Over the past few weeks, we have begun to see some our Teachers’ Global Classroom goals becoming a reality …
1) We are interested in exploring ways to create global dialogue and discussion amongst teachers and students; enabling them to learn together and build cross-cultural understandings and respect
2) We are working together to build an authentic, global learning community; showcasing how teachers can share resources, expertise, and support through global collaborative projects and personal learning networks (PLNs).
Global Classroom Manifesto – Teacher’s Goals
We’ve been making connections … both global AND local …
“His is SOOooooo cool to be sitting here talking with people around the world I would NEVER have connected with – thank you all for existing and being here!” – Launch Webinar Comment
“[I had] A chance meeting with the first Western Australian Global Classroom participant; an encounter which will hopefully lead to the creation of a ‘global geocaching’ project for 2012.” (mgraffin.edublogs.org)
And we come from amazingly diverse community and school backgrounds ….
“Hello everyone. It´t just fantastic to join a global group like this. I´m Stefan from Denmark, Northern Europe. This year I´m teaching 1st graders (7-8Y) and I will follow the class up to 6th grade. I also teach 9th grades and work as school librarian part time. I teach Danish, Music, Religions study and English.”
“Howdy from Texas! … I’m Louise … I teach a lively and diverse group of 2nd graders (7-8 yr olds) and am looking forward to expanding worlds through the Global Classroom. … My goal with the Global Classroom is to open our doors to new experiences and learning possibilities.”
“Bonjour and Hello from France … Hi Everyone! I’m Sarah and I teach English as a foreign language to students in preschool through CM2 (Grade 5 or Year 6) in a small, private school in the suburbs of Paris..”
Google Groups / Email Discussion Lists – Introductions
Through the Global Classroom Project, we are working to enable teachers around the world to connect, share, learn and collaborate on a global stage.
We provide 4 major collaborative discussion platforms for our teachers, run by members of our global management team:
1. Email Discussion Lists (Google Groups)
- Simple Sign Up – Email us for the group link
- 1-2 emails a week
- Quick and easy way to introduce yourself, float ideas, and contribute to discussions about ongoing and upcoming #globalclassroom projects
- You can join with ANY email account
- Highly Recommended
2. Facebook K-12 Teachers’ Discussion Group
- Registered #globalclassroom participants can request to join here.
- A place to keep in touch with ongoing projects, #globalclassroom news, and teacher discussion
3. Edmodo Groups – For Teachers and Students
- Likened to “Facebook for School”, Edmodo is extremely simple to use, and is a safe and secure (closed) discussion platform for teachers and students
- Sign up is via group codes (shared via email)
- Very popular with teachers AND students
- Exciting new K-3, Grades 4-6, and Grades 7-8 Student Groups have enabled global conversations between students in several countries.
4. Monthly Twitter Chat
- We hope to announce details of our inaugural #globalclassroom Twitter chat within the next few weeks
- We expect to run two chats at different times, to enable maximum coverage of our global timezones.
- These chats will be moderated by participant teachers, and archived on our wiki
Watching a Global Learning Community come to life
Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen our #globalclassroom dreams and community come to life. All of those weeks of planning, discussion, and preparation are paying dividends.
Our global management team have been working tirelessly to make our Teacher Discussion Groups, and our first global projects a reality, and we look forward to sharing more details about our latest #globalclassroom projects and happenings over the next few weeks.
If you have any questions about our Teacher Discussion Platforms, please leave a comment below this post, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!