Wednesday, September 9, 2015

3 Great Websites that Empower Kids to Collaborate with Peers around the World

Globicate is excited to welcome Guest Author Corinne Jacobs!

3 Great Websites that Empower Kids to Collaborate with Peers around the World
For kids to thrive in today’s world, they need a lot more than reading, writing and math skills. In the ‘information age’ that we live in, kids must know how to be citizens of the world, with multi-cultural awareness, familiarity with technology, collaboration skills and an understanding of global issues. However, actually teaching all of this is not so simple. Here are a few great websites that provide teachers and students with the resources they need to collaborate with peers around the world and address global issues. Educational games to raise awareness on major issues, joint projects with partner schools from other countries, e-courses that impart leadership skills – they cover it all!

This is an incredible website that is dedicated to fostering 21st century skills and improving academic performance among students through collaboration. Among its objectives, Global SchoolNet cites preparing kids for the workforce, increasing multicultural awareness and preparing youth for full participation as productive and compassionate citizens in a global economy. So how does the website work towards its objectives? Global SchoolNet offers four main services:
  • Project Registry – This is where teachers around the world can start a global learning project or enrol their class in a project started by someone else. The registry is simple to understand and easy to use, with search options that allow you to search for projects by date, age level, geographic location, collaboration type, technology tools or keyword. Projects typically revolve around sharing location-specific details such as recording the seasonal changes in one’s area, documenting the types of architecture in one’s locality, or sharing information about local community helpers and how they dress. 
  • Online Expeditions – Students can join intrepid explorers on real-time expeditions as they journey through distant lands and make history or recreate it. By following daily progress, reading field dispatches and interacting with the explorers through e-mail, students learn a great deal about geography, foreign locations, exploration and much more.
  • International Schools CyberFair – Students from across the world participate in a competition that revolves around conducting research and creating online content with information about one’s local community – its history, leaders, environment, culture or attractions. Entries are judged by student volunteers based on an evaluation rubric. Projects can also be used as educational resources for interested teachers.
  • Doors to Diplomacy – This is another online competition similar to the CyberFair. However, it is for middle school and high school students, focuses on global issues and awards a $2,000 scholarship to the winners.
TakingITGlobal is a website that is committed to empowering youth with information and web tools to address global issues through networking and collaboration. Through the site, people can learn about the world’s major issues, share information and have conversations about them with like-minded individuals, and start movements towards tackling those issues. The services provided are categorized under five main headings:
  • Community – This is where the youth can connect with other members, discuss the world’s issues and work towards earning ‘badges’ that represent their contributions in various areas.
  • Action Tools – This is where members can act on the issues that concern them. TakingITGlobal provides ‘Action Guides’ which help individuals gain insight on what they can do and how they can go about achieving it. Individuals can commit to take action (such as reducing the amount of plastic one consumes) on various issues, start a petition, create an online platform for new initiatives, and take online courses that teach how to turn ideas into plans and actions.
  • Resources – This is where members can learn more about important issues, access publications on global issues, change, collaboration and action, and search for organizations and/or work opportunities in areas that interest them.
  • Youth Media – This is where youth can engage and connect through media they are most familiar with – blogs, videos, educational games and art.
  • Global Issues – Links to pages that serve as an introduction to global issues in areas such as culture, education, environment, human rights and peace.
The website also offers a collaborative platform for schools to educate students and help them act on issues that they feel for. 
Schools Online
This is another great website that connects students in schools around the world and promotes multi-cultural understanding through fun lessons, partnerships and joint projects. The website provides teachers with various ways to use their resources:
  • Classroom Resources – This is a collection of fun resources that promote multi-cultural awareness and understanding. Teachers can use them in individual classroom settings. There are also several activity ideas that can only be done with a partner school. Topics range from cultural awareness to an understanding of global issues.
  • Partner with a School – The website provides a platform for schools from various countries to partner with each other and work on joint projects. Teachers can find complete lesson plans under ‘classroom resources’, and use them to guide their activities with the partner school. For young kids, there are simple activities that serve as an introduction to new countries, such as exchanging ten items that represent the local culture and lifestyle. Older kids can collaborate on more complicated topics such as discussing farming, food and fair trade regulations specific to one’s location. 

