In this course, students participate in a video letter exchange which broadens perspectives, challenges assumptions and adds cultural context.
Students exchange video letters with their global partners to both discuss the book and the issues it raises
A 21st Century pen pal relationship with a partner student in another country
Cultural perception, improvement through education, leadership traits, and community service as ownership
Give teachers the unique opportunity to engage their students in a global literature and culture exchange with real-world impact. In this course, students read I am Malala and discuss important themes of the book with their global partners. After exploring cultural perceptions of each other’s country, students have a chance to reflect upon and express their own understanding of the role of education in their own lives, while also gaining some perspective on the state of education in their partner’s country. Through the video letter exchange, students also look into leadership and the traits of a great leader, while continuing on to explore the role community service plays in each country.
I was surprised to learn that we have many similarities, even though we live differently and are far from each other. I was surprised to learn that even people in Pakistan do many things that we do here.
This video letter exchange made me think about myself deeply- I had never considered myself a leader and having the ability to change minds and do good work, and work for the future but now I’m excited to start changing our school, environment and society for the better. It was a privilege for me to talk to my partner, and through this I got to learn so many things.
“Through using this innovative technology, I saw my students immediately apply their classroom learning to the outside world. I didn’t have to wonder if their knowledge and appreciation of a new culture would stick with them to use at a later time. I didn’t have to wonder if they would remember how to ask effective questions when interacting with others outside of class. Instead, their new learning was reinforced during their next conversation with their global partners.” – (See Bridget’s article in Edutopia.)
Student Exchange Sample
Articles about Global Conversations: Malala Yousafzai