Five Ways to Globalize Your Classroom with Level Up Village

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In every Level Up Village course, students in the U.S. are paired with parter students in the developing world in globalized classrooms, including these children at NicaPhoto in Nicaragua. Students follow the same curriculum on both ends of the partnership and collaborate with each other via video message exchange using LUV”s Global Communication Platform.

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 in the globalized classroom. Here are five ways to globalize your classroom with Level Up Village:

  1. Study endangered species and learn cutting-edge green-screen presentation skills in Global Explorers. In this course, students become environmental detectives and take a virtual field trip to investigate to explore different animal habitats around the world. Together with global partners from a developing country, they then design and create a shared final project: a green screen multimedia video presentation using videos and images of their chosen species.
  2. Create a website with social impact in Global Web Designers. In this course, students team up with global partners to design and create a website focused on global climate change. In addition to learning about hydro, wind, and solar power, they learn to understand trends in global climate change. Moreover, they acquire essential skills in web development by using HTML, CSS and Javascript, while simultaneously learning to problem solve from a global perspective
  3. Energize your language arts class with Global Conversations – Malala Yousafzai. In this course, students in your class and a global partner class read I am Malala and then engage in a guided literature and culture exchange that includes discussions of important themes, such as leadership, access to education and community service. See this video to learn more about the recent pilot of this course at Eastern Middle School in Greenwich, Connecticut, in partnership with students in Pakistan, and these articles in Greenwich Time and Tech Insider.
    Leveraging Level Up Village's globalized classrooms platform

    Students in Greenwich, Connecticut, read I am Malala and discussed leadership, education and more with partners in Pakistan in Level Up Village’s Global Conversations: Malala Yousafzai course leveraging Level Up Village’s globalized classrooms platform.

  4. Develop foreign language skills by connecting with native speakers in Global Language Lab. Available in Arabic or Spanish, this course pairs foreign language students in the U.S. with partners from across the globe for a language and culture exchange for a series of video exchanges on topics such as sports, food, hobbies, travel and career aspirations. Learn more by reading this article by Delbarton School and this one in Education World.
  5. Add a 3D Printer to Your School’s Makerspace by offering our Global Inventors course. In this course, students learn to harness the power of 3D printing, one of the most innovative technologies of our time, to engineer solutions to real life problems.  Using Computer Aided Design (CAD), they create, print and 3D print a variety of projects, culminating in a solar-powered light source they co-design with a global partner student from a developing country. To learn more about this exciting course, read this blog series by a teacher at Delbarton School, this news article about Swift School in Georgia and this blog article with a reflection by a student at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge and her partner in India. 
Leveraging Level Up Village's globalized classrooms platform

Leveraging Level Up Village’s globalized classrooms platform, students at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge paired with partners at Ekalayva School in Bangalore in LUV’s Global Inventors course.

Why choose Level Up Village? Our innovative global education courses are easy to implement. We provide ready-made curricula, supplies, comprehensive teacher training and seamless connections with our global partners through our globalized classrooms communication platform. By partnering with LUV, your school will directly sponsor Global STEAM education in a developing country through our “take a class, give a class” model.  A portion of the tuition is used to deliver the same course  to students at one of our Global Partner organizations, many of whom are living on less than $2 a day. Our courses run after school, as part of summer enrichment programs and during the school day. To get started, fill out our contact form and watch this video for an overview of how Level Up Village facilitates global STEAM collaboration.

 

For more ideas on creating impactful global learning opportunities for your students, see Five Ways to Super Charge the STEAM Classroom.