Join us for Stories from the #globalclassroom – LIVE @ #iste2015

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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 gmail.com, 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.

 

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#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: 

https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=2008350&psid=2014-11-21.0414.D.439D8CE5EF39E223D0D5B21CA9BAD5.vcr

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: http://globalclassroom2014-15.wikispaces.com

Webinar Details

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

Room Link :  https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=GEC15Part119.

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.

World Water Day 2014 – March #globalclassroom chats & Projects

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This coming weekend marks the celebration of World Water Day 2014, held on March 22 each year, and it promises to be a wet weekend at The Global Classroom Project.

1) World Water Day International LinoIt Project 2014

For the past three years, the WWD LinoIt Project has given students around the world the opportunity to share their thoughts, photos, and experiences of water conservation with the wider world.

This year’s project will run from March 19-25, and will be jointly hosted by Class 5, from School 1302 in Moscow, Russia and Robyn Thiessen’s Grade 4/5 class in Canada. We are also looking forward to working with Project Purus, who are raising to provide clean water for school children in Nepal. 

Please bookmark the 2014 LinoIt and share with your class using this link – http://bit.ly/worldwaterday2014.

2) March #globalclassroom Chats – March 22/23

See the UN World Water Day website for more!

Discussion Questions

  1. What does water mean to you and your community?
  2. What global water issues are you aware of, or experiencing in your country?
  3. What opportunities can we provide our students to take action on water issues in their local region?
  4. Can students raise awareness and make a real difference globally? Can you share some examples?
  5. What activities and teaching resources would you recommend for exploring World Water Day issues with your class?

Schedule

Please double check the time in your region, particularly if you have recently moved to/from DST

Chat 1 ~ Saturday, March 22, 10:00 – 11:00 UTC

  • 10:00 London, 12:00 Cape Town, 15:30 New Delhi, 18:00 Perth, 21:00 Sydney (AEDT), 23:00 Auckland

  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

Chat 2 ~ Saturday, March 22, 18:00 – 19:00 UTC

  • 11:00 Los Angeles, 14:00 New York, 18:00 London, 20:00 Cape Town, 07:00 SUNDAY – Auckland

  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

Chat 3 ~ Sunday, March 23, 02:00 – 03:00 UTC (Saturday in N & S America!)

  • Saturday night – 18:00 Los Angeles, 21:00 New York

  • Sunday – 06:30 New Dehli, 9:00 Perth, 12:00 Sydney, 14:00 Auckland

Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

The Complete International Cookbook Project -2014

My good friend, Matt McGuire, an educator from New Brunswick, Canada, is starting up a new project called the Complete International Cookbook Project.  This will be his second edition of the cookbook.  The Complete International Cookbook project is an innovative, culturally-diverse activity where students in classrooms from all over the globe contribute recipes which may be special family traditions or part of their cultural heritage. The end result is a culturally diverse, professionally published cookbook which can be accessed, purchased, and shipped to just about anywhere in the world at a very reasonable price.

A link to his previous project is http://www.lulu.com/shop/global-students/the-complete-international-cookbook/paperback/product-15835825.html

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Profits from the sale of the cookbook will be allocated, this year, to Help Lesotho. Lesotho is a country in southern Africa. It is the third highest AIDS-populated country in the world. Help Lesotho’s Child Sponsorship program enables high school students to continue their schooling and become educated, productive members of their communities. Prohibitive high school fees mean that many students will not go beyond the primary school level.  Matt would love to help as many high school students as possible graduate with the proceeds from The International Cookbook.

Interested?  Contact Matt at Matt.McGuire@nbed.nb.ca.

Global Classroom 2013-14 Launch – Slides & Recordings

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Image via @ICT_Integrator, South Africa

It is hard to believe that we’re embarking on the third year of our #globalclassroom journey, but here we are.

With our formal launch at #globaled13 (and repeat webinar the following day), Global Classroom 2013-14 is officially under-way. It looks to be an incredibly exciting year, with some 20 projects already on the wiki, with a few more in development.

The two launch webinars featured 16 speakers from Australia, New Zealand, Bulgaria, South Africa, Canada, USA, Taiwan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, and were very well attended.

Webinar 2 featured short presentations from our Partner Charities – Open World Cause and Project Purus, whose work we are keen to promote and support through Global Classroom 2013-14.

Thank you to everyone who made these presentations possible! Your support, dedication, and passion shine are what makes our community so special!

Recordings

Webinar 1

Webinar 2

  • Hosted by Teresa Mackinnon @warwicklanguage), Louise Morgan (@mrsmorgansclass) and Theresa Allen (@tdallen5)
  • BlackBoard Recording

Edmodo Pen Pal Project – New Round Begins

A few years ago, I heard about this social network for schools called Edmodo.  I thought it was a neat idea, but not something that was appropriate for my Grade 3 students (ages 8-9.)  However, I did end up using it with them as a required part of the Flat Classroom Project we were taking part in.  Once we started using it, I realized how wonderful this platform is!  Besides being a great way to connect and share with my own students, it was also the perfect platform for connecting with other classrooms around the world!

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There are many teachers on Edmodo who are looking for other classrooms to connect with but don’t know how to find them.  That is why I created the Edmodo Pen Pal project.  Once you join, I will connect you with 3 or 4 other classrooms in different areas so that you can connect with them via Edmodo.  My original idea was to use Edmodo in place of traditional “snail mail” pen pals.  However, once I connect you with the other teachers, you are free to use your creativity to connect in any way that you choose.  Due to the popularity of the project (we had about 170 classrooms sign up for the last round), I cannot lead and/or moderate every group.  One teacher in each small group will contact the other teachers involved and talk to them about creating the Edmodo group and brainstorming ideas for what the children should be sharing.  All teachers are responsible for moderating the comments left by their own students and the other students in their small group.

How do I join? Visit the Global Classroom Project wiki page for project goals, guidelines and a sign up form.  This project is appropriate for children ages 7 – 18.  I will place classrooms into groups by age level.  We run 2 rounds of this project each year.  Round 1 will start in the Sept/Oct time frame and Round 2 will start in February/March.  If you are new to Edmodo, this is a great project to get you started as you will be given support from other teachers in your group who have used it before.

Questions? – You can reach me via Twitter at @MrsSchmidtB4 or by email in the K-3 Directory of registered Global Classroom Project members.  Have fun connecting!

 

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