One really important step in innovation (which for me has been global connections/collaboration) is celebrating the projects in some form.
Why I feel this is important:-
- it is engaging and motivating for the participants
- promotes the projects and innovation to others
- sparks interest and extends the innovation beyond the immediate classrooms or participants involved.
- It is vital to keep parents and the wider community informed and involved.
- Enables reflection
- This is the seventh step in flattening classrooms for the Flat Classroom Projects .
How does our school celebrate these projects?
- Clocks are hung on the wall above our office, displaying the times of countries that we connect with. This is a great talking point with visitors to our school and gives us a chance to share our exciting global work.
- Flags are hung proudly from the rafters in the library of the countries we connect with – a bright addition to our school space and another talking point for visitors.
- Displays on walls in the computer room and general classrooms. Smaller flags are displayed on the cupboard in the computer room.
- Involvement in the Flat Classroom Projects culminating in student summits, where students put together a summary slide of their learning in MS Powerpoint. A webinar room is booked, the summit promoted globally and students go LIVE with their presentation at an appointed time, despite student nerves etc The students currently involved in the projects will complete their summits within the next month.
- articles in our community newsletter
- posts on the teacher, class and school blogs
- special celebrations that involve as many as possible eg Lunch with an authorwhere parents, teachers and students were invited to bring food to share for the videoconference linkup with Christopher Herz who virtually presented a copy of his latest novel.
- creating a special website that is globally accessible eg Global Storytelling and features student work. (I also love the World Friends project site which has been created by Professor Yoshiro Miyata.)
- Tweet it out!
How do you celebrate global projects? What ideas could you add to the above to spread the innovation and projects further? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or add a comment below.