For the past five years, I’ve looked for ways to enrich my experience as a Math teacher at Dr. Pillai Global Academy (DPGA) in Mumbai, India. DPGA prides itself on being a “maximum opportunity” learning environment school, designed to impart education that empowers children to pursue a globally challenging career. The focus is on activity-oriented teaching and beyond-the-classroom methods. That’s why Level Up Village was perfect for us.
Relationships and shared personal connections are a huge part of making learning fun, real and something that we remember long after a school year has ended. They are also great for developing empathy, broadening the mind to the experiences of others and cultivating a global mindset. The challenge for schools developing in countries like China is: How can we help students cultivate this global mindset and experience when nearly all of their classmates are from the same country and culture? Bringing teachers from around the world can go long way, but there’s something extra special about kids being able to connect with other kids and share with someone from a far-away land on their own level.
When I was first introduced to Level Up Village (LUV), I was intrigued by the programme and thought it would be wonderful to team up with a school in another country. I was also interested in teaching my students how to code in a global classroom setting. When I shared the opportunity with my Grade 5-7 students, I received an overwhelming response! They were eager to participate, too!
This is the fifth year for one of the largest learning events in recent history: The Hour of Code. This global event takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10) and over 100 million students have tried it! The idea is that during this week, as many students as possible will have a chance to do at least one hour of code. Here are some suggestions for rmaking the most of this epic event in your classroom, not just this week, but also for the rest of the school year.
“That’s why my brother’s thumbs are so long!” The once silent room erupted with laughter. The students were engaged in creating a fictitious family based on particular genetic traits. One student had the revelation that his biological brother was not, in fact, an alien but that a dominant trait in his family’s lineage must have caused his brother to grow really long “alien” thumbs. This activity was part of Global Doctors: DNA, a Level Up Village (LUV) course I taught last spring at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Windsor, Connecticut.
Athens, Georgia, and Laramie, Wyoming, both witnessed at least a partial solar eclipse back in August, and both are home to state universities, but did you know both cities recently hosted K12 education conferences? In early November, Athens welcomed hundreds of Georgia teachers and administrators to learn new ideas about implementing STEAM (STEM + Arts), and about a week later, scores of K-20 educators from around Wyoming descended on Laramie to learn how to make learning more relevant and engaging for students in the 21st century. Both conferences set out to revolutionize education. Here are the highlights:
Escrito por Andrés Rivera Vallarta, Docente, INAM Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico
Es asombroso como todas las cosas que una vez vimos como imposibles, son ahora posible y muchas de esas cosas están siendo creadas por niños. En mi salón globalizado, el futuro ya está aquí. Ayer, mis estudiantes estuvieron participando en una actividad didáctica en la aplicación de Scratch como parte de su curso de Programación Global, uno de los primeros de Level Up Village que hemos tenido introducido en mi colegio. Fue un momento inolvidable para los estudiantes. ¡Estaban haciendo una caricatura! ¡Estos son niños que gastan muchas horas haciendo una caricatura, así que para ellos fue algo totalmente fascinante!
By Andrés Rivera Vallarta, Teacher, INAM Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico
It`s amazing how all the things we once saw as impossible are now possible, and some of them are being created by kids. In my global classroom, the future is already here. Yesterday, my students were engaged in a hands-on learning activity with Scratch as part of their Global Programming course, one of the first Level Up Village programs we have introduced at my school. It was a memorable moment for the students. They were making a cartoon! These are children who have spent many hours watching cartoons, so for them, making one was as exciting as it gets!
Earlier this year, Level Up Village was one of ten young companies selected into the SETDA’s Emerging Partner program for 2017. Being a member of this cohort offers many benefits for new K12 EdTech providers including unique opportunities to be seen and heard by state and national EdTech leaders. Without this affiliation, it would take many months and much effort to have this audience. In addition, the learning opportunities have proven invaluable. For instance, we recently participated in the 2017 SETDA Leadership Summit. This year, the theme of the Summit was Leveraging Technology to Personalize Student Learning, but the conference also provided key insights into several other trends in K12 education.
By Amanda Spurling, 3rd Grade Teacher, Fayetteville School in Talladega County, Alabama
Education has seen major shifts in the past decade. Rather than providing students all the information they need to learn, teachers now take on more of a facilitator role, guiding students to think and locate information they need for themselves. Moreover, the careers that students are being prepared to enter are changing. As educators, we are challenged to prepare students for careers in a global economy by providing engaging and authentic lessons that tap into important 21st Century skills. One way my school district is tackling this challenge is by partnering with Level Up Village (LUV).