Sunday, February 19, 2017

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

What do students really think about global collaboration?

Today I hosted a Flat Connections Student Summit for two USA classrooms. It was a finale to the A Week in the Life 16-2 project from last semester. Both classrooms were on the east coast of the USA and it was early afternoon EST. Therefore, for me in Australia it was very early morning (5:30am ouch!), but as I commented to the teachers, this is what you do when you collaborate globally across time zones.

Students from Shorecrest Preparatory School in Philadelphia and Jaindl Elementary School in Florida came together in our virtual room (Fuze) to share their learning and provide constructive feedback about the online global collaborative project. These two schools had met via Skype in the past, and they also had worked together as part of the larger project asynchronously using Edmodo and Voicethread. Shorecrest were 4th grade and Jaindl were 5th grade students.

Project and summit artefacts:

What did the students really think?
In groups and individually students shared the 'pros' and 'cons' of their experience and work in the global collaborative project. Key ideas that repeated across classrooms and teams included:
  • They appreciated the opportunity to work with others in different parts of the world
  • The diversity of participants meant there was sometimes friction and even disagreement on what to do within the project therefore problem solving skills were employed
  • The technology was supportive but not always their friend - more problem solving skills and building fluency with digital technologies
  • Research was a challenge and time consuming - and students commented on how they wanted to do better next time, teachers commented on the time needed to do effective research and how a methodical approach in the classroom is best
  • Students all agreed they would do the global project again, and many made suggestions as to what they would do differently in terms of communication methods, use of technology and approaches to research
One of the outcomes from Jaindl school was each team created a 6-word story to summarise their experience. A could of these are shown below while they were being presented. This is something we agreed would be an excellent addition to the project in the future.

As global project organisers in conjunction with educators who embed online global collaboration into the curriculum work together to provide enhanced learning experiences it is important to remember these points:
  • Communication must be regular and responsive to partners
  • Technology tools need to be tested and trialed first before students become frustrated - in this summit it was made clear teachers had set up the technology and supported student use throughout
  • Collaboration means being able to 'get on' with others - so although there may be disagreements between cross-school teams, the goal is to problem solve and come to a mutual understanding - phew, we all need these skills in today's world!
  • Research is about exploring the local community and 'backyard' to share globally as well as finding those important global facts. Student-centred, inquiry-based learning is key to successful sharing and better understanding of global partners here.
Congratulations to all schools in the A Week in the Life project 16-2. A NEW project, AWL17-1, is starting very soon! I look forward to the learning that will take place.

Julie Lindsay, CEO and Founder of Flat Connections
Cross-posted with Flat Connections blog.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Countdown is on! Global Projects and Educator PD start February

Educators and education leaders across the world - just to let you know Flat Connections will be starting online global projects for all levels K-12 and online courses in February 2017.

Are your teachers and students using the refreshed ISTE standards for students? Joining Flat Connections meets the 'global collaborator' standard:
  • provides opportunities to use digital tools to connect with others beyond the school for intercultural understanding
  • uses collaborative learning environments to explore issues and work alongside others on solutions
  • fosters constructive co-creation through global team work
READ more in this Newsletter.
Explore the Flat Connections website and APPLY online
Find out how to become a GLOBAL EDUCATOR
 - new courses based on material, concepts and practices shared in The Global Educator by Julie Lindsay (ISTE, 2016).
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Questions? Contact Julie Lindsay.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Global Narratives - Collaboration in the Edge - A Keynote Trilogy


In late October 2016 I was delighted to be able to assemble a keynote in 3 parts for the K12 Online Conference 2016. This is the first time I have had a chance to blog about this and share with my followers the full keynote - including my aspirations for how it will impact the world. The K12 Online Conference is run by a small group of dedicated educators who believe in the power of connected learning, including free online professional sharing. 

The K12 Online conference itself has been around since 2006 and in past years I have been able to provide contributions as well. In 2016, in conjunction with the publication of my new book, 'The Global Educator', I put together this trilogy keynote to further raise awareness of collaborative learning, online global collaboration and how educators are making this work, as well as the pedagogical shift we are starting to see through the impact of learning online while global. This also aligns with the PhD degree I am completing....but more about that later! 

You will find the full keynote details on the K12 Online Conference website - and I encourage you to go there and explore other material and new contributions. In this post I will embed each of the videos and acknowledge contributions. 

What is online global collaboration? Is it a pedagogy? A curriculum? Who is doing it and how? Explore collaboration ‘on the edge’ and learn from many online global educators and students across the world as they build collaborative learning communities and co-created outcomes. The narrative of educators working on the edge of collaborative learning is as revealing as it is entertaining - and this trilogy will inform, inspire and provide resources for all learners.  

PART 1: Spotlight on Collaborative learning Featuring the work of:
  • Alan Preis - @apreis
  • Matt Harris - @MattHarrisEdD
  • Kim Cofino - @mscofino
  • Wes Fryer - @wfryer
  • Janice Newlin - @janicenewlin
  • Adam McKim - AdamMcKim

 PART 2: Making Online Global Collaboration Work Featuring the work of:
  • Sheri Williams - @Williams1Sheri
  • Lauren Bayer - @laurenjbayer - full video here -
  • Students from Berea District, Ohio, USA
  • Amy Jambor- @amyjambor

PART 3: What if we Collaborated Globally? 

Featuring the work of:
  • Craig Kemp - @mrkempnz
  • Anne Mirtschin - @murcha
  • Leigh Zeitz - @zeitz
  • Karen Lirenman - @kLirenman
  • Pernille Ripp - @pernilleripp
  • Katie Grubb - @katiegrubby
  • Brian Mannix - @mannixlab

Cross-posted with Flat Connections blog.