Moving Students Beyond Making Connections to Making an Impact

Every Classroom Matters episode 185

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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?
Hat tip to my friend Craig Kemp for letting me know about Brian’s awesome work. If you know an awesome educator, tweet me or shoot me an email at vicki at coolcatteacher dot com. Let’s share the awesome stories of educators everywhere!

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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2 thoughts on “Moving Students Beyond Making Connections to Making an Impact

  1. 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.”