How This Year's Global Collaboration Day Is Bringing Classrooms Together

Diversity and Equity

How This Year's Global Collaboration Day Is Bringing Classrooms Together

Sep 20, 2017

SCHOOLS GO GLOBAL: Get your maps out—Sept. 21 is Global Collaboration Day, which will bring educators and students together for a series of events meant to foster greater collaboration among classrooms around the world.

Activities will run for a full 24 hours—kicking off at around 1 a.m. EST—and include virtual field trips, webinars and asynchronous collaboration projects. On offer: “Mystery Skype” calls, where classrooms in different countries try and figure out where the other is located. There will also be cross-cultural photo sharing activities on topics such as nature preservation and a conversation around food and culture.

The event is organized by Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray, founders of the annual Global Education Conference. A full rundown of the day’s events is available online. Participants are also using the hashtag #globaled17 on social media.

For educators looking to get started introducing more global projects to their classrooms, the Global Education Fair, a new online conference, is taking place the same day. Billed as a “virtual meet and greet for educators and school districts,” presenters and exhibitors will discuss tips and tools that promote global awareness.

Last year, nearly 200 schools and organizations in 36 countries took part in 65 different events as part of Global Collaboration Day.

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