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Connected
Classrooms
and a New
World of
Learning
NEPA Reading
Association
Scranton, 2016
Mike Soskil
@msoskil
STEM is not Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics.
It is a culture of problem solving in
which all disciplines...
Literacy is the means through which every
man, woman, and child can realize his or her
full potential.
–Kofi Annan
Does the learning in classrooms matter to
students?
Photo Credit:
Flickr/cristic • Long-term learning cannot
take place wi...
How do I get started?
Rachel’s
Story
Why Global Learning?
• Cultural Understanding
• Emotional Experiences
• Communication,
Collaboration, Critical
Thinking, C...
National Council of Teachers of English
21st Century Literacies
• Develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of techno...
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
Messages
• Da...
Distance Teaching Project
distanceteaching.weebly.com
Project LINC
http://projectlinc.clubefl.gr/
Kansas Students – Microsoft Video
Once Upon a Flower
Time
Children who feel the joy of doing good for others
continue to look for new ways to make a
positive impact on the world.
T...
HIP Academy - Mukuyuni Bridge Project
Children are never too young to change the
world.
Beth Heidemann’s
Kindergarteners
Cushing, Maine
Hanif and Gethera Video by the Ms. Heidemann & the Cushkins
That’s great for those students.
But, how do I do that?
TheGlobalReadAloud.com
Virtual Field Trips
• Skype in the Classroom: education.skype.com
• Discovery Education: discoveryeducation.com/featured-p...
Mystery Skype
• Similar to "20 Questions"
• Each class takes turns
asking Yes/No questions to
figure out location of the
o...
Overcoming Time Zone Issues
The 5 Clue
Challenge
• Use Skype Video Message or
YouTube to leave 5 clues for
partner class to guess
location, animal, et...
Twitter
Not Just for Donald Trump Anymore!
• As of 2014, over 4.2 million tweets per day were
related to education, most b...
A Few Educational Hashtags
#SciChat #MysterySkype
#MathChat #GlobalEd
#SSChat #ArtsEd
#EngChat #EdTech
#GTChat #EdChat
#Sp...
Tweetdeck.com
Finding Global Connections
• Twitter/Tweetdeck
• Have students contact
experts
• Facebook
• Friends/Family
Twitter for Glo...
Every problem in the world has a solution
trapped inside our students’ passions.
Helping them see the connection
is our jo...
Connect with Me
Twitter: @msoskil
Website: michaelsoskil.com
Email: mrsoskil@gmail.com
NEPA Reading Association Anniversary Dinner 2016
NEPA Reading Association Anniversary Dinner 2016
NEPA Reading Association Anniversary Dinner 2016
NEPA Reading Association Anniversary Dinner 2016
NEPA Reading Association Anniversary Dinner 2016
NEPA Reading Association Anniversary Dinner 2016
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NEPA Reading Association Anniversary Dinner 2016

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Keynote address at the NPRA Dinner in Scranton, Pennsylvania. November 5, 2016.

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NEPA Reading Association Anniversary Dinner 2016

  1. 1. Connected Classrooms and a New World of Learning NEPA Reading Association Scranton, 2016 Mike Soskil @msoskil
  2. 2. 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 better.
  3. 3. Literacy is the means through which every man, woman, and child can realize his or her full potential. –Kofi Annan
  4. 4. Does the learning in classrooms matter to students? Photo Credit: Flickr/cristic • Long-term learning cannot take place without emotional connection with content • Extrinsic v. Intrinsic Motivation • Empathy correlates with both happiness and success in life
  5. 5. How do I get started? Rachel’s Story
  6. 6. Why Global Learning? • Cultural Understanding • Emotional Experiences • Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity • Student Empowerment
  7. 7. 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 independent thought • Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes • Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex
  8. 8. It’s hard to change the world when you don’t know much about it.
  9. 9. South Elementary Global Connections • Song/Cultural Exchanges • Virtual Valentines • Exchange Skype/YT Video Messages • Data Collection in Collaborative Spreadsheets • Quadblogging • Slow Twitter Chat • Collaborative PBL Projects • Mystery Skype • Skype Teacher Exchange (guest teacher from another location) • Digital Post Cards
  10. 10. Distance Teaching Project distanceteaching.weebly.com
  11. 11. Project LINC http://projectlinc.clubefl.gr/ Kansas Students – Microsoft Video
  12. 12. Once Upon a Flower Time
  13. 13. Children who feel the joy of doing good for others continue to look for new ways to make a positive impact on the world. They grow to be the problem solving leaders of the next generation.
  14. 14. HIP Academy - Mukuyuni Bridge Project
  15. 15. Children are never too young to change the world.
  16. 16. Beth Heidemann’s Kindergarteners Cushing, Maine Hanif and Gethera Video by the Ms. Heidemann & the Cushkins
  17. 17. That’s great for those students. But, how do I do that?
  18. 18. TheGlobalReadAloud.com
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. Mystery Skype • Similar to "20 Questions" • Each class takes turns asking Yes/No questions to figure out location of the other class. • Variations: animals, numbers, elements, occupations, etc. instead of locations. • Builds critical thinking skills and content knowledge. • Creates opportunities to connect with other locations to have Q&A sessions about culture. Resource to get started: MysterySkypeOneNote.com
  21. 21. Overcoming Time Zone Issues
  22. 22. The 5 Clue Challenge • 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. • 5cluechallenge.weebly.com
  23. 23. Twitter 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 see • There is an educational hashtag for almost every content area, grade level, and educational interest area
  24. 24. A Few Educational Hashtags #SciChat #MysterySkype #MathChat #GlobalEd #SSChat #ArtsEd #EngChat #EdTech #GTChat #EdChat #SpEdChat #21stEdChat #TeachersMatter #EdCamp #TeachersLeading #Education #KinderChat #STEM #1stChat #CompSci #2ndChat #MusicEd #3rdChat #ElemChat #4thChat #MakerEd #5thChat #DigCit Most states have their own hashtag (ie - #PAedChat)
  25. 25. Tweetdeck.com
  26. 26. Finding Global Connections • Twitter/Tweetdeck • Have students contact experts • Facebook • Friends/Family Twitter for Global Connections #SkypeMT - Skype Master Teachers #GlobalLearning @SkypeClassroom #GlobalClassroom #Skype2Learn #MysterySkype
  27. 27. Every problem in the world has a solution trapped inside our students’ passions. Helping them see the connection is our job as teachers.
  28. 28. Connect with Me Twitter: @msoskil Website: michaelsoskil.com Email: mrsoskil@gmail.com

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