Flattening the Globe: Resources and Ideas for Teachers with Global Project Potential

On Tuesday, November 13th at 4 PM EST I will be presenting “Flattening the Globe: Resources and Ideas for Teachers with Global Project Potential for Global Ed Con.  “The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.” (GEC Mission Statement, 2012)

Global Ed Con will happen around the clock beginning November 12th through the 16th, 2012.  The conference is free and entirely online through Blackboard Collaborative.  A complete schedule for the conference and upcoming sessions is listed here.

The session that I will be presenting will focus on Setting Up a Global Project in Your Classroom: Where to Start and What to Think About. The session will offer resources where to make global connections with other schools and organizations, ideas to think about in setting up a global project, and how to help create a global project that unites young people around the world. I will discuss a global project that is being established for the upcoming spring between a Japanese School and my middle school in suburban New York.  In addition, I will offer project ideas, necessary technologies needed, and resources for starting your own global project. The session will introduce different global projects that teachers can create and do with their students in any content area.  I will share  past projects students completed that teachers can model in their classrooms.  If teachers truly want to help prepare students for the future than what we do in our classroom should reflect this.  Students need opportunities to interact with one another, in addition to within their communities as well as globally.  Students need ample opportunities to create and share using technology and digital media.  This workshop will address how teachers can help students extend and apply knowledge in diverse and creative ways.

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