GLOBAL EDUCATION – COME ON AND JOIN
What was the reason for its creation?
Global education became a primary interest of mine as I looked for ways to improve my students’ classroom experience.
15 years ago, when I was a French teacher at a school outside of Washington, DC., I wanted to start an exchange and study abroad with a school in France. I contacted schools I picked randomly or through word of mouth via email and phone but could not get through to the people I needed to connect with. It was a painstaking and frustrating process.
I did find a conference to attend in Paris, however, and my school funded my travel. Off I went. I spent a week there. The conference lasted three days. I did meet a number of schools and spent the remainder of the week on a train traveling around and visiting their campuses, doing my due diligence. I ended up finding the school I was looking for and was able to start an exchange. After about $10,000, a week of preparation and research followed by a week of travel, I succeeded in what I had set out to do. Though the experience was a success, it was only because I had a strong will, it was summer and my school had a budget.
What is the GlobalEd Connector?
The GlobalEd Connector was born from this experience. Teachers have so much we would like to accomplish with such little time and resources. The students are our first priority and everything else gets pushed aside. We have many ideas on how to enrich their learning experience but, due to limited resources and time constraints, we often just keep everything within the confines of our walls. It is a very insular experience being a teacher. But if you ask any teacher whether they would appreciate having a resource like the GlobalEd Connector at their fingertips, all would say “absolutely.” The platform provides the type of enrichment they look for with limited effort and resources from their end. All of a sudden the walls of their classrooms disappear and their students have immediate access to the world.
The platform facilitates working on language skills with native speakers, learning first hand about the lives of students from around the globe, having debates, sharing data, starting exchanges, finding a mentor, helping a fellow teacher, sharing thoughts and ideas. All of this can be accomplished through the GlobalEd Connector. All that is needed is access to a computer, the internet, and a profile.
In addition, teachers can capitalize on their own intellectual property. Teaching is primarily about the transfer of knowledge. If a teacher cannot do that, it does not matter how many degrees he/she has. The students will not learn. That is why the style and creativity put into each lesson is so important. Why not capitalize on that by sharing lessons in video form and making some money at the same time?
What are the benefits?
Making connections through a site like the GlobalEd Connector allows teachers to extend their lessons beyond the confines of their classrooms.
Having the ability to seek out help when needed, for instance, when the lesson is not working, is invaluable.
Teachers are a school’s best asset. A strong faculty attracts families to the school. Why not encourage teachers to help market the school by showing how creative, innovative and effective they are with their students.
Teachers have so much intellectual capital. It is not always about the content. The style and the manner in which the lesson is delivered is what makes a teacher great. The GlobalEd Connector can help teachers become entrepreneurs and capitalize on their skills.
Record a lesson that you know you can teach effectively and creatively. You can post it onto your account with Globaled Connector. Give it a title, write a description or post a preview and then price it. Then release it and allow others to learn from you.
Please visit us at GlobalEdConnector.org. For a limited time, use the coupon code “sophieclaire” to join for free as an individual member. Fill out your profile, make connections, upload your video lessons, sell them, buy some, share your stories and more. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have at [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you.
If you would like to read more about global education, please visit https://globaledconnector.org/american-schools-abroad-a-life-changing-experience/
Oakes Hunnewell, Ed.M. Founder
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