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A space for collecting advice and support for teachers who are connecting their classrooms with others internationally. Nov 3

Design Thinking « Design Thinking for Educators It is a mindset Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education. Classrooms and schools across the world are facing design challenges every single day, from teacher feedback systems to daily schedules. Wherever they fall on the spectrum of scale—the challenges educators are confronted with are real, complex, and varied. And as such, they require new perspectives, new tools, and new approaches. Design Thinking « Design Thinking for Educators
‘Team Teaching’ as shared experience ‘Team Teaching’ as shared experience For many educators the professional experience can be a paradoxically lonely one. Teaching is all about communication and relationships, they spend most of their time with large groups of people, yet their position is unique and in many ways isolating. They spend class time as an ‘other’ in a large group of peers, conceptually if not physically alone, and when the classes leave and the work of planning and assessment begins they are often physically alone as well. The personal implications of this are obvious but there are professional implications as well. In an isolated situation is is hard to develop and progress in what you are doing, as the impetus to do so must come entirely from within, and the models and ideas for next steps must be created from nothing or very deliberately sought out. Why else are so many teachers eagerly communicating through platforms such as twitter, blogs and other social media?
Horizon Scanning study points to a ‘new kind of pedagogy’ in higher education by 2020 Traditional lecturers may soon be replaced by networks of online mentors working for several universities, a new study predicts. In the report, titled Horizon Scanning: What will higher education look like in 2020? Internet mentors could supplant traditional lecturers Internet mentors could supplant traditional lecturers
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Teachers Tweeting Teachers: Building a Community of Practice through Twitter Teachers Tweeting Teachers: Building a Community of Practice through Twitter During a leadership team (LT) meeting of the San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) in January 2012 we were talking about digital tools and the ways that teachers—and all of us are teachers—use or don’t use online forums for communication. We have had this discussion before as we continue to explore ways to stay connected without (or in addition to) face-to-face meetings. And in spite of this wish for digital connections, we have found that many teachers, including many of us in this group, really don’t participate in online forums.
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International Education News l The PIE News l 2020: Demand for HE to outpace international student mobility International Education News l The PIE News l 2020: Demand for HE to outpace international student mobility Improved domestic provision of higher education, increased intraregional student mobility and the overall growth of Transnational Education (TNE), will meet the growing demand for higher education in 2020 say over 20 global higher education leaders. “TNE variants may prove to be a more prudent recruitment vehicle than relying only on international students” Growth in global HE international enrolments will decline from 5-6% to 1.4% annually in 2020 as demand in the developed world slows and supply in BRIC countries increases, the paper claims. Major destinations such as France, Germany and New Zealand are already experiencing this: their international enrolments grew by less than 10% from 2005 to 2010. “In practical terms I don’t think it means anything dramatic.
Using Video for Social Learning Video can be an engaging content medium, when done professionally, for social learning and sharing knowledge. As we can see online education has grown nearly 25 percent in the past four years, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, this may also suggest the public’s interest in video as a learning tool. Video can also be easily deployed to virtual teams and the general public to: Instruct on a product or processConvey complex subject matterTell an interesting story Using Video for Social Learning
‘Un autre monde/ Eine andere Welt : Echange scolaire virtuel à l’aide d’une plateforme Moodle et de Machinimas’ ‘Un autre monde/ Eine andere Welt : Echange scolaire virtuel à l’aide d’une plateforme Moodle et de Machinimas’ C’est à l’occasion de Cyber-Langues 2012 que naquit l’idée de mener conjointement un échange franco-allemand virtuel. Partant du constat que nous ne pourrions/voulions pas forcément organiser un échange ‘classique’ pour nos élèves avec une rencontre ponctuelle, nous nous sommes posé la question ‘comment organiser un échange transfrontalier, permettant à nos élèves de progresser en langue sans forcément se rencontrer physiquement’. Nous voulions éviter l’écueil de l’échange qui ne dure qu’une semaine en Allemagne et une semaine en France, et qui peut parfois faire penser à du tourisme, même si les bénéfices de tels échanges ne sont pas négligeables.
Building global learning communities | Cochrane Thomas Cochranea*, Ilona Buchemb, Mar Camachoc, Catherine Cronind, Averill Gordone and Helen Keeganf aCentre for Learning and Teaching, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand; bDepartment of Economics and Social Sciences, Beuth University, Berlin, Germany; cDepartament de Pedagogia, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalunya, Spain; dDepartment of Information Technology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland; eDepartment of Communications, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand; fAcoustics, Digital Media and Audio Engineering, Salford University, Manchester, UK Abstract Building global learning communities | Cochrane
UNDG Report 2013 This chapter summarizes the main findings from the global conversation .There is a strong desire to capture the momentum generated by the MDGs, but also to bring in additional areas and principles from the Millennium Declaration. The consultations also reflect the need to take into account issues that have emerged since 2000, as well as future challenges, particularly those linked to population dynamics and environmental degradation. There is a clear demand for tackling inequality, injustice and insecurity in all manifestations, and a strong recognition of the need to address governance concerns and increase accountability if goals are to be achieved sustainably.
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ESL EFL Conversation worksheets This really only works under specific conditions though. You have to have a small class for this to work and the students have to be of a high enough level that they can maintain a conversation for let’s say 10 to 15 minutes. In larger classes the conversation might be going great but it will be really hard to monitor, to correct and to offer feedback for the different conversations that are going on. For lower-level students it’s sometimes hard for them to maintain the conversation so a lot more teacher intervention is required in order to help them make questions and continue talking. So the worksheets in this section are going to focus mostly on starting conversation techniques that can be used in classes of various sizes.
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Primary Perspective I am finally here! Over the holiday season I have received 2 nominations for the Sunshine Award! (Silent cheer, I am flattered by the nominations from bloggers I admire.) Unfortunately, the holiday season left me little time to write. Ironically, today we are out of school due to "inclement weather" so now I have time to accept my Sunshine Award and bestow it onto fellow bloggers. Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award that Tammy shares in her post:
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Technology: Virtual mobility with a difference « European Association for International Education European Association for International Education
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Our New Interactive Book: Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades
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UNI-COLLABORATION | intercultural exchange | Supporting virtual intercultural exchange between university classrooms across Europe and beyond.
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The language of Twitter: the rise of MFL teachers online | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional
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How a Social Collaboration Platform Can Overcome Virtual Team Distance
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Launching The Global Classroom Mentors Project
Cross-Cultural/International Communication - Ethnocentrism, Factors affecting cross-cultural business communication
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15 Great Google tutorials for Teachers
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A Relief Teacher's Journey - A new teacher's thoughts on working in the Western Australian education system
Classrooms as Complex Adaptive Systems: A Relational Model
Why Teachers Need Social Media Training, Not Just Rules
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Year 9 Passion-driven project … using social media to have a real world impact! | Bianca Hewes
Designing for Participant Engagement with Blackboard Collaborate
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Using social media as a language learning tool | Teacher Network Blog | Guardian Professional
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