I'm Janet Barnstable. I've worked with Marsha in Global Dreamers for many years and my students (Middle School) and I have had very positive experiences. We've also worked together on Global Virtual Classroom, which, now that I've retired from teaching, fills my life. I've just become the program director.
Between these two programs there is something for everyone. Global Dreamers lets you pick and choose your level of involvement, without pressure or time constraints. (Well, hardly any.) Global Virtual Classroom can vary from the less intense Clubhouse program to the very intense Contest which runs annually from the end of Sept to the end of March.
Best of all, whether it's Global Dreamers or Global Virtual Classroom, this is all aimed at connecting kids and classrooms around the world to promote global understanding -- and on the side increases kid's AND teacher's tech skills.
We've used Facebook with one of our GVC teams, but that could only be accessed by the students from home. The REAL problem with collaboration is that many districts (including the one I just retired from) BLOCK these networks... instead of allowing teachers to teach, they just restrict.
With GVC (that I now direct) we've been using Nicenet for student 'chat rooms'. Needless to say, if you know Nicenet, it's nice, but not enough for good interaction.
We do also use Skype where time differences allow.
I'm writing an article this week for Teaching Tolerance (a publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center) on ways that teachers are using social-networking tools to promote tolerance and social justice. The program you're involved in sounds like a great one to describe. In addition, part of this story is the blocking of a lot of these tools by school districts -- and how some teachers have gotten around that. Your thoughts on how these tools contribute to collaborative learning would also be very valuable. And Skype -- yes -- that's another tool we can include.
If you'd be interested in being part of this story, I can be reached at email@example.com. Thank you!
EVERY educator should learn about Teaching Tolerance. I've subscribed to it for years before it also went online. Have used many of the activities with students and recommend everyone become aware of this publication!
I am Marsha from Globaldreamers Israel and our share may interest you and your kids with many different activities from different countries.
I invite you to look at it and let me know what you think, you are welcome to use anything from our site.
We as educators have the power to share knowledge and that is awesome.
To everyone who reads about this phenomenal educator Aleksandra and her kids are outstanding global partners and I invite all of you to see her work on our Globaldreamers site.
Hope you are enjoying your summer,
Best to you,
My name is Carolyn. I am new to this group and to the world of PLN. After joining two other groups, I'm thrilled with all the information available, yet a little overwhelmed. I'm excited about interfacing with this group. I'm a seventh grade intervention specialist, and always trying to find innovative ways to engage my learners. I look forward to our communications.
It is Marsha from Israel and very nice to meet you, I too am excited about meeting people.Would love to get to know you and invite you to join in our Globaldreamers project. Teachers can choose what is good for them and I can put you on our email list.
I have been implementing our project since 1992 and it is a great project.
I believe in the power of the Internet and making our classrooms borderless.
Hope to hear from you soon .
I am Ton Giordano, a high school business teacher from Maryland. I am interested in Web 2.0 tools and plan to use wikis in my classes in the fall. I'd like to hear what other high school business teachers are doing to incorporate Web 2.0 tools.