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Global Awareness

Started by Kelly Winchell. Last reply by Ashley Grant Aug 23, 2014. 1 Reply

The activity I selected came from the PBS site. The main idea of this unit is to introduce students to the concept of Global Awareness.  Students will learn about children their age in different…Continue

Global Awareness

Started by Erika Smith. Last reply by Ashley Grant Aug 23, 2014. 2 Replies

The activity that I chose to have my students participate was one from I found a class of 5th graders from France that was looking for another class to exchange emails with.The class from…Continue

Global Awareness

Started by Mary Grace Flowers. Last reply by David Miller Aug 20, 2014. 2 Replies

I chose to create a lesson using Epals because I wanted to center my lessons around teaching digital citizenship in the beginning of the school year. When looking for my districts AUP for teachers…Continue

Global Awareness

Started by David Miller. Last reply by Erika Smith Aug 20, 2014. 1 Reply

     I chose the ePals website because it seemed the best for finding groups who wished to communicate in a classic pen pal format. The search function made it easy to see what each instructor wanted…Continue

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Comment by Jerica Henry on April 14, 2014 at 7:14am

1. What activity did you select to use for your global assignment?

For this assignment, I chose to use ePals to connect with students in other countries. I chose to use this resource because it is an easy way to meet other students, but more importantly, it is seems like a safe resource to use. When connecting with other classrooms, there are a number of safety concerns that must be considered. You never know who you're actually communicating with when it is done via the Internet. This website, however, seems very safe. 

2. Describe the activity.

For this lessons, my 4th graders will first watchi the Arthur video "Dear Adil" from PBS Kids. This video is a great way to introduce global thinking on a "kid friendly" level. Most of my students have probably never considered that life if very different from the American way of life in other countries.

Next, I will have my student complete the United Kingdom Cultural Quiz to test their knowledge and misconceptions about people from the UK. I imagine that because the US and the UK both speak English, my students will think that things are relatively the same in both countries.

Next, students will meet in cooperative groups, develop a set of interview questions, and interview their new pen pals from the United Kingdom! They will complete a graphic organizer comparing life as a 4th grader in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

After completing their interviews, students will create a PowerPoint presentation and orally present their findings to the class.

3. Describe how the lesson is considered global awareness.

This lesson is considered global awareness because my students have likely never considered that life is different in other countries. Our class has focused on social studies quite a bit this year as we prepare for our 4th grade DCAS. However, most of what we have done has centered around the United States. In the global world that we live in, it is important that students begin to understand that there is more to the world than what they are used to. It is also important that students begin to understand the complex concepts of tolerance and acceptance.

4. Describe how you incorporate that activity into your classroom.

We will be completing this activity during our social studies time this week. In my classroom, we have been studying the Revolutionary War extensively. We have looked at the causes of the war and the British rule. During this time period, the British were often thought of in a poor light. Meeting students from the UK will only enlighten our discussions as we look at how life and our attitudes toward the British have changed since Revolutionary times.

Comment by Nina Esposito on April 12, 2014 at 1:57pm

I chose to use to incorporate into my lesson. This website had so many cool programs and ideas. I liked this assignment because I think it is so important for students to connect to other students who live in different areas. On this website, there was a really cool program called Friendship Thru Education. This program allows interactions between students at a worldwide level to create an understanding and long lasting friendships. My students learn about the community in Kindergarten. We spend time talking about families, friends, and ourselves. I would like to have my students listen to a story about being “me” and then they will create their own books about themselves. Once the book is created, we will use the website to connect with other students and share about ourselves, while learning about them. I definitely think this lesson is considered global awareness because my students will be teaching a student from another country about who they are and their surroundings. I think my students will love creating these books about themselves and then sharing them with other students. They will learn about what students like to do, where they live, and even more about their lives! This lesson would incorporate writing, reading, and our social studies curriculum.  

Comment by Tom Gavin on February 22, 2013 at 5:10pm

Comment by Tom Gavin on February 22, 2013 at 5:10pm

Look forward to sharing!

Comment by Sandra Williamson on February 22, 2013 at 1:39pm

Hello Candidates,

Welcome to EDT 6035 discussion group. The course focuses on topics of Digital Citizenship that address interests about  societal, ethical, and legal issues associated with information and communication technologies. You will use web-based applications, participate in professional learning networks to communicate and collaborate on establishing policies and practices that ensure equitable access to technologies, assist others in selecting appropriate technologies resources for learning, and design instructional unit to promote an understanding of digital literacy. Digital Citizenship Website

Welcome ~ Dr. Williamson, Chair of Applied Technology in Education


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