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!
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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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: http://coreessentials.wordpress.com/
Engaging Educators are @engaginged on twitter and at: http://engagingeducators.com/