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Techbrary Goes Global
Posted 10/02/2019 01:07PM

Going Global in Techbrary!

For the next several weeks, my intermediate and middle school students are taking their learning outside of our South Campus walls and going global as they share their experiences and learn from peers around the world!

My 4th-6th graders are participating in a project called the Global Read Aloud (GRA).  This project started this week and will run for approximately 6 weeks (September 30th  – November 8th).  The idea behind it is very simple; teachers around the world read the same book aloud to their students and then use technology to share the reading experience as they virtually connect with other participating classrooms.  Our 4th and 5th graders will be reading Front Desk by Kelly Yang and our 6th graders will be reading The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman.  Every week we will have the opportunity to connect with students and classrooms from over 90 classrooms around the world.

In preparation for Digital Citizen Week Oct. 14-18th, my 7th graders will be spending the next few weeks developing interactive holograms using CoSpaces and the Merge Cube.  For this project, they'll be bringing their digital citizen projects to life in virtual reality and then sharing them with the lower school and classrooms around the world. Along the way, they'll be learning new coding skills as well as developing their critical thinking and communication skills as they ultimately use these digital media hologram projects to teach younger students how to be responsible digital citizens.  

For the month of October, my 8th graders will be participating in the Climate Action Project.  During these 4 weeks students from 700 schools across 100 countries will explore, brainstorm, create, connect, present and share their findings synchronously (skype calls) and asynchronously (videos, presentations). Learning from our global peers is a crucial part of this project. Rather than learning only from textbooks and online resources we be learning about global issues from students living in other countries and continents.  

I love all of these projects because they fit perfectly with my goal of providing students with relevant, meaningful and authentic experiences that foster creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking while building their 21st Century Skills.  We will use digital media and technology tools such Padlet, Skype, Twitter, YouTube, Flipgrid and Kidblog to facilitate these connections and conversations.

Be sure to follow our classroom adventures on Twitter as we join with over 4,000,000 students around the world who are also reading these same books, sharing digital citizenship media and participating in the Climate Action Project.   Follow @OdsTechsplorers (students tweet from this account – sharing their stories, their words, their ideas, their #ODSLife) and @ODSTechTastic (I tweet from this account).  These are the twitter hashtags we'll be using: #GRA19, #GRAFront, #GRABridge (Global Read Aloud); #digcitweek (digital citizenships); and #ClimateActionP (Climate Action Project).

You can find more information on each of the projects here:

Global Read Aloud:  https://theglobalreadaloud.com/

Digital Citizenship Week https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship-week

Climate Action Project: https://www.climate-action.info/

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