Global Connections

This week’s Tech Talk Tuesday partners with the amazing Global Education Conference, allowing us to learn about the world with the world. The conference kicks of in the early hours of my Tuesday morning and goes for 5 days, 24/7 – a master feat with many presenters and participants from all corners of the world. Check out the conference program to find sessions you are interested in. They are recorded if the times do not suit.

When: Tuesday November 18th November, 4-4:45pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate – Click on this link to join the session or copy and paste this url into your browser https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=GEC15Part199

About the session: This will be an unwebinar calling on participation from those who attend. The following questions will be virtually discussed using the chat, polls and the interactive whiteboard/

  1. Why is global education important?
  2. How can we learn about the world?
  3. How has technology had an impact on global education and connectedness?
  4. Which are the best tools for connecting, collaborating and communicating globally?
  5. Share some success stories?
  6. Nominate some global projects to get involved in.
  7. What are the challenges and how do we overcome them?
  8. Compile a list of online places to find people to connect with

Please bring an image that shares your culture or where you are from and any resources that you have found to be useful.

Summary Kids e-Talking to Kids

Edna Sackson (<a href=”http://whatedsaid.wordpress.com/”>whatedsaid</a>) impressed participants with the innovative and amazing work that she is doing with her students. With the aid of some fabulous slides that showed Edna’s creative skills and web tours, Edna shared stories from her classroom, with some fantastic samples of student reflections and examples of rich learning that takes place when kids can talk to other kids online. Her linkups with students in India made for powerful sharing. She also shared some great resources and tips/hints. Here is the <a href=”https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2011-03-14.2232.M.A1F553B3463D536430DCD0A691A34F.vcr&amp;sid=2007026″>link to the recording.</a>
From the chat came the following:-
<ul>
<li>Peggy George): it shows that they could really listen to the others without worrying so much about what people might think of them</li>
<li>hihelen18 1: Another thing that I found is that the students went from being self centred to not sure what the word is but they were not just hung up about their own lives but the lives of others and at the same time learnt that their own lives have value and interest as well</li>
<li>Peggy George (on the image of Indian students sitting outside on the ground completing exams): it’s very interesting–they are sitting in rows even though they are sitting on the ground :-)</li>
<li><a href=”http://whatedsaid.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/10-ways-to-create-global-connections/”>10 ways to create global connections</a></li>
<li>start with the learning and then think about the tools and how they can contribute to the learning</li>
<li><a href=”http://voicethread.com/share/1530609/”>Voicethread sample 1</a> and <a href=”http://voicethread.com/share/1088459/”>sample 2</a></li>
<li>Voicethread have added some new features</li>
<li><a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLj6KpaJs7A”>Edna’s class connecting</a></li>
<li>very 2 way–they aren’t just the recipients of the connections but they are contributing in authentic meaningful ways</li>
<li>Steff Hann 1: It is a great way for kids to see that the internet is not just a spot to visit to find something out but a 2 way connection.</li>
</ul>
Further stories from Edna’s classrooms
<ol>
<li>http://bit.ly/by_ed</li>
<li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL81Cto8xxQ</li>
<li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmeqJRq9-kQ</li>
<li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOsIbw5msdg</li>
<li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLj6KpaJs7A</li>
</ol>

whatedsaid

Edna Sackson (whatedsaid) impressed participants with the innovative and amazing work that she is doing with her students. With the aid of some fabulous slides that showed Edna’s creative skills and web tours, Edna shared stories from her classroom, with some fantastic samples of student reflections and examples of rich learning that takes place when kids can talk to other kids online. Her linkups with students in India made for powerful sharing. She also shared some great resources and tips/hints. Here is the link to the recording.

From the chat came the following:-

  • Peggy George): it shows that they could really listen to the others without worrying so much about what people might think of them
  • hihelen18 1: Another thing that I found is that the students went from being self centred to not sure what the word is but they were not just hung up about their own lives but the lives of others and at the same time learnt that their own lives have value and interest as well
  • Peggy George (on the image of Indian students sitting outside on the ground completing exams): it’s very interesting–they are sitting in rows even though they are sitting on the ground 🙂
  • 10 ways to create global connections
  • start with the learning and then think about the tools and how they can contribute to the learning
  • Voicethread sample 1 and sample 2
  • Voicethread have added some new features
  • Edna’s class connecting
  • very 2 way–they aren’t just the recipients of the connections but they are contributing in authentic meaningful ways
  • Steff Hann 1: It is a great way for kids to see that the internet is not just a spot to visit to find something out but a 2 way connection.

Further stories from Edna’s classrooms

  1. http://bit.ly/by_ed
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL81Cto8xxQ
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmeqJRq9-kQ
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOsIbw5msdg
  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLj6KpaJs7A