I was lucky enough to travel to Sydney, Australia from Singapore this week to work in some schools and to be the closing keynote for the Edu-tech Future Schools Young Learners section.
Not only did I get to share my passion but I was able to connect and collaborate with some of the most inspirational educators on the planet!
As promised to those who attended (and those who couldn’t be there in person) here are some of the slides, videos and key messages of my talk today.
Being globally connected is no longer a privilege, it is a matter of life for the students in our classrooms. We need to provide students with opportunities to connect, engage and learn in ways we never thought possible.
Historically, as educators, we have been experts, but I believe it is time to change. It is time for educators to answer questions with “I don’t know, let’s find out”. That is where true, engaged global learning begins!
During a recent #whatisschool chat I asked my global PLN (of several hundred from every corner of the globe) what a global classroom is and this is what they said. Powerful stuff!! The question is, how do we connect?
The young learners conference is centrally focused on educators in K-2 classrooms, so I shared my favourite global collaborative projects for K-2 students. Some of these you may have heard of and some may be new – spend some time to explore and see how these might fit into your curriculum.
My go-to connecting tools are Skype and Google Hangouts. The ability to connect and collaborate with anyone, anywhere, any time never ceases to amaze me!
If you follow me on twitter or follow my blog, you will know how passionate I am about global connections and of course the amazing global collaborative game that is Mystery Skype. Mystery Skype is a global guessing game. Click here to get 7 steps to running a Mystery Skype and click here to learn more about how I make it work in my classroom.
If you want to connect your classroom with a K-8 classroom please don’t hesitate to contact me and you can start with a journey to Singapore 🙂 Below is an example of the Mystery Skype job list that I use – for an editable copy, please contact me.
During the keynote we are honoured to have the presence of 2 very special members of my PLN, Jena Ball and Marty Keltz, the co-founders of Critterkin and the Not Perfect Hat Club #NPHC. See their inspirational message in this video below:
Get inspired, engage your students in learning and enjoy the opportunities that are available to use as 21st century educators. For more information, advice for links into your classroom or to contact me regarding speaking or workshop opportunities in your school, please don’t hesitate to get in touch (even if you just want to say hi).