We’re always interested in programs that help teachers and their students connect with each other.
About the Global Classroom Project
This is our story.
When we began our 2011-12 Project, we had some goals in mind:
- We set out to help teachers improve their classroom practice, through collaborating and sharing expertise with teachers around the world …
- We set out to create a community which fosters global dialogue and discussion between teachers and students …
- We wanted our students to have regular opportunities to share, learn and collaborate with children around the world, helping them to discover our common humanity …
And we are succeeding beyond our wildest dreams …
We now find ourselves running a global educational network involving hundreds of teachers, and thousands of students, across 32 countries and 6 continents.
Our wiki, blog, Facebook, and Skype groups have proved to be vibrant online spaces for teachers to connect, share, and collaborate globally …
And, to our astonishment, the monthly #globalclassroom Twittter chats, created by @mgraffin, became the world’s first global education chats, open to all teachers interested in flattening their classroom walls.
We’ve created a global community.
We have succeeded in creating a true educational community, where teachers support each-other’s learning. find new friends, and make global connections which transform their teaching and learning spaces in unexpected and empowering ways.
Where else can you find a teacher in remote Nepal connecting his students with the world?
Or the teacher in Taiwan whose classroom has been transformed through her Skype connections and conversations with teachers worldwide?
Where else can you find such an amazingly diverse group of people, from all walks of life, who are keen to connect, share, and collaborate with you?
This is impacting on our students too …
Our teachers have created opportunities for their students (of all ages) to learn, share, and work with children around the world – through Edmodo, Skype, Wikis, VoiceThread and Flat Stanley exchanges.
We are teaching our students, through real-life connections, how to connect and collaborate globally; and who knows what impact this will have later in life?
Kids Speak 2011-12 (@frazierde)
And yet, this is just the beginning …
When we launched Global Classroom 2011-12 last year, we had no idea where it would ultimately lead. The connections, the learning, and the sharing amongst our members has been astonishing, and the opportunities this project has afforded continue to surprise and inspire its creators.
Our 2011-12 project runs through to June 2012, and we look forward to sharing our members’ projects and students’ learning over the months to come.
Find Us Online:
Twitter: Use the #globalclassroom hashtag
Skype: Send a contact request to mgraffin, and ask to join the group
VoiceThread: Send request to @frazierde (or email debfrazier4@ gmail.com)