Global Connections 2010: Globalization, STEM and ICTs
Wednesday, October 20 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Presider:Malini Bhargava, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Teacher education programs must demonstrate how they are addressing standards to increase global awareness. Many instructional technology programs are modeling global awareness using digital media and web 2.0 tools for collaboration with educators in other countries. An example is a project called Global Connections 2010 with American and Taiwanese undergraduate and graduate students, in-service teachers, and students in elementary, middle or high school. In the project pedagogical applications were explored for collaboration between the two countries and tools for innovative instructional strategies. Participants were directed to focus on higher order thinking skills such as analyze, evaluate, and create for project-based learning applications of FabLab Model Maker. Common educational themes of two very different cultures resulted. A ning was used to facilitate the collaboration and collegial exchange among participants.