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Presentation on Global Learning and how it relates to the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme in East Asia and beyond.David Mathias, Connecting the World Exhibition, Siam Kempinski Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, March 11 2011

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  • 1. Connecting Worlds David Mathias Manager Connecting Classrooms in East Asia Connecting Classrooms Online Community

2. Summary of presentation

  • Global Learning
  • Learning technologies
  • Global Citizens
  • Successes and challenges
  • Stakeholders in learning
  • Leaders in learning
  • Innovators of change
  • Our future leaders
  • Our global community

3. Global Learning Local Global 4. Global Learning So what is Global Learning? A Google search will produce a neat and concise summary of definitions of global learning in a pdf document entitled, ' What is a global education ' within which it is stated: Global education is an education perspective which arises from the fact that contemporary people live and interact in an increasingly globalised world. Education to give learners the opportunity and competences to reflect and share their own point of view and role within a global, interconnected society, as well as to understand and discuss complex relationships of common social, ecological, political and economic issues, so as to derive new ways of thinking and acting. {http://www.coe.int) The Maastricht Global Education Declaration (2002) states: Global education is education that opens peoples eyes and minds to the realities of the globalised world and awakens them to bring about a world of greater justice, equity and Human Rights for all. Global education is understood to encompass Development Education, Human Rights Education, Education for Sustainability, Education for Peace and Conflict Prevention and Intercultural Education; being the global dimension of Education for Citizenship. 5. Global Learning As long ago as in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human rights stated, Educating shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. [Article 26, United Nations, General Conference, San Francisco, 10 December 1948] (www.un.org/education) In recent times, the concept of 'Intercultural Dialogue' has been a focus amongst nations and it was this very concept that formed the basis of the development of the 'Asian Dialogues' programme that is now better known as Connecting Classrooms. The European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008developed objectives of, 'raising the awareness of all those living in the EU, in particular young people, of the importance of developing an active European citizenship which is open to the world, respects cultural diversity and is based on common values' and 'raising the awareness of all those living in the EU, in particular young people, of the importance of developing an active European citizenship which is open to the world, respects cultural diversity and is based on common values in the EU'. [European Parliament and the Council of Europe, Decision No. 1983/2006/EC, 18 December 2006] (http://ec.europa.eu/culture/portal/events/current/dialogue2008) 6. Global Learning We have seen through working with governments and ministries in East Asia that similar values are at the heart of the development of their international educational policies and British Council Connecting Classrooms programme provides opportunities for the development of young people as global citizens through working at systemic, institutional, practitioner and learner level. We help, through providing the mechanism through both face-to-face meetings and professional development and online opportunities for developing international partnerships and joint curriculum projects, hundreds of schools to develop an international education that develops their young people into active and engaged contributors to change in their community and the wider world. Global education is about changing the way we teach and learn, and embracing the technology that exists to communicate information (ICT) about ourselves, our communities, the issues we face, our similarities, our differences and our dreams. Global education is about implementing the vision required to move to a model of partnership between peoples, cultures and religions at micro and macro levels. 'Think local' - 'Act Global'. 7. Organising learning in a curriculum for the future Standardised units (60 min sessions) Metronomic ClassroomSerial experiences Narrow range T/L Learner as receiver Teacher The class 30 -1 Content and coverage Towards the test Flexible: Time matched to learning need Regular/often deep/immersive Range of locations flexible spaces - permeable school cyber- space Connected and interdisciplinary Wider range of approaches project based, enquiry based -co-constructed, student initiated School as broker employer, artist, poet, community, peers -other goupings Outcomes and impact Towards lifelong learning When? Where? How? Who? What? C20 th C21 st 8. Learning technologies 9. Learning technologies I'd like to talk a little about learning technologies for the next part of my presentation. I say a 'little' as one could write an entire thesis on the topic and not have covered even a small percentage of the plethora of innovative tools and services that exist on the Internet today to help us and our learners to learn. Let's stat of with this very web community - the British Council Connecting Classrooms Online Community. We offer forums in which teachers 'meet' virtually, share ideas and form partnerships. Documents, Presentations, images and multimedia can be shared in these forums. During the development of a partnership, we offer lots of ideas for projects that schools and their learners can do together in the form of the 'project template' and there are dedicated discussions on each of the topics or themes of the templates. Once a partnership is set up, we offer the newly formed group of teachers from the different countries, a 'project space' where teachers and their pupils can upload the electronic versions of the work that has taken place in their classrooms as a result of the planning between the teachers prior to starting the project. We offer, live online chat, blogs like this one, photo albums and individual messaging between teachers. Connecting Classrooms Online is itself a self-contained learning technology but there are so many great tools out there that can enhance our teaching and learning and motivate our students. 10. Learning technologies The now not so recent phenomenon of the 'Social Network' has also enable Connecting Classrooms to reach more people through ourConnecting Classrooms FacebookandTwitter pagesas well as ourYoutube ,VimeoandFlickrsites. These are places we can share the work we produce using technologies such as Voki - a voice and character producing software that is free for teachers and students and can be embedded into a project space or blog like right here! There is now a brand new ' Voki for education ' site you can join for free. We can create 'virtual wall displays' with cool new sites such aswww.wallwisher.comwhere we can post posters, photos, videos, post-it notes and all kinds of other things. We could create project-based walls that we share across themes so schools working on one project can see the work another group of schools are doing for the same theme. 11. Learning technologies Schools in many developed countries enjoy excellent provision of ICT in schools with smaller classes and students' access to one laptop or tab each to use for their daily learning with in and outside of the classroom. Many schools in East Asia are equipped with well-resourced computer labs. However, these can be difficult to access for teachers on a regular basis and aren't always conducive to student-centred learning. Where is the collaboration and team work in this lesson to the right of the screen? Therefore it is not always theamountof technology that is available nor necessarily how modern and cutting-edge it is unless it brings about changes in the way we teach and learn that will bring about better results or different kinds of dynamics such as online collaboration or intercultural dialogues with learners from another class, school, town or country. I show this video often because it demonstrates the power that one tiny netbook can have when used in conjunction with pedagogy and helps to deliver the curriculum in a motivating way. 12. Developing Global Citizens Im a Global Citizen! 13. Global Citizens What is a global citizen? Good question! I've been asked it many times and there is no one definition that is necessarily the right one but I think this one encapsulates the meaning of global citizenship: We see a Global Citizen as someone who: - is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen;- respects and values diversity;- has an understanding of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically and environmentally; - is outraged by social injustice; - participates in and contributes to the community at a range of levels from local to global; - is willing to act to make the world a more sustainable place; - takes responsibility for their actions. (Oxfam 1997) SOURCE: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/gc/what_and_why/what/ Take a look at how our learners interpreted what being a global citizen is through their tremendously creative work that one first prize in last year's Connecting Classrooms East Asia Competition, 'I'm a Global Citizen':http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo4r9BOfPTY&feature=related 14. Fitfor thefuture?

  • Positive attitudes - character
  • Self-confident
  • Self-motivated
  • Adaptable and enterprising