Why the World Needs Critically Thinking Global Citizens? Innovative Strategies to Prepare Your Students for a Future of Uncertainty
The likelihood that today’s careers will survive in the future, alongside driverless cars and Artificial Intelligence, is slim to none (see the likelihood of different careers to survive in the BBC article Will a robot take your job?). Instead, we’re more likely to see an increase in entrepreneurship and careers that are more technologically-driven and global in nature.
In their lifetimes, our students will also face the potential escalation of massive and complex social and environmental challenges, from climate change to epidemics, operating on an international scale.
As a non-profit organization, our goal at WorldVuze is to help foster critically thinking global citizens not only to help students to become successfully employed in this future world, but also to equip them with the skills they’ll need to tackle and solve these complex problems. We characterize a critically thinking global citizen as a person who is:
- An informed and curious investigator;
- A critical thinker who thoughtfully engages with the world;
- Comfortable with complexity and open-minded when faced with diversity and uncertainty;
- Respectful of and empathetic to different cultures and seeks to understand different points of view.
This set of skills, often grouped as “21st century skills” or by Michael Fullan as the 6 C’s, encompass competencies from critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, citizenship, communication, to character. We built our WorldVuze technology specifically for the K-12 education community to create opportunities for these important skills and competencies to be practiced and applied in an authentic and safe environment.
We also understand that any technology must be rooted in and scaffolded by strong pedagogy in order to successfully support truly powerful and transformative learning. Through our professional development training workshops, educators can learn how to use our technology to regularly integrate powerful global learning experiences into their curriculum and support their students in their development as critical, creative and collaborative global citizens.
This July 4 and 5th 2016, we are partnering with Dr. Garfield Gini-Newman from the Critical Thinking Consortium and Amanda Humphreys, classroom educator from the Bishop Strachan School, to offer a 2-day workshop at the BSS Summer Symposium in Toronto.
We invite you to bring WorldVuze PD to your school or event by choosing from our Full-Day and Half-Day workshop options or by working with our team to design a custom PD workshop, which can be tailored to your group by grade and subject area (see our list of PD units below). For more information or to design and schedule your own workshop, please contact Julia Coburn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asking Powerful Questions
Learn how to use an innovative framework for asking powerful, critical thinking questions and practice applying it hands-on. Gain strategies for developing critical thinking questions collaboratively with your students that your class can pose to a global community.
Competency Focus: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Inquiry
Facilitating Thoughtful Inter-Cultural Communicators
Unpack a framework for facilitating thoughtful inter-cultural communicators. Using real-life posts from students on WorldVuze, practice providing helpful feedback to guide your students to share more thoughtful answers, comments, and “mindshifts” in an authentic global learning environment of their peers.
Competency Focus: Communication, Citizenship, Critical Thinking
Global Curriculum Connections Through Inquiry
Learn strategies to regularly integrate authentic and engaging global learning experiences into your curriculum by leveraging the WorldVuze technology throughout the inquiry process from:
- Formulating questions,
- Gathering and organizing data,
- Analyzing and interpreting patterns in perspectives, and
- Communicating to a diverse global community.
*We can tailor this unit to your group based on grade and subject area or offer a broader, more inter-disciplinary session
Competency Focus: Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity
Re-Thinking Global Citizenship
Explore global citizenship through multiple lenses and reflect on the impact of these different approaches. Uncover the breadth of what a global citizen can look like and develop a model for the kind of global learning experiences you hope to foster in your own classroom.
Competency Focus: Citizenship
Become a WorldVuze expert! In this hands-on session we will help you navigate all the regular features of the platform (signing up, creating a class, posting a question, student activity assessment) as well as provide you with valuable tips to enable you and your students to make the most of this innovative and unique tool. For example, accessing student reports, posting video questions, exploring perspectives by using multiple filters and pie charts, creating engaging class profiles and how to take action on real-world issues.
Competency Focus: Information Technology
Investigating Powerful Teacher and Student WorldVuze Case Studies
Investigate first-hand teacher and student case studies to discover how teachers and students around the world are creating powerful global learning experiences using WorldVuze that foster critical, collaborative, and creative thinking. Learn how:
- Students are empowered to drive their own inquiries to deepen their understanding of real-world issues
- Individual students and classrooms can take action and make a meaningful impact by initiating or participating in WorldVuze challenges
- Educators are using WorldVuze to engage all students in their curriculum
Competency Focus: Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity, Collaboration, Citizenship