By Jennifer Williams
With increased focus on global collaboration in our world, educators are leading the way by connecting with international classrooms. Each day in schools of the world, teachers seek out ways to share perspectives, develop meaningful relationships, and grow together as professionals. Through innovative methods of networking and connection, educators are using collaborative tools, such as Google Hangout, Twitter, Voxer, and Periscope, to engage in impactful discussions. This week, educators from around the world together will be sharing their voices in the EdCamp Global virtual conference. Recently, I had the pleasure of joining my fellow EdCamp Global planning team members, Jaime Donally and Cassie Reeder as we discussed the topic of Global Collaboration with Billy Krakower on the BAM Radio Network podcast #SatChat Radio. Together, we explored the question of how do we prepare students and teachers for global learning. With education going global, we acknowledged in our discussion that professional development also is changing, and even more so, evolving at rapid rates to allow for the open sharing of perspectives from educators of the world.
EdCamp Global, an international, 24-hour virtual “unconference” is an example of professional development that truly embodies this notion. Starting with a simple idea, EdCamp Global has quickly turned from a concept to a movement with a widespread global following. Currently, there are over 1,450 attendees registered that represent 33 countries. With over 170 sessions offered, there is something for anyone in education that may be looking to learn or share. Scheduled topics cover areas such as Apps for Learning, Digital Citizenship, Maker Movement, and Google for Education. Sessions centered on global collaboration seem to top the lists of high interest for both sharing and learning. As the mission of EdCamp always encourages participants to move freely in and out of sessions by using the “rule of two feet,” the attendees of EdCamp Global that kicks off this Friday at 8pm CTZ will definitely have to use the “rule of the mouse” to ensure that they can share their voices in all of these amazing sessions on connecting students with the world.
In efforts to “not miss a global beat,” I scanned the schedule and started noting all the sessions I could find that raise the topic of connecting students internationally. I asked a few EdCamp Global facilitators to get our “global collaboration” gears turning with some conversation previews!
Making the Case for Global Competence in Your Community
Facilitator: Heather Singmaster
Twitter Chat: #globaled
You know that to be successful in the 21st century, students need to be globally competent. But does the rest of your community agree? This session will explore ways to make the case and advocate for global education with key constituents such as parents, business, administrators, and other community members. In this Twitter chat session, participants will look together at different arguments and can share examples of what has worked – and what hasn’t!
Go Digitally Global
Facilitator: Stephan Hughes
Twitter Chat: #GoDigital
Web 2.0 tools abound inasmuch as the resistance among teachers to use them in the classroom for diverse reasons. Understanding the rationale and acquiring the mindset of a digital pedagogy will set teachers on their way to make their own edu-digital footprint so they can help their students hone their 21st-century skills. Join Stephan Hughes, an extraordinary language consultant from Rio de Janeiro for this globally connected Twitter chat! Go global, and #GoDigital!
Globally Connected Classrooms
Facilitator: Brian Host
This session, facilitated by EduHero Brian Host, will offer educators an insight into some of the best practices in connecting educators and classrooms globally. In this Google Hangout session, best teaching practices in global collaboration will be highlighted, including class blogs, reflective professional blogs, video conferencing (forms: expert in the room, author guests, virtual excursions and mystery locations), global projects, the use of social media. Brian will also be joined by Craig Kemp, Bev Ladd, Jena Ball, Marty Keltz, Brett Salakas and leading educators Sunny Thakral, Alex Le Long and Viv Hall. This "Crossing the Seven Seas" #ECG2015 session is not to miss!
Engaging Student Voice: Top Tech Tools for Global Collaboration
Facilitators: Jennifer Williams & Fran Siracusa
Twitter Chat: #GlobalLearning
Let's explore ways to collaborate globally and engage student voice with tech tools. In this fast-paced, Twitter chat session, participants will discuss how to empower students to share knowledge, experience, life passions, and individual perspectives through use of digital literacies. Qs will guide the sharing of stories of success in the classroom and will offer practical examples of digital tools and instructional practices for inspiring students to be creators of content and agents of change in the world.
Four Seasons of Collaboration
Facilitator: Billy Krakower
In this Google Hangout session, Billy Krakower, moderator of #SatChat Radio and the #SatChat Twitter chat, will facilitate a discussion on the “Four Seasons of Global Collaboration.” In this session, participants will explore different ways to connect students of the world!
Classroom Makeover: Learning Spaces that Foster Global Collaboration
Facilitator: Jennifer Williams & Fran Siracusa
Periscope Chat: @jen___williams paired with Nearpod
Interactive Periscope/Nearpod session that demonstrates the importance of using the learning space of the classroom to promote collaboration, innovation, and exploration. Five easy-to-implement ideas help to transform rooms to spaces that promote global collaboration and seamless integration of technology. Come for fun and inspiration!
Engaging Students in the Globally Connected Classroom
Facilitator: Craig Kemp
Twitter Chat: #globaled
In this one-off Twitter chat, the hour will begin with an exploration of the term “global classroom.” Over the course of the hour, participants will discuss ways to specifically connect classrooms to the world and ideas on how to use global connections to make an impactful difference in the world today. For more information on this highly anticipated ECG Twitter Chat, check out Craig’s blog post at http://mrkempnz.com/2015/07/globaled-a-one-off-twitter-chat-spectacular.html.
Listing of #ECG2015 Sessions Discussing Global Collaboration:
Full schedule: http://edcampglobal.wix.com/edcamp#!schedule/c1204 For more information or to register for #ECG2015, visit http://edcampglobal.wix.com/edcamp.
Find more not-to-miss global collaboration #ECG2015 sessions? Please email me at Jennifer@calliopeglobal.com and I will add them to our list!