TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed)
WHAT IS IT?
TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed), uses technology to engage students to social issues and connect them with other schools and international learning projects. In doing so, they seek to empower classrooms to understand the issues and collaborate to seek solutions for some of the world's greatest social issues.
Through their online portal, they assist teachers to incorporate technology to "create transformative learning experiences for their students."
All of their educational resources are free for teachers; these platforms bring diverse perspectives on social issues into their classroom. Teachers can also enroll in free e-classes which allow them to create lesson plans and connect with international learning projects, which electronically unite schools from around the world.
In order to create globally-aware students, they focus on three strategies: global citizenship, environmental stewardship and student voice.
They pride themselves on using social networking as a solution for the declining rates of youth engagement in civic and political issues. This approach of "Social Networking for Social Good" allows students to join current tech movements that are creating positive change, as well as encouraging the development of new technologies and relationships to connect students and schools around the world.
In recent years, there has been an exciting increase in global collaboration in the classroom and tigED looks to capitalize on this trend. Some of their "best practices" for teachers, schools and administrators looking to create new projects at the intersection of global education and educational technology include:
1. Engaging students’ passion to foster an effective local-global connection. They aim to do this by creating engaging learning experiences, which often involves integrating gaming, video, and social networks into the student experience.
2. Giving students the opportunity to co-create learning experiences and work in active collaboration with a public audience. This hands-on approach, it is hoped, will help students take ownership of their learning. By giving them a leading role (being supervised of course) and by being encouraged to take ownership of the project, students become more engaged.
3. School administration providing professional support networks for teachers in order to make the task of innovating in the classroom more manageable. In the end, these projects and global collaborations help not just the students, but the teachers and the school in general as well.
TakingITGlobal for Educators is playing a key role in fostering the recent growth in global collaboration in the classroom. As technology continues to improve and new possibilities for collaboration emerge, the possibilities for these types of projects become more exciting, managable and effective.
Here are a few success stories from Taking It Global ED.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Interested teachers or schools can sign up with TIGed by filling out this contact form. On the TIGed site, they can also search by region to see what kind of programs are being carried out. Another search option is based on individual theme, which TIGed refers to as "committments" taken on by participating schools. Click here for the Pledge Map, which is the intro "committment" page.