The biggest takeaway for me came from my work with the EdCafe group I was blessed to be apart of.
In America where much of the focus in our culture can be on self and individuality it is time to promote a more global outlook on life. Helping our students become Global Learners would be of an astounding benefit to the student as it would allow them to truly understand how important education is and how they can impact the world for better. As the growing generations become more global in their thinking the problems of the world would be more better attended too with a wider net of coverage from across the globe. We do not learn for learning’s sake. We learn so that we may improve our lives and those of the people we care about. It is time to extend the people we care about academically and intellectually to those living around the world.
For a more in depth look at Global Learning and its integration into the classroom please take a look at our research slides via the following Global Learning and Collaboration Presentation
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Additional Points from my takeaway
- Students within global learning will begin to see the world problems and how to fix them with what they are learning in school. Learning will be given a context for which to envelop. Source: Edutopia
- Pen Pals, Massive Open Online Courses, and international collaboration will help students gain a healthier understanding of other cultures from outside of America and also from the other way around as well. Source: UNICEF
- Dr. Michele L. Haiken’s Three Steps to Global Connections are to Connect, Explore, and Create. Source: Haikan’s Blog
ISTE. The acronym here stands for International Society for Technology in Education. The ISTE holds the belief that in the new ever expanding world of technology it is time for teachers to take their place in the drivers seat as technologically enthused educators. Incorporating technology into a lesson is more than having a student write a paper on a laptop or Chromebook. It is more than having a class where each student has an iPad.
The ISTE teaches educators at all levels how to change the game and how to have pedagogically sound instruction that has technology as a complementary part of the classroom.
For example, ISTE standard 1. for teachers is to “Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity” (Teacher Standards). Students are not to use technology for more than Instagram and funny cat pictures. They are to create and inspire with new tools, such as EdPuzzle or WordPress.com itself. Teacher’s can help by facilitating the experimentation and intellectual integration that students must undergo in order to truly understand the gift of technology done right in a classroom.
Microsoft has a hand in ISTE. And as Bill Gates once said, “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” It is time for educators to lead.
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GET TO KNOW ME: BLOG POST
I have always desired to learn. And when I learn I feel the most happy when I share my learning with others. As a result of this feeling deep inside my heart I am here in this teaching program at UCI for my MAT. I want to give others in the world the opportunity to better themselves and to achieve greater things in their life with education that they may have been barred from without it. If my desire to learn and to share knowledge and excitement to grow intellectually with others can help spark a students desires and dreams then I am all for it. That is why I work to make my classrooms as helpful, collaborative, and engaging as possible. If improvements can be made then I make them, whether the suggestion comes from a colleague or a student. In education, I feel we are all on the same team. There is no competitiveness between those of us who have chosen to learn unless it is a competition between us and our past selves. Always growing, changing, and learning. That is my desire as an educator.
Some would say history is boring. Those people are boring. Do not let them tell you otherwise.
History is what combines all educational paths together. All paths do lead to one end point. And that is the pages of a history book. If you are worth the ink.
Be worth the ink. Be a history buff. Be more.