Engage is a unique community. I type this blog post from a small town in the Midwest United States. Last night's Intel Teach Live webinar broadcast from Texas, and it was attended by community members from several different countries. If you look at the Engage homepage, you can see a map of all the other Intel Engage communities around the globe and professional learning content feeds from each of them, and you see those members in this space and in their local spaces each day via this platform. Outside Engage, teachers Skype with their peers across the world and connect with global colleagues over Twitter every day.
This may be a new concept for many educators, but this is the reality our current students (especially the youngest among them) are growing up with. Not only will they become accustomed to this as part of their education, but they will grow up to be citizens in a world of countries intertwined by technology and economy. Preparation for this starts now, and the new world opened up with innovative and emerging tech makes this learning engaging, inspiring, and fun!
What do you think are the most important skills for our students to possess in order to become global citizens?
As you engage this month, please pay special attention to activity related to global citizenship. As part of this focus, we'll also look at sustainability, and what is required to ensure that the world our students inherit is safe, healthy, and prosperous. The content area focus for April is Social Studies, and how project-based approaches and critical thinking are perfect matches for instruction in that domain. Finally, we encourage you to help us celebrate National Library Week on April 12-18, and Earth Day on April 22. See you online!