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On an e_Journey with Generation Y Anne Mirtchin
Immersing technology in the classroom and beyond into the globe!
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Patricia Davis and Vicki Foster presented a session called “Increasing Student Achievement Through Nonlinguistic Teaching Strategies”. I happened to drop into the moderators lounge to see if anyone needed help and was asked to look after Patricia’s session and what a wonderful session to moderate!
This session fascinated me as it gave approaches to communicating through avenues other than text. They emphasised involving the 5 senses to get the best impact in learning.
It gave me a number of ideas to use in our class global connections. The presenters spoke convincingly, had some great illustrated slides and used a wonderful interactive activity where we first looked at a slide with a picture of lightning on it, then each of us were given an element of a thunderstorm eg rain, lightning, thunder. We turned on our microphones and simultaneously made our sounds together to create a global thunderstorm.
This coming week features the Global Education Conference -one of my favourite online conferences – an amazing conference involving potentially the world. Presenters and participants do come from across the world. Sessions are predominantly in English but other languages are starting to feature now. See the schedule, choose your own time zone first and spend time looking at all the sessions on offer.
- member of the Advisory Board
- moderator for the Australian late afternoon and evening hours when the rest of the world sleeps.
- Moderator of Tech Talk Tuesdays Global Connections
- Co-presenter for Skype in the Connected Classroom and Hello Little World Skypers
- Co-presenter for Flat Connectors – Global Collaborators – Meet and Share with Julie Lindsay and many Flat Educators
- My year 7 ICT girls will present The World is Our Classroom This is will not be a well rehearsed presentation but the girls will share some of the global linkups they have been involved in over the last 2 months, what they have learned and why the enjoy connecting globally.
Sessions of global colleagues who are also presenting. These people are part of my networking groups and special to me.
- Tóthné Bán Gyöngyi on Using skype , google hangout and writing mails/letters to help small students in a little classroom to open their eyes to the large world outside
- How to create a student centered global classroom using Skype, Twitter and blogs with Ann Michaelsen Tue, November 18, 5am – 6am
- Keeping your batteries charged and learning together by connecting globally with other educators Maria Colussa
- Building Essential 21st Century Skills Through Global Collaboration Projects Effie Kyrikakis
- World Museum Projects: Collaboration Projects in Scratch with Yoshiro Myato, Lorraine Leo and Dr José Manuel Sáez Lopez
- Speechcraft Online: Connecting the Speakers’ Trainers Globally with Coach Carole McCulloch and Toastmasters around the World
- “Conceptualizing Violence and Leveraging Skype to Promote World Peace” with Dr. Deason, at 7pm +3GMT local time here! I will be basically talking about conceptualizing violence
- Keynote: Our Global Friendships with Lisa Parisi, Donna Roman, Toni Olivieri-Barton, Emily Roth, Robyn Thiessen
- Global Collaboration: The Student Perspective with Sheri Williams, Amy Jambor and others
- Conceptualizing Violence and Leveraging Skype to Promote World peace with Dr. Chris Deason and Abrahim Bahiti, BA
- Students Presenting A Week in the Life – Environmental Issues with Toni Olivieri-Barton
- Digiteen/Digitween – Global Digital Citizenship Project with Theresa Allen and Helen McConaghy
- Social Entrepreneurship: The Student Voice with Sharon Brown-Peters
- Building Essential 21st Century Skills Through Global Collaboration Projects with Effie Kyrikakis
- The Elders mentor younger ones at “The School in the Cloud” with Sebastian Panakal
- The Global Classroom Project Stories and Launch 2014-15 with Michael Graffin
- Changing Perspectives of Japanese High School Stdents toward the Chinese by Videoconferencing with Mariko Eguchi
- Theresa Allen Digiteen/Digitween – The Global Digital Citizenship Project
Which ones have I missed? What sessions can you recommend? Make sure you attend at least a few session of #globaledcon
#globalclassroom twitter chats are three years old! To celebrate this month’s chat will take up the theme of “The Globally Connected Educator”. This also continues the theme of Connected Educator month which took place during October. Karen Stadler (@ICT_Integrator) of South Africa and Anne Mirtschin (@murcha) of Australia will c0-moderate this chat. It will take place on Sunday November 16th at 9pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) Please check timeanddate for your day and timezone. Dont forget to use the hashtag #globalclassroom with each tweet!
The following questions will be posed.
- What does it mean to be a globally connected educator? What does it mean to YOU personally?
- How do you become a global connected educator? Ideas / advice for teachers wanting to become global connected educators.
- What are the benefits of being a globally connected educator – why would you encourage other teachers to become globally connected?
- Ideas/Tips for managing your “connectedness” – one cannot be available online 24/7, so how do you get around this and find the balance? Tips from other globally connected educators.
If you cannot be part of this chat due to timezone constraints, it would be great if you can share your answers either prior to or after the chat. Use the hashtag #globalclassroom, add A1 or A2 etc to whichever question you are answering.
If this is your first experience in a twitter chat, see How to participate in a twitter chat
Please note that these chats will be held on a quarterly basis over the next year. Looking forward to you joining us!
Today is Children’s Day in India. What a wonderful day to celebrate and acknowledge our young and make them feel very special. To mark the occasion, my dear friend, Sebastian Panakal from Kerala, India asked whether I could arrange students to link up with his.
Unfortunately the time was right on our school closing time, so our students were unable to videoconference, but I was happy to be their audience. Teachers and students of varying ages came up, said hello and asked some questions of me. The children were delightful, appeared extremely interested well mannered and spoke clearly. Balloons were evident in the classroom – a sign of the celebrations.
At the end of our 20 minute linkup, the students, teachers and Sebastian sang me their National Anthem with great pride and gusto. And I hate to admit it, it was the first time that I ever remember hearing the National Anthem of India.
Katherine Zablatnik is an innovative teacher from Austria who brings textbooks to life wherever possible. She is responsible for creating the Hello Little World Skypers group which won the Edublogs awards for the winner of the “Best Use of Social Media” in 2013.
As a history teacher she is keen to make the centenary of the start of World War I alive for her students. Today, I linked up with her students and shared how we commemorate Armistice Day at school, here in Australia. However, we call it “Remembrance Day”. Although it is not a public holiday, we hold a special commemorative service in the Reflection Space in the centre of Hawkesdale. Students walk up there and interested community members join us.
The student leadership team together with several staff members organise and run the service. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we hold a minute’s silence across Australia to remember especially those who served in both World War I.
A presentation was quickly put together to show our Student Leadership team at work at lunchtime in preparing for the special service that we hold each year. The reflection space, the school wreath, a summary of the program etc Link to the presentation
I talked about the program for tomorrow which is as follows:
- Student led Introduction
- “In Flanders Fields“
- Commemorative address (Sarah, one of our student leaders)
- Wreath Laying
- “The Ode for the Fallen“
- Playing of the Last Post, followed by the Rouse when the flag is again raised to the top of the flagpole
- Singing our National Anthem
But when I talked aabout the odes and poems we use, they had not heard of them. They wanted to know what the red poppies were about. And I was flabbergasted as I thought everyone knew them. Then I asked what they did to commemorate this day. The answer was ‘nothing’. I asked about the minute’s silence – they do not have one. Katherine asked what those words “Lest we Forget” signify on the school wreath.
However, they thought it might be an idea to join in with ours and maybe next year we could do something together. This has driven my curiousity further – where was Austria placed in the war, how do they feel about it all, how do Katherine’s students feel about us commemorating those who went away to fight for us. We are an island on the other side of the world and so, so far away from the battlefields.
They asked whether our textbooks and our learning of history was biased. Do we see some sides of the war and the countries as being ‘good and bad’? My response was yes, we do? But maybe that is my age .What do our students think? I am going to ask them tomorrow. Can we rewrite our history books? Can we learn more about each other together and avoid many of these conflicts that potentially exist.
When I asked Katherine further questions via the skype chat, she simply replied: “I am lost for words”. Now I am pondering on that!
The Sound of Music is one of our most popular movies and I guess it speaks volumes about some of the feeling in Austria at the time.
Hawkesdale P12 College is set in a beautiful rural landscape. It is surrounded by farms, most of our students travel to school on a bus and either live on farms or in small country towns. Spring is highly evident now, as the gardens are blooming, the birds are hatching eggs and the vegetable gardens producing well. There is a “Birds Club” with student representatives purchasing and looking after the birds.
The school bird aviary is like a nursery this week with the arrival of baby quail and diamond doves. The bird aviary is one of a number of special clubs and leadership oportunities that have offered students the opportunity to explore special interests. A pathway has been added to the aviary at a recent working bee and a new chook house will arrive shortly.
The 9/10 Agricultural students have placed duck eggs in the incubator and they will soon hatch.
There is a “green thumbs group” led by one of our teacher assistants. Vegetables are growing well in the new wicker containers and will soon be picked. A section of our school garden has been reworked into a fairy garden. Projects like this aim to build on student interest and builds pride in their school.