Talofa Lava my name is Sonya Van Schaijik I am a teacher from Newmarket school in Auckland New Zealand.
Today my topic is Students and Global Projects. Global projects allow students to learn to connect and those connections support their learning.
At Newmarket School our students have a history of being participants in Global projects. EG: In 2011 we were part of a Global Project as part of Superclubsplus and Netsafe called Author in the Hotseat. We hosted Sandra Morris and 6 schools with their students.
In 2012, we hosted Ant Sang again as part of Suerclubsplus and online there were over 1000 students taking part in the online student forum interviewing Ant.
In 2012, Newmarket School joined Travelwise to address some of the challenges we face as an inner city school with the Southern Motorway as our neighbour and our street being the main arterial link to the motorway.
To launch our involvement we gathered base line data about our school and joined the BBC Global Assembly. Our students helped with baseline data gathering and took part in the Assembly Virtually. They were featured on One news for their involvement.
In 2013, we completed the school safe travel plan were officially known as a travel wise school.
In 2014, our student leaders helped trial the Track safe resource and then helped launched the resource. As a school we were awarded the community award at Travelwise for our involvement.
That same year, our students were part of an international research into children living in inner cities headed by Finland and involved several countries. They demonstrated their map reading skills and contribute to the global research.
Last year our students took part in the skype in the classroom project.
Our student leaders group took a much more active role in highlighting Traffic at the gate and each term the students have been out campaigning for Back to School .
This year, leadership training was given to our student leaders by Auckland Transport and they attended sessions with 17 other Travelwise schools from around Auckland.
All these connections and collaborations ultimately leads to co-creation.
Students learn to connect, collaborate and co-create when teachers learn to connect, collaborate and co-create. Teachers learn to connect and collaborate when school leaders learn to connect, collaborate and co-create.
At Newmarket School a high % of our children come from Asia and I hope to make connections with educators in these countries.
I am aiming for our students to be justice oriented citizens. They are beginning to identify wicked problems to solve that involves our children sharing the local roads with cars.
First the children are learning how to connect with children in Bulgaria, USA, Thailand, Australia, and Nepal. They will do this via a Handshake activity.
Students are using Edmodo to do this. Students are taking skilled and active role in groups that work for the common good and learn effective strategies for collaborative action. Teachers are communicating via a Ning.
Walk Score Our student project Travel2School will focus on students as participatory oriented citizens. Calling for our planners to focus on pedestrian safety rather than pedestrian access. Some of the questions we are asking is: How do other cities design for pedestrians? How do they design for children?
Last year I became Flat Connections Certified. I learnt how to set up a global project and learnt how to make connections with other educators. I found that by joining a system of educators with a similar mindset supports what I am doing.
Global Student Projects
Name: Sonya Van Schaijik
School: Newmarket School
Country: New Zealand
Students & Global
Learn to connect and connect to
History of Global Projects at Newmarket School
6 schools involved
and 22 children face
Sandra Morris in the HOT seat.
History of Global Projects Continued
Ant Sang in the HOT seat
2013 -Completed the Safe School Travel Plan
We can make a difference to our cities, our local
environment, our schools.
Participatory Oriented Citizens
Before Newmarket Children have been sharing our
story, it is now time to take action by calling the voices
of the children globally.
2014 trialed resources and launched
Health & well being of children in inner city schools.
Countries involved include
Finland, Canada, Australia, Japan, USA