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Global connections - Projects and Ways to Connect

  1. 1. Global Connections: Projects & Ways to Collaborate Theresa Allen Technology Teacher/Coordinator @tdallen5
  2. 2. "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." ― Helen Keller
  3. 3. Why Global Education?
  4. 4. In the Beginning Google Reader Skype Flat Classroom
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  6. 6. Fr. Brad Baker Pastor, Cathedral of St. Raymond, Joliet Cathedral of St. Raymond
  7. 7. 2010 Projects Sites •Flat Classroom Projects •iCollaboratory •Kidlink •iEARN Learning Circles •ePals Individual •Global Hero Voicethread activity •Quest Atlantis •Monster Project
  8. 8. Digiteen Project Website: Founders: Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis Goal: Global Citizenship, Collaboration, Education From the Website: • The Digiteen™ Project is a global hands-on project for middle and early high school students, (typically Grade 6-9, 11-15 year old) which was founded by Julie Lindsay (now in Beijing, China) and Vicki Davis (Camilla, GA USA) in 2008. • This project studies digital citizenship with students researching current topics, writing a collaborative report on a wiki, and performing and documenting offline action educational projects to promote effective digital citizenship at their local schools. • The purpose of the project is to educate on and promote effective Digital Citizenship and responsible online choices as well as immersing students into an educational community for learning and collaborating. Project runs Sept - Dec and Feb - May
  9. 9. A Week in the Life Website: Founders: Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis Purpose: •To join Elementary School classrooms globally with a view to exploring what life is like in each country through discussion, sharing and collecting multimedia to create final products together. (Julie Lindsay) Students will be in small teams taking pictures and videos of what life is like. They will share photos and experiences on Edmodo and wiki. Teachers and students will create a final project using a Web 2.0 tool that
  10. 10. iCollaboratory Founder: Bonnie Thurber Website: Purpose: To share and build engaging projects and activities for their students using Google’s Web 2.0 tools and resources and Moodle's management system in a safe, private environment. Grades/Ages (K-12) Some Projects: • Scariest Stories and Fall Poetry (Oct) • What I Am Thankful For (Nov) • A Day in Our Neighborhood (Jan) • Poetry Sharing (Apr) • Moon Over Us (Oct.)
  11. 11. The Global Monster Project (with 4th grade teachers and Art teacher) Founder: Terry Smith Website: Runs in October • Elementary classes from the United States and around the world collaborate in this standards based project. • After choosing a Monster part, each class writes a description of that part. • After all descriptions have been sent in, each class builds its own MONSTER using everyone's descriptions from a table. Kids get deliberate practice in collaboration to construct their class MONSTER. 1. ARMS - Jenny Kopp's Class, Miriam School, St. Louis, Missouri: Right: bony 2ft arm; Left: shorter, chunky 1ft arm. Right arm has a bracelet made of skulls and cross bones. Both tie- dyed, sharp pointed, funky spiraled tattoos, bendable, hairy, slimy scars.
  12. 12. Monsters 2010 2011 2012
  13. 13. Hero Voicethread Project Founders: (Argentina) Marta LaVista and Alejandra Quaglia What type of person comes to mind when you hear someone talk about a"Hero"? What qualities do they possess? What deeds have they done? How do you think one becomes a Hero? Students write about a hero and share in the Voicethread.
  14. 14. iEARN Learning Circles Website: About: iEARN Learning Circles projects are highly interactive, project-based partnerships among a small number of schools located throughout the world. Projects: • Computer Chronicles • Places and Perspectives • My Hero Elementary grades
  15. 15. Virtual Vacation Website: Coordinator: Theresa Allen About: In a small group, create a family vacation that includes one destination and at least two attractions. Tools Used: • Google Docs • Skype • Google Maps/Earth Video
  16. 16. Quest Atlantis Website: Coordinator: Sasha Barab About: "Atlantis Remixed (ARX) is an international learning and teaching project that uses a 3D multi-user environment to immerse children ages 9-16 in educational tasks. ARX combines strategies used in commercial games with lessons from educational research on learning and motivation." Purpose: •engage children in a form of transformational play •online and off-line learning activities •storyline inspiring social action
  17. 17. 2011-2012: More Projects! • Edublogs PLN Challenge • Global Read Aloud • Mystery Skyping • Landmarks Game • Student Blogging Challenge • Quadblogging • K-2 Building Bridges Project • The Global Classroom Project • The Writers Club • Diamond Poetry Project • Draw/Describe
  18. 18. Edublogs PLN Challenge (Personal Learning Network): • making connections • building relationships • sharing expertise • free! • available 24/7 • global network of educators, administrators, professional
  19. 19. Global Read Aloud (with 2nd-3rd grade teachers) Goal of Project: To share the read aloud with other students Teachers and students read the story during the same time. Students use Edmodo to share what they've learned and connect with other students. Teachers use email and skype to communicate with other classrooms. Blog: Wiki: Who runs the program: Oldschoolteacher jyk730 MarilynP Chris Francik Gill-Ville Mrs Ripp aka @pernilleripp Grades 1-3 read Flat Stanley and Grades 4-7 read Tuck Everlasting. The project ran from Sept 19-Oct 14, 2011.
