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Leveling Up with Global Doctors DNA

By Wendy Cheng

…By the third day, our kids knew that what made us feel in the moment were videos that utilized more of three things: eye contact, speaking at length, and personalizing – by saying a partner’s name, and by really responding to what they had said. This became our focus going forward. We talked about how effective communication was something they had the power to model, as well as reflect back.

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An Exciting Hands-on Tour of Human Body Systems at St. Paul’s School, MD

St. Paul’s School in MD ignited student curiosity with a series of parent-led presentations as the finale to their Level Up Village Global Doctors course.

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Learn More About Level Up Village Programs at ISTE!

Are you attending the ISTE conference this week in Denver, Colorado? If so, stop by the Global Learning Playground on Wednesday to find out how to create impactful global learning experiences for your students through Level Up Village programs.

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A Global Literature Exchange Inspires Deeper Learning at St. Mary’s School

At St. Mary’s School, an International Baccalaureate World School in Aliso Viejo, California, teachers are always looking for ways to broaden students’ global understanding. To that end, Heidi Galloway, Chair of the Literature and Language Department, recently offered Global Conversations to all four of her sections of sixth grade English. Her students read and discussed I am Malala with global partners in India and Uganda.

“It has been a fantastic experience. The partnership has elevated my students’ thinking and awareness. Their global partners are becoming real to them, real people, real friends,” said Galloway.

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Cross-Curricular Level Up Village Project at The Chapin School Combines Science, Spanish & Global Collaboration

By Mary Breadon, Communications Coordinator at The Chapin School

This term, Middle School teachers and administrators researched and implemented ways in which to bring the study of language into the Class 4 science curriculum. Jack Cooley, Head of the Middle School Science Department, spearheaded this effort by reaching out to Level Up Village, a social enterprise that creates globally minded STEAM courses and guides interactions between schools in the U.S. and other countries. The goal was to create lasting partnerships with other countries

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Empowering Students in Ghana through STEM Courses, Leadership Training & Peer Tutoring

Guest post by Taylor Chustz, Exponential Education

If someone had told my 16 year-old self that I would be sitting in the old post office of a village in Antoa, Ghana, with no power, typing a blog post, I think my 16 year-old self would just laugh and say, “Sounds about right!”

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Level Up Village Names Lynn Koresh Teacher of the Year

We’re delighted to announce that Lynn Koresh, technology teacher and coordinator at Edgewood Campus School in Madison, Wisconsin, is our very first Level Up Village Teacher of the Year! We’re recognizing Lynn for the terrific work she has done with her students in her LUV courses including Global Inventors and Global Video Game Designers.

“LUV classes helped my students to get a glimpse of life in developing countries. They found that their partners were not as they are often depicted in pictures posted by charities, but instead were kids who have similar interests to their own,” said Koresh. “It was shocking for my students to realize that electricity is not reliable all over the world, and that many of their partners did not know when their power would go out for how long they would be without it.”

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Innovative Technology Courses Build Global Competency in India’s Urban Slums

One of Level Up Village’s largest Global Partners is Ekalavya, a network of low-cost schools serving more than 1500 children who live in the slums of Bangalore and Hyderabad, India. Since 2015, approximately 200 Ekalavya students have participated in Level Up Village’s cutting-edge STEAM (STEM + arts) courses including Global Inventors (3D printing) and Global Video Game Designers.

“Fifty percent of the children from the slums will not continue their education after the 10th grade, hence it is important for them to give exposure to the technology which will inspire and motivate them to do well and continue,” said Dr. Jayaram, COO of Ekalavya Schools.

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Five Ways to Globalize Your Classroom with Level Up Village

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:

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3D Printing Opens New Modes of Learning in Rural Kenya

By Sharon Runge, Executive Director of Kenya Connect

Who could imagine that a group of 7th graders in Kenya with no electricity in their homes or school could be on the forefront of one of the most innovative technologies of our time?