Asia Society: Partnership for Global Learning
Using Technology to Connect Students Worldwide K-12

     Christine Robinson...
MISSION


foster dialogue and understanding among the world's youth. To
  serve as a vehicle for awareness, bridging the b...
STRATEGY


 to engage and empower young people worldwide using media
 including; live-interactive videoconferencing, strea...
GNG PROGRAMS
 Assist teachers by innovating their civics, geography, global studies, science and
  social studies curricu...
GNG THEMATIC PROGRAMS
                                         •   Arts, Culture and Media
                               ...
• Highlights: Global Economic Crisis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtuI-
OYSEig&feature=channel_page


• CARE Afghanistan...
Christine Robinson
Partnership and Program Development Manager
          Email: christine@gng.org
           Website: www....
Using
   Technology
   to Connect
  K-12 Students
   Worldwide:
      ePals
    Rita Oates, PhD
 VP, Education Markets
   ...
Web 0.0-> Web 1.0-> Web 2.0
• Web 0.0: search for
  information in a
  printed book
• Web 1.0: search for
  information on...
Sometimes….things are
           mixed!
• 60th Anniversary of
  Declaration of Human
  Rights
• Student viewpoints shared
...
What collaborations do you have
             now?
•   Within school?
•   Within district?
•   Within state?
•   Within U.S...
• Connecting 700,000
  classrooms in 200
  countries & territories
• 2,500 new
  schools/month
• Policy managed &
  Teache...
ePals Brings Next-Generation Solutions to Schools

            free – teachers and students locate, connect with
         ...
Recent Partnerships
National Geographic
Microsoft
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) (on all desktops,
third world countries)
Int...
¿Habla español?
• Eduteka joins ePals, bringing Spanish-
  language content and a Spanish-speaking
  community of 35,000 e...
We'd like you to meet our ePals from Brazil
            Mrs. Russell's First Grade
             Glenwood Elementary
      ...
Hello From Sao Paolo, Brazil




School: EMEIF "Terezinha do Menino Jesus Porto Wuó"
Town: Santa Branca
State: Sao Paolo
C...
The School in Brazil
Our square is being rebuilt. See how our town
                is a hilly place!
Collaboration across the Digital Divide:
  New York Students and their ePals in
  Botswana




A story of global
connectio...
Students from the Guangxi School,
                                 China




A story that
embraces shared
language and
cul...
Collaborating with Their California
                    ePals………




These teachers have worked
together for eight years…....
Check Projects on ePals
Clear Plan for Email Exchanges in the Project
Brief Lesson Plans



