----- Meeting Notes (11/5/16 08:35) ----- Thank you to NEPA Reading Association and to Congratulations 50th Anniversary ----- Meeting Notes (11/5/16 08:45) ----- Thank you to NEPA Reading Association and Donna Congratulations on 50th Anniversary Not often I get invited to speak at reading events
----- Meeting Notes (11/5/16 08:45) ----- Came across my Facebook wall a few days ago Most people think that I am biased toward STEM subjects, but it's not true.
----- Meeting Notes (11/5/16 08:45) ----- Where there is literacy, there is hope for a better future.
----- Meeting Notes (11/5/16 08:45) ----- A study three years ago showed that reading fiction builds empathy in students.
----- Meeting Notes (11/5/16 08:45) ----- I want every student to believe that they have within themselves the ability to use their learning to change the world for the better.
NEPA Reading Association Anniversary Dinner 2016
and a New
STEM is not Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics.
It is a culture of problem solving in
which all disciplines are used in
conjunction to make the world
Literacy is the means through which every
man, woman, and child can realize his or her
Does the learning in classrooms matter to
Flickr/cristic • Long-term learning cannot
take place without emotional
connection with content
• Extrinsic v. Intrinsic
• Empathy correlates with both
happiness and success in life
Why Global Learning?
• Cultural Understanding
• Emotional Experiences
• Student Empowerment
National Council of Teachers of English
21st Century Literacies
• Develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology
• Build intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with
others so to pose and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen
• Design and share information for global communities to meet a
variety of purposes
• Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous
• Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts
• Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex
It’s hard to change the world when you
don’t know much about it.
South Elementary Global Connections
• Song/Cultural Exchanges
• Virtual Valentines
• Exchange Skype/YT Video
• Data Collection in
• Slow Twitter Chat
• Collaborative PBL Projects
• Mystery Skype
• Skype Teacher Exchange
(guest teacher from another
• Digital Post Cards
Virtual Field Trips
• Skype in the Classroom: education.skype.com
• Discovery Education: discoveryeducation.com/featured-programs
• Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants: exploringbytheseat.com
• JASON Learning: jason.org
• LivingMaths: livingmaths.com
• Similar to "20 Questions"
• Each class takes turns
asking Yes/No questions to
figure out location of the
• Variations: animals,
occupations, etc. instead
• Builds critical thinking
skills and content
• Creates opportunities to
connect with other
locations to have Q&A
sessions about culture.
Resource to get started:
The 5 Clue
• Use Skype Video Message or
YouTube to leave 5 clues for
partner class to guess
location, animal, etc.
• After each clue, students will
pause video, do research, and
take a guess.
Not Just for Donald Trump Anymore!
• As of 2014, over 4.2 million tweets per day were
related to education, most by educators
• Hashtags allow you to curate and organize what you
• There is an educational hashtag for almost every
content area, grade level, and educational interest
A Few Educational Hashtags
Most states have their own
hashtag (ie - #PAedChat)