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The Global Classroom Initiative

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carolyn Foote Apr 9, 2007. 7 Replies

 

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Teachers Without Borders - Canada
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An educator of 16 years specializing in educational technology. Through TWB-Canada, I'm helping educators get back to the real meaning of teaching--to make a difference! Teams of teachers travel to give best practices workshops to our colleagues in developing areas around the world. Empowering them and ultimately their students.
One of the major goals I have for Teachers Without Borders - Canada is for teachers to connect globally through information technology. For those developing areas that do have the capabilities to connect to the Internet, we will coordinate teachers working together through an online environment in an effort to bring students from across the globe closer together. With their teachers’ assistance, students can work together on issues of global importance and relevance. It is hoped that through these connections a greater knowledge and appreciation of the world and its citizens will develop. These projects will look very similar to: the Global Classroom Initiative (www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/gci) and ePals (www.epalscorp.com/). One of our members, Sharon Peters, is presently working on such a project with her students and students in New Zealand (www.learnquebec.ca/en/content/pedagogy/cil/lead/fromfield/leadpod.html). Ideally, Canadian teachers and their peers from various countries will collaborate on lessons that would allow their students to work together on topics of global importance and relevance and ultimately they will learn more about their new friends and their respective countries. For example, students in a senior social studies class in Canada would pair up with students in South Africa to work together on a project exploring the realities of affirmative action in the other’s country then would present to their respective classrooms. Another example would be students in a grade 8 science class pairing up to be lab partners to test how altitude effects the boiling point of water. One student at sea level in Vancouver another in the mountains in Quito, Ecuador. I presently involving IT teachers in Canada exploring various models to see how we can make this initiative a reality with the various levels of connectivity available in developing areas. Want to help? Would love to hear your successes or ideas on this topic so join my forum...

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At 11:33am on December 27, 2008, suehellman said…
Hi Noble -- I'd like to invite you to join a Classroom 2.0 group called Canadians Mashup. I'm trying to build a network of Canadian educators and bloggers. No discussions yet. I'm just starting out by trying to find where everyone lives and what they teach. If you're interested, please add me as a colleague as well.

I have applied to join your group -- this project looks fascinating and I'd love to volunteer to work on lessons and to give workshops. I have a few ideas for my group that might mesh with yours. I live in South Surrey. Today I'm leaving messages for all the Canadians I can find in classroom 2.0 to join CM. It could be a good way to get the word out about your work. Perhaps we can meet over coffee some time to discuss this?

Meanwhile, here's a cartoon to muse over.

At 1:22am on April 11, 2007, Hans Feldmeier said…
Hi, I like the idea (check out my comment on Forum) to collaborate without boarders. Let me know more please.
Check out one of my blogs working with students on e-learning across Europe: http://e-competences.blogspot.com
Greetings from Bavaria.
Hans
At 4:04pm on April 9, 2007, Eduardo Peirano said…
Thank you for the invite !
At 11:17am on April 8, 2007, Sue R. said…
I noted your comment to Stuart Brown, about TWB Canada, and checked it out. What a great site, and organization. I looked at the US home page linked under the countries listing, and was somewhat underwhelmed. Thanks for leading me to TWB. I'm looking into it.
 
 
 

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