned and thought-out, and also allows us to get a good understanding about the purpose and design of your project.
  2. Submit at least one blog post to our community blog, and a slide to our bi-annual project webinars – sharing your experiences and learning outcomes as a result of your project.

We will help promote your project, and find collaboration partners, in exchange for your sharing of your experiences and practice with our community. This enables us to learn from each other, and improve our professional practice.

If you have any questions, please email globalclassroomorganisers AT or tweet @gcporganisers. Thank you!

We look forward to launching Global Classroom 2014-15 at the Global Education Conference in November! 

Global Classroom 2013-14 Closing Webinar Slides & Recordings (August)

In August 2014, we formally marked the conclusion of Global Classroom 2013-14 with two online webinars. Thank you to everyone who helped make the project such an amazing success, and we look forward to announcing details of Global Classroom 2014-15 shortly.


Webinar 1 (August 15, 2014)


Webinar 2 (August 16, 2014)

Global Classroom Lead Teacher Awards 2014

We’d like to formally congratulate the Global Classroom Lead Teachers for 2014.

The Global Classroom Lead Teacher awards were created in 2012 to recognise teachers around the world who have made an exceptional contribution to the development and success of #globalclassroom communities and projects. These awards are based on collegial nominations from the online global education community, and nominees were formally acknowledged at our ‘Looking Forwards, Looking Back’ webinars, held last weekend.

Lead Teachers were nominated for their:

  • Significant contributions to the professional learning of teachers around the world through blogs, Twitter, and other social media platforms
  • Inspired efforts to enhance their students’ learning through their global connections
  • Creation of innovative, pioneering projects which showcase new ways for teachers and students to connect, learn, share, and collaborate globally.


Lead Teacher Award recipients will receive a one year subscription to Oddizzi, an award-winning online resource for 4-11 year olds that brings the world to life. With over 1,000 pages of written content, video, images, maps and games it is a fantastic resource that supports geography, social studies and global citizenship. Oddizzi also has a unique tool called ClassPals that helps connects classrooms around the world. To view our Oddizzi film click here:



Anne Mirtschin (@murcha)

Anne is an inspiring advocate for flat classrooms, regularly participating in global projects. Her students, from primary to Year 12, have been actively involved in a variety of projects over many years. She has also been an invaluable supporter and mentor within the #globalclassroom community, and her support is greatly appreciated.

Celia Coffa ( @ccoffa)

Celia has been inspirational leading our school as a 21st century contemporary learning research school. Celia helped us establish blogging, skype, quad blogs, a yammer and EDMODO community throughout the school. She has set up global collaborations through the Student Blogging challenge for the past 3 years, and has supported students around the world in establishing their blogs.

Celia was instrumental in beginning and running the Teach Meets in Melbourne, and has been a guest presenter at numerous schools and conferences, sharing her passion for using technology to engage and enhance the learning.


Karen Stadler (@ICT_Integrator)

It is hard to describe Karen’s award winning Traveling Rhinos project, but we tend to agree with the rave reviews from participants, who call it “the epitome of a global project”. What else can we say? Karen recently won the ISTE online learning award and received her award while attending the 2014 ISTE Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. While in Atlanta, Karen was able to personally connect with many of the members of the GCP community.


Heidi Hutchison(@heidihutchison)

Heidi Hutchison personifies a Global Classroom teacher. She has created two very successful global PBLs (Malala Project and the One and Only Ivan), and contributes to the larger global community through her blog and on Twitter. She presented at Global EdCon 2013, hosted and co-founded with Bianca & Lee Hewes the U.S. version of Project Swap Meet, hosted numerous Twitter chats, and is now delving into the world of leadership with a focus and mind to helping administrators be more forward thinking in regards to global citizenship.

Louise Morgan (@MrsMorgansClass)

Louise has been an amazing organizer and promoter of the Global Classroom project. I admire her stamina, energy, and dedication to the success of the projects for teachers and students.  We would like to thank Louise for her recent promotion of GCP during ISTE 2014 in Atlanta. Louise presented an Ignite session during Global Ed Day and also prepared a poster session where many Global Classroom participants gathered and shared their experiences.

Kathleen Corley (@kathleencorley)

Kathleen set up a global Edmodo project between Windsor Primary, Arlington Heights, Illinois, Dalkeith Primary, Perth and St Thomas More CPS, Margaret River. This project was a beautiful collaboration for Grade 1-2 students and their teachers, helping them learn about their similarities and differences through sharing information about our schools.


Laurie Clement (@LLClement)

Laurie is actively involved in Social Media and providing global opportunities for her students. In 2011 she created her Skype in the Classroom account and as a result has connected with over 30 classes around the world. She initially began engaging her students in Mystery Skype Calls and immediately began to see the excitement in her students. Shortly after she created global projects with a colleague in Brazil, that she initially connected with in one of her mystery class calls. They began engaging their students in global projects and soon after developed four projects and invited schools to join from across the globe. This past year they hosted four projects which included students from over 10 countries and 3 continents. Aside from these projects, Laurie is actively involved in promoting global connections through G+ and Twitter.



Aaron Brzowski and Garrett Wilkinson (@ProjectPurus)

Aaron and Garrett, both just recently graduated from high school, are the founders of Project Purus. Project Purus is a non profit organization with mission  to provide education through clean water. These passionate, young, social entrepreneurs have recently shared their passion and story during the Global Ed Day conference at ISTE2014 and during Podstock14.

Aaron and Garrett worked closely with Robyn Thiessen’s class, mentoring, inspiring and educating her students from January to May of this year. This summer, Aaron also went to Nepal to meet Govinda and the students of SAV School, where he taught English and witnessed the positive effects of Project Purus first hand!