Global Collaboration Online “Course”

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Check out this online course to learn more about global collaborations and how to go about getting your students involved.  The blog post below was borrowed from http://macoun.edublogs.org/global-collaboration-course/

Global Collaboration Course

January 6 to 11

It has never been easier to connect classrooms around the world, and lots of teachers are doing it in different ways. In this course we will explore how you can turn a connection into a global learning experience for your students. We will look at ways to make this experience authentic and real, and discuss what it takes to collaborate with other classes in other countries. Ultimately our contention is that authentic global collaboration has less to do with the tools and more to do with approaches to teaching and learning.

As part of this course you will have a chance to examine the different global collaborative opportunities available to teachers, and explore the teacher skills, student skills and appropriate pedagogy needed to turn those connections into an authentic, collaborative learning experience.  We will also review some of the tools that help classrooms connect effectively.

The course has been designed by Phil Macoun (@pmacoun) and Brad Ovenell-Carter (@braddo).  Phil has participated in the Digiteen project for 4 years and is currently enrolled in the Flat Classroom Certified Teacher program.  Brad spent last year as head of Think Global, a school where students explore our world, studying in three new international cities each academic year.

We are also very excited to have Julie Lindsay joining us for a webinar on Saturday January 7th at 4:00 pm PST (click here to find out the time where you live).  You do not have to be registered in the course to attend the webinar.  Julie will be talking about her new book called Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time.

The course is in Moodle and runs from January 6th to 11th.  If you haven’t participated in a Moodle Meet before here’s your chance!  Except for the webinar the course is asynchronous.  This means that you can pop in and out of the course at times that suit you best.

The course should offer something for everyone.  For those new to Global Collaborative Projects there will be information on some of the most useful  tools, a chance to explore different kinds of Global Collaborative Projects, and opportunities to have your questions answered by other educators.  For those that have some experience with these kinds of projects we hope to provide a venue for further discussions about best practice and a chance to network with like minded educators.

To register go hereThe course is free,but you will be prompted to set up an account with LearnNowBC.  LearnNowBC is an entity funded by the BC Ministry of Education to provide professional development opportunities for educators.

Please pass this information along to other educators who may be interested.  If you have any questions about the Moodle Meet please leave them in the comments area below or contact me via e-mail at phil.macoun at gmail dot com.

Global Education Conference

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Bienvenue! Welcome! 歡迎! Willkommen! Benvenuto!
반갑습니다! Seja bem-vindo(a)! Bienvenido!

The 2011 Global Education Conference will be held November 14 – 18, online and free. Sessions will take place in multiple time zones and multiple languages over the five days. The 2010 Global Education Conference had 15,028 unique logins and presentations from 62 countries.

To attend and be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, click HERE and join the Ning.

The sessions schedule is now live and available in multiple time zones HERE.

The conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.

The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. Through this event, it is our hope that attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Let us learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!

Our goal is to help you make connections with other educators and students, and for this reason the conference is very inclusive and also provides broad opportunities for participating and presenting. We have expert presenters and keynote speakers, but we also encourage presenters who either have not presented before or have not presented in Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate).

The information above was borrowed from:  http://globaleducation.ning.com/page/2011-conference