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Global Dignity Day

After lots of preparation, Global Dignity Day took place on Oct 15, 2014. Global Dignity Day is a celebration to ensure that every human being leads a dignified life.

This year TakingITGlobal has celebrated Global Dignity Day in may ways. To get everyone thinking about dignity and what it means to them, 63 Adobe Youth Voices partner sites and over 1000 TakingITGlobal members were invited to explore the meaning of dignity through photos, video, paintings and stories. These beautiful and inspiring works of art can be viewed in the Global Gallery.

Jennifer Corriero, co-founder for TakingITGlobal, brought the Global Dignity Day celebration to Arviat, Nunavut. She hosted a workshop for the Inuit youth that allowed youth to reflect what dignity means to them through role play exercises and visual art. You can read more about her trip online and watch this video.

Here in Ontario, a couple of TIG staff joined the celebration with Fieldcrest Elementary School students. TakingITGlobal hosted a workshop that allowed students to explore the meaning of dignity through creating short 1 minute movies using the Adobe Voice app. In pairs, students explored the different ways we can ensure that everyone leads a dignified life using photos, music, and movies.  You can view some of these 1 minute movies on Mali Bickley’s blog post.

As well as from the TIG office, the staff joined the national video conference to connect and join hands with students to explore the different faces dignity plays in our lives. The main theme for the virtual conference was for students to explore and share what dignity means to them. Some of the answers were love, kindness, ones pride and to be respected.

Three brave students shared heartfelt dignity stories. The story that inspired me the most was a young boy named Joey who overcame cancer and bullying, and started his own charity. His organization helps young children to stay connected with their school friends using technology provided by the foundation. This idea came up when his uncle gifted him a laptop to stay in touch during the time he spent at the hospital. His uncle told him, “think of yourself, make yourself happy to make others happy”.


The conference ended on the note that the world will be a better place because of these brilliant students. Thus celebrate Global Dignity to brighten the world even if it is through a little act of kindness!

Enjoy this dance perfromance and photographs of Fieldcrest Elementary School students celebrating Global Dignity Day!



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TIGed celebration of International Day of the Girl Child

Oct 11th marks ‘International Day of the Girl Child’. As a part of our Global Encounters program, TIGed celebrated the International Day of Girl by connecting with inspiring youth and female leaders from around world to hear about their stories. Before the live interactive video conference, everyone engaged in the TIGed virtual classroom and shared their stories about their female heroes.  Few of the female heroes mentioned in the virtual classroom Emma Watson, Margaret Thatcher, Anne Frank, and so on.

We started the video conference with Handa who joined us from New Zealand. Handa has over 7 years of work experience working with female youth in Indonesia. Handa shared that  girls body is sexualized since they are young and many societies and cultures feel that  domestication is a way to protect women. A very bold statement made by Handa was “respect your culture but stand up when there is social injustice”.

Than we had a young ambitious woman Heba joining us from Egypt to share her views on girls rights in todays world. She started by talking about the role of women in ancient egyptian politics. Females always played an important role in politics but the number of female representatives have been decreasing over the years.

Lastly, we had a group of graduate students, majoring in Women’s Study, joined us from University of Alberta.  Among the panelist was  Ayesha Khan. She clarified the common misconception of women not striving to receive higher education in Pakistan.

Another fun fact that was stated by the panelists was that the labels “girls” and “boys” did not exist until the 19th century.

Overall, I feel that the common message from our keynote speakers and blog posts in virtual classroom was that girls must stay strong and keep trying even if they fail! To fight for women to have a greater voice in todays society.



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TDSB + TIGed = Global learning for all

TakingITGlobal is excited to announce that TIGed is partnering with Toronto District School Board (TDSB) for a second year - expanding our partnership to work with two families of TDSB schools, WR3 and ER19. This year we'll reach 29 Toronto schools and over 100 TDSB educators and administrators!

Building on our work last year, TIGed will be delivering blended learning professional development courses in global citizenship, student voice, and environmental stewardship. These courses will introduce problem-based learning methodologies and innovative ways to integrate technology tools in the classroom. By the end of the course, participants will have created school-based projects or curriculum units or projects that will be implemented in schools across both families.  The board has made a serious commitment to transforming education in our city through 21st century leadership, teaching and learning.

On February 5th, TIGed welcomed the WR3 and ER19 family of schools at Northview Heights Secondary School to start the second cohort. The day began with a lot energy and enthusiasm from everyone!

Jeff Hainbuch, Superintendent of Education for the WR3 family of schools, opened the day with his keynote speech in which he explained the importance of this kind of partnership in today’s education landscape. The partnership was cleverly illustrated by a simple equation which was inspired by Jeff’s young son: TDSB + TIGed = Global learning for all.

We also heard from our TakingITGlobal co-founders, Jennifer Corriero and Michael Furdyk, who shared their inspiring stories. Jennifer also opened the floor to the educators to share their stories about a student whom have inspired them.

