Connecting globally using online tools

Matthew Esterman
A lover of learning who is always on the look out for better ways to do it.
Explore the digital tools you can use with classes overseas to build empathy, research skills and intercultural understanding from the comfort of your own classroom, an...
Target Audience
Teachers who are beginning to explore the use of technology to connect with teachers, classes, institutions and groups overseas. The audience should be familiar with the basics of using their device but no knowledge of the Google Suite, Skype or other tools will be expected. The idea audience member will have some experience in the classroom (2-3 years minimum) as this course will assume a bedrock of basic pedagogical and curriculum mapping skills. The course will be focussed on secondary teachers of the Humanities subjects (History, Geography etc) but all teachers are welcome.
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General Description

Moving quickly through the 21st century means teachers need to build a toolkit of skills and approaches that allow them to provide truly global learning experiences for their students. This course will explore one such pathway taken over several years by a teacher in Sydney and one in Pennsylvania, USA, to build empathy and understanding between two History classes on different sides of the world. It will draw on this story to help participants build their own plan for how they will connect with classes overseas, and offer some freely available online tools by which this project can be built by the students and for the students. We will also explore the use of Twitter to share and connect and share professional stories before, during and after the project.

Audience

Teachers who are beginning to explore the use of technology to connect with teachers, classes, institutions and groups overseas. The audience should be familiar with the basics of using their device but no knowledge of the Google Suite, Skype or other tools will be expected. The idea audience member will have some experience in the classroom (2-3 years minimum) as this course will assume a bedrock of basic pedagogical and curriculum mapping skills. The course will be focussed on secondary teachers of the Humanities subjects (History, Geography etc) but all teachers are welcome.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

This format will divide the whole day course into three specific experiences: 1) how to plan a project using online tools
2) how to run a project using online tools
3) how to connect with colleagues before, during and after a project using Twitter


This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

There are no occurrences of Face to Face in Australia (NSW) at this time.

Sessions

Building a project plan with online tools

2 hours

This session is the first of three sessions in this course. It will explore the key online tools that can be used to plan and build an online project from scratch, regardless of what systems your school might use. We will focus on the Google Suite of tools (Docs, Slides, Drive) and explore how to connect with people from around the world to begin building your global project.

Running a global project with online tools

2 hours

This session will build on “Building a project plan with online tools” by exploring the potential and pitfalls of running a global project using digital tools. We will build a project together and experience the “student view” of how everything works (and doesn’t!) so that you are fully prepared for what might occur when you launch your own project.

Sharing and connecting professionally using digital tools

2 hours

This session is the final of three sessions for this course. It explores the use of Twitter as a tool for professional collaboration, engagement and sharing of your project to the world. There are many ways to use Twitter in a professional manner in order to establish your own identity online and to connect and collaborate with teachers all over the world. By the end of this session, all participants will have an active Twitter account that can be used immediately.

What To Bring

Wifi-enabled laptop or tablet (with administrator rights to connect to new wifi locations, engage with Google Drive etc). Charger.
Download Google Chrome to your device.

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About the team


Matthew Esterman

Creator

Matt is a passionate educator and lifelong learner from NSW who has spent over a decade in the classroom teaching History, English and a smattering of other things. He holds a Master of Arts in History and a Master of Learning Science and Technology. He is currently a Teaching and Learning Integrator at Trinity Grammar School, helping connect students and teachers with the dazzling amount of resources and services now available at the tips of our fingers. Matt is a member of several professional associations and is a founder of TeachMeets in Australia. His interests include innovative curriculum design and pedagogy, mindful use of technology to support learning, and the design of contemporary learning spaces and schools. Matt has received numerous awards for his work within and outside of schools.