Sunday, December 03, 2017

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Friday, December 01, 2017

Case Study 4.7: Global Learning and Teacher Education - Leigh Zeitz

The Global Educator - Case Study 4.7

Integrating the Global Learning Experience into Teacher Education

Dr Leigh Zeitz


Preamble......I will never forget that in 2011 Leigh brought a group of Masters degree students (practicing educators) from the USA to China to participate in the Flat Classroom Conference I designed and organised that was hosted at my international school. This opened eyes and broadened horizons - a life-changing event. We need more teacher educators to be working on the edge like Leigh!

Leigh has been in teacher education for over 25 years. His case study is full of exciting learning experiences for his students that involve connections with external peers, students and practicing teachers from across the globe. It seems Leigh crafts these opportunities for his students through being connected with other globally minded educators, and he is certainly not lacking in imagination.

When I contacted Leigh recently he shared that "He began connecting his student with other learners around the world in 1984 when he was a classroom teacher in southern California." So even back then, before the Internet came along to expand connectivity and digital possibilities for collaboration, Leigh was purposefully designing learning beyond the classroom walls.

Leigh was the ISTE President for the Global Collaboration Network in 2016-17 and continues to work tirelessly for organisations like ISTE to connect learners.

When you read the full case study you will find Leigh shares in detail four experiences his students had in working with other students around the world. These are:
  • Bringing experts into the classroom
  • Working as experts for students who are working together
  • Working with peers in other graduate programs
  • Visiting educators in other countries


Connect with Leigh
Twitter: @zeitz 

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In Leigh's words....
 


This is the 16th post in what is a regular series featuring the 36 case studies from my book, 'The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning and Teaching'. This book was published by the International Society for Technology in Education in July 2016. The book contains contributions from over 100 educators and case studies featuring over 50 educators.

Read more about The Global Educator and find out where to purchase the hard copy and eBook/ePub versions. Access other Case Studies in this series.

Julie Lindsay is the author of The Global Educator, and of this blog. 
Connect with Julie
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 - about.me/julielindsay

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

My PhD Journey - Musing #8 - It's raining....again....

It's raining....again....the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales has had an unusual second half Spring season with cooler temperatures and lots of rain. Good for our water-thirsty garden - but not so good for my ambition to walk on the beach this morning.

Oh well....back to the blog, and my musings, which have been much neglected. Since the last PhD post on October 17 I have been to China and back and taken a weeks 'holiday' to mark my husband's retirement. Yes, after 46 years in K-12 education, my ever-ready spouse has decided it is enough (and I agree!) and has officially retired. So....you can picture the scenario...I work from home, and he is now retired....we are working it out as we go.

My China trip was exhausting (maybe I am getting too old for this? no!). As a Learning2 Leader at the L2Asia conference I ran 2 workshops and prepared a short talk - the talk took me a long time to get ready - and it wasn't on the 'surviving your PhD' topic I suggested in my last blog post. I went for my other passion.....which is of course PhD related -  'Global Collaboration - Learning on the Edge' sharing examples of global collaborative learning and reasons as to why this should be a vital part of education at all levels of K-12.



Next week I am heading to Toowoomba (University of Southern Queensland, and where I am a PhD student) to the ASCILITE Conference (Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education). So excited and nervous to be co-presenting an academic paper based on my PhD research. This is a VERY big step for me. Despite years of presenting and leading and keynoting conferences with a totally or predominantly K-12 focus, I am quite nervous about this one because it is in the Higher Education area. I did present my developing research at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference in 2016 at a round table format - and that challenged my skills to speak about my research. Now, at ASCILITE it is a formal (albeit short - 30 minutes) session where we plan to succinctly share the following:
  • What is online global collaboration and why is it important?
  • Online global collaboration - affordances and inhibitors
  • Teacher education - implications
The co-author of the 10-page paper accepted by ASCILITE is one of my PhD supervisors, Dr Petrea Redmond. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Queensland with a focus on educational technology - and a real dynamo!

Meanwhile my PhD has taken a back step with everything else that is going on - but I do have a supervisor's meeting in Toowoomba next week so better get moving on some work before then. 

Listening to soft rain punctuated by shrill calls from the pair of Eastern Whip Birds that have taken up residence in our garden recently. I think they might be nesting. That link has an audio recording showing the male call with the female 'choo-choo' response. This video is a polished artefact sharing mainly the male call.




Back to the real world.....see you next Tuesday, or one not long after that!

Julie Lindsay
PhD student......surviving in the wild.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Case Study 4.6: Leadership for Global Learning - Judy O'Connell

The Global Educator - Case Study 4.6

Leadership for Global Learning: A Reflection on Higher Education Experiences in Australia

Judy O'Connell

 

Judy, currently a Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University, is an astute and passionate educator. She was my catalyst into working at the higher education level and continues to be a role model for best practices in education, especially when using online technologies. In this case study Judy shares her journey from High School English teacher, to be a leader in school libraries, and now a leader in the tertiary sector. In this case study her understanding about knowledge and information in a digital society is shared in relation to being a global connected educator. Judy also comments on teacher education in Australia with special mention of the new Masters degree she launched at CSU - Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation) which, in her words "aims to develop agile leaders in new cultures of digital formal and informal learning".

Connect with Judy
Twitter: @heyjudeonline

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In Judy's words....



As an update Judy is completing her EdD at LaTrobe University and continues to push boundaries for learning with peers and students. One of her favourite sites is Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017.

In the past year she created the CSU '23 Things for Digital Knowledge', an open source tool that anyone can access and learn at their own pace. 

A recent article by Judy published online in the New South Wales educational research magazine SCAN:
O’Connell, J. (2017). Mastering the art of digital scholarship: from mind to mind. Scan, 35(4), pp. 39-45.


