Presentation on theme: "Sharing Culture through Global Classroom Connections"— Presentation transcript:
1Sharing Culture through Global Classroom Connections The World is an Open BoxSharing Culture through Global Classroom ConnectionsSharon CavinessKellie GarciaOctober 29, 2013
2Snack and SurveyPlease take a few minutes to complete the survey on your table. This data will be used to measure staff and student growth as we complete this school-wide culture project this year.
3The World is an Open Box Global Classroom Connections Skype / Face Time / Google Hangout SessionsPen Pals – Letter Exchange- sCulture Box ExchangeProfessional Development in Skype and Google EarthGlobal Awareness Fair
4ACS and GBTACS Strategic Plan- Each ACS student will be globally aware, independent, responsible learners and citizens. Strategic Objective: All teachers will engage each student in meaningful, authentic and rigorous work through the use of innovative instructional practices and supportive technologies that will motivate students to be self-directed and inquisitive learners.GBT Continuous Improvement Plan- Teachey Elementary will improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education for all students during the school year as measured by an improvement in the school’s overall performance composite from 71.1% proficient in to 75% in Action step: All grade levels will provide project-based learning through the adoption of another country so that students may develop and increase global awareness.
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6Global Classroom Connections https://education.skype.comPlease make your grade level connection and adopt your classroom/country by November 15.K1st2nd3rd4th5th
7Video Communication Skype Face Time Google Hangout You will be expected to conduct at least two face-to-face video sessions with your adopted classroom . One session should be conducted before Christmas break and another session should be completed by the end of February. You are welcome to communicate more often, but these two are expected.
8Pen Pals Snail Mail- Postal Letters Emails Students may enjoy communicating with their partner classroom through letter writing, holiday cards, picture exchanges, etc. These activities may be incorporated in your writing instruction and provide additional handwriting practice for upper grades.Lower grades may consider this activity as one of their shared writing lessons.
9Culture Box ExchangeEach grade will fill a culture box with items that represent key elements of our own culture. These may be represented through pictures, writing, small objects, videos, photographs, etc.“Their experience of putting together a box or package of things that represent themselves, their schools and their communities can be a good exercise in problem solving. Who are we? How do we represent that? What do we want our friends to know about us? For some students this may be the first time they have thought about these things.”Quote from Diane Midness iEARN-USA International Education and Resource Network
10Deadline for Culture Box Shipping Elements of CultureGovernmentLanguageReligionEconomyHolidaysTechnologyEntertainment – sports, etc.FoodWay of DressSchoolThe Arts- Music / Literature / ArtDeadline for Culture Box ShippingJanuary 17th*The school will provide one standard size box and postage for each grade level.
11Culture Box ExchangePlease arrange to have your adopted classroom send a culture box from their country. Communicate this expectation early to allow enough time for the arrival of box and preparation for a cultural fair.Other country boxes should arrive no later than February 28th.“Once students have something tangible in their hands from somewhere they may not have known existed before they started a collaboration, the relationship with their partners becomes very real and they feel very connected.” Diane Midness iEARN-USA
12Global Awareness Fair tentatively March 25, 2014 Each grade level will be responsible for sharing the information learned about the culture of their country.Artifacts received from the countryTechnology projects-Photo Story, PowerPoint, Glogster, Voice Thread, Wiki, etc.(We encourage the use of technology as a way to share final information learned to meet our STEM objective.)
13What is Skype?Skype is a software program that allows users to make text, voice, and video calls through the Internet to share experiences with people wherever they are in the world.Available for download on devices-Mobile phonesComputersTablets
14Let’s Get Started… Go to skype.com Download the Skype application. Follow the prompts to install the program.Open a new account or sign in with an existing. Follow steps.
16Skype Roles from “Around the World in 80 Schools”
17Practice a Skype Learning Call Today we will be using Skype to connect with Crystal Simpson, a former teacher and friend who now lives in Wiesbaden, Germany.We will work through the roles, just as students in your classroom would follow roles in the Skype learning call.
18Next Steps… Familiarize yourself with Skype. Practice with colleagues. Practice with grade-level classes.Begin thinking about ways you can incorporate this in your classroom and engage students in global learning. Documents can be found in the public folder on the network.Discuss project expectations with partner teacher.Set up appointment to Skype partner classrooms.Next staff development- Google Earth Ideas