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  • TakingITGlobal sits at the intersection of the global trends just described. The idea is simple: Harness technology to help youth interested in global issues connect and collaborate to change the world. SH
  • After slide 6 show TIG video: SH - Social Network for Social Good - talk about how TIG was founded before Facebook, MySpace, etc. and was a pioneer in online communities. pathway to action and learning that progresses our users into active engagement and citizenship Screen shot of homepage Mission: to empower youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges.
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  • KL - Quick overview of what is offered on the site. Encourage people to explore on their own at Community Action Tools Resources Youth Media Global Issues Regions
  • KL - Languages - translated into 12 with two more launching soon - Bengali and Swahili. ~300 online volunteers work to translate and moderate the content.
  • KL - over 20 million users since launch and over 1 million pieces of content contributed
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  • SH - “If you want to succeed – Double your failure rate” – Thomas Watson, founder of IBM
  • KL After Slide 21, show TIGed video: Different kids' brains actually ARE in the new era, so we have to be willing to adjust to that. These propensities HELP THEM TEACH THEMSELVES. We cannot let insecurities about our technological knowledge get in the way. Students can often support one another, and assist teachers – which is an empowering experience. Multiprocessing - The digital learner can do several things at once despite what parents think. One can listen to music, talk on the phone and answer email. Multimedia literacy - The digital learner's literacy is beyond text and includes images and screen literacy. This new literacy, beyond text and image, is one of information navigation…the ability to navigate through confusing and complex information spaces and feel comfortable" (Brown, 2000 p. 14). Discovery-based learning - This learning merges with play. The digital learner is active and searches for knowledge and there is a merger between learning and entertainment, thus creating "infotainment" (Brown 2000 p. 14). Bias toward action - The digital learner focuses on learning in situ. Learning is as much social as it is cognitive and becomes situated in action.
  • KL - The TIGed site ( ) offers a community of over 4,000 globally minded educators in over 120 countries worldwide, a growing database of global education resources, a safe and customizable online learning platform designed to support international collaboration, and professional development e-courses related to global education and project-based learning. Now we will take you through some of the elements of TIGed in the Community, Resources, My Classes and Support sections, as we did with the elements of the main TIG site. New screenshot for PD homepage Go to TIGed video now
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  • SH - In the resources section of platform, you’ll find TIGed’s thematic classrooms: online classrooms pre-populated with content to teach about important global issues. Don’t need to go into detail, just run through the focus of them: environmental sustainability, food systems, democracy and good governance, rural development, HIV/AIDS, tobacco. Another, soon to be launched, focuses on mental health, and another on deforestation is being launched as part of a broader environmental education and problem solving initiative just launched this week in Cape Town at the Worldwide Innovative Education Forum by Microsoft, TakingITGlobal and the Smithsonian Institution. BACKGROUND ON THEMATIC CLASSROOMS Tread Lightly - A secondary school resource for a more sustainable future Exploring climate change through the lens of ecological footprints, this thematic classroom helps secondary school students to understand basic climate change science, develop a sense of personal and collective responsibility for the earth, and adopt more environmentally friendly habits and behaviours. GRUB - Youth Perspectives on Food Choices and Food Systems Utilizing the Photovoice technique, this thematic classroom encourages intermediate and secondary school students to ask important questions about the food we eat, where it comes from, how we make food-related decisions, and the local and global impacts of these choices on human and community health. Orange Revolution This thematic classroom helps secondary school students explore issues related to human rights, good governance and political stability by examining the Ukrainian Orange Revolution in 2004 and 2005. Particular focus is placed on the role of Canadians and Canadian organizations during this period. Ayiti: The Cost of Life Developed to support learning through the Ayiti role playing game, this thematic classroom helps intermediate and secondary school students explore how rural poverty affects individuals, families and communities in developing countries such as Haiti. TIG Xpress - HIV/AIDS Young people are amongst those most affected by HIV/AIDS. Drawing on photography and digital media, this thematic classroom provides secondary school students with a participatory educational resource based on social justice, transnational communication, and global solidarity. It focuses on five main areas of HIV vulnerability: gender, migration, stigma, poverty, and access to treatment. The Virtual Classroom on Tobacco Control Smokers almost exclusively take up the habit during their youth. Designed to help reduce the incidence of tobacco use among secondary school students, this thematic classroom supports learning about the health impacts of first- and second-hand smoke, the exploitative nature of the global tobacco industry, and how to effectively encourage peers to lead smoke-free lives.
