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  • 1. Presented by Jennifer Smithers Marten RSCON4 October 11, 2013
  • 2. “Today, when the shelf life of any specialized knowledge is so fleeting, we need to think of readiness as not merely a collection of specific skills, but as a broader set of human aspects- self-direction, curiosity, persistence, and the willingness to take risks.” Daniel Pink (American School Board Journal, September, 2007)
  • 3.  What year are you preparing your students for?  "Every textbook you have is dated. Look at curriculum that way...think of the word binder - bound - shackled.”
  • 4.  Real World Relevance  Multiple Sources/Perspectives  Collaboration  Share with a wider audience
  • 5.  Investigate the World  Learn about Different Perspectives  Communicate Ideas  Take Action  Create a Growth Mindset
  • 6.  Field Trips  Assemblies But… Budget cuts have impacted both Plus… They were still limited in focus
  • 7.  15 minutes free  Growing list of authors  http://skypeanauthor.wikifoundry.co m/
  • 8.  Lesson plans  Connect with Classrooms  Guest Speakers  https://education.skype.com/
  • 9.  The 21st century version of the penpal letter plus a whole lot more!  http://www.epals.com/
  • 10. Classmat es Colleagu es Friends Family
  • 11.  Google forms › http://google.com  Survey Monkey › http://surveymonkey.com
  • 12.  Sharing with my social networks › https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1L28Et MaoEPYsxbjNbao4-GauRSbZhRMuGOzyv6d- E9I/viewform  Sharing with school alumni › https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1L28Et MaoEPYsxbjNbao4-GauRSbZhRMuGOzyv6d- E9I/viewform  Sharing with teachers in my district › https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oytv MbVtOHI- KhUdZKv1VMV9nBAurkmHheOqafoG8SA/vie
  • 13.  Create a spreadsheet with survey results (Google forms does this for you)  Connect teacher needs with experts and allow individual teachers to contact experts  Depending on the age of the students, have them initiate the contact with the expert
  • 14.  Etiquette › Cultural manners and verbal expressions  http://www.videojug.com/interview/manners- and-verbal-expressions-across-cultures › Cultural body language  http://www.videojug.com/interview/manners- and-body-language-across-cultures-2  Speaking › Tone of voice › Eye contact › Speed of speech › Register of Language
  • 15. The initial assignment: Relocating Internationally  A local company is looking to build a factory in the Middle East.  They have asked for help in researching which area/ country would be the best to build.  You will research a country in the Middle East
  • 16.  Through conversation we realized many of us had connections living in the Middle East  We contacted them to ask permission for our students to reach out to them  Students sent an initial email asking them to participate in the class project & for a best way to communicate
  • 17.  Some experts were only able to connect via traditional email because of connectivity issues. › Great way to get students to work on written communication skills!  Some were able to use video email.  One was able to Skype during the class period › Students had prepared questions › The session was recorded and later
  • 18.  Students were engaged/focused on speaker  Because background research had been done, questions asked were relevant  The answers produced more questions  The students were not ready to leave when the bell rang
  • 19.  Remember the initial assignment – helping a company relocate to the Middle East  Students now had relevant, real world information to help them decide which country would be best
  • 20.  Start small  Don’t be afraid to ask  Ask even if you don’t think there is a connection  Enlist your colleagues
  • 21.  http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/p df/eli3009.pdf  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs Ugj9_ltN8  http://heidihayesjacobs.blogspot.co m/2011/02/preparing-our-kids-for- 1982-time.html  Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2006) Carol Dweck

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