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Global Judging for German school of Madi Gras Event

Although I have been involved in many special and almost unbelievable global projects and events for many years now, and feel that nothing would surprise me anymore, last night’s experience, organised by Reinhard Marx and online teaching colleague from Germany,  did amaze me.

It was the start of Mardi Gras in Germany and students were encouraged to attend school in costume. In the weeks prior to this event, Reinhard sought global support for teachers and classes across the world to join three classes, view the German students in costume, watch them act out what they were wearing and vote on a shared google sheet. Teachers and classes registered on another shared google sheet and at least 5 or 6 registered as judges for each group.

I helped judge the third group together with students and teachers from France, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia and Hungary.  It was 8pm my time so I was without students.

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How it looked:

  • Participants were given a link to a google document with the rules and procedures clearly explained and links to the voting sheets  in google sheet
  • One day prior we were given the option to test the connections, audio and video
  • Google hangouts was chosen to connect us all
  • The same link was used for each of the three German classes.
  • Even though the class may not have been in the room, the webcam was on the empty classroom, so that we could see when the students walked in and know that we were in the right place. The back of the room featured flags from across the world.
  • I entered 20 mins early to make sure I could logon and was surprised to see so many other judges/classes in the room already. Some were a little confused over the times and when it was going to star (one of my biggest challenges is time zones).  We were able to introduce ourselves and get to know each other through the chat.
  • Reinhard and his class entered at the appointed time. Students were obviously dressed in costumes, some hired, some made at home.
  • Students came up one at a time to the webcam, showed their costume, tried to act out in costume and answer any questions. There was a wide variety of costumes – a police girl, Snow White, a zebra, a Unicorn, a martial arts person etc Some were too shy to come up to the webcamera.
  • As they finished, the global judges would add their votes to the online voting sheet.

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What a wonderful innovative global event. We all had a great time and the chat was to support those when they did not understand. Great work, Reinhard and thanks for organising the event.

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Going Global can be Local!

Many think that for global education, educators need to connect, communicate and collaborate with others overseas. However, within many of our local communities there is opportunity for cultural exposure and immersion. Here is one great example!

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Several weeks ago, I was approached by an innovative Victorian Teacher Meli Panagiotidis from Kurunjang Secondary College. She was interested in bringing in other classes virtually to share their amazing day of cultural activities that she had organised for her school -Cultural Diversity Celebrations. Her ideas were to bring in an Asian and an Australian class(es) and wondered about making connections with someone in Asia and the best tool to use.

My suggestion  was skype – for ease of use, comfort and widespread acceptance. To find Asian partners I suggested an amazing school in India, but unfortunately the times did not work. I offered a class from our school.

Prior to the Cultural Diversity Celebrations

  • Meli’s technology teacher installed skype, created a user id for the school and added me as a contact.
  • We tested the connections but it was dark in the initial position within the stadium where the celebrations were to be held.  The connecting laptop had to be moved around until the lighting improved.
  • We were to be projected up on to 2 big screens above the performers.

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On the Day

A selection of Year 7 students came into the computer lab at 9:30am. We logged onto skype through my id, and once more tested the sound, visuals etc. The lighting was ideal and the sound was good. Students were reminded quite firmly of appropriate positioning, behaviour and good netiquette. We were introduced to the principal prior to the formalities. The Minister for Education was an invited guest.

Unfortunately, as the proceedings commenced, we faced some technical difficulties – the internet fell over at Kurunjang Secondary College. That rectified as the Minister was speaking. Then I pushed my laptop off button twice trying to get speakers setup for our sound! However, things then ran smoothly but we lost their sound somehow. My students had to experience what deaf people, do – visuals with no sound. However the students were highly engaged as the performers were often colourfully dressed, danced and used highly visual body motions. Each performance was of approx 10 mins. I gave students the option to return to their class but they were happy to stay. We saw the choirs, watched the Japanese Taiko Drummers, the Aboriginal Entertainment Experience, Indonesian and the Indian Cultural Performance.

