Web2Global: Web2.0 tools for globally connected learning

Web 2.0 is not just a fad, it’s a radical transformation in the way we use the worldwide web, and it’s the key to enabling our students to learn not only about the world, but from and with the world. Each year, more and more teachers are finding ways to connect their students to peers and other experts in countries around the world. The best of these projects go much deeper than digital pen pals or isolated Skype events; they support students in collaborating globally to produce meaningful work of social value. This workshop will highlight best practices in globally connected learning. Come see what’s possible and learn about the currently available tools that can help us educate our students for their globally-connected futures.




Agenda for the Day

March 28, 2011, 10:30-3:00

Part One 10:30-11:30
Investigate the World and Recognize Perspectives
How Can Web 2.0 Technologies Help Prepare Our Students for their Globally-Connected Futures?

Break 11:30-11:40

Part Two 11:40-12:55
The World is Flat and Your Classroom Can Be Too
Learning and Teaching with Global Peers in the Flat ClassroomTM Project

Lunch 12:55-1:25

Part Three 1:30-3:00
Communicate Ideas and Take Action
What Can I Do Today to Begin Using Technology to Connect My Students Globally?



Part One: Investigate the World and Recognize Perspectives

How Can Web 2.0 Technologies Help Prepare Our Students for their Globally-Connected Futures?

Investigate the World: What is Web 2.0?

What is Web 2.0?... at AnswerGarden.ch.



Recognize Perspectives: What does Web 2.0 mean for our students?

What does Web 2.0 mean for our students?... at AnswerGarden.ch.



Respond: Transforming Teaching with Technology - on Voicethread

  1. Go to Voicethread
  2. Sign in as Honor with the username and password combination she gives you
  3. Click the "My Voice" tab at the top
  4. Select the Voicethread called "Transforming Teaching with Technology"
  5. Pause the video and click the picture of Honor at the bottom left
  6. Select "Create a new identity"
  7. Follow the directions to "Add an identity"
  8. You'll know you've been successful when you see your own icon in place of where you saw Honor's photo before






Part Two: The World is Flat and Your Classroom Can Be Too

Learning and Teaching with Global Peers in the Flat ClassroomTM Project
See the Texas ISSN page on the 21st-Century Global Leadership class wiki

Wikis, Nings, and Diigo - Where to start?

Wikis - Educational Wikis - Best Educational Wikis from the 2010 Edublog Awards - Wikispaces for Educators

Nings - Global Education Collaborative and ISSN Ning
Ning Mini for Educators (sponsored by Pearson)

Diigo - Global Education Collaborative Group and ISSN Group
(You can also follow Honor here - See tags for global.collaboration.projects and many more!)
Diigo Educator Accounts

Already using those? Be sure you know about Gapminder



Part Three: Communicate Ideas and Take Action

What Can I Do Today to Begin Using Technology to Connect My Students Globally?

Looking Ahead: What should the future of education look like?



Planning Your First Steps: Microlab questions

  • What will you "learn to change" to get your students connected globally?
  • What are some challenges you may encounter along the way? How will you overcome them?
  • What support and/or resources will you need in order to take your first steps?

Suggestions
1. Find an existing project and join it (see Globally Connected Classroom Resources below)
2. If you are going to plan your own project, use existing resources/partnerships and build on those
3. You don't need to reinvent the wheel, other teachers are already doing this, look at other projects as models, follow their advice
Here's A Step-by-Step Guide to Global Collaborations from Kim Cofino


Globally Connected Classroom Resources

Highly Recommended Networks


The Global Education Collaborative




TakingITGlobal



Connect All Schools



Highly Recommended Online Conferences

Global Education Conference
K12 Online Conference

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Adobe Youth Voices Collaboration Centre
Around the World with 80 Schools
Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration
CIESE Collaborative Projects (engineering and science)
Collaborative Video Conferences
ePals Global Community
Flat Classrooms Ning
Globally Collaborative Project Ideas
GlobalSchoolNet.org - Internet Projects Registry
Heinle Language Community
ICONS Project (Secondary Education Simulation Programs)
iEARN - International Education and Resource Network
iEARN Collaboration Centre
Journey North
The My Hero Project
Skype for Educators
Skype in the Classroom (company program)
Skype in Schools
Teacher Collaboration Portal on WikiEducator
Teachers Connecting
TWICE Videoconferencing - Collaborative Projects and Exchange Projects