We live in such a diverse and interesting world. One of things that I am very passionate about is that we enable children to widen their horizons globally. Through links we can not only gain knowledge, but also develop greater understanding of cultures and faith groups, and hopefully have an increased awareness of issues around the world and have a greater sense of care towards other as a result.
In 2015 we will be linking our school (a primary school for 4 – 11 year olds) with several scientists/research projects, museums/galleries and hopefully a number of schools around the world.
My initial thought was to achieve one link a month, with opportunities across the continents. I quickly realised that this would be too much and would be impractical, so I refined my thinking. Currently, we have 3 key link opportunities in place.
The links will enable learning and enrichment opportunities for the students and/or the staff.
Through a link one of more of the following will be facilitated:
• sharing knowledge/ideas/resources
• setting a challenge
• carrying out research
• a shared project
• a charity initiative
A link could be during one day, across a month or something that is initiated and completed within the year. The technology used to achieve this could be any of the following blogs, video conferencing, Twitter or email, depending on what is accessible to you and most practical.
Engagement will initially be via School Committee, so that the children can be involved in discussions and decisions at form group level and feedback ideas and questions in a whole school forum. I am very conscious of teachers’ workloads and hopefully this will help to keep the initiative manageable and not too much additional work for colleagues.
The tashtag we are going to use is #GobalAdventure2015
Currently, we will link with 2 scientific research projects and have a museum/galleries month. Our scientific research projects are located in 2 different continents (more of these anon) and our adventure will spread even further worldwide when linked with museum/galleries. We hope to add one or two schools as the year progresses too.
Our first link arrived on the day we set up the project, via @AshleyMNaranjo a museum educator @SmithsonianEdu who has shared their Quests http://bit.ly/1ITVJ7J offering a variety of challenge prompts for students. We will promote the Quests to students in our museum month. Hopefully it will encourage them to explore American history and culture as well as science, nature and art. Thank you to Ashley for responding so quickly!