This project aims to bring students closer together and promote curiosity, connectedness, and understanding, and we are constantly reflecting and refining to bring that vision into clearer focus.
As we designed the Year 3 project, we made a few changes to enable student voices be heard and their curiosity and empathy grow. We’ve also adjusted the schedule and format to simplify the teacher and student experience. We hope you’ll be as excited about Year 3 as we are!
Here’s a quick preview:
A new project sequence. Rather than culminating in a global book, we’ll write our book first! This co-authored text will link our schools together right away and provide the spark for student questions. Which brings us to...
Student-driven global dialogue. As students read the global book, they’ll wonder about the people and places far away that are featured in its pages. Their curiosity will frame our global dialogue: your students will submit questions, which we’ll curate and post in Flipgrid. Individual students around the world will answer the questions. In this way, the project experience will be more student-centered and authentic.
Two easy-to-use tools. Flipgrid will once again support our global conversation. Crowdsourced student questions will each receive multiple individual Flipgrid video replies. To inspire those questions, we’ll again publish pages about each school using the app Book Creator.
If possible, we ask you to get a copy of the mentor text that inspired this project, If You Lived Here by Giles LaRoche. Though not a project requirement, this lovely book is a wonderful introduction to global curiosity for students of all ages. We’ll refer to it during our project launch the week of February 20.
Register to join us! Tweet about the project using the hashtag #ifyoulearnedhere. And feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Global connection and understanding are more important to our students than ever, and we can't wait to begin.