Final day of the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute... My group has plans to publish a series of epub documents in ITunes U to help educators incorporate global collaborative projects into their teaching repertoires. We had to present our plan to our esteemed ADE colleagues, and of course this makes me incredibly nervous!!!
Anyway, this is what I intended to say ... It's a good thing I didn't read this word for word, or else our time allotment would have bee completely used up! Thanks to the amazing people on my team, Helen, Gayle, Julene, Deanna, Rita, and Ann!
Becoming an ADE opened up a world of possibilities to me, and the 2006 Institute where we traveled to Europe was a particular catalyst for me as well as some of my fellow group members. I discovered that it's never been easier to connect our classrooms via technology and that we need to help educators leverage these technologies effectively.
The 2006 trip led me to start an online network around global collaboration, and I co-founded an online conference dedicated to this topic last year. During this journey, I've come to realize that our kids are facing complex problems requiring solutions from across borders. Networked learning leads to networked problem solving... We must help kids do this so they are prepared for their futures.
Our project comes from our beliefs around the importance of global education and our goal is to provide a comprehensive set of resources to help teachers connect globally. We have four ePub resources planned so far: a guide to global collaboration, a directory of people and projects, resources for using iOS devices to promote global awareness and a resource toolkit complete with rubrics, templates and an annotated bibliography.
Let us show you what we have planned!
Stay tuned.... Hopefully, this all this will be online in October!!