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Global education online conference



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  • Explain role- Education Services Australia is Ministerial company funded by all State and federal ministers for education to develop and manage online educational services and products. I am the coordinator responsible for maintaining the global education website which is funded by AusAID to support its Global Education Program. The objective of the Global Education Website is to increase the amount and quality of teaching of global education in Australian primary and secondary schools. As part of this role I develop online student projects with a global education focus.
  • Teacher Leader Interest in ICT in education Global educator Other- please add on the whiteboard Use the whiteboard tools to indicate where you are from and what you background is
  • Aim of session as stated. Explain the sites etc that I will be referring to in the session
  • Global Perspectives: A framework for global education in Australian Schools provides teachers at all levels of schooling with a concise, practical and philosophical guide to the aims and learning emphases of global education. It includes useful examples of integrating global perspectives within and across learning areas and advice for teachers and school leadership teams about how to implement the framework at a school level. According to this framework Twenty-first century Australians are members of a global community, connected to the whole world by ties of culture, economics and politics, enhanced communication and travel and a shared environment. Enabling young people to participate in shaping a better shared future for the world is at the heart of global education. It emphasises the unity and interdependence of human society, developing a sense of self and appreciation of cultural diversity, affirmation of social justice and human rights, building peace and actions for a sustainable future in different times and places. It places particular emphasis on developing relationships with our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. Global education promotes open-mindedness leading to new thinking about the world and a predisposition to take action for change. Students learn to take responsibility for their actions, respect and value diversity and see themselves as global citizens who can contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. With its emphasis not only on developing knowledge and skills but also on promoting positive values and participation, global education is relevant across all learning areas.
  • How has the www changed in recent years to make it more of a place where students can participate in online learning communities? Explain web 1.0 Web 1.0 is best described as web authors creating content for a wide audience of passive readers. Users of the internet went to websites to find out information and sometimes download content. It was very much one way communication. Any two way communication was pretty much restricted to email and chat rooms or instant messaging. Users were able to communicate with each other in this way but not really contribute to the content of the web in any way.
  • Web 2.0 means that anyone can publish or produce content. We can all be creators of material and information on the web as easily as we were once “downloaders” or “find outers”. Of course we will still use the internet to download content and find out information but the most significant change to note is “Who is the creator of what we are downloading and or using?” User generated content means that our information is coming from other users of the internet just like ourselves. Hence, online learning communities are created.
  • The Global projects online I am going to show you today are created in a virtual learning environment called Moodle. They are part of the OzProjects website and closely linked to the global education website.
  • Within these projects there are spaces where students can add information, collaborate and communicate online. These spaces are learning communities. Explain wiki challenge from Potatoes project.
  • Explain forum discussion.
  • Explain how this activity worked. Students had to read about collecting water in Niger after locating Niger on a world map. They then had to add a new word to the glossary.
  • Learning communities can also include special guests and experts.
  • Another special guest
  • Database activity in Sanitation and Disease project Choice activity in Potatoes project Feedback activity from Turtle Dreaming
  • These projects promote student voice and empower students by giving them opportunities to express themselves, share ideas with others and ask questions of those with experience in the field of study. They become creators of knowledge in a shared online environment.
  • These online projects also provide links to quality global education resources. Many of the resources are suitable for use on an interactive whiteboard. As the project creator I find the resources and create learning activities based on them. Before being used in an online project resources are checked against certain criteria and to make sure they are educationally sound.
  • There is also a global project is one which focuses on the Millennium Development Goals. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world's main development challenges. The MDGs are drawn from the actions and targets contained in the Millennium Declaration that was adopted by 189 nations-and signed by 147 heads of state and governments during the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000.
  • This project aims to assist in developing local and global citizenship by providing opportunities for students to participate in an online learning community with a focus on the Millennium Development Goals. It includes links to quality resources
  • The project also has opportunities for students to discuss their learning and interactive quizzes suitable for use on iwbs.
  • The students are also encouraged to find a way to take action and to share their past actions or plans for future actions in a discussion forum.
  • Participation in global projects is supported by the OzProjects teams at Education Services Australia. The Support projects section of the OzProjects website includes a project which aims to provide teachers with ideas for using online tools to enhance student learning. The sample activities are based on the recently published resource Pacific Neighbours: Understanding the Pacific islands
  • This project aims to provide teachers with ideas for using online tools to enhance student learning about the Pacific.
  • Ideas include Using maps and images as thought provoking discussion starters
  • Exploring options for students and teachers making quizzes to reinforce and test knowledge
  • Presenting research as a description by writing a digital postcard
  • Using animations and interactive resources to increase student understanding of global issues
  • Creating graphs online
  • Presenting information online as timelines and mind maps
  • If you would like more information or assistance with anything you have seen in this session please contact me


  • 1. Global Education Online Cecily Wright
  • 2. and you? Teacher Leader Student Lecturer Interested in ICT in education Global educator
  • 3. Today’s session
    • How can online projects assist in developing local and global citizenship?
  • 4. What is global education?
    • Members of a global community
    • Participation in shaping a better shared future
    • Open mindedness
    • Action for change
    • Responsibility
    • Across all learning areas
  • 5. Web 1.0 Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
  • 6. Web 2.0 Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
  • 7. Global projects
  • 8. Learning communities Wiki: Puzzling about potatoes
  • 9. Learning communities Forum: Protecting the environment Continued……..
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  • 11. Learning communities Glossary: Collecting water in Niger
  • 12. Learning communities Special Guest forums Continued……..
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  • 14. Learning communities Special Guest forums Continued……..
  • 15.  
  • 16. Other activities Database Choice Feedback
  • 17. Student voice and empowerment
    • Forums
    • Sharing ideas
    • Interaction with experts
  • 18. Quality resources
  • 19. Quality resources
  • 20. Quality resources
  • 21. Quality resources
  • 22. Millennium Development Goals
  • 23.  
  • 24.  
  • 25. Take action
  • 26. Support Projects
  • 27. Online tools in Support projects
  • 28. Maps and images
  • 29. Quizzes Made with Hot Potatoes freely downloadable from
  • 30. Digital postcards Made online at
  • 31. Animations and interactive resources
  • 32. Creating graphs online Countries of origin of the players of the ACT Brumbies rugby team Made online at
  • 33. Timelines and mind maps Made online at Made online at
  • 34. More information or assistance Cecily Wright Coordinator- OzProjects and Global Education Education Services Australia [email_address]