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  1. 1. Creating a Culture of Peace Through Global Education
  2. 2. 22 Years Ago, The World Was at War In1988 the US and USSR were in bitter and potentially catastrophic conflict as ICBM missiles faced each other across the Atlantic Ocean.
  3. 3. Education technology was in its infancy. But, what if students could use new technologies in their classrooms to bridge the gulf of war and build understanding and peace—all at the same time as learning better?
  4. 4. Technology Tools for Student-to-Student Interaction in times of conflict “Six teenagers applauded yesterday as the first image of a Croatian refugee – an 11-year old girl—slowly appeared on a tiny video screen. Then the child’s halting English drifted into the room over a speaker phone: ‘I want peace in here and in whole world’” – Feb 27, 1993
  5. 5. iEARN • Is a global education community • Has organizations in 130 countries • Engages millions of young people in online project-based learning • Works with Depts. of State and Education to provide tools to educators in the US and abroad • Offers professional development to assist teachers to bring the world into their classrooms • Facilitates global initiatives by young people to improve the quality of life on the planet
  6. 6. In 2010, the need is just as great as we are at war and serious global issues need to be dealt with • Hunger • Poverty • Environmental degradation • Diseases • Potable water • Depletion of species • Human rights … If we’re going to have a chance at dealing with these issues, we will need to take some bold action (more later).
  7. 7. Ultimately, there is no solution other than Global Education • Nothing else is as exponentially scalable • Schools, after school programs, youth organizations, faith-based youth groups are natural as venues Global Education: the development in young people of a sense of responsibility that reaches beyond their own community and nation. It calls for action, not just passive learning.
  8. 8. In the iEARN Model, Global Education Includes 1) An awareness of other cultures and global competency 2) A commitment to respect differences 3) Engagement in collaborative actions that improve the quality of life on the planet and create a culture of peace Let’s look at some classroom project examples
  9. 9. 1) Awareness and Global Competency: Classrooms can be Globalized in Many Ways • Clocks • Maps • Images • languages
  10. 10. 1) Awareness and Global Competency: • Interacting internationally in the classroom builds a curiosity about the world • Students go beyond assignments and are motivated to explore and gather more knowledge
  11. 11. 1) Building Awareness and Global Competency: Our Footprints, Our Future (OF)2 • Students measure carbon footprint using globalized calculator • Compare results internationally • Explore collaborative solutions • Brings global issue to personal and local implications • Curriculum Applications: science, math, environmental studies, geography, community service • Ages: 5-18
  12. 12. How do you get to school?
  13. 13. Comparing countries/earths
  14. 14. 1) Building Awareness and Global Competency: Learning about environmental issues in another country Project components: – Write story board, script video – Interview others – Film, add sound, edit – Interact with others with Web 2.0 tools about their videos – Exhibit videos, background information in Global Gallery Animation is available at:
  15. 15. 2) Commitment to Respect Differences Global Education also is about creating a mindset of listening to the other, and a recognition that cultural “crowd sourcing” is important, that vital knowledge and perspectives exist everywhere in the world. “No one knows so much that s/he cannot learn from the other and no one knows so little that s/he cannot teach another.” Daniel Reyes, Argentina 1990
  16. 16. 2) Commitment to Respect Differences Project Example: Adobe Youth Voices “My culture + your culture - what is it? It's not an easy question to answer. We think it's friendship, mutual understanding and respect and peace. It's a diversity of unique cultures which are a part of the so called "global culture". All in all, it's the world we live in which we must protect from any disaster by uniting all our efforts.” Students at Slonim Gymnasia, Belarus Let’s view a video done on the same subject in this project by students in India: voices/my-culture-your-culture-world-of-wonder/
  17. 17. 3) Engagement in collaborative actions that improve the quality of life on the planet and create a culture of peace • By acting on the learning, students demonstrate what they have learned and put that learning into practice through action • Technology allows for exponential numbers of young people to work together for change
  18. 18. 3) Engagement in actions that improve the quality of life on the planet and create a culture of peace Project Example: The Talking Kites Started as a way of sending messages of peace to be seen over the wall separating Israel and Palestine. Now kites are flown on the same day in over 30 countries
  19. 19. Bridge of Generations Project • Students study issues of family and emigration/immigration • Students help grandparents and other older citizens in their community to use technology (chats, skype, web searches, e-mail) to re- connect with family and friends who have left communities • Students share technology skills and learn value of family and community • Curriculum Applications: technology, family studies, migration, geography, community service, reading, writing • Ages: 10-18
  20. 20. 3) Engagement in actions that improve the quality of life on the planet and create a culture of peace Project Example: Mali Dolls for Computers Project • Schools in Mali lack computers, but they have pride in their culture • Hand-made dolls for distribution and sale around the world (including in the National Geographic store in DC) • Curriculum application: geography, economics, joint venture work, budgeting, marketing, French language • Sales proceeds go to Mali to buy computers • Ages 13-18
  21. 21. By being more aware, respectful and engaged, students are better prepared for the 21st century world. All students have a right to a Global Education. If we are to move students to Awareness, Respect, and ultimately to Action on a national, global and scalable level, we need to: • Determine what is happening • Tell the stories • Replicate and scale the activity.
  22. 22. Creating globally competent and engaged students to address global issues must be a national goal. If we agree that our students need new skills to be effective 21st century citizens, we must commit to ensuring that ALL US students have the opportunity to gain global competency. Let’s commit to connecting all US schools by 2016!
  23. 23. Some of the Global Education organizations that have expressed interest in helping to Connect All Schools by 2016 URL coming next month! Follow: @iearnusa
  24. 24. What if….every school in the US was interacting in some way with another school/group somewhere in the world? As a coalition, we are creating a space for educators and these Global Education organizations to tell their stories so others can replicate what they’re doing. We hope you will join these Global Education organizations to help CONNECT ALL SCHOOLS by 2016 and create a global culture of peace.
  25. 25. Ed Gragert iEARN-USA Twitter: @iearnusa