Creating Global Classrooms

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Creating Global Classrooms

Let's develop ways to connect students globally to learn first hand about global realities and to integrate global issues through various curricula.

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Started by Govinda Prasad Panthy Sep 17, 2011.

Who wants to make some connections then? 3 Replies

Started by Brad Waugh. Last reply by monika Mar 31, 2010.

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Comment by Carole Robinson on February 6, 2010 at 21:32
My interest in Creating a Global classroom stems from to areas. Teaching history/civics and social sciences at the HS level creates a natural transition for my students to advance to comunicating with students in other regions concerning the issues that we are studying in global communities. As well many of my classes in Toronto are populated by recent immigrants from a variety of continents/regions of the world which are experiencing social and civil unrest, or societies which are politically/socially entirely different then they have previously known. Often the culture shock is a two way street in this situation for the students as well as the staff. I would like to have my student connect more frequently with students from other communities to share their experiences when possible.
Comment by Ivy Charyna on January 17, 2010 at 12:18
Hello from White Rock, BC ... I teach elementary school music and drama. My grade 4s have access to computers, as I teach Garageband to my students in the third term of grade 4. I would be interested in making a link to an African classroom to communicate about our Fine Arts projects.
Comment by monika on January 16, 2010 at 8:01
Here is our ning, started in Colorado, where we are seeking and making global connections.
Comment by Brad Waugh on January 12, 2010 at 7:22
Sorry, Sharon P! I just found your response here on the wall to the intro to my discussion forum topic "Who wants to make some connections then?" I know I am a year late and I am no longer in Sudan, but I can put you in touch. I am currently teaching at a school in Kinshasa and it would be even easier to put you in touch with a class here. There is also plenty of opportunity for TWB like projects here in the DR Congo. I hope to be teaming up with some colleagues for a project with a refugee school in Goma. Contact me at bwaugh(at)tasok.cd
Comment by Laura Malbogat on October 7, 2009 at 8:21
Hello to everyone, I would very much to like to get involved as I have lived overseas for 10 years, seven of them in Africa and travelled throughout Africa when I lived there. I just recently returned from Zimbabwe and know an orphanage there that I was connected to and they would be thrilled to have some outside connections. I am now a full time educational consultant working both in Montreal and abroad. I am also teaching at Mcgill and could spread the word of this project there. I have a lot of contacts abroad and so if anyone wants help in that area, just let me know.
Laura
Comment by Mirjan Krstovic on March 23, 2009 at 21:09
I teach General Science to Grades 9 and 10, as well as Grade 11 and 12 Chemistry. This is my fifth year of teaching and I am just starting to get involved with TWB; Thank yo for sharing your experiences from Kenya and for suggesting OLPC initiative as well as Project Kenya Sister Schools. I am feeling the need to belong to a group of educators who are interested in global education initiatives. Last summer I visited a couple of schools (both elementary and high school) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovia, which was ravaged by war in 1992 to 1996. The principal of one of the vocational high schools gave me a tour and I immediately noticed the need for better facilities and equipment, especially computers. What was interesting to see was that another high school, not too far from the one I visited, had far more advanced facilities. The difference was the school that I visited was on the Serbian side of the city, while the more equipped school was on the Bosnian side of the city. It toured a couple of more schools on the Serbian side of the city (East Sarajevo) and sure enough there was a patter in terms of how inadequately equipped these schools were. The politics are partly to blame for such an educational divide in that country. We would not accept such a divide in North America (at least I hope we wouldn't). Anyways, I have been motivated since last summer to do something - Four years ago I worked for three months in Cairo as a summer science instructor. Although I was at a prestigious American college, there was nothing to stop me from visiting public schools, talking to locals and developing a real sense of what education is like for the children of Cairo - and it wasn't a pretty site! Unless you had money, and could afford a private English/American school, your children would not receive the quality of education that one would hope and want for their kids. Again, the economic and political corruption is to blame for the lack of adequate funding to schools (and teachers) in Egypt's public education. It is unlikely that we will completely change and suddenly reform the public education in every developing country, but wan make difference: one school, one community, one country at a time...
Comment by Sharon Peters on March 23, 2009 at 17:58
I don't "keep up" with the wikis (big grin)... when a class has ended I like to keep the wiki up so I can show it off in presentations. I also use wikis to document my presentations at conferences - they have become my own portfolio of work.
It would be a mistake to assume that every community in the developing nations is at the same stage of needing the basics of food and water. I was very surprised when we were in Kenya last summer to be asked by so very very many teachers and admins if we could teach computer skills. They are twitching to become part of the world wide web. Make no mistake about that! Internet, to me, after food/water and medical aid is a necessity in order for those in the developing nations to have access to the same kind of education that we have in the developed nations.
Have you seen the OLPC initiative? I am a big fan!
Also, you should know about Project Kenya Sister Schools - an NGO that we have worked with in Kenya - matching Canadian schools to Kenyan schools. Some of those partnerships involve online communication. Some of our TWB members are involved in this initiative with schools in Kenya: http://rafikilink.blogspot.com/
So, you see, these are do-able projects - we just need to be able to support them! Kenyan students are longing to meet Canadian students!
I teach high school English and computer studies (digital literacy skills). This year we are using blogs, wikis, voicethreads and social networking sites to support our learning - and I am having a ball with it!
How about you, Mirjan?
Comment by Mirjan Krstovic on March 23, 2009 at 17:26
Sharon,

Thank you so much for your comments, and for the suggestions! I just started using the wikis this year, and the involvement has significantly increases. Kids just love to be content creators!
You're right about the 'have nots' parts of the world - it would be much harder for them to access to internet, and definitely additional funds would have to be provided to support this; however, I think that the priority for the third world countries many not be on wikis and virtual communities - there are many more pressing needs of developing education communities!
What do you teach Sharon? It's amazing that you belong to over 150 wikis??? how do you keep up with that?
Comment by Sharon Peters on March 22, 2009 at 22:07
Hi Mirjan, I think some people would accuse me of being addicted to wikis! I have been using them for about 3 years now, with my students, and as a way of collaborating with other teachers and storing content. My favourite wiki is wikispaces (last count, I belong to over 150!).
Having had a fairly significant deal of experience with global online projects, I can say that the idea of a "virtual classroom" is great for the schools in the "haves" part of the world, and much more difficult in the "have nots" part of the world. Access to connected machines is critical to the success of this kind of project. If one is seriously considering this kind of project with a "have not" region, I think it is imperative to consider supporting it with providing the funds to gain the Internet access (relatively expensive in many parts of Africa, for example) and to perhaps support an education worker in the community who would help facilitate the partnership through ICT support and training. This is presuming there are even connected computers to be used for students to communicate!
Mirjan, you might want to join this social network - http://globaleducation.ning.com/ It is chock full of educators from around the world who are already engaged in many exchanges and are looking for partners. We have a solid relationship with the folks who have created that social network and they have been out there promoting TWB as well.
Comment by Mirjan Krstovic on March 22, 2009 at 21:55
HI Everyone!!!
Do anyone have an education Wiki? This year I started my own Chemistry Wiki through wetpaint.com! It's been a fantastic experience for my students and they are becoming more and more engaging in my virtual classroom. If you are new to Wiki's, it's really easy to start one! It is an absolutely fantastic addition to your already existing classroom community! It would be great to have my students in Ontario work on a project with students somewhere else on this globe, and what better way than through a virtual classroom! Any thoughts?
 

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