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
A courageous group of seventh graders took a chance one night a long time ago. I asked them to watch a political event on a streaming newsfeed, something that back then was relatively unknown. The 12-year-olds didn’t have smartphones or tablet computers, on which to view the event, while playing with friends or babysitting younger siblings. Most would sit at a desk in a home office or bedroom and fumble their way to the online broadcast. The next step was equally foreign. I invited them to participate in an online chat using a standalone message board. The education websites that mimic Facebook and Twitter didn’t exist, and using a social network wasn’t an option (I wasn’t sure what social media was back then). The ...