Beyond Bake Sales

Course 4 Week 5:  What is the future of education? Connectivism, Massively Open Online Courses, Global Collaboration, and Badges

My brain is hurting from learning and thinking about all kinds of possibilites in education.  It is an exciting time to be a part of it all.

I am particularly interested in global collaboration for guidance classes.   I found Kim’s article A Step by Step Guide to Global Collaborations straight forward and easy to follow.  In reading this article I was amazed to notice (this happens often),  that she wrote this in December 2007, almost 5 years ago!  I didn’t know such an exciting concept as global collaboration even existed until last fall.  It’s a reminder that I have so much to catch up on.  Thank you COETAIL for introducing  me to exciting, innovative, and out of the box ideas.

My interest in global collaboration is to create experiences for elementary school students to do good for the larger community, like service learning.  For many of our kids, the majority of what they think of community service is to run a bake sale, selling baked goods made by their parents, or donating stuff/money.  Their act of service ends on that day.   I believe that community service should always be on our minds, even elementary school students’ minds. Wouldn’t it be meaningful and empowering for the kids if they could work with students from other schools, far and near, to make a difference in the world?

Fellow counselors and teachers, would you like to work collaboratively on a community service project with my grade 5 kids next school year?

*photo of cupcakes by Sugar Daze found on Flickr

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About Naho Kikuchi

Elementary school counselor at The American School in Japan. Living and working in West Tokyo since 1997. Forever trying to figure out how to balance work, family and time for myself.
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One Response to Beyond Bake Sales

  1. Service learning is an excellent way to build authentic global collaboration. And makes service-learning more valuable. Thanks and good luck!

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