Students (and educators) need to be able to share ideas, and appreciate the similarities and differences in space, place, culture and styles of learning across the globe. As our world becomes increasingly global through consumerism, an international workforce, digital and social media, gameing etc, it is essential that our classrooms become global. Our students are the future problem solvers of world-wide challenges. Global collaboration allows empathy and understanding to develop.
An exciting and unique event is planned for Thursday September 17th – Global Collaboration Day #globaled15 This day is organised by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, the co-founders of the Global Education Conference. The main purpose of this unique event is to demonstrate the amazing power of connectivity between classrooms, schools, universities and organisations. This enables learning to take place beyond the textbook and into the real world of people who live, work and breathe there. The physical barriers of oceans, hemispheres, time zones, cost, effort and classroom doors are no longer a hindrance to learning in synchronous or asynchronous time.
A day across the world actually spans 48 hours from the time that the first country enters the 17th September till the last country exits. 185+ schools and organisations are offering events, from across 34 countries with more than 80 projects listed. The numbers are increasing on a daily basis. Educators, classes and organisations are hosting the events using a wide variety of tools that are available for synchronous or asynchronous collaborations. The majority of these tools are free and user friendly across all cultures, languages and countries.
There are twitter chats – some multilingual, webinars, global project launches, simple and complex connections between classes in different countries, padlets for collaboration, skype linkups, google hangouts, periscope live streaming of classes and so much more..
Some interesting event titles include: Soundscapes from around the world, Cultural Collaboration, Recess around the World, Global Journeys to School, Getting to Know Each Other Around the World, So Different and So Similar, UNICEF Live! Wash, A Global Education Gateway (from Beirut), The World’s Largest Global Education Collaboration and Challenge and much, much more. See the full listings of events or view the calendar for your time zone..
Some events that I will help administer and moderate include:
- twitter chats ISTE Global PLN – Twitter Chats 101
- slow multilingual twitter chats with #skype2learn: “Learning with the World” and #globalgamechat Global Game Chat with ISTE’s Games and Simulations Network, Global Collaboration Network and Mobile Learning Network.
- Tech Talk Tuesday (goes Thursday) webinar Best Approaches to Global Collaboration
- Let’s Talk About Collaborating Globally – a chat about how to start, what to do and the benefits of including global collaboration in our classes between five educators across the world. Organised by Maria Colussa
- The World’s Largest Global Education Collaboration and Challenge
Join in and collaborate on a global scale that may change the face of learning, and possibly humanity, as it is currently known! Don’t miss being involved in some way with Global Collaboration Day.
What are you organising? What will you get involved in? What are your thoughts on this unique day?
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