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Bringing Sustainable Development Goals to Life Through Technology

Explore and create
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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 12:30–3:30 pm
Location: 120BC

Mali Bickley   Michael Furdyk  
Global project-based learning helps foster intercultural skills and broad learning competencies. This workshop will look at how to create authentic technology-enabled, collaborative projects addressing the U.N.'s sustainable development goals through different strategies, pedagogies, tools and resources.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: 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, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: 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.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Build the confidence and competency of educators to put the ISTE Standards for Students and Educators into practice.
For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

As the 21st century presents an increasingly complex and interconnected world, human progress demands intensive global knowledge and skills, particularly of our young leaders and innovators. Teachers can foster a sense of global citizenship and intercultural skills through global project-based learning and collaborative projects that allow students to help resolve global problems and communicate across cultural, political, and geographic boundaries. With a variety of web platforms, teachers can seamlessly integrate global themes and perspectives across all grade levels and academic disciplines.

In this workshop, participants will explore global educational tools offered by TakingITGlobal through an authentic global inquiry experience. By the end of the workshop, teachers will not only have explored the tools and resources available on the TIGed website but have also developed a global project for their classroom. The workshop will recreate several elements of authentic project-based learning for participants, putting teachers into a true project-based learning environment while simultaneously offering them strategies, pedagogies, tools and resources for their own global projects. Participants will participate in activities which allow them to construct one project for their classrooms during the session and gain valuable professional feedback from other educators. This session will link to the new UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development (2015-2030), adopted by world leaders in September 2015.


1.  Entry event (Global Goals 2015 video and letter from United Nations) 15 mins
2.  Introduction of the driving question, define "need to knows" 10 mins
3.  Beginning with the end in mind: defining the global graduate 10 mins
4.  Pedagogical introduction to the main tenets of global education, deciding on the global competencies participants wish to teach 25 mins
5.  Basics of project-based learning, the eight elements in a global context 10 mins
6.  Introduction to TakingITGlobal educational tools 20 mins
7.  Activity in broader forums: Find 3-5 tools or resources on TakingITGlobal which you could use in your classroom or schoolhouse, then post on discussion board in virtual classroom. 15 mins; will require an additional 15 mins for TIGed and virtual classroom registration before activity. 30 mins total.
8.  Activity in virtual classroom: Participants post their project ideas to a discussion thread, then offer feedback on project ideas from other teachers. 10 mins
9.  Exploration of what makes a good driving question, with a few slides for practice improving bad ones 10 mins
10. Define the following for participants’ projects and have each participant create a post in Student Writing: 20 mins
· Project idea and title
· Driving question connected to the project (student friendly)
· Global competencies to be taught and assessed through the project
· Academic standards/content benchmarks to be taught and assessed through the project
· TIG and other online tools or global partners to be employed during the project
11. Gallery walk of project plans to gather feedback (virtual or physical) 15 mins
12. Closing (world map collection) 5 mins

Supporting research

Video on Social Innovation Program:

Apple. (2008). Challenge Based Learning: Take action and make a difference.
Furdyk, M. (2012). “Informal Learning for a Better World” (blog post, Getting Smart):
Davis, V. and Lindsday, J. (2011) Flattening Classroom, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time (TakingITGlobal featured, Chapter 10).
Dhingra, R. (2012). Can Technology Change Education? Yes! TEDxBend.
Gatto, K., Hassan, S., and Walraven, K. (2012). The TIGed Program: A Model for Taking Classrooms Global. Classroom 2.0 Book Project:
Geer, R., and Sweeny, T. (2012). Students’ Voices About Learning With Technology. Journal of Social Sciences 8(2).
Harth, Chris. Going Glocal: Adaptive Education for Local and Global Citizenship
Independent School Journal, National Association of Independent Schools. Fall 2010. pp. 69-73:
ISTE NETS for Teachers:
Klein, J.D. (2012). Taking Your Schoolhouse Global. NSSSA The Leader, 26(1).
Klein, J.D. (2012) Fostering Global Grit. Independent School, Summer(2012).
Klein, J.D. (2011) Giving the World a Face: The Humanizing of Global Education. NSSSA The Leader, Spring(2011).
Klein, J.D. (2012). Taking Your Schoolhouse Global: The Role of Professional Development in Shifting School Culture. Classroom 2.0 Book Project:
O’Hanlon, C. (2007). If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. THE Journal: Transforming Education Through Technology
Salcito, A. (February, 2012). Daily Edventures, featuring TakingITGlobal co-founder, Michael Furdyk:
TakingITGlobal. (2007). Making The Connection: Best Practices in Global Education and Collaborative Technologies:
The Teacher’s Blog. (February, 2009). The World Is Flat: TakingITGlobal:

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Mali Bickley, TakingITGlobal
Michael Furdyk, TakingITGlobal

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