  20. 20. Mystery Skype Project (with 5th grade teachers) Websites: Coordinators: Caren, Patti About: • Ongoing project • Teachers sign up and find other teachers to skype • Students create clues about their state; varying levels • During skype call, students ask questions or share information about their state - guess after • Quick, easy
  21. 21. The Landmark Game (with 5th and 7th grade teachers) Website: Coordinator: Terry Smith About: • Classes select 9 clues of a specific landmark and send to coordinator. • Clues given out 3 at a time for 3 weeks. • Students use clues to find landmark from classrooms over the world. Begins: February, each year
  22. 22. Student Blogging Challenge Coordinators: Sue Wyatt, Sue Waters and Ronnie Burt Website: Purpose: "The challenge is about getting students to blog and develop a world wide audience while doing so rather than just their teacher and classmates." (Miss W) All ages/grades K-12
  23. 23. Quadblogging Founder: David Mitchell Website: Purpose: • Four schools would work together focusing on one blog each week. Three of the schools will comment on one blog and then move to the other group's blog the next week until all four blogs have been visited. All grades/ages
  24. 24. K-2 Building Bridges (with Kindergarten teachers) Website 2013:
  25. 25. Global Classroom Project (with 2nd and 3rd grade teachers) Blog: Founders: Michael Graffin and Deb Frazier About: Vibrant online collaborative space and global network. Helping teachers and students explore new ways to connect, share, learn and collaborate globally.
  26. 26. Writers Club (with Language Arts teacher) Website: Founder: Rob Sbaglia About: Students have own blogs where they can post and share. They can join and create groups, make connections, and participate in discussions.
  27. 27. Diamond Poetry Project Students draw something they like and create a diamond poem for the image. They upload and share their work and they comment on other students' works from around the world. Link: Bird Soft, Feathery They soar high above the world. Canary, Parrot Chirp
  28. 28. Draw/Describe Project (with Art teacher) Students write a description of their face, head and what they like to do. The description is shared with a student who draws what they read. Hi my name is Abby I am a girl.I have blue eyes that are round,I also have big eyes. My hair is dirty blonde and straight,it is a little wavy at the bottom, and ends at my shoulder.I have no bangs and my hair is parted in the middle. My eyebrows are normal and dirty blonde and my eyelashes are long. My teeth are straight.I wear no jewelry and no braces.My ears are small but normal.I love to play volleyball. My favorite color is orange. Portrait drawn by a student from Russia Link:
  29. 29. Presentations • EdmodoCon2011 o Presentation Link • One Computer Classroom • The Global Classroom 2011 • EVPD Workshops • Global Collaboration • GEC Presentation
  30. 30. Connections Skype/Google Hangout - Hello Little World Skypers group - Global Classroom Project group - Mystery Skypers group - Kidlink groups - Flat Classroom Project group - EVPD group - local Joliet Tech teachers
  31. 31. What is a Global PLN? How do I meet these teachers?
  32. 32. How to Build Up Your Global PLN • Skype groups • Blogs • Wikis • E-mail • Youtube • Ustream • Google Hangouts • Twitter • Facebook • Podcasts ( • Virtual Conferences • Edmodo
  33. 33. Recommendations •Find Your Passion •Be Open •Be Available •Try Something NEW •Take a Leap!
  34. 34. Places for Global Projects • Flat Classroom Project • Global Classroom Project • Kidlink • iCollaboratory • iEARN • ePals
  35. 35. Examples of Projects • Landmark Games • Mystery Skype • A Week in the Life Project • K-2 Building Bridges • Virtual Vacation • Quest Atlantis • Draw/Describe • Crazy Crazes Project • Edmodo Pen Pal Project • Christmas Around the World • Global Read Aloud • Diamond Poem Project • Global Monster Project • Moon Over Us Project • Hero Voicethread Project • Digiteen Project • iVote • Quadblogging • Student Blogging Challenge • iEARN Learning Circles
  36. 36. Professional Read A must read for all educators
  37. 37. Pillars of a global classroom
  38. 38. Contact info About Me: Email: or School Website: School Blog: Skype/Twitter Name: tdallen5 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.