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Microsoft Makes US$75 Million Commitment to Unite With Global NGOs and Tackle Education Inequalities

Microsoft Makes US$75 Million Commitment to Unite With Global NGOs and Tackle Education Inequalities | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
PRAGUE — Dec. 1, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today marked the close of its Partners in Learning Global Forum 2012 by announcing an investment of up to US$75 million to bring digital access to youth and educators in developing nations. The commitment was sealed by signing memorandums of understanding with six global humanitarian organizations. Along with the US$250 million, five-year renewal of the flagship Microsoft Partners in Learning program, the company has further strengthened its commitment to bring holistic transformation of education systems around the world through digital access to youth and capacity building for educators.

 

The initiative is led by strategic alliances with World Vision Inc., the British Council, SOS Children’s Villages International, Catholic Relief Services, Plan International and the International Rescue Committee. 

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PGL13 | Submit a Session Proposal

PGL13 | Submit a Session Proposal | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

This conference is dedicated to helping students engage the future. Give them an education and experiences that will make them ready for college, career, and the global innovation age beyond.

 

Asia Society seeks session proposals that address at least one of the four conference themes. Have a good model? Share it with the wider field. Applications are due January 3, 2013.

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Target Asia: education the key

Target Asia: education the key | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
EVERY school will be made to teach at least one priority Asian language under a national Asian studies curriculum, as part of a comprehensive embrace of the region aimed at exploiting its rapidly growing wealth over the next decade-and-a-half.

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Liam Neeson: Support Global Education in Our Schools

Journeys in Film, in partnership with acclaimed actor and Academy Award® nominee Liam Neeson, launches a new fundraising endeavor to educate American student...
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International Day of Peace

Access Students from Larache Morocco dedicate this video to all peacemakers who have dedicated their lives to make the world a better place.

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Giving Thanks | #KLYES Program

Giving Thanks | #KLYES Program | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

The holiday season is a time of family and for many exchange students, it can be a time when homesickness can arise. For YES Abroad student Katie Wells in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Thanksgiving holiday is all about being present to the best things in life.

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Kubik Perspectives: Global Education as THE Dialogue among Civlizations

Kubik Perspectives: Global Education as THE Dialogue among Civlizations | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

At GlobalEdCon this year, there were indeed presenters with a different vision, and many of those were not from the West. If you missed it, I encourage you to scan the sessions with the following questions about the global education movement as a whole: How many of those contributing to “global education” are sponsoring projects that allow indigenous rainforest societies to help Americans deal with their growing obesity or diabetes epidemics? How many are inviting African populations to challenge Western standards of geography and culture by compelling us to acknowledge the expansiveness of “their many voices,” rather than merely learn the borders and boundaries that the West imposed on them in another fit of global education?

 

Learning experiences like these are in the minority for most children engaging in global education, and as a result, I believe we risk re-establishing, at least conceptually, a form of digital neo-imperialism in the minds of a generation. All I’m suggesting is that those of us involved in this movement need to take a good hard look at what we’re doing for our students, while there is still time to learn from all the students in our global classrooms.

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The Diplomatic Core of US Education

The Diplomatic Core of US Education | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

... the strategic document is another step forward from the US government in advancing the idea that ALL young people should experience international collaboration as part of their education. And, the commitment by the US Department of Education to “walk the talk” and collaborate closely with their peers globally is important.

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The Human Face of Big Data

The Human Face of Big Data | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Learn. Compare. Discover.The Human Face of Big Data is a globally crowdsourced media project focusing on humanity's new ability to collect, analyze, triangulate and visualize vast amounts of data in real time.Explore Data Detectives

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Supporting New Teachers to Make Global Connections

Supporting New Teachers to Make Global Connections | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

 

A global collaboration project doesn't just happen overnight. Like any successful project, it requires planning, preparation, connecting and communicating.

 

Here are three steps teachers can follow to expand the walls of their classrooms, make connections and participate in projects.

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The Story of the Open World Cause

The Story of the Open World Cause | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Open World began as a senior legacy project for Buhler high school in December of 2010. Benjamin Honeycutt, the original founder of the cause, became acquainted with Govinda Prasad Panthy through Artsnacks, an online artists’ community run by Kevin Honeycutt for the last few years. After speaking with Govinda, Ben and Kevin learned that his school (known as the SAV School in a rural region of Bageshwori, Nepal) lacked items that many would consider to be absolute necessities in education. After further discussion, he told them of his dream of bringing internet to his school. However, it soon became clear that his school’s lack of connectivity was going to make helping them a challenge. Govinda made it clear that some of the biggest issues they faced were resource-based.

