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Let your students learn with a global focus

Let your students learn with a global focus by bringing the world into the classroom.  Any age student will benefit from visiting with and learning from experts around the world or students in a classroom far away or around the corner.  It doesn’t take a field trip to bring adventure and learning from a place away.

As a help to all teachers, SKYPE has provided a resource that you can use.  SKYPE in the classroom provides ideas and a place to learn from others.  Visit the website and see for yourself.  There is a great informational video describing the use of Skype and students visiting with an elephant care taker.  Quite enjoyable and a fun-filled 3 minutes.

Our students need to know about the world and function in a world that is much bigger than their neighborhood or city or country.  Many say the world is becoming “flat” because of our ability to interact with all parts of it through technology and travel.  Our challenge is to spur on their interest and creativity so their learning continues to help them be 21st century citizens and beyond.

Your students will be able to name questions they want to explore with their global partners if you give them a chance.  A few examples on the link include:  do other countries have the tooth fairy, how do potatoes grow, what season is it in your part of the world, etc.

 

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Do you know your neighbors – do your students?

I am quite excited about the opportunity that is described in this post in one of the blogs I follow.  It explains a great way for anyone to get to know their neighbors – around the world. 

In the classrooms of today it is absolutely necessary for us to give up worksheets and flat maps and learn from primary sources.  These primary sources can be the people around the world.  Let’s not have our students “read about” someone, let them speak to someone.  Even relatives around their own country to begin with is a beginning.

Are you working to develop 21st century skills – the 4 Cs (Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity and innovation) – in your classroom.  Or are we still encouraging 20th century pen and pencil tasks?  We like to think we are, can we share how with other teachers?

Is there an educator out there that can provide a project for their students to ask their own questions and seek answers by connecting with students in another state, country, or continent.  Let’s hear from you.  Take up the challenge.  Skype is one way, there are others.  Money is not a deterrent here, because many of these “connections” are free.