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Starting Your Journey as a Global Educator

Are you interested in getting your classroom involved globally? Are you interested in trying something innovative, fun, exciting, and challenging with your classroom? Are you looking to further your connections and professional development beyond your classrooms…

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Added by Meghan Reid on August 19, 2014 at 2:06pm — No Comments


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a link to my Global Collaboration Project: ConnectedEducators.EU Plan

Hi everyone, in case you're interested, here's a link to my Global Collaboration Project: ConnectedEducators.EU Plan…

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Added by Sean Thomas on June 11, 2014 at 1:37am — No Comments


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Minor Assignment #2 - Handshake Design Task

Minor Assignment #2 - Handshake Design Task / Activity

Handshake Activity for the Art Connects Project

 

Age Level = 7th grade (12-13 year olds)

The needs for this age group, in terms of the Handshake Activity, are pretty basic.  The activity needs to engaging, allow for individuality, allow for creativity, easy to use so that the students are successful right away, lends itself to asynchronous sharing, and can be finished in 1 class period.  As far as this…

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Added by Mary Swanson on June 5, 2014 at 7:50am — 1 Comment


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My Initial "Connect" Class Design

It is pretty long but this is the general outline I would like to follow (a work in progress) for a year-long 'CONNECT' class I am designing for 45 middle schoolers next year. They will be team-taught in classes of 22 & 23 students. 

here is the description on the wiki.

Added by Adam Carter on May 13, 2014 at 5:53pm — 2 Comments


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Minor Assignment #2 - Handshake Task

Age level of participants: 5th Grade

 

Needs of age group: The handshake task must be simple, easy to create and can be completed in one class period.  

 

Tools to use: Noteapp.com.  Noteapp is a simple online bulletin board to place sticky notes.  

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Added by Lesa Bak on May 11, 2014 at 2:37am — No Comments


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My Handshake Unit

In designing my new "CONNECT" class, I want to go beyond a simple Handshake task in order to create a more comprehensive handshake unit that accomplishes the following objectives:

1) Introduce the idea of collaborative learning

2) Allow students to experiment with some of the tech tools we will be using in the class

3) peer-to-peer teaching

We have 45 students in our middle school, so we are dividing them into 2 groups of 22&23 students. At the outset the teachers…

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Added by Adam Carter on May 8, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments


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More 3D printing

For the past couple weeks I have been immersed in 3D Printing.  I have met with the director of CSU 3D Lab.  His work is simply amazing.  He is collaboratively working with 5 global universities with the end product being a paraplegic stand up and a kick a soccer ball at the opening ceremony at the World Cup!  Then, at the end of the day my Maker Bot arrived!

Added by Tracey winey on May 7, 2014 at 9:27am — 2 Comments

Research Participants Needed

Global Colleagues,   

          I am working on my doctoral dissertation through Walden University and would like to ask for your support.

          I am investigating teacher personal and professional perceptions on learning in virtual learning communities and I need participants. 

          The…

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Added by Rose Arnell on May 6, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments


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Adam's 3D Printing Film

Here is a link to my film on YouTube. References can be seen here on awikipage.  

Added by Adam Carter on May 5, 2014 at 2:21pm — 1 Comment


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Click here to meet Open Content Advocates! Click hereto meet Open Content Advocates!

Click here to meet Open Content Advocates!…

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Added by Sean Thomas on May 5, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments


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Chapter 10

After reading chapter 10, I explored some of the resources mentioned.  I liked the TIGed site.  It gives resources that can be filtered down into 4 different areas:  lesson plans, research, videos, and collaborative projects.  It seems like a great source for generating ideas for designing our projects.  The case # 21 highlights it.  Thanks.

Added by Mary Swanson on May 2, 2014 at 5:38pm — 1 Comment

Challenge 15 Tell Your Story

As I began to reflect about this challenge an incident came to me which occurred during a best practices professional development strand for the foreign language teachers at our high school. Being foreign language teachers we are often overlooked among our administration and fellow faculty members. We were interested in our role in implementing and supporting the new Common Core standards. We decided that we would use this opportunity to get together and share what we did in our classrooms…

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Added by Melissa Bailey on April 23, 2014 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Challenge 15

Challenge 15: Tell Your Story

 

            I can't believe I made it! Through all of the rough patches I've had this semester, I've arrived at the last Flat Classroom Challenge! This semester challenged my preconceived notion of what it means to teach as well as how to collaborate.

            I completed all of the fourteen previous challenges arrayed before me (although maybe not in the most timely manner. I thank Dr. Kinney for putting up with me). I think, perhaps,…

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Added by Ryan Bailey on April 20, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Challenge 14

I do not currently have a classroom, so I had to collaborate with a colleague that does. I have chosen to work with the very helpful, Melissa Bailey. She helped me understand how professional development works at her particular school. She told me that students are not typically present at these events and that she might suggest such a thing to the administration. However, she did tell me about how they often work with UNA as well as former high school graduates now attending other schools,…

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Added by Ryan Bailey on April 18, 2014 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Challenge 13

I had problems with Challenge 13, almost right from the get go. At first, I deliberated on what to actually do for a project. While browsing for ideas, I stumbled across a website that I thought I might like to use; however, it required administrator approval to join to create a page to display. After failing to hear back from the administrator I decided to seek help from another source. With another student in this class, I decided to go ahead with an idea for a wiki that details…

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Added by Ryan Bailey on April 18, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Challenge 12

My Challenge 12 Video!

I opted to go with Smilebox instead of Camtasia for this projects. It looks a little flashier in my opinion.…

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
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Added by Ryan Bailey on April 18, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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Global Competence via Collaboration

 Global Competence via Collaboration

Added by Sean Thomas on April 18, 2014 at 5:53am — 2 Comments

Challenge 13

I had a late start with challenge 13 and was not able to join the class group I wanted. I got busy and made my own wiki with the help of another student from our class who was also unable the join the "Neat Near You" group, we called it "Backyard Sleuths." The purpose of the project is to research interesting places close by (North Alabama) where teachers or students could learn and enjoy themselves. It could be used to help plan school trips or a family outing. It could also be used as…

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Added by Melissa Bailey on April 17, 2014 at 2:02pm — No Comments


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Research - Global Collaboration

After seeing all the information gathered in our quad blog, I am excited that education is moving in this global collaboration direction.  The iEARN website, with all the case studies, was a new find that seemed very informative too.   It aligns nicely with all the research our team found.

The site highlighted ten or so studies that involved global collaboration and its impact on teaching and learning.  There were dissertations, surveys, and research studies that all explored…

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Added by Mary Swanson on April 16, 2014 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment


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3D Printing in Education

I am so happy to work on this topic.  I am getting a 3D printer for my library in two weeks!  I have already done research on 3D Printing and am in process of gathering new data.  And, I am looking forward to working with Adam and Dan to learn more about the environmental effects and legal issues as well.  Furthermore; we plan on collaborating even after this class ends!

Added by Tracey winey on April 16, 2014 at 9:45am — 2 Comments

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