As educators, we need to help students become globally minded through the expression of curiosity, compassion and empathy with others. It is this philosophy that the IB is founded upon, with a view to developing students who “help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”
Creating Global Classrooms requires us, as educators, to build links between our students and other students around the world. These links nurture understanding, respect and discussions on global issues, allowing students to develop a truly global perspective. Previously, if we wanted our students to communicate with a school in another country, it would have required us to arrange long winded Pen-Pal exchanges and other painstaking activities, all of which take up lots of time with little by way of end result. However, at a time when technology is growing within the classroom and online social media use is on the rise, we are now able to easily build mutually beneficial relationships with students and educators all over the world. So, what are realistic ways we can impact students and help them develop a global mindset?
We’ve outlined some of the great resources out there that educators can use to help connect their students with students around the world, helping them become global learners.
How do you think connecting classrooms globally would benefit your class? Let us know in the comments.