Author Bio:

Corinne Jacob is a wannabe writer who is convinced that kids learn best when they’re having fun. She is constantly on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make learning an enjoyable experience. Corinne loves all things that scream out un-schooling, alternative education and holistic learning.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Take It To The Max!

Take it to the max, MobyMax that is!

MobyMax is an all-inclusive K-8 curricular site that focuses filling in the missing gaps in a students education.  The students start with an adaptive placement assessment which then places the student at their grade level proficiency based on the Common Core Standards in the areas where gaps were when the student took the assessment. MobyMax provides a great visual for both teacher and student data tracking, progress monitoring, and setting goals.

Students are assigned automatically based on these CCSS and skill gaps. All subjects can be assigned, in addition to many other tools for the classroom use. Tools such as messenger, classroom wall, clickers, vibes which focuses on behavior, contests, badges, and games.  From what I see and have used, MobyMax has is it all.

As with other sites, you have automatic sign in, a unique school code for students to login, and full control of what your students see, use, and do on the site.  I found MobyMax engaging, easy to use, motivating, and intuitive for both the teacher and student.  Best part is that it has a free version, check out MobyMax and let me know what you think!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

     My husband just rolls his eyes when I get on one of my tangents where I feel the need to move things.  I don't know what it is, but the moving of furniture, pictures, vases, flowers, and candles makes me feel refreshed and renewed. Do you feel that way when you change things up?  

     Well it isn't any different in my classroom...the monthly changing of seats and desks, the rearranging of groups and bulletin boards, and the introduction of new routines always manages to shake things up enough to keep the "kiddos" just a little off kilter, and little intrigued, and a little more interested in what's going on in the classroom.

     So here's what my new year will look like; I'm introducing My Classroom Economy to shake up the classroom jobs, engage the students in some real-life situations, and connect to the Common Core Standards. I'm also introducing the PALS math program where I can accomodate diverse learners and promote their academic success through Peer Assisted Learning Strategies. I'm also continuing to use my "Have you filled a bucket today?" where students acknowledge other students for doing "good" in the classroom. Last, but not least, I'm using "Keep it or Junk it or cloud it" to help students learn how to identify the main idea and write a summary of the facts. 

     All in all the changes I'm planning on instituting when my students return will help shake it up and invigorate the students, keep them engage and interested. I'm hoping it will increase their ability to think outside of the box, learn some lessons that they can use outside of the classroom, and will engage them to be problem solvers and thinkers. What lessons do you have planned to shake, rattle, and roll in the new year?


Friday, July 5, 2013

Free Friday Find For YOU! Fonts

I know I typically focus on websites where you can go to find free resources for your classroom, so today I'm going to give you a site where you can download fantastic, frivolous, and sometimes freaky free fonts. is a site that truly is just that, fonts...and they have a ton!

The fonts at represent fonts that are freeware, shareware, demos, or public domain.  As with any product you should check the readme-files in the archives or check the author's website for details about which area the font may fall in. If nothing is listed, then you'll definitely want to contact the author for further information.

To install a font, you'll need to extract the file you've downloaded and then:

  • Windows 8/7/Vista: Right-click on the font files > "Install"
  • Windows XP: Put the font files into C:\Windows\Fonts
  • Mac OS X: Double-click the font file > "Install font" button.

The last thing I have for you is a nice piece of chalkboard to place all of those fonts on.

Free Friday Find For YOU! Fonts, Heidi Befort, Globicate

I intend to use my chalkboard for name tags this year along with the fun, frivolous, freaky, and free fonts that I found at You can access my free template by clicking on the picture above, Enjoy!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Digital Manners

I know I've talked about digital manners or etiquette in the past, but I wanted to revisit it today after I came across this great graphic to post in your classroom from Jeff Dunn at Edudemic.

Digital Manners, Heidi Befort, Globicate

It's very important to not only share communication skills with students on paper, but with the influx of digital communication, it's important for students to know how to communicate properly even if it's only an instant message.  This graphic just reminds all of us of the importance of limiting our digital conversations, being respectful, and keeping it simple! 

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