Happy New Year! What kind of private Idaho will you construct for yourself in 2017?
How about for your students? How global will your instruction and their experiences be? Will their world views be challenged and expanded? Will your class be recognized as relevant and prepare them for the future?
So, what is on the horizon. This Smart Brief, “Why Global Should be the Education Movement for 2017” by Bonnie Lathram and Dave Potter asserts that in 2017, “we are going to be powered by global innovations in learning…” I feel confident these predictions will happen and broaden the range of educational opportunities and possibilities.
Also, I just came across this landmark report about Global Education from UNESCO in 1990, Learning: The Treasure Within. Wow. Be sure to digest and internalize this 20th century vision as it still needs to be realized!
Ok, now it is time to take a stroll through these 5 points. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Share them with your network, let me know what you think, and enjoy exploring and constructing!
1. Constructivism – Let your Students Know What/How Learning Is
I’ve always used the term “constructing knowledge” when talking with my students about learning and the experiences they will eventually have beyond high school. I was surprised to find out that many of the educators I worked with had rarely used this term with their students—despite the teachers themselves being proponents of constructivism. Alternatively. words like “make”. “form”, or “create” may work better with students. But then again, why not aim high, right? To assist with this exercise in being explicit and intentional with students about learning, I offer these planning questions and resources, both teacher and student directed.
- Planning Questions
- How will you explain to students that they construct both their understanding and meaning?
- How will you explain to students the difference between memorization and learning as a process?
- How will you explain the “why” about learning about the past?
- What is Constructivism
- Screencast: Understanding History with Rene Magritte
- Constructivism Explained: Video
- Constructivism Explained: Video 2
Education should be about students constructing knowledge to build their own personal view of the world, yet we rarely let them know that.. Constructing knowledge is about exploring new thoughts and opinions. So next time students ask the simple question, “What do I need to know?” teachers should frame the experience of education as an exercise in constructivism. Doing so empowers students to be active learners and dynamic thinkers, not just consumers of information.
2. Global Education Conference 2016
Let’s start with this quote from Kofi Anan “I am often asked what can people do to become a good global citizen? I reply that it begins in your own community.”
We are multiple weeks removed from another fantastic Global Education Conference – huge amounts of gratitude to Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon. With the start of the new year it is easy for your interest in global education to take a back seat. One way to keep your interest alive and well and inspired is to review the global education resources and tools of the conference. Moreover, attempt to make at least one change with students, colleagues, and for your own growth. Enjoy!
- All recordings are here: http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/2016recordings.
- Keynotes are uploaded to our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/GlobalEdCon
If you like what you see, tweet it out to #globaled and keep me posted @CraigPerrier
3. EdChange Global Classrooms 2017
The Global Ed Conference is behind us, but on deck is an amazing event – EdChange Glo
bal Classrooms 2017! Running from Feb 28th – March 1st The registration page for #ECGC17 can be found here.
- The classroom event will take place in Qiqo Chat and login information will be sent out during the month of February to all those registered. All sessions will be located in one place and each will include collaborative notes and a video chat with up to 200 participants.
- Is your class doing amazing things? Share and collaborate with classrooms all over the world at #ECGC17 and sign up to facilitate! We would also love to have more student led sessions.
- Are you a blogger? We will highlight a new blog every day in the month of February and would love to hear from our community on global education, virtual connections and all experiences from previous ECG/ECGC events!
4. Global Reports and Indices
Context matters. Information matters. Sources matter. Interpretation matters. Comparative approaches to learning expand the US frame beyond the arbitrary boundaries of nation-hood. In other words, framing US events, people, ideas etc. in relation to a non-US equivalent provides students with a relational and relevant experience. Dive in and analyze.
- Global Terrorism Index: This is the fourth edition of the Global Terrorism Index which provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism over the last 16 years, covering the period from the beginning of 2000 to the end of 2015
- 2016 Index of Economic Freedom For over twenty years the Index has delivered thoughtful analysis in a clear, friendly, and straight-forward format. With new resources for users and a website tailored for research and education, the Index of Economic Freedom is poised to help readers track over two decades of the advancement in economic freedom, prosperity, and opportunity and promote these ideas in their homes, schools, and communities
- 2015 Corruption Index From villages in rural India to the corridors of power in Brussels, Transparency International gives voice to the victims and witnesses of corruption. We work together with governments, businesses and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals. As a global movement with one vision, we want a world free of corruption. Through chapters in more than 100 countries and an international secretariat in Berlin, we are leading the fight against corruption to turn this vision into reality.
- Reporters Without Borders: 2016 World Press Freedom Index Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is the world’s biggest NGO specializing in the defence of media freedom, which we regard as the basic human right to be informed and to inform others. At the turn of the 21st century, nearly half of the world population still lacks access to free information
- Freedom in the 50 States We score all 50 states on over 200 policies encompassing fiscal policy, regulatory policy, and personal freedom. We weight public policies according to the estimated costs that government restrictions on freedom impose on their victims.
- World Values Survey is a global network of social scientists studying changing values and their impact on social and political life, led by an international team of scholars, with the WVS association and secretariat headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. The survey, which started in 1981, seeks to use the most rigorous, high-quality research designs in each country. The WVS consists of nationally representative surveys conducted in almost 100 countries which contain almost 90 percent of the world’s population, using a common questionnaire.
5. Teaching Resources
What blog post would not be complete without a good resource potpourri? I hope you add these to your repertoire and share them with you network. Have fun!
- 100 Leaders in World History Fantastic collection of resources that provide a way for teachers, students, parents, and community members to engage in thoughtful discussions. By studying the leaders of the past, we learn about people whose strength and determination teach us about leadership and commitment.
- MACAT Videos on You Tube provide concise overview of the most important books and papers in 14 humanities and social sciences subjects. A powerful resource for students, teachers and lifelong learners everywhere, our analyses do much more than just summarize seminal texts.
- Newsela is really incredible! Newsela is the best way for students to master nonfiction in any subject.By combining real-time assessments with leveled content from premier daily news sources and eminent nonfiction publishers, Newsela makes reading to learn relevant, interesting, and effective regardless of interest or ability about a range of topics from around the world.
- LizardPoint Simple, fairly clean, and pretty fun. Create an account and try your skills at the quizzes on Geography and World Leaders. Go get ’em.
- US History in a Global Context: a dynamic resource that addresses the scarcity of professional development programs dedicated this approach. Additionally, the resources we have assembled are designed to inspire your creativity and develop your thought leadership as an advocate for this approach to teaching U.S.History.
- FPRI – The Buthcer History Institute The Butcher History Institute, co-chaired by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter A. McDougall and FPRI Senior Fellow David Eisenhower, aims to contribute to the more effective teaching of history and to the public discourse over America’s identity and its role in the world.