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Global Cultural Learning Using Mobile Devices (ISTE Mobile MegaShare Presentation)

Based on my presentation at ISTE 2014 Mobile Megashare

Why teach about other countries?

Location: Large view to small on maps.

Culture or culture.

Find six similarities in a  mobile picture from another culture (“Wars are caused by differences, not similarities.”-Tuttle.)

Tell one piece of information from each different Internet visual from a place in that country.

Have students do a Visual Analysis and Interpretation (Literal; Inference; and Value) for visuals from another country.  Use Flickr to find current images.

Analyze the same topic by looking at pictures from various countries in the same continent.

Have students interview a person from another country for a specific topic about her/his country and record on mobile.

Avoid visual and verbal stereotypes and overcome existing ones.

More important to know how to interact with others that when that country’s battle for independence was. Find daily cultural customs at http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/country-profiles.html

What attitude will your students have about the people of the country after the lesson/unit?

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My newest book, English Common Core Mobile Activities, 150+  mobile activities organized by ELA CCSS Anchor Statements Grades 6-12 (can adapt up or down). For Android and iPad, mostly free easy to use apps.   Pair and small group work.   7.99 at http://bit.ly/tsmash

English Common Core Mobile Activities

English Common Core Mobile Activities

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Using Mobile Learning to Become World Citizens

How  mobile  are our students  in terms of their interactions with others through their mobile devices?

How much of  a student’s  learning involves
___ other students in the class?
___ other  classes within the school?
___ other schools within the district?
___ people in the community?
___ people in other parts of the state?
___ people in other states?
___ people in another country?
___ people from several countries?

If  we want our  students to be world citizens,  then we have to structure their mobile  learning to broaden their scope of interactions.  When they use mobile devices, they  can have access to others inside and outside the classroom.

One easy way to expand a mobile  learning activity is to think of the essential question for that learning.  Essential questions are universal.  Three quick examples:
– Do Grocery Store math in which students do real math based on actual prices in other places.  Each class “buys” certain items and post the name of the  item and its price and then make up problems.  María is planning a party but she only has $30. What  and how much of each can she buy for the party from this list of food and prices from our area.
– Have an international art gallery in which students from various countries exhibit  their art about family. Through QR codes, they either explain their art or show how it was made.  They can peer critic each other.
– Social Studies students from different states or countries  present the geography of their area and its impact on the history of the area. The students compare and contrast the geography and its impact from the places. Students can show the geography and its impact through taking pictures /movies and narrating the impacts that they show.

I have developed many  Spanish activities that allow students to begin to express themselves and to begin to move toward spontaneous speaking as in a natural conversation.  My Spanish spontaneous speaking activities (20+) includes Modified Speed Dating (Students ask  a question from a card-whole class), Structured Speaking (Students substitute in or select words to communicate in pairs),  Role Playing (Students talk as people in pictures or drawing from 2-4 people) and Speaking Mats (Can talk using a wide variety of nouns, verbs and adjectives to express their ideas- pairs or small group),  Spontaneous Speaking (based on visuals or topics in pairs),  and Grammar speaking games (pairs or small group). Available for a nominal fee at Teacherspayteachers:  http://bit.ly/tpthtuttle

My three formative assessment books:   http://is.gd/tbook

Kiva – A Great Classroom Web 2.0 Tool and a Great Holiday Gift

Kiva is a micro-lending site ($25 and up) that loans money to low income entrepreneur.  The loans general last 6-12 months so that a class can make a loan and then trace its history of repayment.

The site has a 96% repayment. The lender can select the gender, the  continent and the area of the loan (agricultural, business, etc).   Each requester has information about what he/she/they  want the money for.  As people lend a portion of the money, a scale shows how close the requester is  to reaching the  goal.

Math students can  do a multitude of math such as figuring out how many more $25 donations are needed for the person to get the loan. Social Studies students  learn about daily economy from what the requester wants the money; they can see the average annual income such as $2,817 for  Bolivia.  They also can identify all the countries from which loans have been given to a person.  Foreign language students can read the requests in the target language. Art  students can draw posters as a promotion for the requester.

In all classes, students can debate which person/group should get a loan from the class.  The students  can read to compare how many people from the same country are requesting money for the same thing (farming) and from which regions of the country the requesters are.  Have your students learn  more about the area from which the person is like and compare that area to their area.

