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Michael Graffin and Deb Frazier - The Global Classroom Project

Michael Graffin and Deb Frazier - The Global Classroom Project

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The Global Classroom Project 2011-12
Michael Grafn and Deb Frazier 
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Author contact:
@frazierde and or @mgrafn
Author Biography:
Michael Grafn is a thirdyear relief (substitute) teacher in Perth, Western Australia. He blogs at
Deb Frazier, from Ohio, USA, is currently teachingand learning with 20 very excited rst graders.She began her teaching career as aspecial education teacher/intervention specialist. She blogs at blogs at
Activity Summary
The Global Classroom Project is not your ordinary classroom project. It is a grassroots teaching andlearning community connecting hundreds of K-12 teachers, and thousands of students, around theworld.Spanning 6 continents, this project is an amazing example of how teachers can come together using social media and Web 2.0 technologies to atten their classroom walls; enabling their studentsto share, learn, and collaborate globally.
Class or subject area: Cross Curricular Grade level(s):
Specifc learning objectives:
 As teachers, we are:Working together to build a global learning community; showcasing how teachers can improvetheir teaching practice by sharing resources, expertise, and support through global collaborativeprojects and personal learning networks (PLNs).Exploring ways to integrate web 2.0 tools to atten our classroom walls.Creating global dialogue and discussion amongst teachers and students; learning together, andbuilding cross-cultural understanding and respectWe want our students to:Have regular, authentic opportunities to talk, share, learn and collaborate with their classmatesand other students around the world.Share a little about their lives, interests, culture, and learning with children around the world;exploring similarities and differences.Be inspired and motivated to practice their English language skills in authentic, natural, andspontaneous ways.Learn and practice new literacy, collaborative, and ICT skills through their direct involvement inglobal projects as participants and experts.
Our Origins
The rst Global Classroom Project (
) originated in theminds of Deb Frazier’s (@frazierde)Grade 1 students in Ohio USA, andbrought together together 6 classes from 5
(Twitter Screenshot)
In May 2011, we worked collaborativelythrough Twitter to connect our classroomsusing the Global Classroom 2011VoiceThread, empowering our students to“question, and take ownership of their learning”, and giving them an opportunity to share their voicesand cultures with children around the globe.- Deb Frazier. A Global Learning Community is Born
“From Little Things, Big Things Grow”
 After the completion of our rst project, thoughts turned to the future. We wanted to bring moreteachers into the Global Classroom. After running a mere two global projects between them, Deb Frazier and Michael Grafn (@mgrafn)created a Google Doc, and publicised the link on Twitter, asking interested teachers to sign up andshare their ideas. We didn’t know what we were asking for!The overwhelming response from our Twitter networks quickly led to the realisation that GlobalClassroom 2011-12 would be a radical departure from our rst project …Faced with an enormous challenge, @mgrafn, a second year relief (substitute) teacher in Perth,Western Australia, saw an opportunity to transform the 2011-12 project into an online community“where teachers and students could share, learn, and collaborate globally.”Inspired by the work of Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay in creating the Flat Classroom movement
), Michael soon found himself working with teachers globally to translate hisdream into reality.
Working in the Global Classroom
Today, we have more than 230 teachers and thousands of students (from over 30 countries)working in the Global Classroom. Our online spaces, including our blog, wiki, Edmodo, Skype, andFacebook groups, have become vibrant places for global conversations andcollaborations; and we are witnessing incredible impacts on our teachers andstudents around the world. Also, to our astonishment, @mgrafn’s monthly #globalclassroom Twitter chats became the world’s rst (and only) global education chats. Now openedup to the world, these chats continue to grow in popularity, and we hope theywill become an enduring legacy of our work in the years to come.
 A World of Stories
Over the course of 2011-12, we have hosted more than 12 major global projects, and promoted awide range of innovative projects created by teachers around the world. Covering all grade-levels,and many aspects of the curriculum, you can nd full details on The Global Classroom Project blog or wiki, or our wiki. As we stated in our Manifesto, The Global Classroom Project has the “incredible potential to promotecross-cultural understanding,build teachers’ ICT expertise,and enable our students’voices to be heard byauthentic global audiences”. And we’ve taken this
opportunity to invite several
of our #globalclassroom
teachers to share their 
projects and stories.
Kids Speak! 2011-12 (K-3)
Listen to and comment on theVoiceThread! 
Kids Speak! is oneVoiceThread shared withclassrooms all around theworld. Students around theworld are asking questions and sharing information about their daily lives. Through this interactiveproject, kids work naturally; posing questions, making comments and uploading slides and videos asnew learning opportunities and questions arise throughout the school year!
VoiceThread screenshot 
It’s amazing to hear rst graders in Ohio talk about their friends in Romania, South Africa and Australia, then to watch them spontaneously jump up and point to these locations on our world mapis inspiring! We are creating global citizens. They are discovering there are more similarities thandifferences in our world. The students of Global Classroom have a respect and curiosity for othersand their cultures.- Deb Frazier, Ohio USA. (@frazierde)
Global Classroom Co-Founder 
Global Classroom
Skype Chat
One venue where #globalclassroom members can communicate, share, and collaborate is the GlobalClassroom Skype Group. Educators share blog posts, projects, cool tools, latest local and worldnews, and more importantly, availability to get their classrooms together to learn about each other andgrow as a global community.

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Hello, My name is Marian O'Brien. My grade partner, Elizabeth Houlette and I teach 3rd grade at St. Patrick School, Malvern, PA. Your global outreach is just what we're looking for! We live reading about your classroom experiences and would like to become a part of your community. Please feel free to reach me at: mobrien@saintpatrickmalvern.org
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Since this chapter was drafted, Deb Frazier's Twitter ID has changed to @Deb_Frazier.
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