Best Practices in Global Project-Based Learning


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Presentation by Jennifer D. Klein at GlobalEdCon2011. Explores some of the best ideas out there about why and how to globalize the curriculum, looking at a variety of excellent examples of global projects across the K-12 curriculum.

This presentation gives a small taste of the material offered by Jennifer through her TIGed Professional Development e-Courses, as well as through live in-service presentations and teacher coaching in schools.

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Best Practices in Global Project-Based Learning

  1. 1. Best Practices in Global Project-Based Learning Jennifer D. Klein <ul><li>The webinar will begin shortly. In the meantime, please configure your microphone and speakers to ensure they function. Go to: </li></ul><ul><li>Tools  Audio  Audio Setup Wizard </li></ul><ul><li>Please feel free to share something about yourself in the chat box, so we can start introductions while we’re waiting to begin. </li></ul>
  2. 2. “ Real change requires not just the absence of destruction, but the presence of construction.” ~ Oscar Arias Nobel Prize Winner Peace Jam 2006
  3. 3. Global Awareness and Citizenship Why is it important to be globally aware, and what does global citizenship look like?
  4. 4. Morley Safer Quotation “ As diverse as America has become, it remains remarkably inward-looking. Without an educational and media establishment that takes on the responsibility of teaching and informing and respecting the riches of foreign cultures, this country could become a paranoid and parochial suburb of a vital global village.” ~ Morley Safer CBS News Correspondent
  5. 5. “ Even before September 11 shattered any notion of American isolation, it ought to have been abundantly clear that American students know far too little about the rest of the world. In June 2001, the National Commission on Asia in the Schools…released a report that said that young Americans are ‘dangerously uninformed about international matters’…” —Asia Society, from “Citizenship in the Global Age”
  6. 6. National Geographic 90% of students couldn’t find Afghanistan ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Understanding Challenge
  7. 7. own a world Map 20% less than 48% Think India is a Muslim country think English is the #1 language 74%
  8. 8. Harvard Education Letter “ Although definitions vary, most lists of 21 st century skills include those needed to make the best use of rapidly changing technologies; the so-called ‘soft skills’ that computers can’t provide, like creativity; and those considered vital to working and living in an increasingly complex, rapidly changing global society.” ~ Harvard Education Letter
  10. 10. TONY WAGNER: Seven Survival Skills Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Collaboration Across Networks & Leading by Influence Agility & Adaptability Initiative & Entrepreneurism Effective Oral & Written Communication Assessing & Analyzing Information Curiosity & Imagination
  11. 11. Practical Cross-Cultural Competencies From: Doing Business Internationally: The Guide to Cross-Cultural Success Building Blocks Characteristics of Cross-Cultural Competence Open Attitude <ul><li>Tolerance & curiosity about other cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Seeking knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-dimensional understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming stereotyping </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a productive approach to other cultures </li></ul>Self-Awareness <ul><li>Reflecting on our own cultural practices. </li></ul><ul><li>Critiquing our own attitude & practices </li></ul><ul><li>Examining how false cultural assumptions can damage working relationships & inhibit success across cultures </li></ul>Other-Awareness <ul><li>Recognizing how actions of others reflect cultural norms. </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying the expectations of counterpart in other culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Finding places where cultural practices overlap </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing how to build respect & working relationships </li></ul>Cultural Knowledge <ul><li>Obtaining specific information about politics, history, social practices, conflict resolution, sources of inspiration, & attitudes toward achievement in the culture </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing reliable sources of information about the culture </li></ul>Cross-Cultural Skills <ul><li>Transforming awareness & knowledge into actual skills </li></ul><ul><li>Honing capacity to work across cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Forging path toward continual refinement of skills </li></ul>
  12. 12. “ The Five Cs of Global Education” Holly Arida, Cranbrook School, MI cross-cultural competence: the ability to maneuver in a number of cultures collaboration: the ability to work with others over transnational boundaries connectedness: the ability to relate to other cultures and people
  13. 13. PEDAGOGICAL APPROACHES: How to Globalize the Curriculum <ul><li>“ Outsider” Perspectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign correspondents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peace Corps and other volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature by non-native authors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Observational” more than immersive </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. AUTHENTIC & TRANSFORMATIVE EXPLORATIONS <ul><li>“ Insider” Perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Student and teacher travel </li></ul><ul><li>Literature by native authors and journalists </li></ul><ul><li>Native speakers and content providers </li></ul><ul><li>Direct dialogue and exchanges with youth in different regions via technology </li></ul><ul><li>More “homestay” than “tourbus” methodology </li></ul>
  16. 16. Project-/Problems-/Challenge-/Inquiry-Based Global Partnerships <ul><li>Solutions Driven </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative </li></ul><ul><li>Action Driven </li></ul><ul><li>Enriching for all educational communities involved </li></ul>
  17. 17. Pedagogy of the Oppressed , Paolo Freire “ Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.”
