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 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!
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
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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.
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.
Q5: What more can we all do to keep students engaged, foster their curiosity and creativity, and help them develop a love of life-long learning?
- Engage students through relevant, authentic situations where their learning will connect to real-life situations
- Problem-based and Project-based learning can keep learners engaged and challenge them to use 21st-C collaborative and creative skills
- Place more importance on divergent thinking, risk-taking and flexibility; move up higher on Bloom's taxonomy of thinking so students go beyond simply recalling info.!
- From a teacher perspective, keeping materials student-centered and using students as resources of info. and life experience allows for less teacher prep and more authenticity of lessons (*Ken Lackman is an education consultant whose ideas are worth exploring!)
- Students need to experience failure to foster resiliency so we need to "give kids room to fail". Students need to learn how to self-regulate and take responsibility over their own learning
- Concepts newly introduced to me: "Unschooling" and the quote of the day that stuck with me: "School is getting in the way of my learning"
Q6: How can we use technology more effectively in teaching and learning?
- Main concern: technology is NOT commonplace in education so there are accessibility issues to tackle first and foremost.
- The use of ICT's makes collaboration possible: The world is complex and no single person holds an answer so we need to share and exchange ideas on how to solve the world's problems and we need to learn how to take multiple perspectives and realize the impact of our actions on our global neighbours.
- Teachers and other school staff and parents need more PD so the use of technology is not feared or rebelled against
On September 19th, Shane and I attended the MoE provincial consultation. We met with concerned parents, teachers, principals, corporate representatives but most importantly, current high school students themselves!
Here are the 3 workshop sessions I attended as well as some key points that stuck with me:
Q1: What are the skills, knowledge and characteristics students need to succeed after they completed school, and how do we better support all learners in their development?
-Successful job candidates have autonomy, flexibility, confidence, resilience to failure and are self-starters
-Especially in today's ever-changing and unstable job market, flexibility and problem-solving skills beyond simply knowing the 3 R's will help youth change and adapt to the various careers they may take on in the course of their lives
-Project-based learning will foster entrepreneurial skills and better engage youth to take on challenges
-Informed risk taking involves youth acting as advocates for themselves instead of relying on others to solve their problems; they must also learn where to seek help and know what supports to ask for
-In order to support our youth better, we should NEVER assume that their intellectual abilities are fixed! We must also consider mental health's important impact on well-being
-Not only should it be our moral imparative to foster self-confidence in our youth, research shows positive correlatin between self-belief and student achievement
.....Questions 2 and 3 will be posted as part deux of this blog entry!