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Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
Making Classroom Connections in an Interconnected World
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  • Make sure you yourself are familiar with all the mechanics of the things you are going to be doing in your project
  • One teacher (a french teacher) we worked with had her whole class write their introductions first in french, then translate back to English, both to simplify the language, and to give her students an idea of how hard it is to communicate in a second (or third) language
  • Photo: example of flexibility – students not comfortable in KG posting pictures of their own food for fear of looking poor – went and took photos at their markets of food staplesPositive example – add a skype call if students have lots of rapport, (Sabetha, KS)
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    1. MAKING CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS IN AN INTERCONNECTED WORLD:<br />Online Collaborative Learning in Central Asia<br />Ryder Cobean<br />July 8, 2011<br />
    2. GLOBAL CONNECTIONS& EXCHANGE PROGRAM(GCE)<br />US DEPARTMENT OF STATEBUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL AFFAIRS (ECA)<br />INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH & EXCHANGES BOARD (IREX)<br />
    3. Online Projects<br />collaborative educational activities linked to a theme, based around multimedia posts in a forum for 3-5 weeks (users post one or two times a week)<br />Skype Video Conferences<br />45 mins-1 hr, either stand-alone or part of a project <br />GCE GOAL:Promote mutual understanding in youth of US and Kyrgyzstan<br />
    4. Eight years of GCE in Central Asia<br />Uzbekistan2003-2007<br />Kyrgyzstan2009-present<br />Turkmenistan2006-2008<br />
    5. In Kyrgyzstan:<br />GCE is in 22 schools<br />and3 libraries<br />
    6. In the United States:<br />21 schools<br />GCE has connected<br />with Kyrgyzstan<br />
    7. gcekyrgyzstan.ning.com<br />GCE Kyrgyzstan has hosted 50+ online projects at its community site<br />
    8. Project: Mapping My Community<br />“If I would have been mayor I would build a [museum], shop, supermarket and a park near our house, would put up the lamp near the roads so that it light us on the way.”<br />Students map assets of their neighborhoods, share changes they’d make as mayor<br />
    9. Project: Cold War Experiences<br />Students prepare questions together, interview community members who lived during the Cold War, compare responses<br />
    10. Project: Global Grocery Baskets<br />Students discuss typical food purchases in their families, compare food sources/preparation, and share recipes<br />
    11. Online Projects Promote Student-driven Learning<br />“I made Pelmeni – I think the recipe may have been put up in 4th period’s group. Mine didn’t come out very pretty, but the filling inside the dumplings was pretty good :)”<br />-- Arizona student, making dumplings at home from a recipe she found during a project<br />
    12. Lesson from Experience: <br />Plan, Train, Rehearse, and PARTICIPATE<br />Plan project with an outcome, train students in the tech, rehearse in class before you do it live, and do the project with them<br />
    13. Lesson: Clear Communication is Key<br />(<br />)<br />(<br />)<br />You may see<br />and<br />Привет you go to рынок?<br />oMg tH4t hAt uR wEaRiN iZ oFf dA h00k<br />from their class,<br />from your own<br />Simple English, no slang, consider potential sensitivities of any project topic<br />
    14. Lesson: Backup Plans and Flexibility Separate Successful Projects from Disappointments<br />School closures, power outages, miscommunications – be ready to extend, postpone, and adjust… OR encourage an unexpected discussion if valuable<br />
    15. Questions? Interested in a Project?<br />GCE US Teacher Manuals Available<br />Email us! GCEKG@IREX.ORG<br />

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