Further activities included Cultural Performances from Italy, Africa, Macedonia, Chile, Bhutan, Samoa finishing with local primary schools choirs singing “We Are One”.

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Students are asking whether we could do something similar in our school. This is a difficult call due to our geographical and cultural isolation but I wonder….. We nearly always go global but could we go local?

Some Global Days that would be great to celebrate cultures are:

  1. Cultural Diversity Day  21st May, 2016
  2. World Harmony Day 21st March, 2016
  3. International Friendship Day  July 30th, 2016

Learning Adventures in the Connected Early Years Classroom

Today, I presented at the Future Schools Conference in Sydney on the topic of Learning Adventures in the Connected Early Years Classroom. See my presentation below:-

An online resource google document was shared so that most of my links and resources could be accessed after the conference. The presentation shared my adventures with my

  1. prep/year one ICT class when there were no ICT learning standards for this age group in Victoria
  2. my experiences with my older students collaborating, connecting and creating with prep-2 age groups from both Australia and across the globe.

Draft ISTE standards student standards learning standards include the following:

  • the global collaborator
  • creative communicator/creative learner/creator and communicator
  • digital citizen

Part of the presentation explored how people safely use common information systems with a discussion on avatars, privacy, plaguarism etc.

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Global Collaboration Day

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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 17thGlobal 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:

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?

More posts at

  1.  Join the Celebration for Global Education
  2. All Invited to Global Education Day
  3. Making the Impossible, Possible

The World is My Classroom

Bob Greenberg invited a number of participants at ISTE 2015 to be videoed for his series called The Brainwaves Video Anthology. He produces this series and interviews ‘the thinkers, dreamers and innovators’ of education.

Please check out some of the amazing people he has captured in video. (Not sure how or why I fit in with many of these!! But was certainly proud to be part of the series.)

The instructions were to speak for 5 mins on a topic that I am passionate about in relation to education. It is not so easy to speak off the cuff and fortunately, the editing software removed my coughing fits, and many of my umms and aaahhs.! Below is the video.

Some other interviewed guests at ISTE involve the following. These people have similar interests and passions re global education

  1. Michael Soskil  Global Service Learning
  2. David Potter Make Learning Global
  3. Michael Graffin The Global Education Project
  4. Brandon Wiley Global Education
  5. David Young Global Education for All

Global Communication – Global Etiquette

Participating in a number of global ISTE PLN sessions and meetings has made me even more aware of the nature of appropriate communication when connecting with the world. Discussions took place around the timing of certain events and the words ‘in the fall’ were used. Julie Lindsay  reminded us that we were not to refer to seasons but rather use months.

Appropriate etiquette that needs to be considered includes:

  • seasons eg  as countries experience different seasons wet/dry; summer/autumn/winter/spring, some use different names eg fall/autumn and are hemisphere dependent.
  • certain festival times of years eg Christmas (as many celebrate different festivals. Russian and Greek orthodox celebrate it at different times, other cultures/religions do not celebrate it at all), New Year (which one? – English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Nepal as these all celebrate different times for New Year and will have different calendar months)
  • Time clock – use a global time reference eg gmt +10 or utc +10 and not a local or national time for global connections

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  • Acronyms – should not be used or if they are need to be explained in full as only local citizens will know what they mean.
  • If there is no common language, then other forms of communication should be considered eg miming, music, images, sounds, lots of body language, translator etc

What have I forgotten? What would you add in here?

Global Education Conference 2014

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Technology allows us to take learning beyond the textbook and enables global education to take place on a scale previously unheard of. The global education conference is a wonderful way to learn about the world from the world and with the world. It is an amazing conference that brings all corners of the world together and makes so many connections possible.
If you are involved in global education, we would love you to consider presenting. There is still time to submit proposals for this exciting conference but please ensure it has a global education element. Final submissions have to be in by November 1st.

You can read more from any of the following flyers that may be of interest to you. Please note that we are looking for more student presenters.

Make sure you mark these dates on your calendar and set aside some time to participate in one or another – presenting, moderating or simply participating. Hope to see you there!