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Global learning and creating a daVinci culture

What it is:  This week I am presenting at the Highway 21 conference that Adams 12 puts on each year.  This year the focus is on global learning.  I created websites for both of the sessions I’m doing.  While you won’t get the full effect of what I’m talking about, there are useful links and information on both sites. Technology Globe Trotting- this session is all about making your classroom more global.  I’ve included technology that can help to make a classroom global, as well as some technology-free things that we have done at Anastasis that have made our students more global. Searching For daVinci- in this session, we discuss what it means to be a daVinci thinker.  I pose the question: in the current school system (traditional learning), is it even possible to have another daVinci?  I set this session up as a What? So What? Now What? format where we use some design thinking to redesign our classrooms to foster more daVinci.  From my presenter page: This session will be broken down into a What, So What, Now What format. Come ready to participate! What? What is a daVinci thinker?  What characteristics did daVinci have that we want to foster in students? So What? Why is this important? Does it matter if we have daVinci thinkers? Now What? How do we change our classrooms to foster this type of approach to learning? At Anastasis we know that it is hard to have a daVinci thinker without first being: Inquirers- developing natural curiosity, independent learners, active (not passive) learning. Connectors- transdisciplinary connectors, understanding relationships between seemingly unrelated events. Communicators- comfortable in expressing ideas and information confidently and creatively. Open-minded- realizing that everyone has something to contribute and we can learn something from every person and situation we come in contact with. Risk Takers- willing to try something new that has unexpected outcomes.  Willing to fail fabulously. It is essential that we foster a classroom and school environment that allows room for and actively practices all of the above.   How can we search for daVinci within ourselves?  Is it possible to search for daVinci in our classrooms if we aren’t willing to search for daVinci within ourselves? Additional links shared: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=54645 http://iverb.weebly.com http://ourvirtues.weebly.com Tips: You can follow the conference on Twitter using the #highway21 hash tag.  You will notice that all of the sites that I created were made with Weebly.  This is a super easy website creator!  We often use it with students, too.

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“It’s Project PLN Time, Project PLN Time!”

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“It’s Project PLN Time, Project PLN Time!” (In my head, that is being sung to the tune of “It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Peanut Butter Jelly Time!”)  There are dance moves accompanying this. Can you tell I’ve been surrounded by 10 year olds all day long? ;)  Are you singing it now?  Good.

Project PLN is now accepting submissions for the November Issue.  This issue is labeled the “Sharing Issue”.  Whenever teachers get together, we quickly start sharing great lesson plans, resources and tools that we have discovered (this is one of the reasons that my husband is not interested in having dinner with a bunch of educators!).  Since it isn’t practical for us to all get together for a edugeeky dinner, we want Project PLN to be a place where people can share their awesome lesson plans or resources with everyone out there.

If you think you have something awesome to share, please send an email to ProjectPLN10@gmail.com and we will add it to the November Issue. Please follow the guidelines for submissions below so we can quickly and easily load your posts to the site.

Please email the article or link to the article to ProjectPLN10@gmail.com

Please include a small bio that includes your blog, Twitter handle and other information you would like to share. A picture is encouraged, but not required.

It may be a piece you have published on your blog already. A good idea is still a good idea even if you had it a few months ago.

Please submit posts by Monday November 5. We expect for the issue to go live on Tuesday November 13.

Thanks again for all of the support you have given Project PLN over the years.

Kelly and Nick

Co-Editors – Project PLN

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