A fresh emphasis on innovation and global competence sends a new imperative to middle level schools that is both exciting and challenging.
Schools must provide an education for each student to prepare them for success in this rapidly changing world rather than educating them for the world in which their parents and teachers grew up. Our middle-level students now will be buying, selling, and communicating, either face-to-face or through technology, with people whose backgrounds and cultures are different from their own. They will be working in collaborative teams that represent increased diversity and various points of view. They will be using technologies that have not yet been invented. Middle-level educators cannot continue to prepare students to live in the world of typewriters and landlines—of silos and isolation—when that world is quickly disappearing.
It would take 11 days to get there by ship. The year was 1956, and John Minsker, a soon-to-be high school senior, was setting sail with 700 other young Americans with the American Field Service to spend a summer abroad in Europe.
“On this day, we call for the creation of supportive teaching environments, adequate teacher training and safeguards for the rights of teachers,” the agency chiefs said, calling on governments to provide required training and fair salaries reflecting the importance of the profession while teachers, in turn, must be accountable to their students and communities.
“We must break the vicious cycle of declining professional conditions for teachers in order to improve the quality of learning for all,” they added. “The world expects a lot from teachers – they, in turn, are right to expect as much from us.”
From the deep learning benefits for students to the professional development opportunities for staff, head teachers tell Louise Tickle why international collaboration is high on their school's agenda...
Have you ever wished you had the tools and support to create a global classroom? Throughout one week in November, each year, the Global Education Conference connects educators from around the world, professionals who share best practices, collaborative tools and innovative ideas with each other. This free, online event happens around the clock, with presenters and attendees from different time zones handing the baton to the next innovator in line.
Last year, GNG partnered with School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) in a yearlong program that connected over 200 students in Afghanistan and the US. To increase the impact of the program, GNG and SOLA also produced a mini-series, Youth LINKS TV, that will be aired on Afghan Television this fall
Daring. This is a word most people associate with jumping out of planes or difficult rescue missions, but Malala Yousafzai is asking for an education -- and not just an education for herself, but also for the 32 million girls her age or younger in...
Google is celebrating World Teachers’ Day with a couple big announcements. In an effort to increase the connections between educators and learners around the world, they’ve assembled a whole slew of interesting Google+ Hangouts as well as a daily topic for each day of the week.
Exchange 2.0 is a critical next step in international education and exchange that leverages the power of new technologies to vastly increase the number & diversity of students who have a profound cross-cultural experience as part of their education. The pressing need to multiply constructive people-to-people connections and build bridges across divided cultures is clear.
Virtual exchange provides a possible solution: high-impact, affordable, cross-cultural exchange programs with the potential to reach the more than 98 percent of young adults who will not participate in a physical exchange or study abroad program.
World Teachers’ Day, held annually on October 5th since 1994 - when it was created by UNESCO - celebrates teachers worldwide. Its aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.
"In celebration of World Teacher's Day on Friday, we're taking one more step to help make kids' dreams become more of a reality. We're excited to announce that we're adding six fantastic organizations to Skype in the classroom: NASA's Digital Learning Network™, The National Museum of the Royal Navy and HMS Victory, British Council, Woodland Trust, VerbalizeIt, Action Aid, Education through Expedition and Choose2Matter. These organizations will join our many existing affiliates to help enrich the educational experiences of teachers and students worldwide."
In the garden, students put their first tentative roots into their new homes, and learned through all of their senses, about their new host country. Blind students explored the gardens through taste and touch. Students with mobility disabilities prepared homemade applesauce or searched overgrown plants for ripe zucchini. Everyone was able to contribute, regardless of disability.
A deaf student from the Philippines led a blind student from Ghana along rows of raised beds. Kazakhs and Egyptians shared stories (and the last of summer’s snap peas) with Turks and Ukrainians. Students reached across disability, religion and ethnicity, and in the process discovered that there is perhaps no better place than a garden to find common ground—and a sense of community.
"It is too soon to declare MOOC's either a silly fad or a silver bullet. But it is not too soon to declare 2012 the year that the public finally understood the potential for adult learning on a global scale. When a 10-week survey in modern and contemporary American poetry attracts more than 20,000 students around the world—as one offered by Coursera apparently just did—something important is happening."
“If you make your mark, you can reach your goal. The Dot is a GREAT story. The Dot is an inspiring story. The Dot isn’t all about art. Keep trying. Never give up, EVER! Vashti said she COULDN’T draw, but she COULD!” ~Danny and Elijah
The Global Education Coalition – New York City (GEC-NYC) came together in the summer of 2011 to improve our organizations’ support of local educators in their work to create globally competent youth. To that end, we cordially invite you to meet us at our Global Education Open House on Thursday, October 5. The event will provide members of the education community an opportunity to
· share their experiences with building global citizens; · learn about global educational resources offered by the 16 organizations of the GEC-NYC; · access free classroom materials; · network with peers.
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