Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Global Collaboration Day Has Arrived (It's Thursday in New Zealand!)

It’s now Thursday, September 17th, in the South Pacific--and that means Global Collaboration Day has arrived!

Over the next couple of days, students, classrooms, teachers, administrators, parents and organizations will be either attending and/or hosting events online that are designed to showcase and promote global collaboration. We (Lucy Gray + Steve Hargadon, co-chairs of the Global Education Conference) are the calendar coordinators but not the direct conveners: that is, over 100 groups have designed and planned their own events which we have then organized into a directory and in special calendars to allow these events to be seen in any time zone in the world.

This is a huge worldwide experiment to demonstrate the power of globally-connected learning.

Examples of projects and events include: a teacher in Australia who will lead others in learning to dance Greek-style via Skype and Edmodo; African students and teachers answering questions through Whatsapp; and classrooms participating in a global virtual amazing race. There are professional development sessions for individual pre-service teachers, in-service educators, and other adults; as well as projects for entire classrooms to join in. We encourage you to browse the event directory or the calendar and choose a compelling event to attend!

Here are some tips to keep in mind as the next couple of days unfold:
  • Read directions and our website carefully to prepare.
  • If you have a question about a particular event or project, contact the host of that event directly. Their contact information is posted in each event listing.
  • Join our Remind texting and email group for event reminders.
  • If you need live help, we’ll do our best to be available. We will be in and out of this Blackboard Collaborate room as our own schedules allow.
  • Be patient! Things may not always go as well as intended! Learning to be flexible and adapting to situations online is a big part of becoming a global collaborator.
Here are some important links for you to keep handy:
We appreciate the time and energy that our hosts have invested in this special day, and hope that our participants learn something new and become more confident with digital tools that allow for global connections. We also hope that you’ll meet new professionals to add to your professional learning network!

And we'd especially like to thank our partners and sponsors, listed below. Kudos to them!

See you online,

Lucy and Steve

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