We invite you to watch our new Introduction to TIGed video, created to showcase how we help teachers around the world take their classrooms global. We hope you'll share it with your colleagues and friends to help them learn more about everything TIGed has to offer!
Global Encounters Website Launched
It is with great excitement that we announce the launch of the new Global Encounters website. Offered by TakingITGlobal and the Centre for Global Education, the Global Encounters program brings together students from across the world through live video conferences that explore global issues and the potential youth have to shape a better common future. Check it out to learn more about the program, explore scheduled events, and register to participate in an upcoming video conference! Video conferences focused on mental health, global dignity day, and the Middle East in transition are just around the corner!
New Mental Health Thematic Classroom
A new TIGed thematic classroom is now available - just in time for World Mental Health Day on October 10th! Developed with the support of the Sunlife Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, and with resources provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association, this content-rich online classroom helps middle and secondary school students learn about brain functions, specific mental illnesses, the social contexts of mental health, and more. Two associated trivia games, Brainwaves and Mind Match, were developed to complement and reinforce the activities of the classroom. Check out the landing page for more information on the Mental Health Thematic Classroom today!
TIGed Site Improvements
TIGed has gone (even more) multilingual! A new multilingual feature in the virtual classroom allows you and your students to view and input content in more than one language and personally set the language of the class for individual use. Especially beneficial to language classes, this feature will also open up possibilities for collaboration across borders, cultures and languages more generally! To enable it, go into your classroom settings and, under "Basics," set the language to "Multilingual" before clicking "Save all" at the bottom of the page.
Another great new virtual classroom addition is the "Public to School" feature. As always, teachers can keep their classrooms private from the general public, but now they can choose to share their classes with members of their school. This makes it easier for teachers to collaborate across disciplines and keep up with classes within the same school. To enable this feature, select the "Public to School" security option under "Basics" in your classroom settings.
TIGed Welcomes New Interns!
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to the newest members of our team! The following individuals will be contributing to TIGed over the next four months: Michelle Smith, TIGed Program Assistant; Steve Sears, TIGed Marketing and Promotions Assistant; Cameron Klapwyk, Global Encounters Education Animator; Amanda Cembal, DeforestACTION Project Assistant; Daniela Herrera Dextre, Tread Lightly Promotions and Outreach Assistant; Lily Wu, Sprout e-Course Education Assistant; Anique Jordan, Change Inc. Education Assistant; and Sara Singh, Change Inc. Education Assistant. Welcome, everyone!
If you e-mailed firstname.lastname@example.org in July or August and did not receive a response, your message was unfortunately lost due to a problem with one of our servers. We hope that you will accept our sincere apologies, and that you will reach out again with your questions and feedback about our programs and tools. The problem has now been resolved and we'll always attempt to respond to any message within two business days.
Tread Lightly Hosts Youth Environment and Education Forums
This October, educators and NGOs across Europe will have the opportunity to contribute to strengthening local environmental movements through a series of environmental forums organized by Tread Lightly. Young people, educators, and environmentalists will gather in Oslo, London, Paris, Milan, and Amsterdam to discuss pressing issues, formulate recommendations for the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit agenda, and learn how they can reduce their own ecological footprints through the Tread Lightly program.
Forums will bring together relevant stakeholders to gather input to feed into the drafting of the initial Rio+20 text, to be negotiated at the Earth Summit. For details on locations and times, email us at email@example.com or visit the following links with details for each city.
Oslo, October 4: www.tigurl.org/TLoslo
London, October 5: www.tigurl.org/TLlondon
Milan, October 14: www.tigurl.org/TLmilan
Paris, October 18: www.tigurl.org/TLparis
Amsterdam, October 21: www.tigurl.org/TLamsterdam
MindShare Learning’s 4th Annual 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge
TakingITGlobal and the Centre for Global Education are proud to partner with MindShare Learning for the launch of the 4th Annual 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge, which celebrates new thinking and new possibilities through the power of education technology. The search is on for Canada’s most tech savvy teachers! Share your classroom video story (maximum 5 minutes) on how you engage students through technology to support student success. Qualify to win one of three classroom technology packages valued at over ,000! Three Canadian regional winners (Western, Central and Eastern Canada) will be selected.
Join us for the online launch event on October 11th at 1pm (ET) live from Joyce Public School in Toronto. During the event, hear from last year's winning teachers who will share how they used innovative technology tools to support student success and share their best practices and tips for the challenge. To register for the launch event, please visit: www.tigurl.org/launch
To enter the contest, check out: www.mindsharelearning.ca/videochallenge.
Live DeforestACTION Online Event
Join this live web event to learn more about what is being done through the DeforestACTION initiative to protect and preserve forest ecosystems. Cathy Henkel, producer of the documentary Project Borneo 3D: 100 Days in the Jungle, will share her recent experiences filming in Indonesia. And the Eco Warriors will share stories of the Dayak communities, deeply affected by deforestation in Borneo, and how to empower the world to take DeforestACTION! There will also be some incredible updates and surprises!
The live event will take place on October 17th for Europe, Africa and the Middle East (London - 9am BST; Istanbul - 11am EEST) and on October 18th for North and South America (Edmonton - 10am MDT; Brasilia - 2pm BRT) and Asia Pacific (Delhi - 8am IST; Sydney - 1:30pm EST; Wellington - 3:30pm NZDT). Register to participate now!
Global Dignity Day
On October 20th, students around the world will participate in Global Dignity Day - a time to honour our interconnectedness and the intrinsic value of each individual. Through the sharing of personal stories and cooperative activities, youth will powerfully experience how they themselves, through even the smallest acts of kindness, can contribute to a more peaceful world. Learn more by checking out the Global Dignity Day overview presentation or the event website, and then register to participate!
TIGed in the Media
Recent and Upcoming Events
Pearson’s 2011 Social Studies Virtual Conference
October 17-20, Online
This free web-based conference offers opportunities to attend live presentations, learn about new products, and network with your peers. Join TIG for presentations on our virtual classroom platform and myWorld TIGed collaboration with Pearson Education.
Annual International Conference of the Association for Experiential Education
November 3-6, Jacksonville, USA
Now in its 39th year, the 2011 AEE international conference will bring together over 900 educators and practitioners from around the world to share ideas, network, build skills, and affect change! Don’t miss the TIGed e-course instructor Jennifer D. Klein’s professional development intensive, “Take Your Classroom Global: Developing Global Awareness and 21st Century Skills” on Sunday November 6th!
Global Education Conference
November 14-18, Online
This completely free and online event is a collaborative and world-wide community effort to significantly increase opportunities for global education activities and initiatives. There is no formal registration required, and the session schedule, which will include sessions facilitated by TIG staff, will be posted in early November.
The Quest for Increased Student Achievement
November 16-18, Toronto, Canada
Find out how colleagues at home and abroad are forging new engagement strategies, stimulating curiosity and igniting passion with techniques and technologies that promise to expand and reshape the meaning of lifelong learning. TIG will have a resource display on the 16th, so be sure to stop by and say hello!
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