More importantly, they can lend knowing that these loans change lives.

Give to Kiva as a class and as an individual.

Being Global Communicators -NECC

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Many years ago, I started my teaching career as a Spanish teacher. Communication was my focus as was the culture of the Hispanic world.

Alan November at NECC on Wed advocated that our students communicate and work with people in other locations. In addition, he stressed that our students have to develop global perspectives on issues. I was amazed that although he talked about helping our students to develop other perspectives, he used English only resources. If we are going to be global, then we have to begin to use another language.

My students used email to correspond in Spanish and to develop projects with students in Hispanic countries. They learned the views of Spanish speaking people (from Spain and Latin America) as well as the cultural values of these people. Were I teaching Spanish today, I would have my students interact through multiple technologies with Spanish speaking people.

How do your students become global citizens through technology?

 

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

 

Diversity, Multiculturalism, Racism and Technology

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Multiculturalism, Diversity, and Racism. We cannot go back and fix the past but we can work on creating a society that promotes the positive relationship of people of all races, gender, economic status, geographic location, educational status, language, religion, and physical conditions through technology.

Here’s a few activities:

Videoconference with a class in another country. I did a videoconference about the math of daily life with students in France and my students said “They are not French; they look like us.”

Do collaborative Internet projects. Compare the results of your school lunch recycling with students in other countries.

Do email projects (modern day “pen-pals”) with another class to discuss your views on a topic such as Freedom. What freedoms do you both enjoy.

Show students what a city/village from another country looks like through the use of images from Flickr or Google. “Those buildings are taller than any in our city.” “What are their huts?” Likewise, showing people from another area doing similar things to what we do (eating, playing, studying, riding bikes, etc) creates a positive emotional link.

Have students read newspapers from other countries to get the perspective of those people. Help them become aware that there are two or more sides to any story/event.

The more our students virtually interact with students and people in other parts of the state, country, and world, they more we help create an inclusive world.

PS. Do not forget various parts of your district that may have different values, economic status, occupations, etc. We had media presentations from our very rich section of the district and from the rural farm section of our district. It was a culturally enriching time for all.

What technology-infused activities have you done that promote positive relationships among various groupings of people?

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

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Flickr and Geographically Based Photos for Your Class

Often teachers want to have pictures of a certain location for their classes. The tools built around Flickr provide easy access to geographically based photos. Bring the world into your class and take your students into the world outside te classroom through using Flickr!

Woophy Geotagged flickr
http://www.woophy.com/map/index.php

FlickrMap locates flickr pictures on a world map
http://www.flickrmap.com/

Loc.alize.us – Search for an image in the world
http://loc.alize.us/#/geo:0,0,2,k/

Mappr Type in a tag and see on the US map where the most recent photos on that tag are located
http://www.mappr.com/mappr.phtml?

As a Spanish teacher talks about Madrid, she can show images from there. As a Social Studies teacher engages students in South American geography, he can show pictures of the Andes Mountains (villages and people). As an English teacher has the students write poems about a type of geography such as lake, they can look at Flickr images from various locations as a writing prompt. As a Science teacher explains volcanic action, she can show students various locations that have a volcano.

Have you found your way to using geotagged pictures in your classroom yet? Are there other Flickr tools you use to use geotagged images in your classroom?

 

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

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Videoconferencing and Districts- Sharing Teachers and Globalizing Education

Teach via videoconferencing

Videoconferencing has the power to overcome distances. Many schools are located in rural areas where they cannot provide a quality education at the advanced levels. A very simple solution is for students from those locations to videoconference with an educator who teaches in that advanced level regardless of where the educator is physically located. The technology of videoconferencing is so simple yet there are so many policy and parochial views that prevent its use in education.

With videoconferencing, a teacher can teach to students in any location. Why should we limit a teacher to the physical location of within a school? Why should we assume that one teacher is an expert in all aspects of their subject area? When I was teaching, I would have loved to have had another teacher who knew more than I did about African-American literature teach that part of my course. I would have taught his/her Latin American literature part of the course. Why not have a teacher from Latin American teach the Latin American literature part of the course? Why not use the expertise of each teacher regardless of where that teacher is located?

Maybe we can promote a virtual teacher exchange through videoconferencing! You teach part of my course and I’ll teach part of yours. Our students would benefit so much more than in our present system. We can develop a community of global educators!

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

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