Beyond the classroom walls: Going global with your students
“To be the best teacher in the world, you have to collaborate globally,” said Vicki Davis, co-author of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds at the Global Education Day at ISTE.
Vicki Davis presents on Building Engaged, Online Communities for Collaboration
The Global Education Day is a three hour event filled with a mix of short presentations and roundtable discussions about resources and issues in global education. Put on by the Global Education Conference Network, who seeks “to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems.”
The event served to gather educators and share classroom projects, resources and materials to help them connect to classrooms around the world. Global collaboration teaches students, staff and schools about other cultures from around the world and open up new perspectives other than their own.
“It’s not about technology, it’s about how you relate to other people,” said Davis. Stressing that increasing global awareness for students is about developing relationships, she recommends technology takes a supporting role. “It’s not about 21st Century Skills, it’s about 21st Century connections.”
At the end of the day, students working with other students around the world makes them happy! Lisa Parisi’s (co-founder of Our Global Friendships Wiki) students collaborated with all their global friends to make this happy video.
Dancing Around the World Video
By Lisa Parisi, co-founder of Our Global Friendships Wiki
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