Archives For July 2015

The Leaders

Thank you Lucy Gray, Steve Hargadon and your colleagues for organizing this event. I suspect that Julie Lindsay also helped out, so thank you goes to you too Lindsay!

The Resources

A google doc (here) includes all the links for this event as well as a schedule for the day.  Julie Lindsay’s soon-to-be-published ISTE book on Global Education is another resource to look out for. 

The People

Thank you to these people for pushing my thinking.

The Day

This was my first visit to any kind of Global Education event.  The day alternated between ignite talks and round table discussions. I have organized my notes to share some highlights from the day.  You’ll get some quotes and key points from the ignite talks and round table discussions that resonated for me. I hope you enjoy them too.

Opening Ignites

David Young is the president of VIF International Education who co-organized and co-sponsored the event.

His message was that Global Education should be for all students. He would like to see more people engaging in global education. He believes it should be integrated throughout the grades and curriculum.  Key points from his talk were:

  • Very few students have the opportunity to engage in global education despite the desire from the world of work to have workers that are globally engaged, aware and active.
  • Global education should not be an add-on, it should be the lense through which we teach and learn everything at school.
  • All teachers should teach from a global perspective.
  • Technology allows us to bring global education to all.
  • Digital badging can provide acknowledgement of skills developed in this space.

Lisa Parisi‘s ignite included these gems:

  • “At first it was about the technology, then it became about collaboration and globalization.”
  • “It is impossible to ignore the global issues we face each day.”
  • “People study in schools about animals, climate and other things from other countries but almost never about the people.”

Round Table Conversation

Topic:Design discussion: How to design authentic global collaboration across the curriculum. Includes the new ‘norms of global

Leader: Julie Lindsay

How do you support discussions between students from classrooms all over the world? Do you communicate asynchronously and synchronously. Do you have teacher directed conversations or less structured time for kids to be kids and just talk? Perhaps not surprisingly, the experienced people in this group believe that a balance of approaches is ideal.  Due to time zone challenges, sometimes a synchronous conversation is not possible. Some teachers would have evening events at their school with students and families to Skype or Google Hangout with other classrooms. I thought this was a clever solution.  As for the conversations, students need some unstructured time to be themselves and let a bond develop. However, participants in the discussion warned that you need to get past the “I like pizza, you like pizza” type discussion and into deeper topics.

Near the end of the time together, people talked about Student Personal Learning Networks. “Who do you have in your online network that you don’t see everyday?” Is a question Julie Lindsay thinks all students should be able to answer.

Terry Godwaldt from The Center for Global Education and Bob LaRocca from Primary Source were also part of this round table. These are new-to-me people with new-to-me organizations. Later in the day Terry talked about Taking It Global.

Near the end of the hour together, Julie talked about A Day in the Life.  She says she puts students into a virtual classroom for synchronous communication. But also has students connecting asynchronously through various blogging and social media services. I love how she said: “It all works, *just*.”  Time zones are a challenge, probably the biggest.

Someone in the group asked where to get in touch with people to get started. Here is what people shared:

Global School Network

IVEACA International Virtual Schooling

Flat Connections

Global Education Conference

Global Educator’s Network

Taking It Global

Cultural Relay Fitness for young girls!

Eyes Wide Open shared by Deb Schiano

International Education Resource Network IEARN


Julie Lindsay’s ignite was titled “Putting the Global into Online Collaboration.” She has lived and worked in six different countries. She is global, and yet, she has a dilemma with the term. Her supervisors for her doctoral program told her to drop the word ‘global’ from her dissertation. So, she has been thinking about what global really means. Is the use of the word ‘global’ acceptable, necessary or redundant when talking about learning online. Great question.

Favourite Quotes and thought bites:

  • What does the word ‘global’ add to online learning.
  • Is ‘global’ a mirage?
  • What happens when we put ‘global’ into online collaboration? What is different? Is there a new understanding of time differences, cultural and daily life?
  • Global is all-embracing and covering the entire world.
  • ‘Global’ and affirmative action.

Julie proclaims that the ‘Global’ in ‘Online Global Collaboration’ is not redundant.

Then, she got ground level and practical by outlining the  Norms of Online Global Collaboration:

  1. Being prepared to connect and communicate.
  2. Having a purpose shared outcomes.
  3. Paraphrase use clear common language.
  4. Perceive: ask for help and share knowledge.
  5. Participate and be visible online.
  6. Positive and encouraged DC, build empathy, assume best intentions.
  7. Produce. Productively co-create and encourage learners to compare, contrast and create.
  8. Be open to the potential and  serendipitous learning that will happen if you let it.

Up next was Amy Shaffer from Connected World. She is intelligent and also quite darling.  Her slides are here. “Do you consider yourself as a creator?” she asked right off the top. She believes that when you bush buttons and see things happen, that we then build faith in the world around us. She uses doorknobs as an example. The doorknob is a button you bush everyday, and it works every time. So you trust that it works.  This is the idea behind The Wonderment. “It’s a space that gives kids that button to push” she says.  A sense of belonging is important in working to make change. And this is the ethos behind The Wonderment.

Screenshot of The Wonderment Website

Amy Shaffer wants to give kids a way to actively engage in their own world at their level.  More great quotes from Amy:

  • You can’t leave behind the possibility for genuine human interactions.
  • The world is waiting and wanting to hear from our students.
  • Education without action is like food without exercise.


Round Table Conversation

Topic: Beyond Mystery Location Calls

Leader: Billy Krakower (Who brought his own power cord!)

  • Pro tip: Use TouchCast to practice Mystery Skype. Use a green screen to upload a different picture so it appears that you are coming from another country.
  • When mystery Skyping, have students keep the same job for 3 times.
  • Skype around the world in two hours.
  • If time difference is a challenge have the Skype at night and make it an event with parents!
  • Link to check out Sharks for Kids

Friends I was delighted to see:

Jen Roberts, Andrea Singer, Jon Samuelson, Jackie Gerstein, Monica Burns,

New connections and First Face2Face Meetings:

Tweeps: Dave Potter, Kristen Downey, Bob LaRocca, Amy Shaffer,

F2F Meet up: Scott BedleyLouise MorganGallit Zvi, Robyn ThiessenTerry Godwaldt