The Goddard School in Chantilly, Virginia, embarked on a brand-new, hands-on learning experience this fall that combined engineering and literacy with global perspective. The preschool partnered with Level Up Village to connect students to peers from across the world for shared STEAM (STEM + Arts) projects and cultural exchange. Pre-Kindergarten students were paired with partner students at schools in Ukraine and Zimbabwe through LUV’s lobal Storybook Engineers course.
For Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be fitting to highlight the love we feel for Global Education. Starting two weeks ago, we reached out to our US school partners, our Global Partner organizations in 20+ countries and globally-minded educators around the world and asked them to post a #GlobalEdSelfie to #SharetheLUV for Global Ed. The results have been amazing. Take a look!
…Most importantly, the educators at the conference agreed that a shift is necessary to make “global education” the norm to the point where it becomes viewed simply as “education” because the global component is inherent.
…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.
With so many new ideas and technologies to choose from, what are the big ideas educators should focus on for the 2016-17 school year? Here are my top five take-aways from ISTE 2016 both as an attendee and presenter:
Level Up Village’s newest literature course – Global Conversations: The Giver – prompted some interesting and thought-provoking dialogue between students at Eastern Middle School in Connecticut and their global partners in Kenya, Ghana, Jamaica and Argentina this spring on issues such as the role of government in people’s daily lives, discrimination, poverty and corruption.
Level Up Village Co-Founder Neesha Rahim was one of several presenters at the e-NABLE Educators’ Exchange (e3STEAM) kickoff on August 26th. Open to the public, the virtual Town Hall was broadcast via Google Hangouts and brought together educators and 3D printing enthusiasts to celebrate the 3D printed prosthetic movement and share e-NABLE inspired ideas, experiences, curricula and best practices. Rahim discussed LUV’s pioneering global STEAM programming, including its Global Inventors/3D printing course, which has created a globally distributed network of nearly 30 3D printers and trained teachers at U.S. schools and Global Partner organizations in developing countries.