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Tap the power of digital learning! The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Mobile devices and social media give students unlimited resources and opportunities to build an international network of teachers. With this easy guide, you’ll learn five skills to transform the average learner into a global student: • Creating and Sharing Digital Information • Using Social Media • Digital Publishing • Building a Personal Learning Network • Using Aggregators to Create, Maintain, and Share Content Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website at http://www.corwin.com/connectededucators/. “It’s a fact that not just our children, but all of us, are global learners. Equipping global educators who are comfortable navigating rapidly shifting digital platforms is vital. Mark Barnes cogently shows this in 5 Skills for the Global Learner, where the emphasis is on building digital skills and digital literacy. This book is a great addition to the Connected Educator’s toolkit.” — Homa S. Tavangar, Author, Growing Up Global (Random House) and The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners (Corwin) “Educators, parents, and businesses around the world wonder if we are preparing today’s youth for the challenges they will face tomorrow in our interconnected world. Both new and experienced teachers will appreciate these 5 essential skills that encourage communication and collaboration throughout the digital world. As a teacher and advocate of global education, I believe these resources and tips launch the foundation our students need for the 21st century.” — Becky Morales, Author of The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners (Corwin) and Founder of kidworldcitizen.org

Introduction
Introduction

The students read a book. They read in the United States and Canada, while others read in Australia and in Korea. They discussed the story, and they wrote about it. What’s the big deal, you may wonder; it’s certainly not unusual for students to read in school. Perhaps not, but what makes these students unique is that they read and discussed the same book at the same time collaboratively, from classrooms scattered across thousands of miles of land and sea, as part of the Global Read Aloud Project. Not so long ago, the distance between these children would have been an impenetrable barrier. In today’s digital world, however, distance and cultural differences are inconsequential. In the right environment, with appropriate tools, under the tutelage ...

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