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The Critical Thinking Consortium’s Webinar: 5 Powerful Learning Opportunities Using WorldVuze in YOUR Class!

This October, The Critical Thinking Consortium’s (TC2) Dr. Garfield Gini-Newman facilitated a 1-hour interactive webinar “5 Powerful Learning Opportunities using WorldVuze in YOUR class!”, highlighting critical thinking opportunities when using WorldVuze in the K-12 classroom.

You can watch the full webinar recording here:

Webinar Highlights
In this webinar, Professor Gini-Newman explores the following themes:

  • How does technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge intersect?
  • What should be the defining characteristics of the 21st century classroom?
  • When can critical thinking be integrated in the classroom?
  • How can inquiry be used as a stance to support thinking classrooms?
  • What is the difference between student engagement and student empowerment?
  • How can you help your students gauge the quality of information they are receiving?
  • How does the student learning experience change when taught from a “knowledge hierarchy” versus a “knowledge network” stance?
  • How can you and your class identify and create questions that invite critical thinking?

A Peak Inside the Webinar
Professor Gini-Newman offers strategies for fostering thinking classrooms that can be integrated while using WorldVuze with your class. Here’s some strategies you can learn in the webinar:

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Attributes of a Critical Thinking Question

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Wheel of Qualifiers (Turning questions into “critical thinking” questions)
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We want to thank the Critical Thinking Consortium for sharing these powerful strategies with the WorldVuze community and invite educators to share ideas for future webinars by emailing us at info@worldvuze.com.

About The Critical Thinking Consortium
The Critical Thinking Consortium supports many thousands of educators through a range of face-to-face, online and print resources and services developed around a classroom-proven approach to embedding critical thinking. TC2’s aim is to help students learn to think and think to learn.

Critical Thinking Consortium Webinar: 5 Powerful Learning Opportunities Using WorldVuze in YOUR class!

Critical Thinking Consortium Webinar: 5 Powerful Learning Opportunities Using WorldVuze in YOUR class!

Join The Critical Thinking Consortium’s (TC2) Dr. Garfield Gini-Newman for a free 1-hour interactive webinar “5 Powerful Learning Opportunities Using WorldVuze in YOUR Class!” this October 18th from 7:30-8:30pm EST. Explore 5 easy to use activities you can bring to your classroom to leverage the WorldVuze platform to create powerful learning opportunities that can help cultivate critically thinking, creative, collaborative, and globally-minded students and help you achieve your curriculum goals, whether you have 15 minutes of class time or a larger unit to work with.

garfield-picFacilitator: Professor Garfield Gini- Newman
As national senior consultant with The Critical Thinking Consortium and associate professor at OISE/University of Toronto, Garfield has worked with thousands of teachers across grades and subjects. Previously he was a teacher and curriculum consultant and has led major projects exploring the use of digital technologies to enhance critical, creative and collaborative thinking. Garfield speaks across Canada and internationally, has authored eight books and several chapters in books and articles. He has also taught in the faculties of education at York University and the University of British Columbia. His most recent book, Creating Thinking Classrooms, is into its fifth printing and is being used in schools across Canada, the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

Date: October 18th

Time:  7:30-8:30pm EST

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Cost: This first “Powerful Learning” Webinar is Free of charge

Following Additional Webinars will be offered during the 2016-17 school year at a cost of $15 each/educator (times TBD)

Powerful Learning Webinar Series
The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2) and WorldVuze (www.worldvuze.com) are teaming up to bring the best of pedagogy and technology together in this webinar series. In these interactive 1-hour webinars, world-class facilitators from The Critical Thinking Consortium will provide frameworks and pedagogical strategies to help K-12 educators foster critically thinking, creative, collaborative, and globally-minded students by leveraging the WorldVuze platform.

Critical Thinking Consortium
The Critical Thinking Consortium supports many thousands of educators through a range of face-to-face, online and print resources and services developed around a classroom-proven approach to embedding critical thinking. Our aim is to help students learn to think and think to learn.

Learn How to Integrate Global Education through Inquiry

Learn How to Integrate Global Education through Inquiry

Global Education Conference 2015Join us this Wednesday, November 18th at 12pm EST at the free, online Global Education 2015 Conference for our session “Global Education Technology for an Inquiry-Based Classroom”! During this 1 hour session, we will explore how to use the WorldVuze education technology to support educators in integrating global perspectives in their curriculum through an inquiry lens.

 

 

How can you join?Time zones

1) Find and click on your time zone on this page.

 

 

 

 

 

sessions2) Click on the link for the session called “Global education technology for an inquiry-based classroom” OR click on the session link here directly to take you to the Blackboard collaborate page.

*Make sure your computer is compatible with Blackboard collaborate.

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Julia Coburn at julia@worldvuze.com. Also, check out the Global Education Conference 2015 to participate in many fascinating sessions to help your class think and learn more globally!

Learn How One Class is Using WorldVuze in 3 Minutes!

