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  • 1. Sharon Peters , wearejustlearning.ca, The Study , Montreal A Presentation to USM October 13, 2008
  • 2. Global Projects begin.....
  • 3. ... with Globally-Minded Educators
  • 4. We need globally-minded educators Skills and competency building Models and inspirations WHY GO GLOBAL?
  • 5.
    • Getting Connected
    • Skills Built
    • Relevance
    • Engagement
    • Cool tools and online spaces
    • Award-winning examples from ordinary teachers
    • Project Opportunities and Portals
  • 6. Skills Built
    • Multiple Literacies: digital, cultural, media
    • Cross-cultural communication
    • Critical thinking
    • Synthesis and summary
    • Info literacy, research, validation, authentication of facts
        • Negotiation and collaboration
  • 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. Deep Learning Supported
    • Computer software is central in the learning sciences because the visual and processing power of today’s personal computers supports deep learning :
    • Computers support reflection in a combination of visual and verbal modes
    • Internet-based networks of learners can share and combine their developing understandings and benefit from the power of collaborative learning
    • from Cambridge Handbook of Learning Sciences, p. 5
  • 9. Cool Tools & Online Social Spaces Social Spaces
    • Wikis
    • Skype - Webcasting - Podcasting
    • Blogs
    • Google Docs
    • Content-Learning Management Systems
    • Personal Learning Environments
    • Full descriptions
  • 10. Shared online learning spaces provide opportunities for students to " be human together " (Siemens)
  • 11. Karen Guth - teacher at Neveh Channah School in Etzion Bloc, Israel :"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 ."
  • 12. "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.”
  • 13. It’s all about AUDIENCE Moist Continental LCC Blogs
  • 14. Caveats: Limitations to Global Projects Limitations to Global Projects
    • 2 Kinds of Relationships between partnering schools - how to bridge this gap?
    • The Haves - making it meaningful; anticipating cultural differences
    • The Have Nots - differences in edu standards, cost of bandwidth & hardware
  • 15.  
  • 16. Award-winning Global Projects
    • GVC Team 06 Wikispace - (2007 Silver Award Global Virtual Classroom Web Design Contest)
    • From Jerusalem to Montréal - ( 2007 Silver Award ISTE SigTEL )
    • Dragon Literacy Project - http://dragonsliteracy.wikispaces.com/
    • Technospud Projects (2006 Global Schoolnet Award)
    • ISTE SigTEL Online Learning Awards
  • 17. Other Portals
    • Global Virtual Classroom
    • Global SchoolNet
    • iEARN
    • Taking IT Global
    • Teachers Without Borders
  • 18. Jenuine Tech: http://www.technospudprojects.com /
  • 19. Global SchoolNet: http://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.cfm
  • 20. “ When you shake another’s hand, that is the time you truly feel your own.” - Martin Buber
  • 21.
    • At 59 million, teachers are the largest professionally-trained group in the world
    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
  • 22. TWB Canada July-Aug ‘08
    • South Africa - 3 weeks
    • Team of 5 Canadian teachers
    • Needs assessment with Khanya and Edunova
    • Two sets of workshops for developing ICT skills in teachers in two township
    • Follow-up visits
  • 23.
    • Kenya: 4 weeks
    • Needs assessment with District Educator Officers (2 districts), Kenya Institute of Education and Canada High Commission (CIDA), partnering NGOs
    • Two sets of workshops (Secondary, Elem) for teachers of English, math, and science
    • Follow-up visits to schools in the area
    • Visits to school facilities with special needs
    • Report of recommendations made to KIE
    • Identification of Kenyan teachers to lead workshops next year
    TWB Canada July-Aug ‘08
  • 24. Profiles Fezeka High School Thananga Ng’anga Teacher at Miti Mingi John Tigithi Principal of Tigithi Sec. Paul Mwaniki, CTC
  • 25. http://twbcanada.ning.com/
  • 26.  
  • 27. Darfur Video Project Youth With Video Proposal
  • 28. Books of Influence
    • The World is Flat - 3rd ed. (Thomas Friedman)
    • Wikinomics - (Don Tapscott & Anthony Williams)
    • A Whole New Mind (Daniel Pink)
    • Knowing Knowledge (George Siemens)
    • Three Cups of Tea - ( By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin)
    • Cambridge Handbook of Learning Sciences , (R.Keith Sawyer, ed.)
  • 29. Research
    • Self-Regulated Learning / Metacognition (Ley & Young, 2001, Hadwin & Winne, 1996, Boekaerts, 2000)
    • Collaborative knowledge construction environments (Jonassen 1995, Scardamalia & Bereiter, 1994) - computers no longer support ONLY individualized instruction
    • Improvement in motivation, learning and problem-solving behaviour (Hoyles, Healy and Pozzi, 1994)
  • 30. Sharon Peters [email_address] wearejustlearning.ca Global Projects begin..... ... with Globally-Minded Educators

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