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TWB - Canada presentation


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A presentation for Dr. Toledo's class at ISU on April 16, 2009.

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TWB - Canada presentation

  1. 1. Professional Development Without Borders: TWB Canada Sharon Peters A presentation for Dr. Toledo’s class April 16 2009
  2. 2. Personal Learning Environments/Networks Who is responsible for your learning? Diagram: Dr. Alec Couros
  3. 5. <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
  4. 6. TWB-Canada is a non-profit NGO devoted to closing the education divide through teacher professional development and community education.
  5. 7. Cape Town Naivasha, Laikipia Districts TWB Canada July-Aug ‘08
  6. 8. International site
  7. 9. 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 Edunov a </li></ul><ul><li>Two sets of w orkshops for developing ICT skills in teachers in two townships </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up visits </li></ul>
  8. 10. TWB Canada July-Aug ‘09 <ul><li>South Africa - 4 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Team of 6-8 multinational teachers + SA teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Partnering with Edunova, Khanya and others </li></ul><ul><li>Two sets of workshops for developing ICT skills in teachers in two townships </li></ul><ul><li>1 week of bootcamp workshops for admin leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up visits </li></ul>
  9. 14. <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
  10. 15. <ul><li>Kenya: 4 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Two sets of workshops (Secondary, Elem) for teachers of English, math, and science in two districts with Kenyan teachers </li></ul><ul><li>1-2 weeks of ICT training in West Kenya </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>TWB Canada July-Aug ‘09
  11. 21. Profiles Fezeka High School Thananga Ng’anga Teacher at Miti Mingi High School John Michuri Principal of Tigithi Sec. Paul Mwaniki, CTC
  12. 22. Partnering NGOs
  13. 23. Ways to Participate <ul><li>Join Teachers Without Borders Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate a class-to-class project </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor a teacher to go abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in an online mentoring relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Spread the word! </li></ul>
  14. 24. Global Projects begin.....
  15. 25. ... with Globally-Minded Educators
  16. 26. We need globally-minded educators Skills and competency building Models and inspirations WHY GO GLOBAL?
  17. 27. <ul><li>Getting Connected </li></ul><ul><li>Skills Built </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 ordinary teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Project Opportunities and Portals </li></ul>
  18. 28. Skills Built <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>
  19. 29. (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.
  20. 31. 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>
  21. 32. Cool Tools & Online 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>
  22. 33. These tools offer affordances for students to making meaning
  23. 34. Shared online learning spaces provide opportunities for students to &quot; be human together &quot; (Siemens)
  24. 35. Caveats: 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>
  25. 36. Reality-Based Learning Learning situations that empower students to take action for the promotion of societal change
  26. 37. Essential Question: How can Canadian students use technology to promote education in developing nations?
  27. 38. Students from Montréal, Canada
  28. 39. Loise Girls School: where the XOs will be sent Nanyuki, Kenya
  29. 40. Darfur Video Project Youth With Video Proposal
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  31. 42. The Flip
  32. 43. 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;
  33. 44. &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.”
  34. 45. 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>
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  36. 47. Online Spaces to find us / /
  37. 48. TWB Canada’s Youtube channel
  38. 49. 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>Grown Up Digital – (Don Tapscott) </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><ul><li>Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning (George Siemens and Peter Tittenberg) </li></ul>
  39. 50. 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>
  40. 51. Sharon Peters, TWB Quebec Provincial Contact: [email_address]