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@ShahzebYounas :They're already in love with working for a cause. Discussing their first community project

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For more than 900 YES students coming to the United States this fall to attend high school, the commitment to community service begins at the pre-departure orientations. The year is the US hones their skills. And when they return home as alumni, they continue a life-long journey of service.


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Congratulations! ProjectExplorer.org at 10: Inspiration, Innovation, and Impact

This is one of several videos that will look at the inspiration and impact of ProjectExplorer.org during our 10th year. Filmed by: Jenny M. Buccos, Emily Watson…
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Steve Hargadon: Library 2.013: Call for Keynote Nominations, Partners, and the Global Advisory Board

Steve Hargadon: Library 2.013: Call for Keynote Nominations, Partners, and the Global Advisory Board | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference is a participatory conference open to the public. In addition to keynote speakers, the conference thrives on the research and knowledge shared by the library and information science community. Everyone is invited to submit a presentation proposal – the official call for proposals will go out in early April 2013. This year, the virtual conference will cover eight subject strands, although presentations do not have to fit into the conference strands to be considered.

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Education Outside the Classroom | YES Program

Education Outside the Classroom | YES Program | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

As a senior at Shawnee Mission West High School, I chose Writer’s Workshop as one of my classes. It’s all about being able to make your thoughts become words. The class is really creative and innovative, as we get to share our poems and creativity with the rest of the class. The teacher and fellow students are really supportive.

 

Recently our teacher, Mr. Carter, organized a function known as the ‘Writer’s Walk’. Students had to have permission from other teachers to participate in the activity since it interfered with the normal school routine. It’s not a ‘walk’ as the name suggests but simply setting up decorations in school, writing words of wisdom on the school pathways and giving out candy. We also set up some games and face-painting booths. We wore Halloween costumes but the weather was rather cold for that. One of the most interesting activities was the dramatic reading activity. ...

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我吃素:Life as a Vegetarian in Taiwan (written by Christian 吳克禮) - NSLI-Y Taiwan

我吃素:Life as a Vegetarian in Taiwan (written by Christian 吳克禮) - NSLI-Y Taiwan | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

The purpose of this blog post is to encourage fellow vegetarians to not hesitate from applying to the NSLI-Y program or similar exchange programs. I have been a vegetarian for almost five years now, and my exchanges in Norway and currently Taiwan have not at all impacted that.

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Connected Educators | Office of Educational Technology

Connected Educators | Office of Educational Technology | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Connected Educator Month Report

The August 2012 event was the first-ever Connected Educator Month, a celebration of online communities of practice and networks in education. The report below highlights results and insights from Connected Educator Month and offers recommendations for connecting and inspiring more educators in powerful and engaging online interactions.

Connected Educator Month: Learning With Connected and Inspired EducatorsConnected Educator Month Report Appendix


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Technology is not Neutral : Stager-to-Go

Technology is not Neutral : Stager-to-Go | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Now, kindergarteners could build, program and choreograph their own robot ballerinas by utilizing mathematical concepts and engineering principles never before accessible to young children. Kids express themselves through filmmaking, animation, music composition and collaborations with peers or experts across the globe. 5th graders write computer programs to represent fractions in a variety of ways while understanding not only fractions, but also a host of other mathematics and computer science concepts used in service of that understanding. An incarcerated 17 year-old dropout saddled with a host of learning disabilities is able to use computer programming and robotics to create “gopher-cam,” an intelligent vehicle for exploring beneath the earth, or launch his own probe into space for aerial reconnaissance. Little boys and girls can now make and program wearable computers with circuitry sewn with conductive thread while 10th grade English students can bring Lady Macbeth to life by composing a symphony. Soon, you be able to email and print a bicycle. Computing as a verb is the game-changer.

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TEDxTeen.com - Welcome

TEDxTeen.com - Welcome | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

There is no-one more curious, no greater disruptor, than a teen on a mission. 

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Great to see We Are Family Foundation hosting this for the 4th year.

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Classrooms Without Borders: A Worldwide Learning Environment

Classrooms Without Borders: A Worldwide Learning Environment | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Since September 11, the need to educate American children about the larger world has become even more urgent. Perhaps now we will see the need to go beyond brief accounts in textbooks and the memorizing of facts to teach more deeply about the profound similarities and differences of the world's peoples.

 

With the Internet, we have a marvelous tool for making history and culture come alive. Now, students can learn directly from the most current sources of knowledge around the world, including experts, libraries, and research centers. Through the exchange of e-mail, photos, and multimedia reports, and by participating in virtual field trips, they can communicate with students and teachers in other countries.