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  • Global ed con tig ti ged 2011

    1. 1. TAKE YOUR CLASSROOM GLOBAL Sara Hassan and Kate Gatto, TakingITGlobal for Educators Global Education Conference November 15th, 2011.
    2. 2. WHY GO GLOBAL?
    3. 3. TODAY’S STUDENTS WILL … <ul><li>… “ sell to the world; buy from the world; work for international companies; manage employees from other cultures and countries; collaborate with people all over the world in joint ventures; compete with people on the other side of the world for jobs and markets; and tackle global problems such as AIDS, avian flu, pollution, and disaster recovery.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Vivien Stewart, “Becoming Citizens of the World,” Educational Leadership) </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Today’s students need to be prepared to </li></ul><ul><li>COMPETE in a global knowledge-based </li></ul><ul><li>economy AND COOPERATE across borders to </li></ul><ul><li>address global issues. </li></ul><ul><li>… Both of which require the </li></ul><ul><li>effective use of technology. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Technology enabled youth empowered to be global citizens.
    6. 6. Social Network for Social Good
    7. 7. Young people everywhere are actively engaged and connected in shaping a more inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable world Inspire, inform, involve
    8. 8. Discussions, e-cards, member search, member stories, newsletters Commitments, groups, action guides, projects, petitions, featured actions Opportunities, events, organizations, publications, e-courses Blogs, games, global gallery, Panorama Zine, TIG Zine, Student News Action Network Culture, education, environment, globalization, health, human rights, media, peace Asia, Central America & Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, North America, Oceania, South America
    9. 9. Global Community in 13 languages English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese, Swahili, & Swedish
    10. 10. Over 20,000,000 users have created over 1,000,000 resources and expressions!
    11. 11. 89% increased cultural awareness
    12. 12. 82% talk more about local/global issues
    13. 13. 66% increased their volunteer activity
    14. 14. QUESTIONS or COMMENTS?
    15. 15. Let’s explore! Choose 1 site section to explore for 5 minutes - Think about how you might use the tools and resources in this site in your teaching practice. Community - Action Tools - Resources - Youth Media - Global Issues - Regions
    17. 17. Food for thought… <ul><li>“ Children know more about what’s going on in the world today than their teachers […]. They’re immersed in a media environment […] that was unheard of 150 years ago, and yet if you look at school today versus 100 years ago, they are more similar than dissimilar.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>In a 2006 study of high-school dropouts done by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, almost half of the students say they dropped out because classes were not interesting and they were bored. </li></ul>
    19. 19. <ul><li>90% WERE PASSING STUDENTS!! </li></ul>
    20. 20. 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) ” “
    21. 21. NetGen Learning Characteristics Multiprocessing Multimedia literacy Experiential learning Bias toward action
    22. 23. Community 4,743 teachers 32,916 students 2,813 schools 127 countries
    23. 24. Resources
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    25. 26. Survivor Galt
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    28. 33. Virtual Classrooms
    29. 34. Why TIGed <ul><li>Designed with and for teachers, driven by teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Safe and secure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Private, password-protected virtual classrooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited student profiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication through TIG (no sharing of personal information) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screened content and strict terms of service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No ads!  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flexible, supports various levels and subjects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adaptable resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suitable for varied levels of technological ability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TIGed platform available in all of TIG’s 13 languages </li></ul><ul><li>Can engage independently or through a range of global education initiatives </li></ul>
    30. 35. Why TIGed <ul><li>With over 4,400 teachers in 120 countries using TIGed, it provides a great opportunity to connect classes worldwide. </li></ul><ul><li>Students and teachers plug into the world’s largest multilingual community of global leaders, which they can engage with while using TIGed and after. </li></ul><ul><li>Student impacts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connected, Technologically savvy, Informed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Globally minded, Inspired, Empowered </li></ul></ul>
    31. 36. <ul><li>Try TIGed Virtual Classrooms for free by visiting or applying promo code GEC2011 when you sign up. </li></ul><ul><li>Take part in one of our accredited professional development e-courses . </li></ul><ul><li>Join other existing initiatives or work with other teachers to create something new! </li></ul>The Opportunities for You
    32. 37. Educators can help to make this happen! THANK YOU! [email_address] Twitter: @TIGed