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A big list of options for connecting globally

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As one school year closes and we have a little time to breathe and make plans for another. A little while back I began to collect a list of my favorite discoveries for engaging in global connections and participation for my pre-service grad students. Here’s the growing curation and below are a few highlights of […]

The 5-Clue Challenge (#5cluechallenge)

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While planning a post compiling all the cool global literacy projects out there, I began having so much fun with one simple project that I decided it was worth its own little post. The 5 Clue Challenge is a traditional guessing game, kinda like Name that Tune. Here’s how it works. In short videos, students and […]

#inTLchat

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#inTLchat (in + tlchat) It seems so simple that I cannot figure out why it didn’t hit us sooner. Putting an “in” in front of the #tlchat hashtag we’ve been using forever, changes everything. It’s sticky. It’s (of course) international. And it’s already gaining global traction. Teacher librarians are the ultimate connectors and I don’t […]

Launching #tlmatch: for connecting with that special other librarian

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What if we considered some new equations? At a recent webinar the subject of opening our library walls came up. It often does. The subject of equations came up as well. I love the idea of considering our reach as librarians without borders. Of considering how we might connect our learners in meaningful inquiry beyond the […]

Global Oneness Project: free, interdisciplinary instruction and engagement

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If you are seeking to inspire global awareness, critical thinking and student engagement, share the Global Oneness Project with your secondary classroom teacher partners. The Global Oneness Project offers an award-winning, interdisciplinary collection of films, photo essays, and articles exploring cultural, social, and environmental issues. All resources are free and are accompanied by rich standards-aligned lesson plans that […]

Fantasy Geopolitics

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Developed by Minnesota high school social studies teacher Eric Nelson, Fantasy Geopolitics is an easy, fun and social way to get learners thinking about our flattened world.  Nelson began the game in 2009 as a strategy to engage his own students at North Lakes Charter School. Leveraging the popularity and competition of fantasy sports, this […]

Better World Education: a curriculum for leading kids to lead global change

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Better World Education is an online learning space designed to engage learners and coordinate teachers in leading positive change in the world.  It’s a globally adaptable academic curriculum for global good. Built by reweave, a US-registered nonprofit, the attractive format and curriculum focuses on social, emotional and academic learning goals using three key layers: Empathy […]

Global Collaboration Day

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My guess is that opening your library, and your school culture, to global opportunities is already high on your to-do list for 2015/16.  Here are a couple of ways to get started now, no matter where in the world you work. I the share news of two major free events from organizers Lucy Gray and […]

Translator is here. Forget the four walls thing.

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I am convinced. Global is a critical new literacy.  Now there’s no reason not to be global and to live it with learners. Just around a year ago I wrote a post about being  blown away by Microsoft’s demo of Skype’s Translator service for real-time conversations with captions across language barriers.  While it’s been available […]