Facing the World's Challenges One Village at a Time: An International Approach
Melissa Morales, Peace Corps (D.C.)Lori Roe, Cape Henlopen School District (DE) March 27, 2011 3:45 - 4:45pm
Introductions 3-2-1 3 beneﬁts to international student collaboration2 challenges to international student collaboration 1 question or thing you would like to know about international student collaboration projects
International Education in Delaware Delaware Department of Education Framework for International Education International Education provides Delaware students with a developmentally appropriate set of experiences and a broader context in which to actively participate in a multicultural society and global workforce. International Education in Delaware inspires students to explore beyond their state and country by providing them with ➡ Knowledge of world regions and international issues; ➡ Skills in communicating in languages other than English and working with information from a variety of world-wide sources; ➡ Cultural perspectives for comparison of world views, dispositions and attitudes; ➡ International experiences to exchange information with peers around the world.
“Best Practices” in International EducationGrant from the Associate Secretary of Education for the Teaching and Learning Branch Innovative project to make global learning meaningful and purposeful with a real impact on Delaware students
Memoranda of Understanding Japan (Miyagi Prefecture), 1997 China (Hanban), 2006 Spain (Ministry of Education and Science), 2006 Italy, 2007 France (Académie de Créteil), 2008
International Education Partnerships Coverdell World Wise Schools Resources include: Stories, Letters, Folk Tales, Videos with Lesson Plans Culture Information Language Podcasts Correspondence Match Service Speakers Match Service Service Learning Project Ideas
Project TeamDept. of Ed. Associate for International EducationDirector of Peace Corps WorldWise Coverdell SchoolsProject Director (Course Developer and Facilitator)Peace Corps IT SpecialistPeace Corps Instructional Support Team
Innovative Global Project “Big Ideas” International Online Collaboration Experience for High School Students (5 students from 5 countries) Provide essential 21st century knowledge and skills Peace Corps context International Partnerships Identify and research real-life global issues Solve problems and present solutions Transferable skills and knowledge for a life-time of learning and collaborating
Facing the World’s Challenges One Village At a Time: International Project GoalsThrough this virtual collaborative project, participants will: Work collaboratively with peers from partnering countries to solve problems Develop an awareness of global issues and how they impact all people Develop an understanding of and appreciation for different cultural perspectives Gather, synthesize, and present information
Facing the World’s Challenges One Village At a Time: International Project Goals Use evidence to support an argument or opinion Enhance knowledge of technology tools that promote communication and facilitate the sharing of information Develop an understanding of volunteerism and how service to others forms the basis of good citizenship Understand the mission and work of the Peace Corps and other World Wide organizations that promote services to others.
Getting Started Ten Step Development Process (From the work of Bena Kallick, Patrick Laherty, Ed Murphy, John Schiller and Don Zundel) Tuckmans Team Development model, all teams go through stages of Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing.
