Recently I was asked by a fellow networker "what are my intentions". So the need to explain came up. I am networking with teachers and parents and educators from all over the world. What are my intentions? To understand what do all teachers and teachings share and what they all miss. To see how my vision can help the process of learning all over the world. Can it help?
My vision is one of social learning. But unlike the historical term which related to the way the elders would have passed the information to the younger generations, at our time and age it's not local, and it's not only the elders that can help the learners study. We can all help each other. And kids can help kids, giving the learning process a whole new meaning. Especially when it's a global connection.
How can it work?
Here are 2 real life examples:
My 10 year old son studied about volcanoes in his Geography class. He was asked to do a project on Pompeii. While most of his class mates brought a copy of the Wikipedia entry, he received, through global networking on kids4kids.ning.com
links that are used in Italy for teaching about Pompeii, including streaming presentations of 3d animation of that great city of the past.
My 14 year old daughter is studying about the First World War in History class. She was asked to find and list the causes to the war and then describe main events over the course of the war. How would her project look if she discussed the answers with her peers from France, Germany, Russia, the UK and more? Are the answers we offer in our text books absolute?? Or relative, to our place in History? What view of current affairs will students have after performing such a project using the global connection??
I am calling you all to join in the vision and help me get the kids there!
You don't need to create a full curriculum of a global study project, it's enough to add a global connection question to regular homework (like - get an answer to these questions from France or Italy... and leave it to the kids to enjoy the networking they will need to do in order to get these answers!).
Thanks for your support.