We joined teacher librarian, Jean Rehder, from Nelson Mandela Public School in Toronto, Canada who shared with us how she is using WorldVuze with classes at her school to inspire powerful student-driven dialogue. Check out this quick 3 minute video to learn some tips for integrating global perspectives into your curriculum.

5 Steps to Get Your Class Started on WorldVuze

5 Steps to Get Your Class Started on WorldVuze

Are you looking for an authentic way to engage your students in what they’re learning? Here’s 5 simple steps for how you can safely and easily integrate global learning as a regular practice in your curriculum. On WorldVuze, your class can ask powerful questions related to your curriculum for a global community of students to answer. Students can then explore these diverse perspectives in many engaging ways, using maps, filters, and graphs that allow them to compare perspectives by province/region/state, city, town, and country, as well as by age, and time and dig deeper to understand why other young people are thinking the way they do.

5 Steps to Get You Started:
1) Create a New Class for Your Students to Join

Add Your ClassEvery teacher on WorldVuze is validated to ensure a trusted community of elementary and secondary school teachers and their students are the only one’s on the site. Students must be connected to at least one class to use WorldVuze. This way, as an educator you can keep track of all of the content your students are posting.

Set a class end date (i.e. the end of the school year). This means, your students will only be able to use WorldVuze when they’re in school. Students can join a new class when they return!

2) Students Sign-Up or Add a New Class 

Student Sign-Up

 

Every class has a unique 8 digit/letter class code. Find your class code by going to your Profile page, under your “Class” tab. Share this class code with your students to either sign-up (for first-time users) on www.worldvuze.com, or add a new class, by logging in with their username and password and entering in this new class code.

 

 

 


3) Search for Relevant Questions

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Search for relevant questions to what you’re learning by filtering questions by category, age, or time; searching for questions by keyword or geographic location (i.e. “climate change” or “Sierra Leone”); or browsing questions using the arrows on your dashboard.

4) Post Your Own Powerful Questions

Ask a Question

Work with your students to create a powerful question that you want to share with a global community of students. Teachers, post this question on behalf of your class by clicking on the orange “Ask a Question” button on the top right corner of your dashboard. Remember, every question will have both a multiple choice and an open ended part to it.

 

 

 

5) Share and Explore Local and Global Perspectives!

Explore perspectivesYour students can now share their own perspectives on meaningful questions, as well as explore and find patterns in thousands of other student perspectives across the globe.

 

 

WorldVuze is a non-profit platform and free for teachers and students to use. Why? We envision a future where young people from diverse backgrounds within and outside of their communities consider themselves as equals and are open to considering and understanding multiple points of view. In doing so, we hope they will form a deeper understanding of themselves, each other, and the world around them, as well as build the skill set and mindset needed to become effective 21st century problem solvers.

Need more help? Walk through how to use WorldVuze step-by-step with these quick demo videos.

Not signed up to WorldVuze? Join today by signing up at www.worldvuze.com.

Already on WorldVuze? Spread the word (by sharing this blog) with five more educators and grow your global learning community!

What is our role as a global community to protect the Earth’s biodiversity?

What is our role as a global community to protect the Earth’s biodiversity?

International-Day-for-Biological-Diversity.jpg.cdb6cc6aa26ddf416ca29e7517111b22Next Friday, May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 22,000 species have been identified as at risk of extinction on their “red list”. This includes species from the Amur Leopard, Leatherback Turtle, Mountain Gorilla, Black Rhino, and Yangtze Finless Porpoise, species that are all Critically Endangered.

Here’s your opportunity as a global community to have important discussions not only about our role in protecting the Earth’s biodiversity, but also how we will go about achieving this goal. Tag your questions with the word “biodiversity”! You can also find excellent questions already asked by classrooms on WorldVuze by searching key words, such as “environment”.

These conversations do not need to end, and in fact should not end, after May 22nd. Keep these important conversations going all year long and invite more classrooms to join the dialogue. The more perspectives that are shared, the better our understanding of the world.

WorldVuze Student Ambassadors Featured on CTV

WorldVuze Student Ambassadors Featured on CTV

CTVCongratulations to the WorldVuze student ambassadors, who on April 22nd shared how they celebrated Earth Day by connecting with children around the world on WorldVuze through a dialogue on the environment. Next year, we hope to make this initiative even bigger and better, but this doesn’t mean you can’t continue your conversations about the environment and thousands of other topics all year round.

These four passionate Grade 6 students also made their voice heard at Earth Day Canada’s 2015 Earth Day Assembly, alongside Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray.

Check out the video of the students on CTV here!

