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favorites Stories From the Global Classroom Project

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Sunday, June 28, 7:00–8:30 pm
PCC Broad Street Atrium, Table 17
favoritesTheresa AllenfavoritesMichael GraffinfavoritesHeidi HutchisonfavoritesBarbara McFallfavoritesAnne MirtschinfavoritesLouise MorganfavoritesLisa ParisifavoritesBetsye SargentfavoritesTina SchmidtfavoritesJulia SkinnerfavoritesRobyn Thiessen

The Global Classroom Project is a grassroots online community helping connect hundreds of K-12 educators across 42 countries and six continents through global collaborative projects. We'll share real-world examples and practical advice, especially for teachers looking to break down their classroom walls. Recommended by ISTE’s Global Collaboration Network

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Skill level: Beginner
Device requirements: Participant devices useful
Applicable device(s): Laptop, Chromebook, Tablet, Smartphone
Applicable platform(s): Mac, Android, Chrome OS, iOS, Windows
Preparation details: A QR code reader for smartphone or tablet would be useful, but not essential.
Focus: Digital Age Teaching & Learning
Topic: Communication and Collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Students : Communication and Collaboration
Teachers : Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
Teachers : Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
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favorites Theresa Allen, Cathedral Of St Raymond School

favorites Michael Graffin, Iona Presentation PS

Michael Graffin (@mgraffin) is an experienced, award winning global educator working at Iona Presentation PS (@IonaPrimary) near Fremantle, Western Australia. Since 2011, he has led The Global Classroom Project (, helping teachers and students explore new ways to connect, learn, share, and collaborate globally. Michael has keynoted and facilitated iPad and global education workshops at state, national, and international conferences, including the 2013 iEARN Conference in Doha, Qatar. He was recently recognised as an ISTE Emerging Leader Class of 2015, and came runner up in the ISTE Excellence in Global Collaboration PLN Award 2015.

favorites Heidi Hutchison, Friends School of Baltimore

favorites Barbara McFall, The Phoenix School

favorites Anne Mirtschin, Hawkesdale P12 College

Anne Mirtschin is an award winning teacher who teaches ICT in a small rural prep to year 12 school in country Western Victoria, Australia where students are isolated culturally and geographically. She is passionate about rural and global education, and loves collaborating and learning online. Anne is the co-Australasian Chair for the Global Education Conference. Flat Connections Teacher, a Skype Master Teacher, a lead Global Classroom teacher, Communications Officer for ISTE Global PLN, a web conference coach DET , Victoria and co-moderates #skype2learn & #isteglobalpln twitter chats. Blog: Twitter: @murcha

favorites Louise Morgan, Burleson ISD

favorites Lisa Parisi, Herricks UFSD

Lisa Parisi is a 30 year classroom teacher, dual certified in general and special education. She has won many awards, including the SIGTEL Online Learning award for global projects. She is co-author of the ISTE published, Making Connections with Blogging. She has also had articles published in Scholastic magazine, Tech4Learning and various online sites. She is a Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council Member, a Google Certified Teacher, an iEARN cadre member, a BrainPop Popstar, a SMART Exemplary Educator, a Voki ambassador, and a Fablevision ambassador. All of these “extras” help her keep up with technology in the classroom.

favorites Betsye Sargent, The Phoenix School

favorites Tina Schmidt, St. Ignatius of Antioch School

Tina Schmidt has 16 years teaching experience in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and currently teaches 3rd grade at St. Ignatius of Antioch School in Yardley, PA. She is Flat Connections certified and has been a lead teacher in their elementary project. Tina is also a lead teacher for the Global Classroom Project. She provides staff development workshops and has been employed by the Connelly Foundation for the last 3 years as an instructor in their four day teacher course for the PACT Technology Grant. Tina enjoys introducing her young students to global connections through blogging, video conferencing and global projects.

favorites Julia Skinner, 100 word Challenge

Julia founded '100 Word Challenge' which encourages youngsters to write and link across the world with each other. The blog is having a huge impact on writing and by establishing a network of volunteers to comment on each piece, Julia has established the extended audience that gives a purpose to the young writers work. Julia has presented at a number of conferences in England including the Sunday Times Festival of Education, NAACE and BETT. Julia works closely with teachers across the world via visits to schools, social media She is a regular host for the Global Classroom chats.

favorites Robyn Thiessen, School District #36-Surrey

Robyn Thiessen has been an educator in Surrey, B.C. Canada for 25 years. She is a passionate educator who actively engages students in authentic, inquiry driven learning opportunities. In recent years she has flattened the walls of her classroom and participated in many global learning initiatives through the Global Classroom Project and Skype in the Classroom. Her students have used technology to interact with other students, educators and scientists on a variety of projects. Robyn is very active in the Genius Hour movement and she believes that students need time to explore learning opportunities that they are passionate about.