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Sep082013

Global Projects to Connect, Collaborate and Share!

Now you have an HISD Edmodo account...so how can you use it to impact learning in your classroom? There are some excellent collaborative K-5 projects that expand the horizon beyond classroom walls and connect students and teachers all across the world. Students can connect, share, and collaborate in literacy discussion with the Global Read-Aloud Project, compare communities and traditions in the Global Scrapbook Project, or celebrate resilience and share creative experiences through International Dot Day! Find more details on these projects below...


International Dot Day:  A celebration of the power and potential of creativity in all that we do is at the heart of this project. From thedotclub.org website: 'The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage.' Get started with this project by signing up and downloading the Educator's Handbook. Classes who are ready to connect are posted on Skype in the Classroom. More resources on thematic exploration and reading/artistic response are shared on Laura Candler's Corkboard Connections and Matthew Winner's Dot Day Lesson Seeds .
 

Global Read-Aloud: The premise of the Global Read Aloud Project is to take one book and use it to connect readers around the world via Edmodo, Skype, twitter, kidblogs (or with any other available collaboration tools!). Classes who participate read the same book throughout the month of September and share book responses, discussions, and projects with one another. You can connect with one class or several. This project runs September 30th - November 8th. Sign-up is easy and specific age-group books, topics of discussion, and teacher Edmodo groups to get started are available here. Some helpful ideas on getting started the first week are available on the project wiki along with additional project resources.
 

Global Digital Scrapbook Project: With Edmodo as a sharing platform, K-12 schools can sign up and engage in discussions about their communities, schools, countries, and cultures. To contribute a page in the digital scrapbook, some possible ideas are to create a video tour of our school, a video tour of our town, a slideshow of photos that describe and illustrate culture, landmarks, history, and the uniqueness and commonalities of between and among our communities.

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    Education is the base of every building and character. Every education means the development of the person’s characters. When we talk about the building that means that education is also needed when we want to construct any building or home because education has the plan for every task.

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