Teaching and Learning Across the Globe
Anne Mirtschin and Lorraine Leo
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Lorraine Leo is a technologyteacher in Jackson School in Newton, MA. Sheserves on the National Scholastic Teacher’s Advisory Board for Scholastic.com. Anne Mirtschin is Australian teacher who currently teaches Information andCommunications Technology from prep through to year12.. She is also the host of TechTalk Tuesdays and eT@lking.
Both teachers’ classes have been successfully connected in both synchronous and asynchronoustimes. A variety of tools have been used for connecting and collaborating. From simple emailing of images for classroom use, collaborative voicethreads, google docs, videoconferencing etc throughto the empowering and challenging virtual classroom (DiscoverE and Blackboard Collaborate) wherestudents have shared their festivals, passions, location etc in real time. These virtual classroomshave included a blend of different age groups, from 5 to 86 year olds, a mix of educational tiers egstudents, teachers, university professors, research scientists, pre-service teachers and a mix of
participants from up to ve continents in one classroom.
Class or subject area: Cross Curricular Grade level(s):
Year 3 and beyond to adults
Specic learning objectives: (adpated from the ISTE NETS standards for students)
Use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively on a global scale,to support individual learning
Contribute to the learning of others
Connect, interact, collaborate and publish with global peers, experts and general communitymembers, including family.
Use a variety of media and digital environments to connect, communicate and create.
Share learning spaces
Communicate information and ideas effectively to a variety of digital audiences using a variety of media and formats
Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners from other cultures.
Contribute to project teams to produce original works.
Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility.