Save the Sea Lions

(Written by Save the Sea Lions creator, Julie Devine)

I was a classroom teacher for 13 years before becoming an Instructional Technology Specialist. With the change in my job, I had more opportunities to find connections and opportunities to collaborate with classrooms around the world. Last year, during the 2015-2016 school year, I came across the global classrooms website and was immediately excited to find connections I had always hoped for as a classroom teacher. Right away, my colleague, Michelle and I gravitated to the Caretta Caretta 2 Project, which provided opportunities for connecting locally and globally with students focusing on a common theme of endangered sea turtles. The project leader was so organized and did such a great job in providing us the tools to make these connections. The students were beyond excited, were eager to learn, and truly wanted to make a difference for the Loggerhead Sea turtles.

Their enthusiasm got us thinking, “Why don’t we start our own project?” and so…we did. We had our students vote on what endangered animal they thought we should try and save next, and they chose the Sea Lions. This year is the first year of our project Save the Sea Lions, please join us in creating, collaborating and saving the endangered sea lions. We look forward to opportunities of connecting with classes around the globe and possibly Skyping with some too.

We’re Back!

It has taken me a bit, but I am happy to formally announce the re-introduction of The Global Classroom Project! Michael Graffin has graciously allowed me to try and get this wonderful project back in the works.

Please visit our wiki space to check out existing projects or consider posting a new project yourself. It can be as simple or intricate as you like. I would also love to keep posts on this site as active as possible! If you are posting a project and would like to write a blog post to go along with it, please email me at globalclassroomprojects@gmail.com.I look forward to re-connecting with old global friends and connecting with new friends! Spread the word, “We’re back!”

#global Classroom Chat: The Best of Global Ed – A 24 Hour Slow Chat

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With so many engaged global educators and so many valuable resources shared, we deemed our very first slow chat a success… and we’re ready to do it again! Join us over the course of the next 24 hours as we discuss the best of global connections, ideas, and resources.

Wondering how this slow chat will work and how you can participate? Here’s how:

  • Search #globalclassroom at any time during the 24 hours. You will be able to check out the conversation and join in as you wish.
  • When you do pop on, you can respond to the current question or to any of the other questions. In your tweet, be sure to include A1, A2, etc. depending on the question you are answering.

 

Questions

Q1: Who are 5 of the #globaleducators you follow & think others should add to their #PLN here on Twitter? #globalclassroom  

Q2: What are 5 #globaled organizations that you think we should all add to our FOLLOWING lists? #globalclassroom

Q3: What are the best #globaled projects, events, or activities that you have heard about &/or engaged in virtually? #globalclassroom

Q4: What are the best #globaled #lessonplans or activity ideas you have found &/or used? Share the links here! #globalclassroom

We hope you will join us and share your expertise. Use #globalclassroom and join in on the conversation!

#globalclassroom Chat: Going Global…. Slowly But Surely!

Slow, slow, slowly! It’s the theme for this month’s chat and we decided on it for two reasons:

1. Instead of holding chats at two different times this weekend, we are diving into the world of slow chats and hosting our very first one!

2. When educators first start working towards district, school, and personal global goals, some of their initial questions revolve around the what and the how. What do I do? How do I get started? Time and time again, we hear experienced and dedicated global educators advising teachers to start slowly and to take baby steps. Slowly but surely, each little step will lead to another step in the journey of a global educator!

So this month’s chat is a slow one – a slow chat focused on getting started as a global educator! Whether you are just diving into the world of global education or you have been going global for years, each one of you has something to contribute to this chat and we hope that you will pop in and share your expertise throughout the day.

Wondering how this slow chat will work and how you can participate? Here’s how:

  • Starting at 5:00 a.m. EST/ 10 a.m. GMT on Saturday, February 27, questions will be posted on rotation throughout the day. Not on EST or GMT? Click the link to see when we are starting in your timezone!
  • Search #globalclassroom at any time during the day. You will be able to check out the conversation and join in as you wish.
  • When you do pop on, you can respond to the current question or to any of the other questions. In your tweet, be sure to include A1, A2, etc. depending on the question you are answering.

 

Questions

Q1: What was your inspiration for going global? Why did #globaled become part of your teaching approach? #globalclassroom

Q2: How do you create a global look & feel in your classroom &/or throughout your school? Share pics, too! #globalclassroom

Q3: How do you integrate global content, concepts & issues across the curriculum? Share any specific ideas & helpful links. #globalclassroom

Q4: If we want globally competent Ss then we as Ts must be willing to grow globally. How do you access PD in this area? #globalclassroom

Q5: How do you make connections with other educators & classrooms around the world? #globalclassroom

We hope you will join us and share your expertise at some point this Saturday. Use #globalclassroom and join in on the conversation!

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January’s #globalclassroom Chat – Dream, Do, Make!

 

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The quote above appears on the website of Michael Graffin, the founder of the #globalclassroom chat, and I think it is perfect as we dive into this month’s chat topic related to makerspaces in education. The idea that students can be inspired, that they can dream of ideas, and be provided with the space and materials to actually explore, design, create, and turn their ideas into reality is a wonderful one and it is no wonder that so many educators have embraced it. Here’s to dreaming, doing, and making!