Examples hyperlinked to show sample outcome desired
Digital story from Senegal


 http://www.epals.com/media/p/196629.aspx
Key Teaching Elements
Student Work Posted to Worldwide Audience
Great teacher-created projects
ePals
 Teacher
Ambassador
  Contest
 Winners
ePals Forums (also free)
• Student Forums
   – We mediate the forums, so you don’t have to read and approve
     postings....
Student Forums
Student Forum: Social Issues
Student viewpoints: Turkey, USA
Additional resources on
 technology and global learning
• Global Education from ISTE
• The World is Open
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  1. 1. Asia Society: Partnership for Global Learning Using Technology to Connect Students Worldwide K-12 Christine Robinson, Global Nomads Group
  2. 2. MISSION foster dialogue and understanding among the world's youth. To serve as a vehicle for awareness, bridging the boundaries of cultural misconception and instilling in our audience a heightened appreciation and comprehension of the world in which we live.
  3. 3. STRATEGY to engage and empower young people worldwide using media including; live-interactive videoconferencing, streaming video, social networking, documentaries and participatory filmmaking. Through the use of these media tools, GNG creates opportunities for global collaboration and communication.
  4. 4. GNG PROGRAMS  Assist teachers by innovating their civics, geography, global studies, science and social studies curricula with interactive technologies and project-based learning lesson plans  Contribute to the cultural literacy and global awareness of young people, and are therefore an effective tool for 21st century teaching and learning  Address national and state educational standards in the teaching of geography, science and social studies  Increase students’ active interest in international affairs and empowers youth with the tools to create movements of change  Provide an educational framework in which students can become active global leaders in their own education
  5. 5. GNG THEMATIC PROGRAMS • Arts, Culture and Media • Conflict and Human Rights • Earth Science • Environment and Climate Change • Faith and Society • Global Development • Global Politics • Health and Well-Being • HIV/AIDS • Sustainable Communities http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdOp65wML0s
  6. 6. • Highlights: Global Economic Crisis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtuI- OYSEig&feature=channel_page • CARE Afghanistan Program http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFrPW6NQWi4&feature=channel_p age • Inauguration Program http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRygzhwmNuk&feature=PlayList&p =9C33588A0C5275D7&index=14 • Antarctica Program http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mTYN_j1fj4&feature=PlayList&p= 784AEFDDCC29470F&index=6
  7. 7. Christine Robinson Partnership and Program Development Manager Email: christine@gng.org Website: www.gng.org
  8. 8. Using Technology to Connect K-12 Students Worldwide: ePals Rita Oates, PhD VP, Education Markets ePals Inc. roates@corp.epals.com
  9. 9. Web 0.0-> Web 1.0-> Web 2.0 • Web 0.0: search for information in a printed book • Web 1.0: search for information online, webquests • Web 2.0: contribute information, collaborate and interact
  10. 10. Sometimes….things are mixed! • 60th Anniversary of Declaration of Human Rights • Student viewpoints shared on ePals…contribute, rate work of others…web 2.0 • Selected student entries published in book by National Geographic with some photos…web 0.0
  11. 11. What collaborations do you have now? • Within school? • Within district? • Within state? • Within U.S.? • Outside U.S. borders? • How do you find partners? • How do you communicate? • Any ePals users here?
  12. 12. • Connecting 700,000 classrooms in 200 countries & territories • 2,500 new schools/month • Policy managed & Teacher supervised • Trusted pipeline to the world’s classrooms • TRUSTe certification
  13. 13. ePals Brings Next-Generation Solutions to Schools free – teachers and students locate, connect with and work collaboratively on projects with another class down the street and around the world. free – a secure way for students, parents, teachers and administrators to communicate online, with instant translation in 58 languages. Allows administrators to establish school-safe usage policies, especially for children younger than age 13. A virtual workspace supporting collaborative learning through social media tools, access to high-quality content, digital storage areas and ePals SchoolMail™, all with industry-leading safety and security needed for K-12 schools.
  14. 14. Recent Partnerships National Geographic Microsoft One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) (on all desktops, third world countries) Intel Classmate PC (designed for K-6 students, widely used in Portugal and other countries) STEM eMentoring Platform (14K mentors / mentees), secondary activity funded by IBM Foundation Ministry of Education, Kenya 6,000 classrooms in Thailand Worldwide IB (starting July 2010)
  15. 15. ¿Habla español? • Eduteka joins ePals, bringing Spanish- language content and a Spanish-speaking community of 35,000 educators – Spanish teachers can have pen pals for their classes: write emails and postcards, share podcasts, digital videos, artifacts. – Do you want high school classes to collaborate with southern hemisphere classes? (in school from March-December) – Many technology and business classes for high school, also ESL classes are available
  16. 16. We'd like you to meet our ePals from Brazil Mrs. Russell's First Grade Glenwood Elementary Vestal, NY
  17. 17. Hello From Sao Paolo, Brazil School: EMEIF "Terezinha do Menino Jesus Porto Wuó" Town: Santa Branca State: Sao Paolo Country: Brazil
  18. 18. The School in Brazil
  19. 19. Our square is being rebuilt. See how our town is a hilly place!
  20. 20. Collaboration across the Digital Divide: New York Students and their ePals in Botswana A story of global connections that transcend socio- economic status, culture and
  21. 21. Students from the Guangxi School, China A story that embraces shared language and cultural awareness.
  22. 22. Collaborating with Their California ePals……… These teachers have worked together for eight years….some projects are just a few weeks or months!
  23. 23. Check Projects on ePals
  24. 24. Clear Plan for Email Exchanges in the Project
  25. 25. Brief Lesson Plans Examples hyperlinked to show sample outcome desired
  26. 26. Digital story from Senegal http://www.epals.com/media/p/196629.aspx
  27. 27. Key Teaching Elements
  28. 28. Student Work Posted to Worldwide Audience
  29. 29. Great teacher-created projects
  30. 30. ePals Teacher Ambassador Contest Winners
  31. 31. ePals Forums (also free) • Student Forums – We mediate the forums, so you don’t have to read and approve postings. – Your students can collaborate with other students safely, over the weekend. – Your students can search and read student postings to see what others have said, a great way to practice authentic reading and writing! • Project Forums make it easier to find matches for ePals projects • Teacher Forums for topics you generate • Parent Forums to help parents learn from other parents • Adults can post in adult forums; students in Student Forum
  32. 32. Student Forums
  33. 33. Student Forum: Social Issues
  34. 34. Student viewpoints: Turkey, USA
  35. 35. Additional resources on technology and global learning • Global Education from ISTE • The World is Open
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