‘The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning and Teaching’

For global educators and global education leaders who want to know how to take learning global.

This book provides essential pedagogical approaches and frameworks for global collaborative learning. It is also a collection of anecdotes, inspiring examples, case studies and resources. It is guaranteed to provide educators and education leaders at all levels of education new ideas and modes for connecting and collaborating with the world for meaningful learning.

What’s inside

PART 1: The Global Educator

This section focuses specifically on ‘the global educator’: characteristics, the technologies used, globally connected learning and barriers and enablers to becoming global. Case Studies share the stories of seven global educators who tell of the ‘how and why’ of being a global educator.

PART 2: Leadership for Global Education

This section examines the role of leadership in implementing global learning experiences at all levels. This includes the evolution of global leadership in education, how to lead for global citizenship and effect pedagogical change, as well as a new approach to pedagogy ‘cosmogogy’ for learning while connected to the world. Case Studies explore the activities of nine global education leaders who, diverse in location affiliation, share stories of cultural and global significance and help us to understand the challenges faced by leaders whose goal is to broaden and deepen the learning for those around them.

PART 3: Online Global Collaboration

This section shares ideas and practices to do with online global collaboration and includes many current examples of global educators and leaders who are connecting and collaborating for a multitude of reasons using a diverse basket of tools and strategies. Design approaches to online global collaborative learning are shared through the ‘Online Global Collaboration Taxonomy’. Case Studies feature educators and online global interactions, collaborations and projects. There are many stories of struggle and resilience, joy and hope. Educators from Australia, South Africa, Denmark, USA, Canada and more are featured as they share what they are doing to embed online global collaboration.

PART 4: Take Learning Global

Finally this last section shares ideas and concrete examples for how to take learning global. Specific organisation and activities are shared followed by a ‘call to action’ and how to adopt a global approach. Case Studies explore opportunities for professional learning and collaboration. These include online and virtual courses and conferences as well as face-to-face events. In addition thought leaders and activators share their thoughts about higher education, community of practice development, and global learning across the curriculum.

“An outstanding work of seminal yet practical scholarship that will prove to be an enduringly useful resource for classroom teachers and school curriculum developers seeking to nurture a global learning experience for children and students”

Reviewer’s Bookwatch: August 2016, James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review, From Margaret’s Bookshelf

“Thoroughly ‘user friendly’ in composition, tone, and commentary, “The Global Educator” is unreservedly recommended for academic library Contemporary Education reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.”

Reviewer’s Bookwatch: August 2016, James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review, From Margaret’s Bookshelf

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‘Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds’

The original book to provide inspiration, methodology and definitive steps for online global collaboration

‘Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time’ shares a unique approach to connected and ‘flat’ learning in a global context. It includes real examples from many years of connected learning and global collaborative projects at all levels of K-12.

What’s inside

Global education including global collaboration is not a choice. Current pedagogy can be updated so it is an “and” proposition. You can get your classrooms and schools there one step at a time. This book will teach you how. It is a guide to strategies for collaboration locally and across the world.

The ‘Seven Steps to Flatten Your Classroom’ chapters provide detailed examples and methods for harnessing emerging technologies to make essential connections, communications, collaborations and co-creations – with a view to practicing effective digital citizenship habits.

As schools struggle to engage students with learning and disengage them from their mobile phones and social networks, there are some schools leveraging technology and social media to launch learning forward. By implementing global collaborative practices, we are building the bridges today that the learners of tomorrow will walk across. 

Education and student engagement can be improved from the bottom up. Students and educators are able to connect and get along with other people globally without losing their own identity and sense of belonging to a country or culture. Collaboration and community learning increases understanding as a valuable part of what classrooms are already doing. This can be embedded across the curriculum. This book will show you how! It is the story of collaboration across the world by many for everyone

“Insightful, innovative, and practical, this book is a must read for any educator interested in preparing competent global citizens. ”

Yong Zhao, Ph. D, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean, College of Education, University of Oregon

“Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds” is a terrific guide, by two real pioneering teachers, on how the networked world can be used for cooperative learning that can enrich education and empower students — anywhere and everywhere”

Thomas L. Friedman, author, “The World Is Flat.”

Author: Julie Lindsay

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