Last week at the NAIS Annual Conference in Seattle keynote speaker Bill Gates suggested several “Education 2.0” tech tools for the crowd of more than 4,200 independent school leaders, including Skype and ePals. Gates also highlighted the Global Online Academy, a group of 16 independent schools that:
connects students from all over the world and allows them to offer their local perspectives on global issues. Classmates in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco work on projects with peers in Madaba-Manja, Jordan, and Portland, Oregon. Students in Hawaii and Chicago discuss global health issues with students in New York, Seattle, Boston, and Jakarta, Indonesia. These connections and interactions are becoming the norm in today’s society; it is essential that we prepare students to do this now.
The Connect All Schools consortium shares Global Online Academy’s core values that emphasize respect and empathy in its global community, and invites the students and teachers of Global Online Academy to join 120 other partners to share its stories and help global classroom collaboration to become the norm for all US teachers and students.