Formal education tends to be restricted to knowledge acquisition, memorization and assessment. There is very little interaction between students from different classrooms and we don't want our students to make mistakes. Education is more than offering knowledge. It is also about offering skills, opportunities and instilling empathy into our classrooms. Teachers keep pouring knowledge into our students' heads while there are other approaches like learning by doing, flipped learning and collaborative learning.
Global Learning projects are typically launched twice a year and each project takes about 4 weeks. We break down our classroom walls and connect students over 70 countries. The project is student-centered which means that the students have to do the research, exploring, brainstorming and discussion. They share their findings via weekly videos or presentations. The students are told that they are journalists and their classrooms become newsrooms. Students can be aged 8 to 21 years old.
Teachers are initially driven outside their comfort zones as they are requested not to give away any knowlegde. They become discussion leaders and mentors pointing their students in the right direction and making sure the students verify their resources. All participating countries' students will learn in very different ways (collaborative, by expressing and creating, by doing research, by discussing, by connecting to experts on social media, etc) and will have very different outcomes (composing songs, dancing, creating, using Lego, Minecraft, stop motion videos, interviewing, etc). This project covers several subjects: Science, Math, History, Biology, Literature, etc. Students will learn to use certain ICT tools without being instructed how to use them. Teachers will discover new approaches and tools. They will make global connection and... learning will be fun!
What's better than learning about global issues directly from people living in those countries?
Our projects are student-centered and a global collaboration between schools over 6 continents. We embrace the 21st Century Learning Skills and Sustainable Development Goals. The students also use technology in their classroom to find and structure content, present and share their findings.