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Last Chapter of the Text Book

Posted by mosert on April 26, 2019 in Class Post, Gen2108, Sustainable Development, Tech Ed |

The semester is coming to a close, which means the days of writing for specific class assignments are done and this is my last blog post for Web Tools for Global Learning. I have learned a lot during the semester about networking and building a PLN. I believe I have a network of teachers that can help me to be successful on my own journey to becoming a teacher. This week’s assignment was to read the case studies in the last chapter of our textbook and talk about two of them. The two I chose were Think Global School and Our Global Friendships.

Even though it took some extensive searching on Google for my husband to believe the show existed, “Breaker High” is a show that I was obsessed with in the late 90’s.  It was one of Ryan Gosling’s first tv shows and featured a high school on a cruise ship. Some of my classmates are probably slightly more familiar with Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life on Deck” which was a very similar concept. Traveling the world while studying was something that I could only dream of. So, when I read the case study in our text book about Think Global School, I knew I wanted to write about it. Think Global School is the world’s first traveling high school. The school started in 2010 with 15 students from 11 countries. They are a yearlong school program with four terms per year and each term is spent in a different country. That’s right, students live in four countries a year.  While in each country, students are challenged with a community service project as well as their “normal” (if you can call biology lessons in the Great Barrier Reef normal) class work. Students get a truly well-rounded education and have the opportunity to learn in all of these countries without the biases often presented by parents, teachers and textbooks.

The second case study I chose to look at was Our Global Friendships; a program for teachers to connect and make friends globally so that they can pass the benefits of their connections on to their students. The text mentions the effort it took to get off the ground and it makes me grateful to be entering the education world while programs like this one exist. This specific program, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to exist anymore, however finding teachers to connect with globally has never been easier, and many similar opportunities do exist. I believe it is truly beneficial for teachers to find that global connection with their peers as it opens up options and perspectives while developing curriculum.

While the focus of this blog will probably shift to be more specific to becoming a French teacher and providing the opportunity for me to practice my French communication skills, I hope you will continue to join me on my journey through Stockton and beyond.

Thanks,

Allie

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A Virtual Trip to Paris

Posted by mosert on April 22, 2019 in Class Post, Gen2108, Tech Ed |

This week, we were asked to write a blog post on using Google’s VR Suite in the classroom. It was important to me to find a way to relate it to teaching French, so I set out to find a French lesson plan. I found “À Paris – French Culture using a Virtual Field Trip” […]

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Story Board That – Quand on s’est Rencontré

Posted by mosert on April 15, 2019 in Uncategorized |

Our assignment this week was to explore digital storytelling and our professor gave us lots of options to chose from. I chose to use the StoryBoardThat service and to make a comic about the first time my husband and I met back in 2005, I chose to write it in French to practice some more […]

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Online Global Collaboration Taxonomy – Out of Eden

Posted by mosert on April 8, 2019 in Uncategorized |

This week, our assignment for WEB TOOLS: GLOBAL LEARNING was to explore an example of online global collaboration taxonomy. We were looking at 4th level – communities of practice, which focus on fostering diverse online global collaboration practices. The class used an example from the text, “Out of Eden” which is about the journey that […]

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Norms of Global Collaboration

Posted by mosert on March 25, 2019 in Class Post, Gen2108 |

This week, we learned about norms of global collaboration, and according to our text, there are eight norms that educators should be working towards as they strive to be global educators and good global citizens. The first norm is to be prepared. This includes things like knowing how to use your Personal Learning Network (PLN) […]

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Google Map Building

Posted by mosert on March 25, 2019 in Uncategorized |

This week in my class web tools for global learning, we did an assignment on creating a private Google Map in Google Drive and how to use Google Maps to explore the world. I did my assignment on things to do in my hometown of Moncton NB, but when I sat down to write this […]

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Seating Options from PLN

Posted by mosert on March 11, 2019 in Uncategorized |

Since beginning this class on web tools for global learning, I have learned a lot about the teacher I want to become. One of my favorite things I have learned is different options for setting up a classroom that differs from the standard. In today’s world, where teachers are fighting against the draw of the […]

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Amelie

Posted by mosert on March 4, 2019 in Uncategorized |

Throughout history, France and the United States have been allies several times.  People often confuse that camaraderie with similarity; but in reality, the two countries are as different as night and day. A glimpse into any French film or show will show you that. For our class this week, we were assigned to watch a […]

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Grateful to Have Discovered PLN

Posted by mosert on February 26, 2019 in Uncategorized |

I have been taking the class “Web Tools for Global Learning” now for about a month and a half (we are in week 6 by the professor’s notes). One of the first things that the professor had us do was to create a professional Twitter account and start to build our professional learning network (PLN). […]

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Goal 10

Posted by mosert on February 18, 2019 @ 2:18 pm
in Class Post, Gen2108, Sustainable Development |

As teachers, I believe that one of our primary goals should be to make the world a better place, one student at a time! Part of that needs to be supporting the United Nations efforts on sustainable development goals because these goals all aim to make the world a better place. I have chosen this week to write on one of these goals in specific, and that is goal 10, “reducing inequalities within and among countries.” It is important to realize that this goal is so much more than income equality. This is the measurable proof that we need to close inequalities in age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, and religion in order to close the overwhelming inequality in income.

According to a 2015 study, the richest 1% of the world hold more wealth than the other 99% of the world population. These numbers are staggering; I am not saying that the 1% should be forced to give their money to others, but I am saying that it is important to make sure their accrual of wealth does not infringe on the opportunities of others to accrue wealth. Today, with the many biases and inequalities, both between countries as well as within them, these opportunities are not being granted. In the United States, for example, there is a large percent of the population that, despite working full-time jobs, struggles to move above the poverty line.

Growing up, my mother often said, “there are starving people in Africa who would love that food”. As a culture, we fail to see that there are people right here in the United States and Canada who are living in extreme poverty conditions, people who despite working full-time jobs can’t afford rent on a one-bedroom apartment, can’t afford to eat, can’t afford childcare or the growing technological needs society is placing on them.  We pretend that these inequalities don’t exist here to the extent that a google search of “free to use images depicting extreme poverty in the United States” gave more images for poverty in Africa and US humanitarian services to combat them than images of poverty within our borders. We need to work with Congress to help make these gaps more visible but also to find sustainable ways to close them.

(this photo is from Detroit)

Now there is truth in what my mother said – there are huge income gaps between countries worldwide. Some of the countries that hurt the most are the ones that are underdeveloped; they have a hard time competing on the global stage as far as what they can offer the world and often end up being used by corrupt leaders so that they never have the opportunity to grow. Like the poor in the United States, they are often underpaid for their work and end up making just enough money to continue to barely get by. We need to make sure that these countries are treated equally and given what they need to support their people and grow their infrastructure.

(poverty map in the world I would like to say the US is only as high as it is because the poverty line is not where it should be)

What can we, as individuals, do to help close these gaps? First check out the Microsoft class in Sustainable Development Goals, connect with teachers and lessons worldwide that have already started working on these goals and look for more info on how to bring all of these goals to your classroom. Here are links to some of the websites I used to help find information:

https://www.earth-changers.com/purpose/equality

https://www.globalgoals.org/10-reduced-inequalities

http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/global-goals/reduced-inequalities/

How do you apply these goals in your classroom? If you don’t what is your biggest obstacle to doing so? leave me a shout out here or on Twitter @AllieM41296798 !

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