Watch the 2016 If You Learned Here Launch Party video for details about the structure and tools for this year's collaboration!
It’s Week 0: Teacher Networking and Project Countdown week! Registration is still open for schools outside the United States, but we’re excited to announce that we already have more than 40 schools from around the globe joining us on this collaborative adventure.
Here’s a quick overview of the project:
Find your cohort to see who you’ll be connecting with! Tweet out your excitement on #ifyoulearnedhere! You’ll get to know your cohort schools well over the next several weeks.
Practice with Project Tools: Seesaw and Padlet
This week we will practice using our digital tools and get to know other participating teachers. We’ve created collaborative spaces that are private and just for project teachers. Consider this a “test run” before we go live with students next week -- and a great way to meet your colleagues around the globe! In the future, we’ll post all links and instructions here on the blog. For this Week 0 teacher practice round, however, please check your email for details.
If You Lived Here: Houses of the World
If you haven’t already, please try to get a copy of If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche. This book will be a shared anchor for our collaborative experience
On Sunday, February 28 and Monday, February 29, please tweet on #ifyoulearnedhere about the project; we can all review those tweets with students during Week 1!
The momentum is building, and we’re officially in countdown mode! We are eagerly anticipating the week of February 29, when we will see the faces and hear the voices from all of your students around the world.
It’s been such an incredible week, capping an inspiring two-month journey with all of you. After weeks of sharing and collaboration, together we produced a beautiful book that is a powerful resource and a tribute to your collective energy, dedication, and passion for extending the classroom beyond its physical walls. It’s hard to believe that it’s time to wrap up our time together. Though If You Learned Here 2015 is ending, we know that this is just the beginning of an extended adventure for each of us in using technology to expand what’s possible for us as teachers, and for our students.
Here are the closing activities for our project:
We've planned a week of festivities to honor the connections we have made and the publication of our global eBook! We hope you’ll be able to engage in as many of the following activities as possible to wrap up and celebrate our wonderful project.
Available now: The Final Flipgrid!
Wednesday: Publication Day and Final Padlet
Friday: Twitter Chat!
Saturday: Wrap Party for teachers via Google Hangouts On Air
Please join us at 5 p.m. Central Standard Time for an online wrap party! Details to come; mark your calendar. If you can't join the live hangout, we will post the archived recording on this site.
Keep Up the Great Work!
It is so exciting to see the book pages come in! Your students’ work is beautiful and inspiring. The finished publication will be something we will all enjoy and be proud of.
To recognize your students’ efforts and contributions, we have decided that our global book absolutely must have an “About the Author” section. We will include one group picture from each school, featuring students who participated in If You Learned Here. Please email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and include this information:
We know many of you have had school breaks recently, and each of us has enjoyed a week of spring vacation as well. Many of you have asked for a bit more time to complete your eBook pages. No problem! We have extended the deadline for eBook submissions to Friday, April 24. Please send us your eBook pages and your group photo by then. This means we’ll publish and celebrate during the week of April 27. Stay tuned for details!
Thank you so much for all your commitment, creativity, and collaboration over these last several weeks. The pages we’ve received so far have exceeded our hopes. See the screen shots below for a sneak preview! We're sharing just a few for now... just wait until you see them all together.
We've reached the end of the Connect & Share phase of our project. In the past four weeks, we’ve taken a virtual tour of schools around the world. Through Flipgrid responses, Padlet posts, and tweets, we’ve learned about schools, communities, and learning around the world. It’s been an incredible journey so far! Now we are moving into the next phase of the project: Write & Publish! This phase has three components:
1. Write & Publish our Global eBook
Each school will create two pages in the Book Creator app. We’ve created a template for you to follow that’s pretty faithful to the format and content in our mentor text, If You Lived Here. Please take a look back at that original book for inspiration. We’re hoping to publish an eBook that’s engaging, informative, and also visually cohesive, so it can be a useful resource for readers from this project and beyond.
Some of you have reached out about upcoming school breaks. Don’t worry - we have April breaks too! To accommodate school schedules, the three-week Write & Publish window is more than you will need to complete your eBook pages.
2. Continued Viewing in Flipgrid and Padlet
The content your schools have created for this project is so impressive! If your classrooms are like ours, your kids may have been too busy to see all the wonderful posts from the project so far. Please encourage your students to view, reflect, and discuss what others have posted for all four weeks. Tweet your students’ ideas, comments, and questions using the #ifyoulearnedhere hashtag. Watch the hashtag and join the conversation over the coming weeks. We will continue to approve new content on Flipgrid or Padlet if you are catching up. Access content from all four weeks easily on our homepage.
3. Optional: School to School Connections
Many of you have expressed interest in continuing the global conversation and pursuing additional collaboration. If this is something that fits your schedule and meets your students’ needs, we certainly encourage you to connect with one another! You can access our password-protected Teacher Directory Padlet from Week 0, but we’ve also created a grid version of the Teacher Directory (also linked above for easy access).
Like the original Padlet, the Teacher Directory grid is password-protected to respect the privacy of your individual contact information. We will email you the password to this page. On the grid, we’ve included a column to indicate whether you’re available for Skyping, blogging, or other collaborative opportunities with project participants. If you do arrange additional collaboration, please tweet about your experiences using the #ifyoulearnedhere hashtag!
Here we are at Week 4! Our theme this week is reading, and your school will review and recommend up to five favorite books.
Coming soon: the template for our own global book! We're about to enter the Create & Publish phase of our project, and we can't wait to see our final publication.
Please keep in touch with the project community via our Twitter hashtag, #ifyoulearnedhere. We continue to be inspired by you and your students!
For the first two weeks, we've focused on introducing our schools. We've been impressed, inspired, awed, and amused by what has been shared on Flipgrid, Padlet, and our #ifyoulearnedhere hashtag thus far! Now it's time to go beyond making acquaintances and share the wonderful learning happening in our classrooms.
Use the menu above to access additional 2015 and 2016 project content.