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Snap3A: Connected Learning in the Global Classroom

Location: W184d, Table 1

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Monday, June 25, 4:30–5:30 pm
Location: W184d, Table 1

Todd Flory   Anne Mirtschin   Amy Rosenstein  
In an interconnected world, it's more important than ever that students become global citizens. Learn how to connect your students via Skype to others around the world through global collaboration projects, including some involving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:


Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Communication and collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the presentation is for participants to realize the power of global collaboration and the ease with which it can be attained. Participants will gain new ideas and an understanding of global collaborative projects. Together, we'll explore how to make global connections, set up projects, and we'll talk about the benefits for students. Teachers will be exposed to many project examples, including ways to become involved in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. There are many ways to connect globally, such as using Skype, Google Hangouts, and other web-based software. Within the session, participants will share ideas and feedback will be given. In regard to evidence of success, teachers and students benefit from global collaboration projects by obtaining a better understanding of different cultures, developing empathy, speaking and listening, and using deductive reasoning. Teachers will come away with ideas for projects to implement in their classes immediately.


00:00-10:00 Introduction: Discuss the experiences of Amy Rosenstein and Todd Flory as teachers using Skype and the impact on their students. 10:00-20:00 Overview of website Take a tour of the virtual field trips, guest speakers, and other teachers who are integral parts of the site. 20:00-30:00 Mystery Skype demonstration - Teachers will experience a live Skype call with people in another location, somewhere in the world. They will ask yes/no questions in order to determine the location. This will provide a taste of the power it has for students. 30:00-50:00 Small group brainstorming: Amy and Todd will share project ideas that teachers can implement, and teachers, themselves, will have the chance to brainstorm ideas for their own classrooms. 50:00-60:00 Question and Answer Amy and Todd will answer any questions about making global connections and using Skype for successful conversations.

Supporting research Lindsay, Julie, The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning and Teaching, 2016.

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Todd Flory, Wheatland Elementary School

Todd Flory is a 4th grade teacher at Wheatland Elementary School in Andover, Kansas. Todd is a Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Buncee Ambassador, Microsoft Certified Educator, Google Certified Educator, and the 2016 PBS Digital Innovator Kansas lead. As an educator, Todd focuses on providing global collaboration and real-life, passion-based learning experiences for his students. Todd has a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and is the current Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics (KATM) President-Elect. Todd believes that teachers need to create global citizens in a global classroom to empower students to shape their future and the world’s.

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.

Amy Rosenstein, Concord Road Elementary School

Amy Rosenstein teaches elementary school in NY. Co-Founder of, she is a Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and PBS Digital Innovator. Amy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Cornell University as well as a Master's in Elementary Education. Traveling the world via Skype with her students to places like Hong Kong, India, and Kenya, she incorporates digital storytelling, blogging, and self-publishing into her classroom. Author of the Scholastic eBook, 10 Fresh Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Classroom, Amy is a recipient of the 2013 Pioneer Award and is a writer for KQED Education.

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