After being part of the Global Teenager Project this semester I was able to meet with others in the project face to face and also the director of Mr Bob Hofman who flew all the way from the Netherlands (http://www.globalteenager.org/)
With the amount of technology we use and possibility of having virtual meetings it was nice to have a face to face meeting with the group. Garfield Gini-Newman was also present discussing the importance of critical thinking and best practices in embedding them into the classroom. The other teachers involved in the project discussed how they used the project to connect.
I really enjoyed the project as students worked on Environmental Sustainability as the main topic. Students collaborated on their own wiki and we posted collectively on the global teenager project wiki (https://gtpenvironmentalsustainabilityfeb2012.pbworks.com/w/page/50830328/FrontPage). We talked to schools from around the world by submitting critical questions and answering. We learned from a global perspective how out activity affects other places in the world. A big development was that we connected counties thousands of kilometers away to work on a common goal. We used Skype to talk to talk to one of the schools in Kenya where we further discussed environmental sustainability.
Details of the meeting below.
Present at the workshop
Helen Raso – Bishop Strachan School
Stephanie Ratti – Redstone
Brandon Zoras – Cedarbrae C.I., TDSB
Amy Scarpone and Sabrina Asti – Bruce Trail
Grant Davidson – ICT Consultant Haltton School Board
Garfield Gini-Newman – OISE
Anita Townsend – GTP Country Coordinator Canada
Bob Hofman – Executive Director GTP