Technology is allowing students at McGraw to actively explore what it means to be a global citizen. This year, all 1st-4th grade classes and MattBrinkman’s 5th grade classroom at McGraw are part of a collaborative learning community with same-grade classes at BINUS International School in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Over the course of this school year students in participating McGraw classrooms will be collaborating with their peers at BINUS in exploring common PYPunits of inquiry, on writing and digital art projects, and in sharing with each other what they are learning. Students’ participation in PYP Pals is an extension of the curriculum at McGraw and will also help them enhance their communication, thinking and social skills. Having a “live audience” for students’ work is a huge motivator for them to develop these skills and provides a greater sense of purpose, beyond the walls of the classroom, for their learning. It also prepares them for the type of global online collaboration that will be expected of many of them in their future careers. Most importantly, this project is helping our students explore their world through a different set of eyes.
Classrooms in grades 1-2 are using a private Voice Threads site and students in grades 3-5 are using a private pbworks wiki sites that are “by invitation only” and are managed by myself and the media specialist at BINUS, Mr. Boni Pandojo. Each student has been provided their own unique password to their class Voice Thread or wiki, which they can access from school or home.