Global Bridges - USA

I would like to connect your school with one in the US. I teach at Fleming Island High School in Florida, and my class is doing an international, interdisciplinary project called “Global Bridges” with students in Argentina. The UNESCO website is https://en.unesco.org/aspnet/globalcitizens/users/ms-amy-stalker and the project website is http://creatingglobalbridges.com
We are searching for more foreign schools around the world that would like to connect this year.

Prospective classes that would be good international pairs are classes in Global Politics, Geography, World Religions, Economics, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Environmental Science, World History, Global Perspectives, Information Technology in a Global Society, History, or Foreign Language. Lili Monk, a former member of the Test Development Committee for AP Human Geography and Fulbright Teaching Award recipient created this project.  Her project connected her students to students in Argentina.  The students in Argentina and the US researched their local immigration history, created rich media presentations and exchanged projects by videoconferencing with Skype.  In my project my students shared aspects about their cities and cultures with each other.  My students used pictures that they took to create PowerPoints and Story Maps explaining Jacksonville, Florida's urban morphology and cultural history to the students in Córdoba, Argentina.  The students in Córdoba did the same.  Then, the students had a skype video session at the end of our school year in which they shared their projects with each other.  It opened an international dialogue between the students and increased their understanding of people and cultures in other places.  It was such an awesome experience for our students that this year, we are expanding to include other U.S. teachers.

Lili presented this project at the National Council For Social Studies annual conference.  Her project focus was on immigration.  This project can incorporate a variety of Human Geography and history concepts, while strengthening foreign language learning. We incorporated some of students from our Spanish classes as support translators during the skype session.  I presented this project at the AP Human Geography Reading in Cincinnati, Ohio, and at the National Council for Geographic Education annual conference in Memphis, TN.  I also plan to present this project at the Florida Council for Social Studies regional meeting in Pensacola Sept. 6th and the annual meeting in Orland on October 24-26.  I am looking for more teachers internationally to connect with teachers here in the US.

“The National Council for Social Studies has identified "creating global citizens" as one of the most important missions facing social studies teachers. Creating opportunities for students to interact with geographic tools such as maps and globes will enable them to experience the world a lot closer than through a textbook.” (Lili Monk)  I think this project is an awesome opportunity for students around the world to learn about each other and gain an empathetic Global Perspective.  I feel that it is imperative that students develop a multidimensional geographical social perspective of other cultures in order to be educated responsible world citizens. In an increasingly complex, troubled and closely intertwined global community of cultures and states, students must develop an understanding and empathy for people in other places in order to make informed decisions. Connecting students with students in other countries will help them understand critical world issues such as maternal health in developing countries, food security, environmental degradation, political conflict, and other global concerns.

Please let me know if your school is interested and I will connect you with a school here in the US.

Thank you,
Amy Bridgewater- Stalker
abridge6@live.com

For more information on the project, click here.