Monday, June 29, 2015

Getting All Global-y

I attended the Global Education Day #globaled15 yesterday and continued to enjoy the connections and conversations that developed. While I have attended the Global Education Conference in the past, I've never had a chance to attend this great opportunity at ISTE...until this year.



First, BIG shout-out (again) to Steve Hargadon (@stevehargadon) and Lucy Gray (@elemenous). There's nothing more energizing than meeting, working with and learning from Good People, and these two are just that: REALLY Good People.

THE MASTER DOC:
Here's the awesome resources from the day with links to crowdsourced notes, people to follow on twitter and pretty amazing projects: http://bit.ly/GED2015

SESSION 1 TAKEAWAYS:
The first break-out I attended focused on Leadership, facilitated by Brandon Wiley, who authored a chapter in Leading the New Literacies. Here are some thoughts and reflections from our conversation:

  • Need for common academic language around global literacies, global competencies, etc.
  • Part of the role of a leader is to create a common vision of achievement / define the look-fors and clarity when implementing global education
  • Connecting through the heart / showing through example is the greatest motivator
    • How do we tell the stories to compel the imperative of global education (yes, imperative...it is not just a luxury)
    • Global citizenship is being a global friend
  • Critical to bring in parents and school community
  • Seek the community resources out first - leverage your community to help your mission
  • #GlobalEdChat on Thur on Twitter
  • Participants who have a lot to offer (that isn't to say others did not - therse are just the names I got) :)



SESSION 2 TAKEAWAYS:

  • Facilitated by Deboarh Havert of http://www.6seconds.org and http://www.eq.org
  • Students who are coming to us without perseverance or grit - what can we do?
  • Ask students "do you think you added to the community through your actions?" 
  • Help students addres and think about intent vs. impact
  • A TED Talk Recommended: Are you Multitasking Your Life Away? Dr. Clifford Nass



COOL TOOLS SHOWCASE:
While there were many tools highlighted that I'd love to explore more deeply, they are all listed in the link above (at http://bit.ly/GED2015)

My favorite, though, was The Wonderment. When you open their webpage, you're met with the statement "Come on an adventure to create a world of good." Filled with fantastic resources for parents and teachers, I don't want to give too much away because I really, Really, REALLY want you to experience their website for yourself. Teachers, you can head on over to The Wonder Guides for more explicit ways to integrate this work in your classes.

And after all, aren't we all just trying to create a world of good?