#EdublogsClub Prompt 7 – The Listicle
Becoming a global educator is very important in today’s society. Even the youngest children can benefit from making global connections but many teachers have no idea how to get started. Here are some easy ways to make that happen.
- Make Connections with Blogs – Blogging is an easy way for students to get connected with other classrooms around the world. Two of my favorite websites to use for that are “The 100 Word Challenge” and the “Student Blogging Challenge.” Each challenge has a weekly writing prompt to give the children a topic to write about and each encourages the participants to leave comments for others. Both of these challenges are rich with international participants which provide my students the opportunity to get into conversations with children around the world.
- Video Conferencing – Using Skype and Google Hangouts to speak with other classrooms is a big thrill for my students. Not only are we learning about others around the world, but the children are learning the 21st century skills of asking and answering questions. Our favorite type is the Mystery Location where the children ask questions to figure out the location of the other school. We’ve also done video conferences with scientists studying penguins in Antarctica, a marine biologist who works with sharks in Bimini and several authors. One of the best places to get started finding partners is Microsoft Education’s Skype in the Classroom website. If you’d like more information about how to go about doing a Mystery Location Skype, you can read the guest blog post I wrote a few years ago on Corkboard Connections which is linked to the photo below.
- Global Projects – Another way to make global connections is to take part in an organized global project. Here are a few of my favorites.
- The Global Read Aloud is a global project centered around the love of a good book. This project kicks off in October. You make connections with another class and then discuss the book as each teacher reads it aloud.
- Projects by Jen is a sight that runs several projects throughout the year. Our favorite is the OREO Project that runs in September.
- The Peace Crane Project is a project that stems from International Peace Day in September but it runs all year long. Participants each fold paper cranes with messages of peace and send them to the other school.
- If you are looking for a more intense project, try a Flat Connections Project. There are different projects for children ages K-12. Each project lasts for about 12 weeks and they are rich with international participants. Julie Lindsay and her project managers run an awesome support system for participants. This project got me started and made me the global educator that I am today.
- My students are just getting started in a global project called If You Learned Here. In this project the participants create a global eBook and use it to ask and answer questions about school and life in other classrooms.
Don’t be afraid to take the plunge and become a global educator! Trust me, once you give it a try, you will never go back. You will see the excitement and learning opportunities for your students and realize that it’s easy, fun and totally worth it.