This is the 15th post in what is a regular series featuring the 36 case studies from my book, 'The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning and Teaching'. This book was published by the International Society for Technology in Education in July 2016. The book contains contributions from over 100 educators and case studies featuring over 50 educators.

Read more about The Global Educator and find out where to purchase the hard copy and eBook/ePub versions. Access other Case Studies in this series.

Julie Lindsay is the author of The Global Educator, and of this blog. 
Connect with Julie
 - Twitter @julielindsay
 - about.me/julielindsay

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Case Study 2.8: National, International Global Educator - Alan Preis

The Global Educator - Case Study 2.8

The National, International Global Educator

Alan Preis


Alan Preis is currently the Director of Technology at Shanghai American School (SAS). For many years before that he held a similar position at Atlanta International School in the USA and very active with the European Council of Independent Schools (ECIS) organisation IT committee. Since venturing into an 'international' education position Alan has thrived on immersing himself culturally into life in China. When I was in China in 2016 I visited Alan at SAS and was most impressed with his developing command of Mandarin language. 

In the Case Study Alan talks about how he sees 'international educator' synonymous with 'global educator' with both being about a worldwide view of education and shares, 
While “international” speaks to the understanding of different cultures, “global” evokes the idea of seeing these different cultures as part of a connected whole and of forging connections between them.
Connect with Alan
Twitter: @apreis

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Note: The case study shares that Alan completed the ECIS International Teacher Certificate in 2011. The link shared for this seems to be dead now and I am wondering what has become of this certificate course. 


In Alan's words..... 




Next week I am heading to Shanghai and SAS to be a Learning2 Leader at the Learning 2 Conference (Nov. 2-4) and look forward to catching up with Alan and many other international/global colleagues as well. SAS certainly has an impressive program and is one of the more established and forward thinking international schools in the region.



This is the 14th post in what is a regular series featuring the 36 case studies from my book, 'The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning and Teaching'. This book was published by the International Society for Technology in Education in July 2016. The book contains contributions from over 100 educators and case studies featuring over 50 educators.

Read more about The Global Educator and find out where to purchase the hard copy and eBook/ePub versions. In addition, access other Case Studies in this series.

Julie Lindsay is the author of The Global Educator, and of this blog. 
Connect with Julie
 - Twitter @julielindsay
 - about.me/julielindsay

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My PhD Journey - Musing #7 - How to share the PhD passion?

It's Tuesday morning again....7:30am....I have already been working for 2 hours, but not on my PhD work (unfortunately), on marking papers (I teach at the Masters degree level, and final assignments are challenging to mark and deserve alert responses).

In my GMail this morning was confirmation that I will be presenting a L2Talk at the forthcoming Learning2 Conference in Shanghai (in 2 weeks time!). This conference, designed for K-12 educators with a focus on international schools, is one I have been very involved with in the past as a presenter and as an organiser but have not had any connection for 5 years now. In 2017 it is the 10th anniversary of Learning2 and I am delighted to be invited back again.

I am already attending as a Learning 2 Leader and presenting what is called an extended session. My session, Classroom Connections: From Local to Global, is designed for classroom teachers and also for education leaders (alternate days). I am looking forward to meeting old and new friends in Shanghai! Here is my promotion video....




My challenge before then is to come up with a L2Talk! This is a 3-5 minutes presentation supported by visuals that align with Presentation Zen ideals, and can be delivered from memory - NO reading of notes.

One idea I have is to share my PhD journey.....wondering how boring this might be?....but if I did it in a semi-humerous way, maybe it would work??

This is what I am thinking of so far.....VERY rough notes to get me thinking about a plan and whether this topic will provide inspiration to the conference cohort....


Why you should NOT do a PhD
  • Once upon a time I was a teacher in K-12, and an educational technology leader
  • and everyday I would….collaborate globally, write books about global collaboration, attend conferences and speak...
  • Then one day I decided it was time to put practice into theory - I was witnessing a change in education, a change in pedagogy that was powerful, dynamic and compelling - but only a handful of educators 'got it' so far. Why?
  • Because of that.....
    • I enrolled to do an EdD
    • Honed in on what was important to me
    • Focused on a corner of the world of online global colaboration that I could research and become the expert in
  • Because of that
    •  It took a long time to complete course work, write up proposal, be approved
    • I decided a 4-year in and out EdD degree was not possible
    • I was approved for a PhD - why not? I thought
  • Until finally - 5 years later....and about 1 year out from completion (I hope)
    • Right now I feel like I know less, although I know I must know more.
    • When asked about my 'Theoretical framework'? I respond with baby talk - you know, the full blowing bubbles, incoherent response
    • Member checking? Sure...it's my usual approach....what?
    • Big celebration this week - Chapter 4 is 'done' and Chapter 5 is in a good draft format - these are both data presentation chapters (let's not think about the Chapter 2 literature review I need to redo, or Chapter 3 methodology I need to redo, or Chapters 6 (data analysis) .....or the top and ending chapters)
  • Resolution - 
    • do not do a PhD because it sounds cool
    • do not do a PhD to sound cool
    • do not do a PhD for the pay rise (!) or employment prospects
    • do not do a PhD quickly - it is a journey of discovery - celebrate the small steps
    • Do a PhD for personal growth, etc etc passion, commitment etc
  • A PhD is a humbling experience - you feel vulnerable - you make mistakes - doing a PhD has changed my life
  • But, when I finally get my PhD, it will only be the beginning of the next chapter of my life as an educator, as an academic....as a thought leader....

Thoughts? Does this sound inspiring? Or should I be more serious and do something like this presentation I created for the Charles Sturt University 2017 ThinkPiece series this year?



See you next Tuesday...

Julie Lindsay
PhD student.......thinking about thinking