"If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow." --John Dewey

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Global Greetings

It's in the air.  You can feel it, right?  It's the middle of November, and if you've shopped lately you know that the holiday season appears to already be in full swing, and our schools are not very far behind the retailers.  The Music teachers among us are, no doubt, already busy preparing our students for the annual holiday concert.  Art teachers are stocking up on green and red construction paper, and soon even the most dedicated and determined educators will put the Math manual on the shelf for a couple of days to be sure the finishing touches are added to the macaroni picture frames that will be going home to Mom and Dad. Yes, the feeling of holiday magic is most definitely in the air.

Share a little of the excitement for your holiday celebrations by participating in the Global Greetings Project.  This collaborative online project (a Google Docs slideshow--no construction paper needed) will allow each of us to post a holiday greeting card for other project participants to view and/or download. Go to the project website and use the template to share information about how you celebrate the holiday season.  Add your contact information, and maybe you'll be able to establish a partnership for future collaborative projects as well.
Hmm . . . global goodwill.  Now that would be holiday magic!

BTW:  I know that time is a precious commodity and that instruction time, in particular, should be used to address subject standards.  You may be happy to know that this project does, in fact, address the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S).  Specifically, it meets Standard 2a. "Students will interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts or others employing a variety of digital environments and media," and Standard 2c. "Students develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures."

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