Our children are at an advantage when they experience other cultures and develop skills in a connected world. They are better prepared to be productive and compassionate citizens in an increasingly global economy, and they are able to improve their communication skills, collaborate effectively and be ready for multicultural workspaces. Empowering educators with the tools to foster this environment in the classroom is a critical part of the process. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has been leading the way in this field. As part of its extensive publishing program, ISTE will be releasing in July 2016 "The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning & Teaching" by Julie Lindsay. In "The Global Educator," Lindsay illustrates the need for intercultural understanding and collaboration to personalize learning, achieve curriculum objectives and bring the world to our students by answering these key questions: How imperative is it that educators connect themselves and their classrooms to the world?What emerging education leadership styles are shifting pedagogy and why should we be taking notice of this?What are the essential benefits of embedding online global collaboration into the curriculum?What are simple steps that educators in the classroom can take to become more globally minded and start to change their practice?How are emerging digital technologies supporting this move to online global learning and collaboration? In addition to answering these questions, the book provides practical resources and powerful case studies from educators and education leaders in the United States and throughout the world who are forging connections across the globe, embedding these practices into current curriculum objectives and providing their students with invaluable educational experiences, including: more Yvonne Marie Andres, a California-based global collaboration expert and co-founder of Global SchoolNet, which has been at the forefront of telecommunication-based learning.Librarian and media specialist Toni Olivieri-Barton, based in Colorado, has participated in and led many online global projects across K-12 levels. She was the runner-up for an ISTE Online Learning Network Award for creating opportunities for online independent studies at the middle school and high school levels.And Anne Mirtschin, an award-winning teacher in Australia, finds and designs opportunities for her students and fellow teachers and brings rich learning activities to the classroom. Global collaboration has changed the learning ecology of her school and had a positive impact on her students. For educators and curriculum developers, "The Global Educator" is an invaluable resource to support and nurture a global learning experience for children and students everywhere.
Attributes of a global educator -- Digital technologies to support global learning -- What is global connected learning? -- The impact of global learning -- The global education leader -- How to lead for global digital citizenship -- The global education leader in action -- Online global communities of practice -- What is online global collaboration? -- Why online global collaboration? -- Barriers and enablers to global collaboration -- Online global collaboration: design for action -- Taking education global -- Global educator, global community -- Supporting organizations and resources -- Conclusion: the imperative of becoming global.