Monthly Archives: November 2012

Some of the good human qualities shown by security cameras around the world.

via @gcouros

Launching a Virtual Book Club

I love this book and I love these people and organizations. Reading this together will change your teaching and tech capabilities, as well as and increase your PLN.

The Global Classroom Project

Since I first responded to a tweet from @mgraffin about joining a global project, I have become a vocal advocate of connecting teachers and classrooms. Thank you so much to Global Classroom Project for inspiration and a place to connect and contribute.

I am giddy with excitement about a new opportunity to connect educators and get more inspiration for expanding global projects. I will be hosting a Virtual Book Club discussing the fantastic book Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time by Julie Lindsay and Vicki A. Davis. The book club was announced last Sunday night in my school division and I am thrilled that we already have thirteen teachers signed up! Even better, we have teachers from across our school division and from all different grade levels. It is a wonderful thing when already busy teachers find time in their lives to discuss…

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Wow. “We are here to add what we can to, not get what we can from life.”


“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.  And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truly great leaders understand that leadership is not a right or an entitlement.  Leadership is a privilege…a privilege to serve others.  A tremendous responsibility and calling that should not be taken lightly.  As Sir William Osler asserts…“We are here to add what we can to, not get what we can from life.”

Yet, we live in an age, where in many ways, servant leadership and service to others is a dying calling.  Altruistic leaders who place the needs of their people and organizations they lead above their own wants and needs are not in abundance.  Misplaced priorities of our modern day society and the state of many of our…

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Global Education Conference Ended Today

Running five days straight, 24 hours a day…the 2012 Global Education Conference ended today. For the third year, this conference was an amazing orchestration of hundreds of professionals working together, generously sharing their talents in countless ways.  The roads have been paved in global education, and they are now well-marked and mapped out. What a great example of how we as educators can go beyond country borders, time zones, language barriers and political divisions…and all pull together as professionals wanting the best for our students and for our world.

All of the sessions are archived here, so be sure to check out what you missed.

I had the opportunity to present again this year with some of the best global educators from around the world. If you’re interested in the recordings of those sessions, the links are below.  They will load after clicking on the downloaded file for Blackboard Collaborate.

Using Digital and Global Citizenship to Create a Safe and Successful Global Project  Monday   Recording of this session can be found here.

Collaborative Projects and the Common Core State Standards  Wednesday Recording of Session can be found here.

Using Data to Make Sense of the World: a collaborative project with eight schools worldwide  Thursday Recording of the session can be found here.

Hats off those making this years conference another example of what is possible when we all pull together!

What a great idea!

The Global Classroom Project

This year, we’re doing something different. We’re working to build better connections & participation in the #globalclassroom community through the launch of “The Handshake Space” for K-3, 4-6, and 7-12.

What is it? 

For those unfamiliar with the concept, a “digital handshake” is an opportunity for teachers and students to join our online project spaces (find out more here) andintroduce themselves to the community.

Traditionally, these handshakes feature individual students or whole classes; however, in Global Classroom 2012-13, we are experimenting with a mix of classroom AND individual teacher handshakes.

We regard this as an essential ‘first step’ for successful engagement in our global projects. (Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds)

How can I get involved? 

The #globalclassroom handshake has three distinct parts. Teachers and students are welcome to contribute to one, or all components.

1) The introductory voicethread.

Teachers, we hope you will take this opportunity to…

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All things Common Core: Engaging Educators and Darren Burris

Engaging Educator’s Radio met with special guest Darren Burris, educator and Common Core curator extraordinaire, to discuss all things CC. I missed it but was grateful I had the opportunity to listen to the recording.

Information about the Common Core is coming at us from all directions, and what Burris is doing to curate all of this, showing all sides of the Common Core including critiques and concerns, has been impressive. The combination of Engaging Educators and Darren Burris is not matched in their handle on the CC in all of its facets.

Burris hopes that more eyes on the standards and assessments will broaden their application.   Go listen to the recording if you have any interest in the Common Core. There is no reason any of us should be creating CC content in isolation. This is an incredible example of educators collaborating on the most significant shift in our careers.  We can all not only follow along, but play a significant role in this change.

You can find Darren Burris at @dgburris on twitter and at: 

Engaging Educators are @engaginged on twitter and at:

Professional Generosity at its Finest: The 2012 Global Education Conference

* All of the sessions are archived here, so be sure to check out what you missed!

It’s right around the corner! The 2012 Global Education Conference is free to anyone in any corner of the planet with access to a computer…from the most remote villages to the most populated cities, and everywhere in-between. It will run 24 hours a day, next week: Monday, November 12 through Friday, November 16, 2012.

This is professional generosity at its finest. Bringing educators and innovators from around the globe together to create a weeklong conference where anyone can go to share, learn and connect. There are so many different sessions available, so click on your time zone here and see what’s happening.

I have the opportunity to present again this year with some of the best global educators from around the world. If you get a chance, check the sessions out, they are listed below. The links will be posted for the meeting room prior to each session.

Using Digital and Global Citizenship to Create a Safe and Successful Global Project Recording of this session can be found here. It will open in another window.

Collaborative Projects and the Common Core State Standards Wednesday, Recording of Session can be found here. It will load in another window.

Using Data to Make Sense of the World: a collaborative project with eight schools worldwide Thursday, November 15, Recording of the session can be found here.

This conference is possible with the support of iEARN worldwide as the conference founding sponsor. iEARN will be running their annual international conference in conjunction with this event. This also couldn’t be accomplished without the support of hundreds of educators, moderators, tweeters, bloggers, editors, writers, global education enthusiasts, and many others…all in a magnificent display of professional generosity.

I discussed my strongly held belief in professional generosity in a prior post here and for iEARN-USA. I’m proud to work in a profession that lives that.

Global Read Aloud 2012, what a success!

Several classes in our school participated in the 2012 Global Read Aloud with almost 30,000 students, more than 800 different teachers and 6 continents represented. We read the One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. The author graciously agreed to answer some of our many questions that we had about the book.

Hurricane Sandy: students up-close and real

In a former post, I talked about Natural Disasters and Us, a collaborative project we are doing designed for students to learn about geography and land features through real events.  We are working with Denton Ave School in Long Island, New York.  It’s been wonderful working with Lisa Parisi, author of Making Connections with Blogging, but neither one of us could have imagined how incredible this opportunity would be. Right in the middle of the project, one of the biggest natural disasters in the USA struck their area. We were finally able to connect our classrooms yesterday through Skype for the first time since Hurricane Sandy hit. The experiences and the actual sharing of them with my students totally changed the direction of their projects.  I can’t wait to share the final results. The understanding about the subject matter could not have been made more real, more palpable, or more connected. Amazing.