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
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 Grafn (@mgrafn)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, @mgrafn, 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, @mgrafn’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.