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How do teachers learn to get their students involved in global collaborative projects? Moving from the four walls of a traditional classroom to the exciting world of global collaboration is not only essential, it’s exciting and, as we’re seeing with DeforestACTION, can even change the world. If you get it right, students learn more, are more engaged, feel more empowered, and become proud contributors to a global society.
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 But, initially, it can be quite daunting and confusing for teachers. Fortunately, there’s a simple and powerful new online course to help you, and it’s run by TakingITGlobal – so you know it’s the best in the world.
TIG Courses
TakingITGlobal Education (TIGED) run the perfect course for teachers looking to extend learning beyond the classroom.

This exciting new course is run online – so you get the full elearning experience, and the facilitators will model the latest online learning strategies.  Here’s the outline:

The goal of the Introduction to Global Project-based Learning accredited course is to develop teachers’ understanding of and competencies in project-based global education. Utilizing the TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed) platform, we will explore why global education is so vital currently, and how e-technologies can bring the world into the classroom. In particular, this course will explore: a variety of specific approaches to project-based global education, including student-driven digital media projects; examples of effective global learning projects and what makes them successful; solution- and student-driven approaches to project-based learning; the use of TIGed virtual classrooms to support global learning; ways to meet the challenges of global education; and methods of determining the success of global projects, particularly in connection to a variety of educational benchmarks.

Through this e-course, participants will:

  • Explore how to utilize collaborative, project-based, student-driven, technology-enabled, international learning projects to meet traditional benchmarks in creative ways;
  • Identify the components and qualities associated with successful global learning projects, and how to recruit and work with partners in their implementation;
  • Learn how to employ TIGed virtual classroom tools to support global learning projects;
  • Investigate how global learning projects can be designed to meet specific educational standards; and
  • Determine strategies for overcoming challenges and obstacles that may arise in executing global learning projects, as well as for monitoring and evaluating success.

For the more advanced teachers, there are other courses.  You can check them out, or register here.

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Partners in Learning

The Partners in Learning champions James and Jane, who had the foresight to support and sponsor this project

This week we launched the Shout Project in Singapore at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Regional Innovative Education Forum.

Jean-Francois Rischard did the opening keynote, closing with a beautiful proposal – that young people take responsiblity for the changes the planet needs.

For the next two days, we worked in partnership with TakingITGlobal and the students and school leaders from across the region to determine how young people will take this challenge on.

Step 1: Pick 1 global issue from Rischard’s book:

The book that started it all

The top three candidates selected by both teachers and students were:

  1. Fisheries Depletion
  2. Deforestation
  3. Dangerous Climate Change

After several votes  – the winner is – Deforestation.  Now, here’s the assignment these students and teachers have agreed to tackle:

“You must address and resolve the global problem of climate change, by driving youth from across the planet to take action in whatever ways you determine suitable, effective and appropriate”.

In the next three weeks, young people can log onto TakingITGlobal and propose any ideas (no matter how wacky) for how they will address Deforestation.  Check it out.. and feel free to vote for the best ideas. (www.takingitglobal.com/deforestaction)

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