5 great ways to connect your students to the world

By | 2017-08-22T20:30:25+00:00 December 16th, 2015|For teachers|4 Comments

There’s a whole wealth of creative inspiration in this big wide world. No matter where you are, here are some ways that you can connect your students or children.

During her latest talk at the National Council for the Social Studies, speaker and author, Stacie Berdan told the audience that: ‘we have to teach our kids to live in a big world, even if they live in a small town’. The team at Creatubbles could not agree more. In this blog we explore the topic of global collaboration and how you can invite an international community into your classroom.

Twitter
You may use Twitter for personal or professional reasons (to extend your PLN and take part in Twitter chats for teachers), but what about helping your students connect with others via this medium? Remember that Twitter is definitely not designed for children to use unsupervised, so we recommend that you set up an account for your classroom (rather than individual students), and never use any details that could identify them. First of all, when using sites not specifically designed for student use, it’s important to talk about digital safety with your class. The safest way to share a student gallery of work, is to first upload their art to Creatubbles, and then tweet a link via your classroom’s account. Make sure that every update is written and posted in collaboration with your students, help them choose what they want to share, and work together to find and follow accounts or hashtags that will bring value to all of you.

ArtBearStudio on Twitter Kinder learning geometric organic shapes making koi fish brinkerlearns whatwehavecreated http t.co ugXO8Vm04G

Global Oneness Project
Aimed at high school and college students, this project is all about bringing global stories into local classrooms. Its website is full of short films and ready-to-use lesson plans focused entirely on issues which have an impact on the current state of the world’s society and economy. Better still, the plans are aligned to the US National and Common Core Standards, and encourage children to embrace critical thinking. The project was started in 2006 by an American filmmaker and musician, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, whose short documentaries are also featured on the Global Oneness project, and have been seen shown at the film festivals around the world and featured in The Atlantic and The New York Times.

Mystery Skype
Another fantastic project which will encourage your students to open up to a global community and collaborate with others. Mystery Skype is – in short – a 45-60 minutes session, where you connect with other students and teachers via Skype and by asking only ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions, you have to guess to where in the world they are based… before they find your location out.

Watch this video to get more information on how it may work for your classroom:

The World’s Largest Lesson
Created in partnership with UNICEF, Global Goals, and developed by TES, an online community for teachers, The World’s Largest Lesson is a great place to start if you would like to get your students excited about global issues. All lesson plans have been carefully chosen by teachers and are suitable for 8-14-year-olds. The project’s Twitter feed is also filled with photographs from schools around the world showing how other students and teachers are using the plans (including making short films, drawing comics and even planting trees!). You’re sure to find inspiration!

Creatubbles
By far the safest option for students of all ages, Creatubbles is a specially built social platform for children to share their creative work. It could be stop motion video, painting, Minecraft creations, pottery, English Language arts or anything else that they are proud of.
Using their own personalised accounts, students can build an online portfolio of their work at school and at home, and share it with other children around the globe. Their age dictates the level of monitoring by parents and/or teachers.
Creatubbles is also filled with amazing galleries of work that you can use for inspiration in your own lessons, from countries as diverse as Japan, Belgium, Nepal, Bangladesh, Italy, Bahrain the USA and many more.
Just an example of some of the great initiatives started by teachers and students include:
#TweetaDream, #kids4action, and Artist Trading Cards Swap.
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What tools do you use with your students and how they influence their learning style? We would love to hear more about it in the comments below!

 

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