Doors to Diplomacy - Global SchoolNet


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This competition is sponsored by the US Department of State to recognize the student-created Global SchoolNet Web project that best teaches others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Enjoy your virtual journey around the world as you unlock the Doors to Diplomacy!

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    CalWeb participants... teachers and students... are chronicling a story of California not usually found in school textbooks.
    CalWeb encourages partnerships which benefit both the schools and communities.
    CalWeb participants add valuable “new” information to the body of “knowledge” related to California.
    the Internet is a great equalizer by enabling good ideas to have access to the marketplace of ideas regardless of the status or resources of their source.
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  • Telling the Kids That the World Is Flat
    I started thinking about the best way to "Tell the Kids"  that the World is Flat.  Then memories came flying back of a group of of kids who figured it out while Thomas Friedman was "sleeping".  For almost 10 years  (1995-2005) I've coached students in creating community web sites as part of International Cyberfair sponsored by Global School House.  Each year, they became more and more aware of the flattening of the world.  Part of the process is for participating students to conduct peer reviews of 6 other sites.  Most of the sites were NOT from the United States.  Year after year, the bar was raised by students from around the world as the winning entries were chosen -- and each year my students became less and less satisfied with placing 2nd  as a Finalist in this International Competition.   In  the early Fall of 2001, they said to me ,  "Ms. deLaBruere... when are we going to start working on CyberFair this year... those 9 year old kids from Taiwan that beat us last year have probably already started their project". (note: my students were in grades 9 - 12 and didn't like being beat out by 9 year olds)   Their insight about what it was like to participate on a level playing field paid off, as the First Place Winners were announced and a group of young people from a small rural town in Vermont walked away with a Platinum Win in an International Competition. 
    (Watch Video of the Kids who Figured out that the World is Flat in 2001)
    So my challenge is to figure out how to tell more kids.  I do think that getting them involved in more Global Projects is an effective way to do that.  Global School House offers many such projects.
    The crux of the book is that over the Twentieth Century, the world began to go from vertical, heirarchical structure to a horizontalization. Love that word, horizontalization. Things flattened out. As a meritocrat, I love this, because it means that instead of looking to solve a problem within a vertical silo, you look outward to who has the skills. Brain power is everywhere. Brain power is global. This flattening has 10 factors, as seen in the graphics. The Berlin Wall falling (#1) broke down proverbial walls and opened eyes. Netscape going public (#2) and the software revolution in the 90's (#3) connected software and connected people. It was this connecting that facilitated collaboration and factors #4-9 were collaborative extensions of that. The "Steroids" (#10) of VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and Wireless have just started, but have already changed the way we communicate.
    The epilogue for me personally, is that graphic facilitation work is the work of a "good collaborator" as seen in the lower right corner. As facilitators with groups, we are reflecting the conversation of the whole group, horizontally, not just the bosses vertically. We encourage and fuel collaboration by creating the image of a group, project, solution as a whole, including all people. We sort out the pieces of a conversation, organizing and bringing clarity. Onward to more communication, collaboration and horizontalization -
    Hold on, there's another epilogue! In July, I got an email from a woman, Joanna, who was the editor of Commonwealth magazine in Taiwan. They were running a story about Friedman's book and wanted to run the graphic facilitation above with the article.
    Sure, why not? We had an easy time negotiating, contracting and sending the files. She was a great client paying on time, sending samples, perfectly pleasant to work with. Our only small snag was the international dialing codes back and forth between the US and Taiwan. Very minor snag.
    August the image found 50,000 pairs of eyes in the heads of Taiwanese businesspeople.
    Of course the moral of the story or the punchline to this is that it perfectly illustrated the point of the book. The world is very flat when a drawing I made in my 450 square foot apartment reaches 50,000 magazine readers on the other side of the world. And that the drawing still communicates.
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    CyberFair is a program we developed 6 years ago
    There are regional and national CyberFairs
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  • Doors to Diplomacy - Global SchoolNet

    1. 1. Doors to Diplomacy Educating Youth to be Responsible World Citizens International Education Week 2010 Dr. Yvonne Marie Andrés Executive Director & Co-Founder Global SchoolNet
    2. 2. GSN provides online collaborative learning experiences that prepare youth for the workforce and help them to become literate and responsible global citizens. Started in 1981 by teachers
    3. 3. Global SchoolNet
    4. 4. Flat Totally plugged in citizens of a worldwide community!
    5. 5. Always Connected Tools  Web  iPod  iPad  Tivo  PDA  GPS  Cell phone  Wireless
    6. 6. Doors to Diplomacy Compelling Purpose: Encourage middle school and high school students around the world to produce web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy 2011
    7. 7. D2D Competition and Exhibition: Four Components  Collaborative Research Project: teams consist of 2-4 students and 1-2 adult "coaches;" research conducted both online and offline; findings are assembled to publish an educational web project; bibliography is required  Project Narrative: a reflective explanation telling how the project was organized (challenges overcome, content standards, etc.)   Peer Review Process: teams evaluate other projects, using a web-based rubric.  Learn more  Awards:  $2,000 scholarships for students, $500 cash award for coaches’ schools.
    8. 8. Eight Content Categories Discussion Questions, Starter Activities, Resources, Project Examples
    9. 9. Lesson Starters
    10. 10. Learning Management How Projects are Organized  Assemble team members and key players  Review past projects for ideas  Select a category and determine a topic  Assign jobs (writing, art, technical, etc.)  Create a timeline and project plan  Determine resources and assess risks  Conduct research, organize information  Tell the story (web, blog, podcast, video)  Document experience in the Project Narrative
    11. 11. Educational Impact  Engages students: increases 21 Century literacy, real world applications, workforce transferable skills  Improves Writing, Communications and Critical thinking skills  Employs collaborative learning through Problem-Based and Project-Based Environment  Active learning and reflections through Project Narratives  Sharing and accountability through Peer Evaluation  Uses Internet Publishing to document off-line research  Provides tangible Evidence of student learning
    12. 12. How to Participate  Coach one or more teams  Volunteer as a Project Reviewer  Explore and use activities from eight content units  Review the resource library of completed projects  Conduct a regional workshop  Become a local regional affiliate Partner
    13. 13. D2D Sample Topics
    14. 14. D2D Sample Topics
    15. 15. Videos and Lessons
    16. 16. History of Diplomacy Order your free copy from
    17. 17. Sports and Diplomacy Order your free copy from Prepare for the 2012 Olympics!
    18. 18. US Diplomacy Center
    19. 19. 5 Ways to Learn More 1. Become a Member of Global SchoolNet 2. View the videos in the Collaborative Learning Playlist 3. Visit the Projects Registry and browse through the many collaborative projects 4. Join the Hilites news list to receive announcements about new collaboration opportunities 5. Volunteer to be a CyberFair or Doors to Diplomacy project reviewer
    20. 20. Questions? Join the iPoPPulation! Sign up online to receive our monthly newsletter and partner giveaways! Thanks for listening!
    21. 21. Technology & Learning Magazine Salute to Innovation FrEdMail - Innovative people, products and initiatives that shaped the Al Rogers - 1987 Yvonne Andres -1990
    22. 22. Global SchoolNet Content-Driven Collaborative Learning Global SchoolNet Content-Driven Collaborative Learning