The Global Classroom Project - a F.L.A.T Action Talk
The Global Classroom ProjectA F.L.A.T Action Talk Bhaktapur, Nepal Ohio, USA Bucharest, Romania Michael Graffin (@mgraffin) Global Classroom Co-Founder & Coordinator Perth, Western Australia http://theglobalclassroomproject.wordpress.com
Webinar RecordingThis presentation was delivered via a BlackBoardCollaborate webinar.It was part of the Flat Learning Action Talksseries, hosted by Flat Classroom Projects.You can access the full recording here: http://flats.flatclassroomproject.org/https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-10-30.0404.M.74A74F81D9B32AB68AF6C94A8B5427.vcr&sid=2007066
About Me• Primary Relief / Substitute Teacher (2009 - Present)• Global Classroom Project Co- Founder & Coordinator• iEARN Australia Representative• Blogging since 2010 - mgraffin.edublogs.org• @mgraffin, @gcporganisers, @iE ARNAustralia
Aims of the Session• To provide an overview of the origins, history, and the community spaces which define The Global Classroom Project• To explore some of the key lessons Ive learnt about building & coordinating a global projects community.• To extend an invitation to #flatclassroom teachers interested in mentoring / sharing their expertise with teachers new to global collaboration. Magic Skype Moment at #ACEC2012. Skyping with @SAVSchool, Nepal
The Story So FarGlobal Classroom 2011-12 ran from October 2011- June 2012, hostingover 15 major projects, and helping connect teachers worldwide.Highlights included presenting at the Global Education Conference2011, and establishing the monthly #globalclassroom Twitter Chats.Global Classroom 2012-13 will be launched at #GlobalEdCon12 inNovember 2012. • 40 Countries • 6 Continents • 300+ Teachers • 1/3 Active Members in 2011-12
Our Community Spaces"Were building the online spaces where teachers can engage in global conversations with teachers around the world"Contact Directories for our K-3, Grades 4-6, and 7-12 Teachers
"Global Classroom is about encouraging global connections and conversations between teachers and students around the world ..." We invite teachers to:• Join a project / Flat Stanley exchange• Establish connections with teachers and classes in other countries via blogging, penpal, or skype exchanges• Share, build and promote their own global projects via our blog and wiki• Join as a teacher mentor, assisting teachers with project design, best practice, etc
ProjectsDuring 2011-12, we hosted over 15 major globalprojects, and promoted many more.For details, please visit http://globalclassroom2011-12.wikispaces.com.Some Highlights:@WinnersSchools - The Sunny Thought Project@hthehippo - A Global Hello@MrsSchmidtB4s - Edmodo Pen Pals@snskole - The Global Lunch Table@mgraffin - The Global Classroom Scrapbooks
The Global Classroom Scrapbooks bit.ly/gcmementos
Transforming Learning & World Views• They were thrilled to take part in a project where they could exchange info and show the world something about our country.• They loved meeting and speaking to kids in other countries. It was exciting for them to explore the similarities and differences in our cultures. It made the learning real for them.• My students would ask, "Who can we talk to today?", or "What new project are we doing?". They loved connecting and they enjoyed participating in the projects. -Theresa• My students feel so cool ... to meet other classes across the oceans ... (Lin-lin, Taiwan)• My students had the chance to actually "feel" being in the world that is larger than their classroom. It is beyond authentic - it is real, and taps into human bonds and similarities.• My students felt connected and developed relationships.
Lessons Learnt• Global collaboration is about empowering people and building community, not about the latest technology• By sharing ideas, and professional support, we can help teachers transform their teaching practice.• Teachers, working together, are capable of turning dreams into reality.
As we begin Global Classroom 2012-13We will be:• Exploring new ways to better engage and support teachers engagement in global collaboration - including the introduction of "The Handshake Space"• Launching a completely revamped wiki and new-look blog• Building a partnership with Open World Cause to support the work of Govinda Panthy, and the SAV School, Nepal• Trying to ensure I dont lose so much sleep!
Project Launch: November 16, 2012 @ #GlobalEd12http://globalclassroom2012-13.wikispaces.comhttp://theglobalclassroomproject.wordpress.com Do you have stories, expertise, or ideas to share? Kindy Student (Japan) @tashacowdy
Find Us OnlineBlog: theglobalclassroomproject.wordpress.comTwitter: @GCPorganisersGoogle Group:https://groups.google.com/d/forum/theglobalclassroomprojectWiki (2012-13): globalclassroom2012-13.wikispaces.com
The Global Classroom Project Co-FoundersMichael Graffin is a third year relief (substitute) teacher in Perth, Western Australia.He has yet to teach a class of his own, but takes pride in his role in leading thecreation of the Global Classroom community. He still has no idea where this projectwill ultimately take him, but is happy to go along for the ride.Michael blogs at mgraffin.edublogs.org, and tweets as @mgraffin.Deb Frazier, from Ohio, USA, is currently teaching and learning with 20 very excitedfirst graders who love learning as much as she does! She began her teaching careeras a special education teacher/intervention specialist, and finds her specialeducation background a true blessing working in the early years!Deb blogs at deb-frazier.blogspot.com/, and tweets as @frazierde.