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Written more than a decade ago by George Lucas. Edutopia has been a strong supporter of global connected classroom from its beginning.

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How to Encourage Students to Interact With the World

How to Encourage Students to Interact With the World | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

We know of no better way for students to develop global competence than through project-based global learning. This approach to teaching and learning enables and empowers students to open their minds and investigate the world, open their eyes and recognize perspectives, open their hearts and communicate ideas, and open their hands and take action.

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Good read from Honor Moorman and Jennifer D. Klein 

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How Are You Connecting Your Students with the World? Skype in the Classroom

How Are You Connecting Your Students with the World? Skype in the Classroom | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Nothing terribly earth-shattering happened the first time elementary teacherKrissy Venosdale used Skype to connect her Missouri students with children in another state. "It was kind of awkward at first," she admits, recalling their first attempt at video conferencing. "Everyone was new to it and kind of nervous."

 

Nonetheless, she knew she had found a digital tool she would use again and again to take learning deeper in her inquiry-based classroom. "When we hung up, my students said, wow --we just talked with kids in another state. And I realized, here was a way to open our classroom to the world," she recalls thinking."

 
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Malala Yousafzai Announces Malala Fund to Support Girls' Access to Education

Malala Yousafzai speaks for the first time since was targeted and shot in October 2012 for her advocacy on behalf of girls' education. Malala announced the c...
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Tips for Teaching Grade School Students How to Make Global Impact

Tips for Teaching Grade School Students How to Make Global Impact | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

How you can encourage global perspectives in your students: Teachers from John Stanford International School in Seattle share a few favorite strategies.

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Good look at global education in a US classroom. The missing ingrendient (at least in this video) is actual interaction of Ms. Silver and her students with their peers in the countries they are studying.

 

"Taking action" can be more than making a Powerpoint. It can be videoconferencing, sharing stories via social media, mailing items, like Teddy Bears, food, and scrapbooks to each other, and a joint, simultaneous community service project. All actions that help students learn with, rather than just about, festivals of light worldwide. 

 

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The Most Amazing Snapshots of Education Around the World

The Most Amazing Snapshots of Education Around the World | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
A glimpse inside the life of students from Senegal to Vietnam and China.  
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Khitam A Al-Utaibi's curator insight, March 2, 2013 3:29 PM

Education Without Boarders! Wonderful!

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#RememberHow we communitcated before Skype? @HistoryPin @npowerhq

#RememberHow we communitcated before Skype? @HistoryPin @npowerhq | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

What did online & distance learning look like nearly 40 years ago? Fantastic history from John Southworth, Gerald Knezek, and John Flanigan: bit.ly/VfbDTB

[photo: Lunalilo Elementary School (Hawaii) students talk to Alaska on PEACESAT. (N-3269.02). 1973.]

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A Whole Life in a Single Year | YES Program

A Whole Life in a Single Year | YES Program | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

 
My name is Yara, I am from Israel, I am fifteen years old, and I am on the YES Program. I was placed in Inola, OK and I am going to share with you one great experience out of many I have had so far.
 
In my high school I am in drama class, and for Halloween we decided to put on a haunted house to raise money for our class. We called it IHOP - Inola House of Panic - and we worked on it for almost a month, deciding the scenes, the music, our characters, our costumes, decorating, etc. When it was finally time for our show, we were so excited! Everything and everyone looked so scary - it was amazingly awesome. There was a torture chamber scene, a Villain’s Revenge scene, a creepy little girl’s room scene, a dark forest, narrow tunnels for people to walk through, fog machines, spider webs, etc. People all seemed sincerely terrified. The next day our haunted house was the thing everyone talked about, and they all said we did a great job making it look as real as it can be....

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Is Face to Face Better than Virtual?

Is Face to Face Better than Virtual? | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
One of my highly valued colleagues, Sue Waters,  tweeted out the link to my blog post on Blended Technology Use for Great Learning. It was with interest that I read a response to her tweet by @stro...
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Empowering Students Through Empathy and Collaboration

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Every year around this time, my students come together and collect all the monies donated within our school for Penny Harvest, a program by Common Cents, Inc. that serves to help schools create servi
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Free Technology for Teachers: A Map of the Cables Connecting the World

Free Technology for Teachers: A Map of the Cables Connecting the World | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Applications for Education
Students today grow up just assuming that the Internet connects everyone, but they probably don't think about how that actually happens. These maps could be a nice way to show students how much cable it takes to connect us. An extension of this would be to have students try to calculate or research how many miles of cable are under an ocean or sea. 

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Interactive Submarine Cable Map.