Join WorldVuze student ambassadors in the Earth Day Pledge

Join WorldVuze student ambassadors in the Earth Day Pledge

Four WorldVuze student ambassadors, who initiated the Earth Day Challenge on WorldVuze, will be leading the Earth Day pledge as part of Earth Day Canada‘s 2015 Assembly. Joining them will be Earth Day Canada President, Deb Doncaster, HGTV’s Scott MacGillvray, TVO eco-adventurer’s the Water Brothers, and Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

Join them at:
77 Wellesley St. West, Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON

Time:
April 22nd from 9:30am to 10:15am

For more details about the event, see the flyer here!

Of course, if you cannot make the event in person, share your pledge with the WorldVuze community by answering: How will you lower your carbon footprint on your way to school this year? Share your Earth Day 2015 pledge and be specific!

Does your class have an idea about a challenge you would like the WorldVuze community to participate in? Contact us to share your ideas at info@worldvuze.com!

Join Us at the Summer Symposium this July!

Join Us at the Summer Symposium this July!

This July 6th and 7th we will be co-facilitating a two day workshop “WorldVuze: Global Education in an Inquiry Based Classroom” with Garfield Gini-Newman from the Critical Thinking Consortium at the Summer Symposium in Toronto, Canada held at the Bishop Strachan School.

During this workshop, learn how to provide authentic, engaging and deep global learning for your students across the curriculum. Explore the possibilities of using WorldVuze to bring diverse student perspectives to your discussions about core curriculum such as science and social studies as well as complex challenges such as climate change, urban planning, clean water and urbanization.

You will have an opportunity to work with the renowned educator, Dr. Garfield Gini- Newman (Senior Lecturer at OISE/University of Toronto and National Senior Consultant at TC2) to learn and practice relevant pedagogical approaches from the Critical Thinking Consortium. These scaffolds enhance critical, creative and collaborative thinking for all students.  BSS educator Amanda Humphreys brings her many years of experience with project work to WorldVuze and will highlight examples of ways you can successfully integrate this platform in a variety of grades. As well, WorldVuze founders, Julia Coburn and Ellen Palmer, will navigate you through the powerful uses of this platform.

See flyer for workshop details

See how to Register here

Are you interested in having WorldVuze P.D. at your school or your next event? Contact Julia Coburn at julia@worldvuze.com for details! Also, go to tc2.ca for more Critical Thinking Consortium workshops and resources!

 

Student Corner – A Grade 6 Student Explores Governance

Student Corner – A Grade 6 Student Explores Governance

The most important part of the WorldVuze experience is hearing what students have to say. Learn from the experience of a Grade 6 student, Carly, in her own words as she independently explores governance on WorldVuze:


“Every few days I check WorldVuze. My favourite things to do on the site are reading the answers from kids from different countries. Especially, if the question is about something [from] there own country. For example, I was looking at other peoples answers to the question “Do you think the government in your country is trustworthy?”. I have been told Mexico does not have a great government. So, I was wondering if the children of Mexico felt this way.

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 6.29.39 PMHalf of the answer chart said “not at all”, one quarter said “sometimes”, and one quarter said “most the time”. I found this very interesting. Than I decided to look at what kids in other countries were saying. The responses from others were all so interesting.

Something that stood out to me was the answers from other students in Canada. I thought everyone felt our government was doing a great job. Turns out, Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 6.31.53 PMnot everyone feels this way. 3 out of 24 said the our government was not at all trustworthy. 2 out of 24 said sometimes. 9 out of 24 said most the time. 5 out of 24 said yes. The rest were not sure. This was super interesting to me. It made me more aware of the perspectives of Canadians on the Canadian government.”

Classrooms, submit your explorations and discoveries on WorldVuze for the next “student corner” by emailing Julia at julia@worldvuze.com!

Join the Earth Day Challenge!

Many of our environmental challenges are global in nature – from climate change, overpopulation, pollution, energy use, waste, water, to biodiversity. Activities in one community can impact others around the world. Earth Day is a reminder of our need to reflect on how we can protect the environment, but these discussions should last all year round.

Join us this year in our Earth Day Challenge from now until Earth Day (April 22, 2015) to spur a dialogue around environmental challenges that we all face together. Perhaps you want to have a better understanding on how people in different communities are impacted by pollution or climate change. Maybe you want to find out suggestions on how other people are reducing their impact on the environment in their community or in their school. Through these discussions, we can expand our thinking on environmental topics, learn from people experiencing environmental challenges from different geographic locations, and understand how we can best tackle these challenges together.

Watch this video from our Earth Day Challenge student team (who are spearheading this campaign!) to find out how your class can get involved.

  1. Post all of your Earth Day questions to WorldVuze and tag them as “EarthDay2015”
  2. Students answer Earth Day questions posted by your own and other classrooms. Find questions by typing in “EarthDay2015” in the search bar
  3. Check back on our blog once a week for updates and a video diary from the Earth Day Team reacting to your questions and perspectives you are sharing
  4. Share your own class reactions (through pictures, video, text) to the Earth Day discussions happening on WorldVuze and send them to info@wordvuze.com to share with the community through our blog and weekly teacher updates
  5. Invite three more classrooms to join the Earth Day Challenge!