The World is an Open Box Sharing Culture through Global Classroom Connections Sharon Caviness Kellie Garcia October 29, 2013
Snack and Survey Please take a few minutes to complete the survey on your table. This data will be used to measure staff and student growth as we complete this school-wide culture project this year.
The World is an Open Box • Global Classroom Connections • Skype / Face Time / Google Hangout Sessions • Pen Pals – Letter Exchange- Emails • Culture Box Exchange • Professional Development in Skype and Google Earth • Global Awareness Fair
ACS and GBT • ACS Strategic Plan- Each ACS student will be globally aware, independent, responsible learners and citizens. Strategic Objective: All teachers will engage each student in meaningful, authentic and rigorous work through the use of innovative instructional practices and supportive technologies that will motivate students to be self-directed and inquisitive learners. • GBT Continuous Improvement Plan- Teachey Elementary will improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education for all students during the 2013-2014 school year as measured by an improvement in the school’s overall performance composite from 71.1% proficient in 2011-2012 to 75% in 2013-2014. Action step: All grade levels will provide project-based learning through the adoption of another country so that students may develop and increase global awareness.
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Global Classroom Connections • http://www.epals.com • http://www.globalschoolnet.org • http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/ • http://aroundtheworldwith80schools.net/ • https://education.skype.com Please make your grade level connection and adopt your classroom/country by November 15.
Video Communication • Skype • Face Time • Google Hangout You will be expected to conduct at least two face-to-facevideo sessions with your adopted classroom . One session should be conducted before Christmas break and another session should be completed by the end of February. You are welcome to communicate more often, but these two are expected.
Pen Pals • Snail Mail- Postal Letters • Emails Students may enjoy communicating with their partner classroom through letter writing, holiday cards, picture exchanges, etc. These activities may be incorporated in your writing instruction and provide additional handwriting practice for upper grades. Lower grades may consider this activity as one of their shared writing lessons.
Culture Box Exchange Each grade will fill a culture box with items that represent key elements of our own culture. These may be represented through pictures, writing, small objects, videos, photographs, etc. “Their experience of putting together a box or package of things that represent themselves, their schools and their communities can be a good exercise in problem solving. Who are we? How do we represent that? What do we want our friends to know about us? For some students this may be the first time they have thought about these things.” Quote from Diane MidnessiEARN-USAInternational Education and Resource Network
Elements of Culture • Government • Language • Religion • Economy • Holidays • Technology • Entertainment – sports, etc. • Food • Way of Dress • School • The Arts- Music / Literature / Art Deadline for Culture Box Shipping January 17th *The school will provide one standard size box and postage for each grade level.
Culture Box Exchange • Please arrange to have your adopted classroom send a culture box from their country. Communicate this expectation early to allow enough time for the arrival of box and preparation for a cultural fair. Other country boxes should arrive no later than February 28th. “Once students have something tangible in their hands from somewhere they may not have known existed before they started a collaboration, the relationship with their partners becomes very real and they feel very connected.” Diane MidnessiEARN-USA
Global Awareness Fairtentatively March 25, 2014 • Each grade level will be responsible for sharing the information learned about the culture of their country. • Artifacts received from the country • Technology projects-Photo Story, PowerPoint, Glogster, Voice Thread, Wiki, etc. (We encourage the use of technology as a way to share final information learned to meet our STEM objective.)
What is Skype? • Skype is a software program that allows users to make text, voice, and video calls through the Internet to share experiences with people wherever they are in the world. Available for download on devices- Mobile phones Computers Tablets
Let’s Get Started… • Go to skype.com • Download the Skype application. • Follow the prompts to install the program. • Open a new account or sign in with an existing. Follow steps.
Practice a Skype Learning Call Today we will be using Skype to connect with Crystal Simpson, a former teacher and friend who now lives in Wiesbaden, Germany. We will work through the roles, just as students in your classroom would follow roles in the Skype learning call.
Next Steps… • Familiarize yourself with Skype. • Practice with colleagues. • Practice with grade-level classes. • Begin thinking about ways you can incorporate this in your classroom and engage students in global learning. Documents can be found in the public folder on the network. • Discuss project expectations with partner teacher. • Set up appointment to Skype partner classrooms. • Next staff development- Google Earth Ideas