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.
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:
It was the last day of the Level Up Village Global Inventors 3D printing course I was teaching, and as I was watching the students helping each other tighten the switches on their solar flash lights, the word “Connection” came to mind.
The 3D printing classroom is a special place where students are inspired to design, innovate, or even share ideas with partners across the globe. At Maret School in Washington, D.C., students recently connected with peers in China as part of LUV’s Global Inventors led by teacher Jah Jah Bey. He shared with us these tips on sparking student creativity and getting the most out of the experience:
My classroom was alive with activity and a palpable sense of purpose as I maneuvered around the scattered knots of students, 10 in all, to get a closer look at their design journal entries. Group discussions, the random clatter of keyboard taps and mouse clicks, and the mechanical beeping and whirring of the 3D printer created a surprising harmony as my seventh-graders put the finishing touches on their latest creation — a prototype of a portable electric lamp.
Level Up Village was proud to participate in the National Coalition of Girls Schools’ 2016 Global Forum in New York City from February 7-9. LUV Co-Founder Neesha Rahim spoke on a panel about the terrific global 3D printing collaboration that took place between St. Joseph’s and Ekalayva School in Bangalore in the fall of 2015 as part of LUV’s Global Inventors course.
Though they live on different continents, students at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a group of girls at Ekalavya School in Bangalore, India, were partners this fall in LUV’s Global Inventors course. Together, they studied electricity, computer aided design (CAD) and 3D printing, while learning about each other’s daily lives and cultures via video message exchange. One girl at each end of the partnership reflected on the experience.
Guest post by Caroline Chamberlain at Delbarton School
Sadly, we have finished up our Ugandan exchange. Even though the boys knew the final exchange was last week, it was still sad for the boys to not be starting our week off with a new video letter from their global partners. These girls had become a big part of our classroom routine over the last two months!
Guest post by Margaret Ann Minihan at Louise S. McGehee School
At Louise S. McGehee School, an all-girls school in New Orleans, Louisiana, we know about teaching girls. Research tells us that girls learn differently and are motivated differently than male students. Girls learn best through hands-on activities that give them the opportunity to help others and make a difference in the world. In light of this research, McGehee offers its students several service learning opportunities in the regular curriculum.
This year, we’re trying a new program that is further inspiring our girls’ passion for STEAM (STEM + arts). Our students are learning hands-on Science and Engineering skills, while collaborating one-on-one with partners in developing countries. This innovative program, provided by Level Up Village (LUV), is a welcome addition to our afterschool enrichment program.