Student ResponsesI learned that people from other countries have different ideas but useful. And open tonew ideas is crucial to reach a conclusion, because often our own ideas are not the best.From them (members of my team) I learned a lot and especially that in the world there aremany people who have determination and desire to work together to improve. My parents havesupported this project with enthusiasm, helping to provide adequate resources (web cam,computer, Internet key, microphone), and talking to me about actually problems, making apoint of view I had not thought before, these points helped me with the project. I think Ihelp my team, I think I was always there (online to discuss) and I did my best to help andtry to understand the tasks. As I said we opened up to new ideas, we have improved our"English", we met new people and above all we are aware of current realities thatunfortunately exist, but we can find a solution together! I did my best beacuse of them,that made me feel good every time I connect to talk with them, theyre fantastic! ~Martina Gualtieri (Italy)It helps me to know more about the world around me and that I had a chance to makeinternational friends .Ive learned their culture , their language and most important of all , Ilearnt their thoughts about our world.:-)Well, I showed up in the final present and I amalways suppot my teammates . I helped them out of trouble and I received a lot of helpsmyself , too!:-)And that we can work things out toghther and thep "the thirdworld"communicate brighten up the mood always be supportive always be prepared.Onetarget is to help people in other countries to understand the people of the United Statesand American multi-cultural society. Promote world peace and friendship. ~Ted Zhang (China)
Student ResponsesI have learned the aspects of each countrys culture, while also understanding theviews of each country on different issues. I was the team leader and helped organize mygroups entire presentation, while also presenting it to the Regional Ministry. It hashelped me understand international cultures, while also teaching me how to organize amass presentation with many aspects to consider. I believe my ability to lead andorganize the presentation was my greatest strength as a team member. I understand thatthe Peace Corps. is an organization whose main goal is to have third world countriesunderstand Americans, and vice versa. Also, I know the Peace Corps. strives to betterthird world countries. ~Charles Brodowski (USA )I learned their culture about food&entertainment, and also what they think and do in dailylives. I gave adivises, and my writing and pictures is used in the powerpoint which our teamshows. I think its fun to discuss with people in other countries about these things. AndI have known a lot about these countries and my teamates by working on the project. I didwhat I should do. And i can give advises to my teamates. I think the teams should betogether sometimes and exchange our achievements. ~Heng Zhang (China)
Student ResponsesIve learned a few things about food and culture. I would have been fantastic to learn moreabout their countries but I couldnt contact with my teammates as much as I would haveliked. Due to this project Ive learned a lot of vocabulary, expressions, etc... Ive foundinteresting webpages that would help me with my high schools projects. Ive also becomeaware that, nowadays, there are too many issues affecting our world. From my point ofview, as team member, Ive been really hard-working. In spite of the fact that some of myteammates didnt contribute as much as they could, because they were traveling or otherreasons, I was organized and I tried to finish the work the best that I could. I learnedthat the Peace Corps is an organization where volunteers travel to not developed countriestrying to solve theirs challenges collaborating with the inhabitants. They try to improveeducation, reduce water contamination, etc... ~Andrea Llano (Spain)I learnt about other countries the way to speak and the way to work together.theyare create and have different ideas!! I have write articles for our final prensentationand give language support! It made me feel important and confidence than before,besides, I improved my English a lot! writing articles and give language support, leadour teammates when our team leader was at a journey. ~Xinpei Zhong
Student ResponsesI learned more about our issue and feel like I understand a little more howimportant it is to keep an open mind on the views of other people, especially inother countries. And I also learned new ways to present a project or assignment.I was team leader. I made sure everyone was on topic and attended meetings, puttogether everyones pieces for the project, and created our video. My strengthswere coordinating everything and being able to talk to my team. It was hard attimes to keep in touch because of technological issues, time zones, and the factthat our school/vacation calendars are different. I understand that the generalmission is to help under-developed countries. ~Ariana Woodson (USA)we were all part of developped countries, so our point of view wasnt very different aboutworld issues ! i has sended the messages with the informations, wich was very developped.I searched on the internet a lot of information and after that, i wrote an email in order toexplain my conclusions, my ideas, and some technical data. i understood what is themission of the peace corps, the goal isnt to developpe poor countries, but helppopulations with a solution wich correspond to this population ~Amaury François (France)
Successful International Project Partnerships InvitaAons to meet and discuss world project ideas Planning Establish long and short term goals Create a Ameline of tasks and events Criteria for recruitment and commitment of students Course Development and ImplementaAon Include online learner agreement, online eAqueIe guidelines Use screencasts, podcasts, vokis to give direcAons Give consideraAon to accessibility Scaﬀold acAviAes, resources, translators Foster collaboraAon and group discussions Record and archive all chats and video sessions with transcripts Weekly checklists Consistent correspondence Student SelecAon Establish criteria (age, languages) Contractual agreement/ waiver-‐ release form Pre and post survey Technology Hardware -‐ soSware requirements