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There are a variety of ways to help your students connect globally. If you are looking for ideas and inspiration, you should check out this great blog called the Global Classroom Project.
From their about page:
“We warmly welcome new members into the #globalclassroom community, and are happy to provide any support and guidance you need to get started on your global collaboration journey.
To join our community, please join our current project wiki and fill out the registration form. We would also highly recommend joining our online spaces on Google Plus and Facebook. You can follow us on Twitter at @gcporganisers.”
From a recent post titled, “Reflections on International Mindedness:”
A guest post courtesy of Toni Olivieri-Barton who blogs at toniobarton.wordpress.com.
In the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization, “international-minded” students are defined as demonstrating all of the following attributes: open-minded, risk-taker, reflective, principled, balanced, inquirer, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators and caring. There are many ways to give our students enough time to practice these attributes. I have incorporated them into the library time and collaborating with teachers to allow students to show these attributes to others around the world
Global projects assist teachers and students in being able to demonstrate all those attributes, but especially open-minded, risk-taking, and reflective. In a global project, classrooms around the world meet virtually to discuss cultural similarities and differences. For students who may never get to travel outside of their neighborhood or school, this global experience is essential because they will hear ideas and opinions that they themselves have not thought about. Even understanding students in a different school in the United States can open up their minds allowing them to care and reflect on their life.” Read the entire piece here.