  18. 18. <ul><ul><li>MAKING LEARNING “GLOCAL” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify global problems in a local context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recognizing failure to fulfill the Milennium Development Goals or Rischard’s 20 Global Problems at home </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exploring local issues that connect to global issues studied </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing students’ sense of interdependence and connectedness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Act on global problems in a local context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fundraising events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student innovations which address global problems (i.e. designing water pumps in physics) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore global cultures in a local context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visiting a variety of local religious and/or cultural sites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seeing speakers who live locally but grew up outside your country </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participating in cultural events and activities in the local community </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Experiential, Student-Driven Projects <ul><li>Break Down Taboos and Stereotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Improve Diversity/Tolerance on Campus </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Technology Skills </li></ul>
  20. 20. Approaches to Global Project Integration <ul><li>Using a global project to enrich a current unit or develop a new one </li></ul><ul><li>Thematic approaches (i.e. Millenium Development Goals or 20 Global Problems) </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Comparative approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary projects (modeling collaboration) </li></ul><ul><li>The right combination of synchronous and asynchronous technologies </li></ul>
  21. 21. Comparative Approaches = Increased Pluralism <ul><li>Comparative Media Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Comparative Cultural Exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>Comparative World View/Mapping Projects </li></ul>
  22. 22. Traditional World Map in the Americas (National Geographic)
  23. 23. America-Centered Map
  24. 24. Pacific-Centered World Map (Chinese)
  25. 25. “ What’s Up? South!” Map (Australian)
  26. 26. World Map of Facebook Use
  27. 27. Map of World Happiness
  28. 28. TakingITGlobal Overview Facilitating Youth Voice in Decision-Making Developing Youth Leadership & 21 st Century Skills Leveraging Social Networks for Civic Engagement TakingITGlobal
  29. 29. Shared Vision Young people everywhere are actively engaged and connected in shaping a more inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable world Shared V ision
  30. 30. Leveraging Social Networks Leveraging Social Networks for Civic Engagement
  31. 31. An informal learning community Community Action Tools Resources Youth Media Global Issues
  32. 32. Global Community in 13 languages English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese, Swahili, & Swedish
  33. 33. Over 20,000,000 users have created over 1,000,000 resources and expressions!
  34. 34. Partnership Quotation on 21 st Century Skills Today's education system faces irrelevance unless we bridge the gap between how students live and how they learn. – The Partnership for 21 st Century Skills ” “
  35. 35. 89% increased cultural awareness
  36. 36. 82% talk more about local/global issues
  37. 37. 66% increased their volunteer activity
  38. 38. Next cohort begins January 11, 2012
  39. 39. TIGed’s Best Practices Guide
  40. 41. World Savvy: Components of Global Competency
  41. 43. Asia Society: Assessing Global Learning
  42. 44. Best Practices—Elementary School Examples of Global Projects <ul><li>Using global learning to develop early global skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flower projects (growing plants together in different countries, comparing growth) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teddy bear projects/exchanges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comparative experiences (i.e. Greens Farms Academy’s S.E.E.D. Program, in which students compare consumption, packaging, transport and preparation of food in order to understand how their personal choices impact global food systems.) </li></ul></ul>
  43. 45. <ul><li>Using global learning to develop cross-cultural communication skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pop culture exchanges (music, magazines, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A “day in the life” podcast exchange, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Care packages for school children (i.e. Berkeley Carroll School’s Middle School French classes send a package with toys, school supplies and letters [in French] to the small rural community of LaFonde, Haiti) </li></ul></ul>Best Practices—Middle School Examples of Global Projects
  44. 46. <ul><li>Using global learning to enrich academic content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Earth uses across several disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poetry, photography and artistic exchanges, digital storytelling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative and/or comparative science experiments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humanizing economics, global conflicts, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative development (i.e. Lake Forest School partners with Patacancha weaving village, Peru—students create questionaires in Spanish which are given in the village, to determine the following year’s service project focus) </li></ul></ul>Best Practices—High School Examples of Global Projects
  45. 47. Berkeley Carroll School: Student-Driven United Nations Initiative, Convention on the Rights of the Child Students fundraise to bring four students to NYC from Sierra Leone, to present before the United Nations
  46. 48. Berkeley Carroll School: Transit of Venus Global Collaboration Project Students measure the trajectory of Venus in front of the sun from all over the planet In Partnership with TakingITGlobal and the Centre for Global Education
  47. 49. <ul><li>Multipoint Videoconferencing with the Research Journalism Initiative, the Centre for Global Education and TakingITGlobal </li></ul>
  48. 50. Inspiring Collaboration and Innovation
  49. 51. Jennifer D. Klein [email_address] Twitter: @jdeborahklein Twitter: @TIGed