Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Importance of Global Citizenship

British teacher Gillian Gibbons stands accused of
insulting Islam's Prophet after allowing her pupils in Sudan to name a
teddy bear Muhammad. What are the rules on using the name?

I was intrigued by this article I came across on Twitter me it really spoke to the importance of teaching our kids through a lens of Global Citzenship and an understanding of others. It is why projects like Life 'Round Here, 1001 Flat World Tales, and The 2007 Flat Classroom Project are essential. It is why we should be encouraging kids to blog & read others' blogs. I know that the edtech world is talking about the importance of digital citizenship, but we need to begin to reach further...

The article ends...
"People are very forgiving of foreigners, particularly
Europeans. Nobody would think she was trying to offend them - they
would just think she was ignorant."

Is it acceptable anymore to even use ignorance as an excuse? It is a flat world. We must educate ourselves and our students. That in my opinion is the only crime committed, failing to understand cultural difference. Thoughts?

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Lost in Translation

Lance Rougeux recently delivered the Keynote at TRETC (Three Rivers Ed Tech Conference) in Western PA. His all students are bilingual.

His presentation had tons of cool data:'s top site ranking for 2007...Guess which site is in the top 10 up 6 spots? Facebook...Great sites for connecting to kids' brains which are "plugged in" 6 1/2 hours a day (how long do they spend in school...hmmm) voicethread, moonk, and mosaickr were 3 that stood out to me....and he gave us as educators a new job....learn this 2nd language!

wnt 2 git yor students 2 relate 2 wot iz hapNn n yor claS @ skul? Try DIS..

Read Lauren Myracle Books, blogs, investigate Web2.0 tools, and participate in free PD offered by Discovery Educator Network

His whole presentation is available on the DEN Blog I know I will use some of it as I try to move folks forward

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