Whether they are corners in classrooms, separate rooms, special labs, or workshops, makerspaces are not brand new, they aren’t rare, and they continue to pop up in schools around the world. These spaces can look very different and the activities that take place in them can vary – robotics, electronics, woodworking, and more – but the fact is that the ideas and resources out there today are never-ending. But what is common in all of these makerspaces is that students are exploring and designing and doing. They are interested, they are engaged, and they are learning.

When brainstorming ideas for this month’s chat focus, Michael said, “In the past year or so, words like makerspace and STEM have become prominent in many educational discussions, and indeed, in my own school in Western Australia. I’m curious about what these terms mean in your countries and your schools – and this chat is dedicated to exploring global perspectives on maker education.”

So without further ado, here are the questions we will focus on during January’s #globalclassroom chats:

Questions

Q1: How would you define the term #makerspace & what does it look like in your school/ country? #globalclassroom

Q2: Do you have any photos of your #makerspace to share here? (Attach a pic to a tweet, share a blog post w/ pics, etc.) #globalclassroom

Q3: What kinds of #makerspace projects or challenges do you run or participate in?#globalclassroom  

Q4: Are you looking to connect with international #makerspaces? What might this look like?#globalclassroom

Times

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

Chat 1 ~ Saturday, January 23, 2016

10:00 UTC (Europe/Asia/Australia)

  • 5:00 North Carolina, 10:00 London, 12:00 (noon) Cape Town, 15:30 New Delhi, 18:00 Perth, 21:00 Sydney, 23:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

Chat 2: Saturday, January 23, 2016

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

  • Saturday night USA – 15:00 Los Angeles, 17:00 New York and North Carolina
  • Sunday morning – – 07:00 Perth, 10:00 Sydney, 12:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

We hope to see you online for what is sure to be an engaging sharing session. Use #globalclassroom and join in on the conversation!

The Caretta-Caretta Global Project- a new and exciting awareness idea

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Hi everyone! We are so excited to launch The Caretta-Caretta Global Project!

Aim
The aim of the project is to help raise global awareness on the serious threat the loggerhead turtle is facing. Our little turtle, Neptune the Caretta2, will travel around the world along with its diary to inform everyone of its plight. At the same time, the issue of plastic garbage thrown in beaches or discarded at sea will also be discussed as it’s one of the threats for the caretta-caretta turtle (and not only!).

Ages
Any age

The project
– Share your school details in the project participant form https://goo.gl/NDbUO9
-The participant classes will in turn get the project package, which will eventually travel around the globe, by mail.
-The package will contain Neptune the Caretta2 the progect diary and QR codes for a great informative video and spreadshhets for class and home discussion.
-After learning Neptne’s history and his species plight, the class can help him by spreading the wold in the local community any way they can imagine. A lot of great ideas have been discussed. Make a street demonstation with banners, create a video and show it to the other school classes, create banners and go from class to class to inform on the Caretta-Caretta plight….not even the sky is the limit to our innovative ideas!
– Each class will have a page in the project wiki, https://caretta2globalproject.wikispaces.com/
where they can share all their exciting ideas, photos, videos, etc
-Neptune the Caretta2 and the project diary will stay with each class for 2 weeks, during which time they can contributeideas, drawings, etc.

Let’s all link hands to save Neptune the Caretta2 and his family and make our home a better place!

Global Classroom Chat – Explanations and Empathy: Addressing Tragedy and Controversy in the Classroom

‘Tis the season when many people all around the world celebrate a wide variety of winter holidays, spend time with loved ones, and ring in a new year. Although this time is filled with such joy, the reality is that tragic events, sad stories, and controversial issues don’t take a holiday and our daily news feeds, whether we access them via television, radio or the internet, are filled with current events of this nature.

As educators, part of our responsibility is to provide a safe environment for our students – a place where they not only feel physically safe but where they also feel free to ask questions, seek answers, and share their thoughts. Sometimes the things on their minds are related to complex current events and we find ourselves struggling as we work to overcome our own nervousness or discomfort, figure out how to address such topics, and determine how best to help students navigate those not-so-happy but real discussions.

With this month’s chat, we want to focus on resources you use and approaches you take when addressing controversial or tragic issues in the classroom. Let’s share so, rather than shying away, we can ensure that all students have the resources, tools, and support to help them understand and work through their own thoughts, feelings, and opinions related to such topics.

Questions

Q1: What controversial or tragic topics, issues, or events have been addressed in your classroom this year or in the past? #globalclassroom

Q2: What resources & tools have you found to assist you with addressing such current events and topics with your students? #globalclassroom

Q3: Have you ever experienced backlash from others as a result of such classroom discussions or activities? How did you respond? #globalclassroom

Times

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

Chat 1 ~ Saturday, December 19, 2015

10:00 UTC (Europe/Asia/Australia)

  • 5:00 North Carolina, 10:00 London, 12:00 (noon) Cape Town, 15:30 New Delhi, 18:00 Perth, 21:00 Sydney, 23:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

 

Chat 2: Saturday, December 19, 2015

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

  • Saturday night USA – 15:00 Los Angeles, 17:00 New York and North Carolina
  • Sunday morning – – 07:00 Perth, 10:00 Sydney, 12:00 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!