The Humans of (New York) ... A Global Student Writing Project

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Holly Clark  
The Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton serves as the basis for this student global writing project. We will look at student examples and the tools we need to successfully implement this blended learning project that offers students an authentic audience and the ability to learn about other cultures.

Audience: Professional developers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: There is nothing mandatory for the success of this project.
Topic: Global collaboration
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
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.
  • 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.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Problem: Giving students a way to write for an authentic audience and connect with other cultures.

Using The Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton, we will showcase The Humans of Project - a global student writing project.

This project will use blended learning Hyperdoc as the learning experience and tools such as Book Creator, Adobe Spark and Flipgrid to connect students round the globe.

A successful session will give teachers the knowledge and understanding to do this project with their students and time to experience it for themselves.


15 minutes: Using a hyperdoc - teachers will explore Humans of New York - explore student examples of this project. Teaches will find and share their favorite examples.

10 minutes: After being inspired by examples, teachers will learn the background of an effective hyperdoc and why this was chosen for this project.

20 minutes: We will look at Adobe Spark, Book Creator and Flipgrid as example tools that will help students learn from each other on a global stage and begin writing our own stories inside of Book Creator. We will also use Adobe Spark to create images for our projects.

45 minutes: Finally teachers have time to complete part their Humans of ISTE project - sign- up for the student project and ask any questions that will allow them to leave with the tools they need to successfully take part in this exciting collaboration.

Supporting research

This project has already been done by over 200 teachers and the exciting connections students be the basis of the exact practice. We will unpack how effective their collaborative efforts were and how important an authentic audience was for both their motivation and success.

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Holly Clark, The Infused Classroom

Holly Clark is an education thought leader, international speaker, bestselling author and student advocate. She’s a veteran educator who has spent over 15 years teaching in a 1:1 classroom, and over five years as an administrator in public and private schools. She holds a master’s degree in instructional design and educational technology from Columbia University. Clark is passionate about helping teachers create classrooms where students want to learn and can become the agents of their own thinking and understanding. She’s is a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Innovator and the chief learning officer for The Infused Classroom Inc. She still spends time co-teaching in classrooms where she helps teachers and schools begin the process of putting students at the center of the learning. Clark consults with schools globally on blended learning environments where meaningful pedagogy is infused with the strategic use of technology. She authors a popular education blog at and gives keynotes to audiences worldwide. In 2017, Clark published her first book, The Google Infused Classroom. This year, she’ll release two new books, The Microsoft Infused Classroom and The Chromebook Infused Classroom.