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Global Goals: Book Collection Project

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Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 50

Eileen Heller   Connie Rensink   Fran Siracusa   Erin Solheim  
Learn about the new Global Goals Book Collection, a robust collection of literature that connects to individual global goals. The list was curated by educators across the world. Walk away with ideas for you and your students to help solve the world's biggest issues!

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
  • Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Many teacher are looking for ways to connect student learning to real world problem solving. It is hard to grasp where to start. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide that starting point. World leaders committed to 17 Global Goals and through the #TeachSDGs movement our students can realize how their efforts can lead to the solution. As our group of educators were working with others in finding ways to connect the learning of the Global Goals with our curriculum we realized there was a need for building a collection of literature that could deepen the understanding. This is where the project of the Global Goals Book Collection was born. Our goal is to share the efforts of this project, the ongoing collection that has been created in a collaborative manner, and to provide additional resources to teachers looking to turn their students into global collaborators.
*Participants will become aware of the United Nations Sustainable Development Developmental Goals and the #TeachSDGs movement.
*Participants will navigate the Global Goals Book Collection and identify books that would support their curriculum and the efforts of the Global Goals.
*Participants will access the input form and learn how to submit additional books that would support the Global Goals and become global collaborators as a part of the project.
*Participants will encounter the experiences of several educators lessons and resources used to teach and build awareness and solutions to the Global Goals through project based learning including examples of Webquests, Minecraft in Education projects, and collaboration via Skype.

Resources shared will include the Global Goals Starter Kit, Global Goals Book Collection, and a sample Webquest that they can start using immediately.


5 min. Introduction of presenters including background in education and experience with the topic and how to access our presentation resources.
5 min. Assess knowledge of audience on topic via Classflow poll (device-based activity)
5 min. Overview of what the Global Goals are
 ○ Resource: Global Goals Starter Kit (device-based activity)
15 min. Book Collection Project
  ○How the project was started and our collaboration efforts
 ○ Collection- Share book collection and demonstrate how to use the book collection website to locate literature on a specific ( Global Goal. (device-based activity)
 ○ Input- Demonstrate how a user can submit a book title via the Google Form. (device-based activity)
10 min. Share examples of teachers using the Book Collection via project based learning with Minecraft, webquests, Skype, etc.
5 min. Padlet Call to action- share their first planned step to get involved in the Global Goals.

Supporting research

Microsoft Education course: Teaching Sustainable Development Goals

Gaia Education course: SDGs Training for Multipliers

Participate course: Transform Our World- Teach the SDGs

Education Week article:
Teaching U.N. Sustainability Goals to Create Global Citizens by Craig Perrier

ASCD Book:
"Successfully Implementing Problem-Based Learning in Classrooms : Research in K-12 and Teacher Education"

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Eileen Heller, Omaha Public Schools

I'm an instructional technology trainer for Omaha Public Schools. I have a passion for connecting curriculum to success skills students need in life through project based learning and collaborations. I love my job as I work with teachers on making this happen with the integration of technology. Check out my blog at and follow me on social media @eileenheller. I also serve as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, BrainPop Certified Educator, Skype Master, and #TeachSDGs Ambassador.

Connie Rensink, iEARN-USA
Fran Siracusa, Calliope Global, St. Patrick Catholic Sc

Fran Siracusa, a Spanish teacher and Educational Technologist, is the co-founder of #TeachSDGs, Calliope Global, and Edcamp Tampa Bay. Her passions include student-centered learning, global projects, sustainable development and social good. Fran creates unique opportunities for teachers and students to develop a culture of innovation through the incorporation of digital technologies and sustainable global partnerships. She shares expertise and experience through teaching, speaking, and professionally writing for educational companies, magazines and blogs. In 2017, she earned the ISTE Global PLN "Innovation in Global Collaboration" Award. Fran also serves as an Edutopia guest blogger, and "ambassador" for Kahoot!, Buncee and Flipgrid.

Erin Solheim, Walnut Hill Elementary

I am a library media specialist with Omaha Public Schools. I am interested in how technology can connect us and help us learn more about the world. I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator and a Common Sense Media certified educator. I am currently finishing my Master's degree in Instructional Technology and Leadership at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Connect with me on social media at @Librari_Erin.

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