Later in the afternoon, Jennifer Klein, our resident project-based learning expert, delivered a jam-packed session to introduce everyone to the concept they’d be exploring in depth over the next two months. The afternoon was dedicated to meeting in course groups with instructors and support staff to delve into the content of the courses, and to get to know one another.

The day was not only full of work - we also had a fun photo booth where a number of educators shared their vision of a Future Friendly School.

The orientation day kicking off our work together in 2014 could not have gone any better - we'd like to thank everyone who made this day an enormous success!


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Global Educators unite to grow Future Friendly Schools

TORONTO, Dec. 19th, 2013 - TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed) is on a mission to build Future Friendly Schools that not only foster active engagement in learning, but are also committed to inclusive, responsible and globally relevant education. According to the 2011 Pearson My Voice National Student Report, 46% of U.S. High School Students say they “find school boring”. Another stark statistic from the Canadian Educational Association’s 2011 report called, “What did you do in school today?” revealed that 82% of Grade 5 students felt intellectually engaged but this figure dropped to only 45% by the time students reached Grade 12. This engagement is the challenge that TIGed addresses through The Future Friendly Schools initiative and professional development e-courses for global educators, which promote student voice, global citizenship and environmental stewardship.

TIGed is gearing up for its January 2014 cycle of professional development (PD) e-courses for global educators. With educators eager to foster 21st Century skills in learners, TIGed facilitates three PD e-Courses:  Project-based Learning for Global Citizenship, Education for Environmental Stewardship and Empowering Student Voice in Education.  TIGed supports educators in using technology to create transformative learning experiences for their students so that classrooms everywhere can actively engage in shaping a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world. Further information about TIGed PD e-Courses can be found here: http://www.tigweb.org/tiged/professional-development/ecourses.html

According to World Savvy's 2012 Global Competency Survey, 74% of students said they wished their classes in high school had a more global approach but only 54% said their teachers knew about global events and incorporated global perspectives. Learners desire to be globally aware. They also want to have a role in designing the nature of their learning experience.  The 2012 Center on Education Policy and 2012 Sloan Study of Youth & Social Development reported that “control and autonomy” over learning is one of four key dimensions of student motivation.  TIGed courses invite educators to reflect upon their practice and integrate opportunities for students to be more actively engaged as decision-makers while connecting with the world beyond the walls of their classroom.  Inquiry-based community projects are implemented as part of each cycle, incorporating a project-based learning approach that can have real-world impact.  For example, a Grade 3 Science class created a set of toys as part of a unit on movement and forces that they then donated to a local charity to benefit children.  Another project involved a Multiple Intelligences Survey administered by a Grade 1 class using iPads throughout the entire school that aimed at understanding how students learn best with concrete recommendations put forth as a result!  

“Take an E-course to learn how to design global learning journeys that support curriculum objectives and develop 21st-century skills,” recommended Jennifer Corriero, Executive Director,TakingITGlobal. “By using TIGed to connect with and learn about the world, [students] will become global citizens who are strong cross-cultural communicators, technologically savvy, and informed about issues that matter.”

TIGed offers three graduate level, accredited e-courses for educators looking to explore practical ways of implementing global education in their classrooms. Each course is designed to support educators' unique needs and curriculum requirements, and is led by experienced educators. Students will be empowered to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges and be better equipped to succeed in today’s global, knowledge-based economy.  The upcoming cycle of courses begin on January 21st!  Scholarships are available and registration is open at : http://www.tigweb.org/tiged/school/register-pd.html

About TakingITGlobal

TakingITGlobal is a global online community that empowers young people to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. Often described as a "social network for social good," the award-winning www.tigweb.org is available in 13 languages and offers a diverse set of educational resources

and action tools intended give young people the tools they need to succeed.


Michael Furdyk

Co-founder; Director of Technology

[email protected]

(416) 977-9363 x313



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Global Education Conference 2013

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to present at the Global Education Conference. You may not know this but the Global Education Conference is an entirely virtual conference. This year the conference brought together over 10,000 educators and innovators from around the world to connect, collaborate, and increase opportunities for connecting classrooms. It’s a great opportunities for educators to connect and learn about inspiring collaborating global projects.

Presenting at the Global Education Conference was amazing yet nerve wracking experience. I had the opportunity to share with educators the amazing tools and resources available on the TakingITGlobal (TIG) and TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed) website. I also introduce them to ideas on how they can use these tools to introduce important global issues in their classrooms. And most importantly, how educators can utilize TIG and TIGed tools and resources to encourage students to act on critical global challenges.

My presentations were titled Take your Classroom Global, Learning through online education games, One stop Shop: TIGed Thematic Classroom.

And furthermore, Michael Furdyk, Co-founder of TakingITGlobal and Director of Technology, was one of the twenty keynote speakers at the conference. Michael shared about his decade-long journey with TIG and how the online network is engaging millions of youth to take action on the world’s greatest challenges.

Michael also presented on Future Friendly Schools which is an unique certification program that supports schools in adopting the values of global citizenship, student voice and environmental stewardship, through technology-rich and project-based learning.

Don't worry if you missed this great conference. You can find the recording of all the presentation and keynote sessions on the Global Education Conference website.  


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