Digital Inventory

Many times our school technology doesn’t work; the internet is down, the computers are being used for testing, the sites are blocked.  Also, all of our students do not have smart phones which limits giving online assignments.  I do have online textbooks for all my classes but only one is interactive (for my Advanced Placement World History).  It seems at times that using technology is more trouble than going to the book because the internet is down, teachers don’t know what to use or have the time to learn how to use it.  Recognizing that this is not a viable solution and not in the best interest of our students as we work toward global competency, I’ve been teaching colleagues how to imbed videos in their PowerPoints and save them to their computers – that way if the internet is down, they already have the content saved which will facilitate global education at our school.  Teaching my colleagues to use the various technology tools (padlet, thinglink, flipgrid to date) will further global education.  I also have been looking for ways to keep teachers and students current on global affairs and global education. I’ve asked my students, and apparently I am one of the only people on the planet with a smart phone who doesn’t use Twitter.  I’ve been told that it’s’ the ‘thing’ now so reaching out to students and sharing ideas through a classroom twitter account would bring the ideas to them, or at least the students with access.  I like the idea of creating a Pinterest board where the class would follow and pin the ideas, articles, and videos relating to current events and global issues.

When I met with our superintendent regarding this opportunity (TGC) I realized that he, along with our curriculum director and my principal were thrilled that I am bringing resources to the district staff that are quick to learn and simple to implement in our classrooms.  I believe working together with the administration in my district, in my school, and in my classroom  all students will be able to work towards global competency and be on their way to global citizenship – they’ll be “clicking, commenting, conversing, creating, and connecting” not only with each other, but with their future.

I was exceptionally inspired after my trip to Georgia.  I learned my lessons from the teachers there about how to promote global citizenship with limited resources!

Favorite Resoures!

  1. Please click on the link to see my technology inventory thinglink   Thinglink is a great resource – teachers can take any picture, map, drawing and literally annotate it for students.  It’s easy to use and very engaging for students to create their own!
  2. Padlet (  Teachers can use this for the youngest grades through high school.  Ideas I suggest would be to build a wall for introductions or for review.  Padlet is free and easy to navigate!
  3. Instagram:  Students love it, they are engaged – we cannot ask for much more than that!
  4. Skype – my personal favorite!  Places and ideas come alive as we travel the world meeting with students and professionals in other countries.  While the idea of finding the connections might be intimidating at first, don’t hestitate to take the first step.  I have students take a survey regarding their interests, then once I’ve found a connection, they write up their own questions to ask!
  5. Twitter:
    Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”. Registered users can read and post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. Wikipedia  Students love to get updates regarding the news and local issues.