Level Up Village is taking the idea of the pen pal to the next level.
Its mission, “to globalize the classroom and facilitate seamless collaboration between students from around the world via pioneering Global STEAM enrichment courses,” came to life in our Lower and Middle School divisions this year, as students in PreK, third grade, and eighth grade made connections across continents. Through videos, email, and virtual chatting, Level Up Village participants create a global classroom that utilizes technology to connect students around the globe in collaborative projects.
One of the most exciting trends we’ve seen at Level Up Village in the past two years is how our courses are increasingly being offered by schools looking to combine global cross-curricular projects with foreign language. Educators are well aware that they can supercharge their students’ foreign language learning by providing meaningful, real-world opportunities to practice their communication skills. In fact, researchers have learned that second language learning is most effective when students are really excited about the task they’re working on and language is merely the tool they need to get the work done.
From the ISTE 2017 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Level Up Village (LUV) today announced it has added live video chat technology to its Global Communication Platform in order to further enhance the communication and collaboration that takes place between students from across the world in every Level Up Village course. This new functionality is already being piloted by students in the United States and their global partners in Zimbabwe and will be available to Level Up Village students all over the world starting in September of 2017.
It’s a truly exciting time to be a teacher, especially now that educators are increasingly focused on implementing cross-curricular, project-based learning (PBL) in their classrooms.
Cross-curricular learning taps into the four C’s: creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking – the skills widely considered essential for the 21st Century learner. Moreover, the newly revised standards (CCSS, NGSS and ISTE) all require students to develop these higher level skills. Here are some benefits to implementing projects that transcend disciplines in your classroom:
Level Up Village has been busy developng several NEW and exciting courses available starting in January including Global Water Crisis and Global Game Strategists. As with all all Level Up Village programs, students tackle real-world issues, apply design thinking and collaborate virtually with Global Partner students via our easy-to-use, mobile-fiendly platform. Not only that, we make it easy for schools to implement by providing the curriculum, the teacher training and the global partners.
We have been busy developing new curriculum here at Level Up Village and are proud to announce some exciting additions to our roster of global education courses. Designed to develop 21st Century skills, our courses all include collaboration and cultural exchange with Global Partner students in developing countries. What a great way to get students energized about what they’re learning and develop a global mindset!
Are you hoping to add 3D printer to your school Maker Space? Level Up Village is offering a Polar 3D printer to schools that enroll in two or more courses by May 15, 2016. This offer is valid for schools that sign up for two or more Level Up Village after-school courses and enroll at least ten students in each course.
Educators today have an extraordinary opportunity to inspire authentic global learning by leveraging the 1-1 Digital Learning Environment that is rapidly becoming the norm in schools across the country. With technology at our fingertips, it’s never been easier to connect your class with partners around the world for one-on-one collaboration. Here are five ways to globalize your classroom with Level Up Village: