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Moving Students Beyond Making Connections to Making an Impact

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Students making toys for kids in Africa who have none? Kids taking a live virtual tour of the Great Barrier reef with scientists? Designing with a purpose? Australian Teacher Brian Host is all in with his seven and eight-year-old students. Students don't want to just make connections. Students of all ages want to be making an impact. Here's how Brian helps his students do things that matter.

Essential Questions: Moving Students Beyond Making Connections to Making an Impact

  • How do you apply problem-based learning to global connections?
  • How are Brian's students making an impact with a classroom in Africa while using design thinking?
  • How can teachers do 3D design with 7 and 8-year-old students?
  • How did Brian's students go on an underwater diving experience through Google hangouts?
  • Why was finding the person with the biggest heart more important than technical skills when they looked for a school-wide blogging champion?

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Educator Resources from this Episode

[tweetthis]The first step to connect your classroom to the world is to connect yourself first. Vicki Davis[/tweetthis]

We've been asking, what are things our students can do to make a real world difference to other students around the globe? Brian Host

We found a blogging champion. She wasn't the biggest expert on technology when she started but she had the biggest heart.1

We've been asking, what are things our students can do to make a real world difference to other students around the globe? Brian Host, Classroom teacher

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Abby November 5, 2015 - 1:18 pm

I think you and Brian Host bring up a great point about how to take making connections to the next step and make an impact. In today’s world where we are surrounded with technology, it is no longer enough to just make connections, it needs to be taken to the next level as to what are we doing with those connections. This is such a great way to approach problem based learning. Digital technologies allow connections but it is the students creativity and evaluation that can take that connection to make an impact and “make something.”

Vicki Davis November 5, 2015 - 4:33 pm

Make something that matters, I would add! Great points Abby! Thank you for sharing them!


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