 

Lots of work has gone into connecting the world. Now, let's connect all classrooms worldwide. 

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World class: a superschool for the global age - Telegraph

World class: a superschool for the global age - Telegraph | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
Lessons conducted in Mandarin and Spanish, iPads instead of exercise books... Avenues, Suri Cruise's school in New York, is revolutionising education

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To Disrupt Education, First Shift the Balance of Power

To Disrupt Education, First Shift the Balance of Power | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

If the education ecosystem is in a meta-stable state that resists change, and if the institutions of education have near absolute power in defining and awarding accreditation, and if the processes and outcomes of this system are sub-optimal for most students as compared to our aspirations, then disruption, as with the Web 2.0 shift elsewhere, is much more a matter of removing constraints and allowing organic evolution than it is of top-down reform ...

 

... "Re-imagine education as a platform that each learner can use to achieve his or her unique goals, and create the means for all children, regardless of zip code, to have meaningful access."

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A global platform, at that.

 

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NSLI-Y Korea Students Volunteer at a North Korean Defectors Shelter

NSLI-Y Korea Students Volunteer at a North Korean Defectors Shelter | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

On January 15th, NSLI-Y students in Korea had their first meeting with elementary and middle school students at the North Korea Defectors Shelter outside of Seoul. The NSLI-Y students will volunteer at the defectors shelter during their six week winter break for two hours every Tuesday to mentor and tutor youth.  

 

In preparation for volunteering at the shelter, NSLI-Y students learned more about Korean history around the division, when and why the defectors left North Korea, and what daily life is like for a defector. The defectors shelter supports North Koreans’ transition into everyday life and society in the south through providing language and technical skills training in addition to job support. Because it is difficult for children to transition school systems between the two countries, they attend a special school at the shelter. NSLI-Y students mentor, tutor, and support these students through playing fun games and teaching English.

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Virtual Educators Critique Value of MOOCs for K-12

Virtual Educators Critique Value of MOOCs for K-12 | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
Massively open online courses are growing more popular in colleges and universities, but there are questions about the quality of the courses and the retention of students.
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iEARN-USA's curator insight, February 6, 2013 5:42 PM

iEARN has found through its online courses, including Learning Circles (began in 1987 originally by ATT), that smaller communities of learners are better for K-12 teachers and students. But as more K-12 participants learn to learn online and have better access worldwide, perhaps larger online courses can be effective.

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Teachers Embrace Digital Learning Strategies | MindShift

Teachers Embrace Digital Learning Strategies | MindShift | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Today is the second annual Digital Learning Day, designated to bring attention to the benefits of technology for learning. As part of the effort, PBS LearningMedia has released a survey showing that 74 percent of teachers say educational technology benefits their classroom in many ways, including the ability to reinforce and expand content, motivate students, and respond to a variety of learning styles. Given these numbers, and despite increasing access, it’s not surprising that 68 percent of teachers still want more access to technology in the classroom. That number goes up to 75 percent of teachers in low-income schools.

 

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iEARN-USA's curator insight, February 6, 2013 2:22 PM

No mention of connecting classrooms to the world-- one the most important uses of technology in the classroom-- but at least the Russians get a shout-out.

Khitam A Al-Utaibi's curator insight, February 13, 2013 2:09 PM

I appreciate teachers' initiating the change with their students in the classrooms. I hear them telling the official systems "WE'RE NOT WAITING FOR YOU TO CHANGE, WE ARE MOVING TOWARDS THE FUTURE WITH OUR STUDENTS".

 

If official education systems did not take qualitative steps towards better 21st century education, soon we will see them in chaos, living dark ages of ignorance, rigidness, and limited minds!

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Ms Wendi's World Wonders: They're here!! China Comes Alive Through Art!

Ms Wendi's World Wonders: They're here!! China Comes Alive Through Art! | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

As promised, our classroom partners in China rewarded us with a visual feast of insights into their culture. As mentioned in an earlier post, I worked with Mrs. G’s second grade class to conduct an art exchange, to demonstrate how art can communicate culture. And since, most of our students are language learners,  this focus on the piece of art, with all of its nuanced details, was a decidedly welcome change of pace. Not to mention far less daunting than trying to capture them all in extensive and detailed writing.

 

Our exchange partners are 10 years old, 2-3 years older than our 2nd graders, and needless to say, our kids were entranced by the artistic content and skills of our faraway friends.


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Fascinating:

 

One word that comes to mind about their country? Most of our kids wrote “red”. The word that comes to mind about the USA? Interestingly, out of 18 responses from our English language learners, all but 3  wrote either freedom, eagle, or community.

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