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Hello Little World: Teachers Connecting Beyond Borders

Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 26

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, June 24, 7:00–8:30 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 26

David Karnoscak   Anne Mirtschin   Steve Sherman  
In 2011, two high school teachers, Katherine Zablatnik (Austria) and Brad Peach (Texas) met via Skype. They wanted to promote building lifelong bridges between students and enhance cross-cultural awareness. Today, the group has over 150 educators and continues to impact the lives of children all over the world.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Account
Skype Account
Skype App if using a tablet
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Communication and collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to share with the world how teachers from all over the globe are connecting with one another to make the biggest impact on students. Building bridges between cultures, religions, and ethnicities are vital to create a more peaceful world.

Participates in this session will be able to witness first-hand the power of global collaboration. The teachers presenting this session are from all over the globe. Connecting with each other for the first time live at ISTE! Even though they have known one another for years on HLW, they finally come together to share their experiences.

Participants will also get gain the confidence and tools they need to take the risk and connect globally with other classrooms around the world.


See our website to get an idea of all of these things that HLW does together. We are planning on sharing out with teachers the power of global collaboration. The impact that it has on students in our classrooms. We will have live laptop connected to numerous teachers "Live" from all over the world. Teachers can interact and talk with them about what it is we do. Not only will we have teachers connecting via Skype and Google Hangouts, we will also have all of the teachers presenting that were able to attend ISTE. For some of us, it is our first meeting face-to-face.

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David Karnoscak, Northbrook/Glenview School District 30

My name is David Karnoscak. I attended Western Illinois University and graduated with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education in 2002. I taught in the Chicago Public School system for four years until coming to district 30 in August of 2006. I earned my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010 from National Louis University. I strive to give each child that walks into my classroom the very best education possible. I attempt to incorporate technology into each of my lessons in the hope that kids will latch on to my approach and soar.

Anne Mirtschin, Hawkesdale P12 College

Anne Mirtschin is a multi-award winning teacher who uses online tools to create powerful learning opportunities for students. She teaches Information and Communications Technology(ICT), VCE Accounting and Business Studies at Hawkesdale P12 College a remote Prep to Year 12 School in country Western Victoria. She is passionate about rural and global education, immersing technology into the classroom and loves collaborating and learning online. The innovative use of technology together with an amazing international Professional Learning Network has enabled her to make the world her classroom.

Steve Sherman, Living Maths

Steve is the Chief Imagination Officer of an Educational NGO in South Africa called Living Maths. He teaches approximately 4500 students weekly in schools around Cape Town and using the internet he also teaches around the world. He is passionate about sharing knowledge and empowering young people. His student Jada has informed him that he is funnier than her dad. He feels that it is his destiny to spread the joy of thinking to anyone who is willing to listen and even to those who are not. He knows Karate, Ju-jitsu and 2 other Japanese words.

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