UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon will launch a Global Initiative on Education (Education First), which aims to achieve quality, relevant and inclusive education for every child on 26 September, 2012.
In a world as interconnected as the one we live in today, the importance of the online world for Intercultural Learning (ICL) cannot not be underlined enough. So many interactions occur online for students and professionals who are involved in education and we need to know how the connections in the online world affect those we work with and those we care about. By its own nature, the online world is a place for the interaction of cultures.
2012 National Teacher of the Year, Rebecca Mieliwocki, has just returned from China and Singapore where she experienced first-hand how two of the most advanced educational systems in the world prepare students to compete in a global marketplace.
Through Microsoft YouthSpark, the company will dedicate the majority of its cash contributions to nonprofits that serve the youth population around the world. In addition, Microsoft YouthSpark will include Office 365 for education, free technology tools for all teachers and students to power learning and collaboration, and Skype in the classroom, a free global community for teachers to connect their students with others around the world.
The KC children liked the alphabet video so much that they asked me to tweet the link in case other children were learning about letters. Another Kindergarten class on the other side of the world tweeted back to say that they really liked the video because that's just what they were learning about! The KC children tweeted back to ask them if they had any other good ideas for learning letters. We are waiting for their reply.
This is a delightful example, initiated and followed up by students, of how class learning networks can support learning.
On Thursday, September 20, 2012 our students at P.S. 368 were graced by a visit by Her Highness Sheika Moza.
Qatar is a monarchy and Her Heighness is the wife of His Highness the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Over the past 15 years in her role as Her Highness, Sheikh Moza has worked hard on education and social reform in the nation of Qatar....
Last week was the first time that she visited one of the Arabic programs supported by Qatar Foundation International. An impressionable experience for our students, parents, administrators and staff - the visit highlighted the growth of our program and also was an offshoot of the school community and GLP’s mission to support and foster 21st century students.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted “What are Global Collaborative Projects?”. Many, many types of projects exist and thousands or even tens of thousands of students are participating in such projects at any one time across the globe. It is my strong belief that students should participate in such a project as least ONCE per year in at least ONE of their classes.
Two global education champions, Asia Society’s Tony Jackson and Soliya’s Lucas Welch, have published blog posts this week that go to heart of the mission of our Connect All Schools consortium. Both posts are stark reminders of how little US and Muslim relations have changed since September 11, 2001. Both posts, however, are also optimistic in how much more capable we are—with new tools, resources, and knowledge—to positively affect these relations.
“I learned to be brave and confident. We learned to establish social relations and our relations improved throughout the project we did. I believe that, even though we live in a very traditional country, as women we can set goals and live to reach them.” - Afghan Student Participant
“The way we were worried about the girls after the attacks in Kabul; if everyone had that about people around the world, the world would be more peaceful.” - US Student Participant
The September #globalclassroom chats proved, yet again, to be an engaging conversation around the magic of flattening your classroom, connecting with others around the globe and collaborative sharing by participants. Our topic, “What is Global Taxonomy”, inspired by the tremendous work done by Julie Lindsay & Vicki A. Davis in Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds, proved to be lively and informative.
European Schoolnet (EUN) is a network of 30 Ministries of Education in Europe and beyond. EUN was created 15 years ago to bring innovation in teaching and learning to its key stakeholders: Ministries of Education, schools, teachers and researchers.
European Schoolnet’s activities are divided among three areas of work: Policy, research and innovation Schools services Learning resource exchange and interoperability
“We are delighted to be able to expand our interactivity and reach to teachers and learners around the globe with our new Curriki partnership,” said Ed Fish, president of ePals. “Together, ePals and Curriki are delivering quality content to learners everywhere who are increasingly looking to collaborative, internet-‐enabled environments that feature access to a broad selection of open education resources. This partnership helps advance ePals’ core mission to play a major role in educating the world, whether it be one school, one classroom or one student at a time.”
Chris has shown us the power of relationships, but we need to translate that power into the age of social media. We need to determine how we can leverage the power of these new technologies to emulate the way he interacted but at a vastly larger scale ...
When we cancelled school at noon last Friday because of a scheduled protest at the U.S. Embassy, across the street from the school, we hastily grabbed a few things and headed out to start the weekend a few hours early, giddy to enjoy what I call football weather: sunny and cool. We kept tabs on the embassy protest through the news agencies, never considering the embassy fortress with its maximum security walls and marines on duty could be penetrated. We were stunned to see that a protester got to the flag pole, took down the American flag and raised the black flag of the Salifist Islamic party. Hearts sank as a little later we heard that the recreation center area, which houses a pool facility and gym that we share with the embassy, was on fire.
The world is growing increasingly diverse. Once-divergent cultures are now learning and working together. The Global School by William Kist explains why students need an intercultural critical education, as well as how it will help them thrive in ...
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