#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!

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!

Celebrating Four Years of the #globalclassroom Chats!

Can you believe that this month marks the four year anniversary of #globalclassroom chats? For me, these chats have been a welcome addition to my monthly routine and I have enjoyed being a part of them since May. But for some, like the founder and creator of these chats, #globalclassroom chat runs much deeper! Let’s hear from Michael Graffin himself:

Four years ago, a young Australian teacher woke up in the middle of the night with an idea… What if globally minded teachers could come together on Twitter to discuss issues, brainstorm projects, and find new connections? And what if we ran three (now two) chats to ensure that all international teachers could participate? In the years since, new #globaled chats have been created; however, we were the first, and for many years, the only Twitter chats for global educators. To this day, we remain one of the few, if only, chats which run twice to ensure global coverage.

Over the past four years, the nature of Twitter relationships and conversations has been changing. As the creator of the #globalclassroom chats, and a connected educator, Twitter changed the course of my life and career. Yet, what are the experiences of new Twitter folk and emerging global educators? There are now so many online spaces to join, and more Twitter chats than we can reasonably keep track of or add to our calendars. How can we navigate this medium while ensuring that what and how we tweet adds value to the global education community?

I invite you to join Michael, me, and the #globalclassroom chat community for this month’s chat focused on some of these very questions.

Questions

Q1: What is the continuing relevance of Twitter for global educators in our media saturated world? #globalclassroom

Q2: Has Twitter helped you connect & flatten your classroom walls? Share your examples! #globalclassroom

Q3: Do Twitter hashtags & chats add value to your professional learning? Why/why not? #globalclassroom
Times

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

Chat 1 ~ Saturday, November 21, 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, November 21, 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!

Global Classroom Chat – Global Projects, Please!

As you may have heard, The Global Classroom Project is making some big changes to the community and to the project submission process. Although we will no longer be creating and maintaining annual project wikis, we are still interested in hearing about and sharing all of the great global project ideas that you come up with and initiate with your students, fellow educators, and partner classrooms. 

With these changes in mind, this month’s chat will focus on just that – your project ideas, both past and present! Come prepared to post about successes, benefits, challenges, and roadblocks while sharing past projects and highlighting or brainstorming new ones.

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We hope that you will engage in this chat, share your ideas, hear from others, and then consider submitting at least one of your projects via the blog’s Project Planning Template.

Questions

Q1: What are your favorite &/or the best #global projects you have created, participated in or heard about from others? #globalclassroom

Q2: What challenges or difficulties have you faced when planning or participating in #global projects? #globalclassroom

Q3: What positives & benefits did you experience as a result of creating #global projects &/or #classroomconnections? #globalclassroom

Q4: What #global project ideas do you have for this year? How will you ensure success & what advice do you have for others? #globalclassroom

Times

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

Chat 1 ~ Saturday October 24, 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 October 24, 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!

#globalclassroom Chat: Local is Global!

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Where is my family from? Why don’t we throw trash on the ground? Where does our tap water come from? Where do you live compared to where I live?

If questions such as these regularly peak the curiosity of your students and drive inquiry-based learning, then you are already connecting the local to the global in your classroom. As teachers embrace global education initiatives, the focus often goes beyond their own communities, states, and countries. Students learn about cultures and climates around the globe, they explore and find solutions for global issues, and connect with organizations and other classrooms in far off countries. But what about local topics, issues and events? How do they connect to the global and how do they have implications that go well beyond the local?

For this month’s chat, let’s focus on the idea that local is global and global is local. We want to hear about how you and your students dive into local issues, make authentic connections between right-here-at-home and far-far-away, and engage in your own community while going global.

Questions

Q1: How/where do you make local connections – to people, organizations & issues? What is the benefit of such connections? #globalclassroom

Q2: What local issues have global significance? How have you connected the local to the global? #globalclassroom

Q3: How can we take local action on larger global issues? What does this mean for our students? #globalclassroom

Q4: How has a global issue helped solve a local one? What resources did you use? #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 September 19, 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 September 19, 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 on September 19, 2015. Use #globalclassroom and join in on the conversation!