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Technology Tools to Connect Kids with the World

Connected Classrooms and a New World of LearningNEPA Reading AssociationScranton, 2016Mike Soskil @msoskil

----- Meeting Notes (11/5/16 08:35) -----Thank you to NEPA Reading Association and to Congratulations 50th Anniversary----- Meeting Notes (11/5/16 08:45) -----Thank you to NEPA Reading Association and DonnaCongratulations on 50th AnniversaryNot often I get invited to speak at reading events1

----- Meeting Notes (11/5/16 08:45) -----Came across my Facebook wall a few days agoMost people think that I am biased toward STEM subjects, but it's not true. 2

STEM is not Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

It is a culture of problem solving in which all disciplines are used in conjunction to make the world better.

Literacy is the means through which every man, woman, and child can realize his or her full potential. Kofi Annan

----- Meeting Notes (11/5/16 08:45) -----Where there is literacy, there is hope for a better future. 5

Does the learning in classrooms matter to students?

Photo Credit: Flickr/cristicLong-term learning cannot take place without emotional connection with content

Extrinsic v. Intrinsic Motivation

Empathy correlates with both happiness and success in life

----- Meeting Notes (11/5/16 08:45) -----A study three years ago showed that reading fiction builds empathy in students. 6

How do I get started?

Rachels Story


Why Global Learning?Cultural Understanding

Emotional Experiences

Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity

Student Empowerment

----- Meeting Notes (11/5/16 08:45) -----I want every student to believe that they have within themselves the ability to use their learning to change the world for the better.9

National Council of Teachers of English 21st Century LiteraciesDevelop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technologyBuild intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others so to pose and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen independent thoughtDesign and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposesManage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia textsAttend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments

Its hard to change the world when you dont know much about it.


South Elementary Global Connections

Song/Cultural ExchangesVirtual ValentinesExchange Skype/YT Video MessagesData Collection in Collaborative SpreadsheetsQuadbloggingSlow Twitter ChatCollaborative PBL ProjectsMystery SkypeSkype Teacher Exchange (guest teacher from another location)Digital Post Cards


Distance Teaching Project


Project LINC Students Microsoft Video


Once Upon a Flower Time

Children who feel the joy of doing good for others continue to look for new ways to make a positive impact on the world.

They grow to be the problem solving leaders of the next generation.

HIP Academy - Mukuyuni Bridge Project

Children are never too young to change the world.

Beth Heidemanns KindergartenersCushing, Maine

Hanif and Gethera Video by the Ms. Heidemann & the Cushkins

Thats great for those students.

But, how do I do that?

Virtual Field Trips

Skype in the Classroom: Education: by the Seat of Your Pants: exploringbytheseat.comJASON Learning: jason.orgLivingMaths:


Mystery Skype

Similar to "20 Questions"Each class takes turns asking Yes/No questions to figure out location of the other class.Variations: animals, numbers, elements, occupations, etc. instead of locations.Builds critical thinking skills and content knowledge.Creates opportunities to connect with other locations to have Q&A sessions about culture.Resource to get started:


Overcoming Time Zone Issues


The 5 Clue ChallengeUse Skype Video Message or YouTube to leave 5 clues for partner class to guess location, animal, etc.After each clue, students will pause video, do research, and take a


Twitter Not Just for Donald Trump Anymore!

As of 2014, over 4.2 million tweets per day were related to education, most by educators

Hashtags allow you to curate and organize what you see

There is an educational hashtag for almost every content area, grade level, and educational interest area

A Few Educational Hashtags#SciChat#MysterySkype#MathChat#GlobalEd#SSChat#ArtsEd#EngChat#EdTech#GTChat#EdChat#SpEdChat#21stEdChat#TeachersMatter#EdCamp#TeachersLeading#Education


Most states have their own hashtag (ie - #PAedChat)

Finding Global ConnectionsTwitter/TweetdeckHave students contact expertsFacebookFriends/Family

Twitter for Global Connections#SkypeMT - Skype Master Teachers#GlobalLearning@SkypeClassroom




Every problem in the world has a solution trapped inside our students passions. Helping them see the connection is our job as teachers.

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Twitter: @msoskil