"From little things, big things grow"

The Global Classroom was born in the minds of Deb Frazier’s (@Deb_Frazier) young students in March 2011:
  • “Our first grade class [in Ohio, USA] was thinking about the ways people around the world meet their needs. We began to do some research, diving into books about various cultures. While sharing new learning about India, Puju, whose family is from India, commented “My dad says that’s not really true.”

  • From there we knew we needed more than books ... We needed to talk with people in other cultures to really discover the many ways in which they meet their needs.”

And thus, the Global Classroom came to be … Deb published a blog post on //Primary Perspective//, and shared it on Twitter. A few retweets brought together 6 teachers from 5 countries, and led to the creation of an amazing global project:

  • “Through Twitter, we worked collaboratively to connect our classrooms using one single VoiceThread.To date, this VoiceThread has had over 1,000 views and nearly 200 comments from kids all around the world! Not too bad for a project which was developed and ran for only four weeks due to the end of the American school year!

  • The power kids felt in being free to question their learning gave them ownership and motivation. The questions and the voices of children gave Global Classroom authenticity. VoiceThread and the Global Classroom 2011 made a powerful impact on kids around the globe!”

A Community is Born

Working with an amazing international leadership team, project co-founder Michael Graffin (@mgraffin) has led the evolution of the Global Classroom into a global learning community (2011-12, 2012-13), involving over 450 teachers from 39 countries in a range of K-12 global projects. Celebrating our second anniversary in mid 2013, we're proud to have created a space for teachers to connect, learn, share and collaborate globally; and continue to be amazed by the passion, creativity, and innovative projects shared by our participant teachers.

Welcome to Global Classroom 2013-14!

We can't wait to see where it takes us!

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