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2012 Global Education Conference Recording Links and Information

2012 Global Education Conference Recording Links and Information | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
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Join us – Global Classroom 2012-13 Launch LIVE @ #GlobalEd12

Join us – Global Classroom 2012-13 Launch LIVE @ #GlobalEd12 | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
The formal launch of the Global Classroom Project 2012-13 is set to take place at the Global Education Conference  on FRIDAY, November 16. It will take place as part of our Global Classroom Stories...
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Bringing Global Connections and Exchange to Life

Bringing Global Connections and Exchange to Life | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Since 1999, with these specific needs in mind, the iEARN community has worked with the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to connect US classrooms with classrooms in countries with significant Muslim populations. In 2002, seven years before President Obama’s Cairo-Kansas speech, ECA consolidated iEARN’s CIVICS and BRIDGE programs, as well as school connectivity programs facilitated by other organizations, and launched the Global Connections and Exchange Program (GCE). A hidden gem among more well-known State Department exchange programs, GCE results have been impressive...

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Is Your School Teaching the Language of Globalism?

Is Your School Teaching the Language of Globalism? | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
The other day I drove a stretch of US-59 from Houston's Bush International Airport to a high school in a fairly beaten-down neighborhood. A few years ago, Sharpstown High School was on what its principal called a "death march." Six years later, Sharpstown International is among those earning the district's highest rank: exemplary.

 

"Six years ago, we didn't have anything," Sharpstown International Principal Chang Yu says. Faced with a failing school, the Houston Independent School District asked Asia Society to help start a new small school, Sharpstown International School, in the same neighborhood. The idea was to use proven reform efforts to make unsuccessful schools successful. Chang adds, without prompting or hesitation: "Without the Asia Society we wouldn't be here."

 

It was great to hear that, of course. I had read and heard about the work for months, but before this day I hadn't walked the halls of one of our hallmark schools, schools now part of our International Studies Schools Network (ISSN), where the proposition is basic: learn about the world, and you'll be better prepared for the world once your school days are done.

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Envoy puts focus on people-to-people ties | The Japan Times Online

Envoy puts focus on people-to-people ties | The Japan Times Online | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
"What I do worry is about the people-to-people ties, the ties between our younger generations. If our younger generations don't know each other, then the bonds (between the two countries) will get weaker, and that is the biggest challenge to our two countries. And we need to make sure that doesn't happen," he stressed.

 

The declining educational exchanges between the two nations is one of his deepest areas of concern, in particular the fall in the number of Japanese studying in U.S. institutions, and vice versa, Roos said.

 

... Roos says he has set a specific focus on areas of cooperation that include people-to-people connections, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Eat That Frog! at the December #GlobalClassroom Chat

Eat That Frog! at the December #GlobalClassroom Chat | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Eating Frogs for Global Classrooms

 

The chat topic title comes from a nifty Global Education Conference keynote by the awesome social meda maven Beth Kanter. While discussing procrastination, Beth asked us to “eat that frog,” as explained by author Brian Tracy:

 

An old saying is that “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long!” Your “FROG” is the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it now! It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment. ...

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Kennedy-Lugar YES Program 10th Anniversary Kick-Off!

Kennedy-Lugar YES Program 10th Anniversary Kick-Off! | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
On December 12, 2012, the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program will host a world-wide virtual Kickoff Party commemorating its 10th year.
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Teacher Spotlight From The Middle East: Coby Reynolds

Teacher Spotlight From The Middle East: Coby Reynolds | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
Name: Coby Reynolds         Grade/Subject Currently Teaching: 6th Grade – All Subjects Current City: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Why do you think it’s important to connect your students globally ...
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Our Messy World: Learning From and With, Not About

Our Messy World: Learning From and With, Not About | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

"I am increasingly concerned by our natural tendency as educators to try to simplify the world into a well-designed classroom experience which serves our curricular demands. Certainly, the world and its problems are messy, and there are layers of complexity which are beyond many students to understand, but keeping global learning clean and easy to fit into the scope and sequence of our curricula often means offering less-than-authentic experiences for our students. ...

 

... That said, teachers who strive to build global classrooms in the developed world need to realize that such an approach to partnerships just exacerbates the impression that we are exploiting classrooms across the developing world for the sake of our own students.

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Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack

Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack is a unique inter-agency coalition formed in 2010 to address the problem of targeted attacks on education during armed conflict.

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5 Ways to Inspire Students Through Global Collaboration

5 Ways to Inspire Students Through Global Collaboration | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

The Internet has made the world smaller. Teachers can now collaborate with classrooms around the world to expose different culture to students. Two educators listed just a few of the advantages of investing in a globally connected classroom during a recent webinar hosted by EdWeb.

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The Flat Classroom Project - Taking the Long View

Australia/Sydney-based award winning educator, Chris Betcher, talks about the long-term advantages for students of connecting and collaborating globally. He includes footage from his students today who worked on global projects over 10 years ago and the impact this had on their lives and future careers.

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Connecting Classrooms to Build Understanding

Connecting Classrooms to Build Understanding | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
             I have recently had the great pleasure of working with an AFJROTC Global Studies class in North Carolina and an English class in Dezful, Khuzestan, Iran.  Students met via Skype, askin...
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