Virtual School Meanderings

March 26, 2013

Guest Blogger: SITE 2013 – Study Together with the World: Transforming Classroom Activities to International Virtual Schooling for the 21st Century Global Citizenship

site-conf-logo-2013I wasn’t able to attend this particular session, so these are the notes that the Virtual Schooling SIG Co-Chair, Kathryn Kennedy, took.

The seventh session being blogged from the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference is:

Study Together with the World: Transforming Classroom Activities to International Virtual Schooling for the 21st Century Global Citizenship

Eunhee Jung, IVECA International Virtual Schooling, United States, IVECA International Virtual Schooling, United States

We hear that our students should have global competencies to compete with others in different countries. The dramatic evolution of ICT has expedited the global interconnectedness of societies and the cross-cultural interactions among people. However, how rapidly and timely has our school been adjusted to help our students prepared for such a global and dynamic society? Would it be too complicating for schools to be upgraded in general? This presentation demonstrates how easily ordinary school activities could be transformed to globally connected intercultural teaching and learning activities. Seven schools in NY, MA and Korea have joined Intercultural Virtual Exchange of Classroom Activities (IVECA) in 2012. The global curriculum was integrated seamlessly into the subject curricular, and students studied in global collaboration at school. The outcomes revealed how IVECA helps the students grow as interculturally competent global citizens, motivated to learn, expand global perspectives and display creativity in solving problem in global collaboration.

Exchanging virtually with students from other countries

IVECA intercultural competence – vision to promote understanding and respect, collaboration, and creativity – making a better world to arrive peace, development and innovation.

Global curriculum integration – taking country A’s language arts and social studies.

Expands students worldviews, enhance reading and writing skills in 1st and 2nd languages.

Note that this was another one of these “Best Practices” category, which was a new format to the conference this year (where presenters only had to submit a two paragraph proposal).  If you were in this session, the SIG would be very interested in hearing any feedback about these “Best Practices” sessions and how they compared to other sessions that had to submit a more traditional – and rigorous – proposal, feel free to leave comments on either of these entries.

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