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Learning Without Borders

  1. 1. Sharon Peters , wearejustlearning.ca, The Study , Montreal A Presentation to ICE February 27, 2009 wearejustlearning.pbwiki.com
  2. 2. Global Projects begin.....
  3. 3. ... with Globally-Minded Educators
  4. 4. We need globally-minded educators Skills and competency building Models and inspirations WHY GO GLOBAL?
  5. 5. <ul><li>Getting Connected </li></ul><ul><li>Skills and competencies developed </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Cool tools and online spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Award-winning examples from real teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Project Opportunities and Portals </li></ul>
  6. 6. Skills Developed <ul><li>Multiple Literacies: digital, cultural, media </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-cultural communication </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesis and summary </li></ul><ul><li>Info literacy, research, validation, authentication of facts </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiation and collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. (Tapscott) Whereas previous generations value loyalty, seniority, security and authority, t he NetGen’s norms reflect a desire for creativity, social connectivity, fun, freedom, speed, and diversity in their workplaces.
  8. 8. Deep Learning Supported <ul><li>Computer software is central in the learning sciences because the visual and processing power of today’s personal computers supports deep learning : </li></ul><ul><li>Computers support reflection in a combination of visual and verbal modes </li></ul><ul><li>Internet-based networks of learners can share and combine their developing understandings and benefit from the power of collaborative learning </li></ul><ul><li>from Cambridge Handbook of Learning Sciences, p. 5 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Reality-Based Learning Learning situations that empower students to take action for the promotion of societal change
  10. 10. Caveats: Limitations to Global Projects Limitations to Global Projects <ul><li>2 Kinds of Relationships between partnering schools - how to bridge this gap? </li></ul><ul><li>The Haves - making it meaningful; anticipating cultural differences </li></ul><ul><li>The Have Nots - differences in edu standards, cost of bandwidth & hardware </li></ul>
  11. 11. School2School Toolbox Please help me by suggesting resources and tools that would help you support a global classroom to classroom exchange! wearejustlearning.pbwiki.com
  12. 12. Essential Question: How can Canadian students use technology to promote education in developing nations?
  13. 14. Students from Montréal, Canada
  14. 15. Portable Storage Devices
  15. 16. Karin Muller: Take 2
  16. 18. Cool Tools & Online Social Spaces Social Spaces <ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Skype - Webcasting - Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Content-Learning Management Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Learning Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Full descriptions </li></ul>
  17. 19. Shared online learning spaces provide opportunities for students to &quot; be human together &quot; (Siemens)
  18. 20. Karen Guth - teacher at Neveh Channah School in Etzion Bloc, Israel :&quot;I would say that this became a project that engaged the minds, skills, and hearts of our students. It turned the English Bagrut project into an international research, writing, thinking, and teaching opportunity .&quot;
  19. 21. &quot;From all of the work that we have done with other students, I have learned how to look over other people's work and let them edit my own.”
  20. 22. It’s all about AUDIENCE Moist Continental LCC Blogs
  21. 24. Award-winning Global Projects <ul><li>GVC Team 06 Wikispace - (2007 Silver Award Global Virtual Classroom Web Design Contest) </li></ul><ul><li>From Jerusalem to Montréal - ( 2007 Silver Award ISTE SigTEL ) </li></ul><ul><li>Dragon Literacy Project - http://dragonsliteracy.wikispaces.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Technospud Projects (2006 Global Schoolnet Award) </li></ul><ul><li>ISTE SigTEL Online Learning Awards </li></ul>
  22. 27. Other Portals <ul><li>Global Virtual Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Global SchoolNet </li></ul><ul><li>iEARN </li></ul><ul><li>Taking IT Global </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers Without Borders </li></ul>
  23. 28. Jenuine Tech: http://www.technospudprojects.com /
  24. 30. Global SchoolNet: http://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.cfm
  25. 31. “ When you shake another’s hand, that is the time you truly feel your own.” - Martin Buber
  26. 32. <ul><li>At 59 million, teachers are the largest professionally-trained group in the world </li></ul>100 million children do not go to school, 66% - girls 850 million illiterate adults HIV-AIDS infections, domestic violence, the sex trade, military gangs are dominated by the undereducated … and the key to social and economic development
  27. 33. TWB Canada July-Aug ‘08 <ul><li>South Africa - 3 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Team of 5 Canadian teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Needs assessment with Khanya and Edunova </li></ul><ul><li>Two sets of workshops for developing ICT skills in teachers in two township </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up visits </li></ul>
  28. 34. <ul><li>Kenya: 4 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Needs assessment with District Educator Officers (2 districts), Kenya Institute of Education and Canada High Commission (CIDA), partnering NGOs </li></ul><ul><li>Two sets of workshops (Secondary, Elem) for teachers of English, math, and science </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up visits to schools in the area </li></ul><ul><li>Visits to school facilities with special needs </li></ul><ul><li>Report of recommendations made to KIE </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of Kenyan teachers to lead workshops next year </li></ul>TWB Canada July-Aug ‘08
  29. 35. Profiles Fezeka High School Thananga Ng’anga Teacher at Miti Mingi John Tigithi Principal of Tigithi Sec. Paul Mwaniki, CTC
  30. 36. http://twbcanada.ning.com/
  31. 37. Books of Influence <ul><li>The World is Flat - 3rd ed. (Thomas Friedman) </li></ul><ul><li>Wikinomics - (Don Tapscott & Anthony Williams) </li></ul><ul><li>A Whole New Mind (Daniel Pink) </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing Knowledge (George Siemens) </li></ul><ul><li>Three Cups of Tea - ( By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin) </li></ul><ul><li>Cambridge Handbook of Learning Sciences , (R.Keith Sawyer, ed.) </li></ul>
  32. 38. Research <ul><li>Self-Regulated Learning / Metacognition (Ley & Young, 2001, Hadwin & Winne, 1996, Boekaerts, 2000) </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative knowledge construction environments (Jonassen 1995, Scardamalia & Bereiter, 1994) - computers no longer support ONLY individualized instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement in motivation, learning and problem-solving behaviour (Hoyles, Healy and Pozzi, 1994) </li></ul>
  33. 39. Sharon Peters [email_address] wearejustlearning.ca Global Projects begin..... ... with Globally-Minded Educators