Liz Hitchcock

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Liz Hitchcock

  1. 1. www.globalgateway.org Presentation for European Schoolnet ICT Symposium Access, Inspiration, Celebration – Supporting Schools to Work Internationally
  2. 2. Who We Are and What We Do
  3. 3. As the UK’s cultural relations organisation, the British Council builds trust and understanding between young people in UK and other countries.
  4. 4. The British Council has always championed collaborative learning through Comenius, Global School Partnerships, and its own new Connecting Classrooms programme.
  5. 5. The British Council was the natural choice of partner for the Department for Children, Schools and Families, when they launched their international strategy in 2004.
  6. 6. Together we launched the Global Gateway, the driver for the international strategy, where schools start international collaboration.
  7. 7. The Global Gateway is a website backed up by a team of eight, who talk to teachers about how to link, projects they could do, funding and accreditation.
  8. 8. We are now looking for sustainability in the Global Gateway partnerships through safe, shared platforms and virtual activities such as Skype, videoconferencing etc.
  9. 9. What We Have Learned
  10. 10. Countries come to the Global Gateway with very different objectives. Therefore we try to manage expectations and build in elements such as English Language Learning and teacher training.
  11. 11. Web 2.0 – how do we see it? Online discussions, live conferencing, information exchanges, podcasting, messaging, blogging for students... Or… access to educational software, training, free resources and professional networks for teachers…?
  12. 12. These different agendas need to be reconciled if expectations are to be met.
  13. 13. An individual teacher needs the support of the school management team; within a country, a school needs the support of its ministry of education. Therefore we require this before offering partnerships.
  14. 14. Schools need accreditation for international work and the awards need to be recognised by the curriculum and inspection bodies.
  15. 15. All this takes time and money to be planned and spent, an infrastructure of support and recognition, locally and nationally, and in partnership countries.
  16. 16. Our achievements
  17. 17. 2,254 international partnerships set up for UK schools…
  18. 18. 10,848 individual emails of advice sent in the past 12 months…
  19. 19. 11,877 schools worldwide using our online service in the past 12 months...
  20. 20. More than 2,000 UK schools gaining the Full DCSF International School Award.
  21. 21. School linking and internationalism is being mainstreamed in the UK; thanks to this uniquely aligned position: 1. Government strategy 2. British Council expertise 3. Curriculum requirements – QCA 4. Partnerships – eg BBC 5. Buy-in – local authorities
  22. 22. To deliver, we work very closely with • Thinkquest • iEARN • ePals • Plan International • eTwinning • UNESCO • Intuitive Media • Rafi.ki
  23. 23. The enthusiasm of the groundbreaker schools has made it worth doing!
  24. 24. www.globalgateway.org Presentation for European Schoolnet ICT Symposium
  25. 25. Selection of 3 refs. • http://www.heppell.net/weblog/stephen/2006/10/18/GuardianColumnAUtumn2006.html Can ICT win the World Cup for England – old but good, by Stephen Heppell • http://www.metacafe.com/watch/420984/web_2_0_the_machine_is_us_ing_us/ My favourite M Wesch video – all about Web 2.0 and just 5mins (but I’ve watched it a lot of times!). • http://www.ptengland.school.nz/index.php?family=1,371 The great Room 18 teacher recruitment video. To contact me: liz.hitchcock@britishcouncil.org

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