Saturday, March 18, 2017

At last, a way to measure global competence. A great article. Well worth the read. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Tips for teaching, assessing global competence
Tips for teaching, assessing global competence
The Program for International Student Assessment is set to include a measure of "global competence," teacher and author Wendi Pillars writes in this blog post. She shares how to turn theory about what constitutes global competence into practice and ideas for assessing the skill.
SmartBrief/Education (3/15) 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

This is a great article on how to help teachers move students forward as they become global-ready students. Well worth the read. Courtesy of ASC SmartBrief.

3 levers for global-ready students
Global learning is gaining ground in states that adopt global competency learning standards; in schools that invite parents and educators to draw on their personal, global connections; and in classrooms that build on the promise of virtual exchanges. In a world increasingly defined by its interconnectedness, global competency is as much an essential skill as reading or mathematics. Read now.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I am thinking this might provide some important information. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Some US schools take global approach to testing

Schools that have joined a global network managed by national education organization America Achieves administer tests similar to the Program for International Student Assessment. The goal is to track student performance on a global scale.
The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (1/2) 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

This article provides teachers with excellent online resources for building students' global view. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Beyond your classroom's walls
How do teachers begin to prepare students for global citizenship and equip them with 21st century skills? First, build a global learning community. Second, expose students to global language through books and technology tools. Third, use global literature in the classroom. Lotta Larson shares a wealth of online resources for global exploration and virtual field trips in Educational Leadership. Read now.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

News Literacy Project creates resource for spotting fake news - One of the most important strategies for students to develop when using the internet, is the ability to determine fake news and information. This article is a great resources. Courtesy of ASDC SmartBrief.

Officials with the News Literacy Project has developed an infographic that seeks to help students and teachers detect fake news. Project officials say the resource, Ten Questions For Fake News Detection, was developed in response to educator concerns about how best to address the issue in classes.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (12/29)  

 Be sure to visit the NLP link and sign up for the free news letter.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

I rarely post advertisements, but this one is free and provides a great opportunity for educators around the world to connect. Enjoy! Courtesy of edublogs


Our New Year's Resolution...

The Edublogs Weekly Blogging Club

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Guided Inquiry allows students to connect globally. One of the emotional abilities we need to cultivate is empathy - in order to allow our students to benefit from the new information they discover. Here is a great article, courtesy of Mind/Shift that addresses this issue. Enjoy!

Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning

Empathy is a topic being discussed in the aftermath of this divisive presidential election. Thom Markham writes about how necessary empathy is for kids to thrive in school and modern life. Empathy is "the feeling of being able to understand and share another person's experiences and emotions." Markham describes some positive traits empathy can foster such as creativity, unity, collaboration and whole-child learning. It can also open up students for project-based learning and inquiry.

"Ready or not, education is entering an age in which social learning is the new norm," Markham writes. "Pure academics are giving way to increased opportunities for students to work together; teachers increasingly take on the role of co-learner and facilitator; listening, learning, and teaming are the new core skills. At the heart of this new skillfulness for everyone is the ability to forge deep connections lead to creative problem solving and positive pursuits. Taken all together, this makes empathy critical to schools. In fact, very soon we will need to invent a new taxonomy of learning that makes empathy the base of the learning pyramid." Learn more

Thursday, November 24, 2016

This is one of the best articles I have read on the impact of the internet on interpersonal relationships. It also provides a safe vehicle for teachers who wish to pursue the option for their students. Well worth the read. Enjoy! Courtesy of Mind/Shift

How Cross-Cultural Dialogue Builds Critical Thinking and Empathy 

Generation Global is helping students engage in dialogue to help bridge cultures. Guided video chats help students get to know one another to deepen understanding. The goal of dialogue is to make the exotic familiar. "One of the side effects of familiarity is it makes it very hard to hang on to prejudice." Learn More

Friday, November 18, 2016

Microsoft, release Minecraft Hour of Code Designer - Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Students as young as age 6 can learn about coding through the free tutorial, Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, released by Microsoft and The tutorial includes offline capabilities for those who may not have access to the internet.
GeekWire (11/15),  T.H.E. Journal (11/15),  Engadget (11/15) 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

When should children learn to type? - Guided Inquiry implies the use of a computer keyboard. Here is an article that helps think about keyboarding. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Students are learning to type at a younger age than ever before. Lori D'Andrea, a computer-technology teacher in Connecticut, says her approach to typing instruction with her kindergarten, first- and second-grade students is relaxed -- particularly because children at such a young age face some physical barriers to learning how to type well.
The Atlantic online (10/20) 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

One of the first steps of bcoming a global citizen is to understand what being a citizen in your own country means. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How to get students interested in current events
There are several ways teachers can integrate real-life politics in classroom lessons, writes Allan DeCarlo, an AP history and government teacher in New York. In this blog post, DeCarlo suggests involving parents and using digital tools to engage students in current events.
SmartBrief/Education (10/19)