Your Name and Title: G. Andrew Page, PhD
Co-Presenter Name(s): Kimberli Holmquist- Adjunct Professor, Alaska Pacific University
Ragnar Purje- Teacher- Queensland Australia
School or Organization Name: Dionysius Technologies
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Alaska and Australia
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Teachers
Session Description: The presentation will document a case study project demonstrating Global VPBL. Lessons learned as well as best/worst practices. This framework provides structure on HOW classrooms can connect in a hybrid or blended learning format to collaborate on a class project. Issues including the process, meeting educational standards, transcending the barriers of time, distance, and language
are thoughtfully presented. Also addressed are the specific free cognitive Web tools supporting Global VPBL. This session provides practical and empirical insight to make GVPBL a reality.
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Thanks for your prompt and affirmative reply! We are very excited about sharing this with our colleagues abroad! We have been working on a manuscript (it's currently 40 pages) for publication and our presentation at this conference will highlight this work. Our goal has been to develop a structured framework so ANY class could not only connect and say "hello", but CONSTRUCTknowledge via project-based learning. Much thought and many LONG hours of work have gone into this manuscript. We will briefly share the experience of how we connected and paired 12 rural classrooms in Alaska with 12 similar classrooms in Tasmania and the 6,7, & 8th grade students co-authored e-books on global warming, environmental issues, they had webinars with scientists and other subject-matter experts and much more. The construction of the e-books were cross-curricular to as English, tech skills, art, critical thinking and collaboration skills were used. A major barrier challenge has been LANGUAGE. For example, suppose a class in Alaska wanted to connect with a equatorial classroom in Equador to work on a project. While Google Translate can decipher English to Spanish in an asynchronous or print fashion, we have been patiently waiting for what we are calling the "Babel" tool which would allow for synchronous translation. We have been alpha-testing numerous mobile technologies too. The Google Translate APP is not the most robust technology but it does help some with translation as it has an audio component.
You seem like you are very much "in the know" with emerging technologies and I hope you can possibly offer some suggestions for addressing the barrier challenge of synchronous language translation. Perhaps there is a pending Global Ed 2011 presentation that might be of relevance?
We will be using the polling interactive feature during our engaging Collaborate presentation for the Global Education 2011 conference to solicit feedback from the participants for their thoughts, suggestions, caveats etc.
On behalf of my colleagues, Professor and language expert Kimberli Holmquist in Arkansas, and my Aussie colleague and friend, Ragnar Purje, we sincerely thank you for considering this request!
Warm regards from snowy Alaska and 26 degrees F,
Andy -- we at the Saylor Foundation are so excited to tune into your session and to see one of our consultants so actively engaged in this space! Looking forward to it.
SUPER! I appreciate your collegial support! Most appreciated! I will try real hard to provide a high razzle-dazzle coefficient. We will be using several tools promoting interactivity so think of some really difficult questions to ask! :-)
Again, so glad that you and the fine people at the Saylor Foundation are participating! And for something completely different, here's an underwater photo of me in a SHARK CAGE in between sessions at the 2011 World e-Learn Conference in Hawaii. EXTREME LEARNING indeed!