Connecting dots for digital learning and teaching


Honor Moorman reviewed resources for global collaboration opportunities for learning. Her best advice is to tap into an existing project. There are lots of them! She is the Associate Director for Professional Development and Curriculum at Asia Society. Passionate about 21c skills, especially global competence and new literacies.

Honor Moorman

The Connected Educator Month theme is “Network to learn, collaborate to innovate.” Throughout August, educators have been participating in numerous networked learning opportunities. As this month-long initiative comes to a close, it seems appropriate to ask ourselves, “Now what?”

Now that we’ve experienced networked learning for our own professional development, how can we extend this kind of globally connected authentic learning opportunity to our students?

Three years ago, my colleague Cassie Allen and I began teaching 21st Century Global Leadership, a high-school course we designed to help students develop global competence. And while we accomplished much in the first semester, we soon recognized there was a key component lacking. Students were investigating the world, weighing perspectives, communicating ideas, and taking action, but only within the limited context of our school in San Antonio, Texas.

What was missing? The opportunity to not only learn about the world, but to…

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“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).
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