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The Power of Everyone: Collaborations in 21st Century Schools
"Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand."
Old Chinese Proverb
The Power of Everyone: Collaborations in 21st Century Schools is an instructional initiative designed to connect K-12 students with educators from both formal and informal educational institutes and organizations as well as with other students across the world through the power of videoconferencing and other communication tools.
Collaborating with Informal Institutions of Learning
Studies tell us that when students make connections with informal institutions of learning, they often find their passions. At Loudoun, we have hundreds of classes engaged in hundreds of videoconferences with museums, learning centers, zoos, and other organizations.
Look below for lists learning opportunities that are available as videoconferenced activities from a variety of museums, learning centers, and other organizations. Some are free; most are fee-based. Most resource providers will also customize their activity to meet teachers' specific requests. If you see an activity that looks interesting that you think could connect with your curriculum focus, consider contacting the provider to ask for that customization.
Collaborating with Schools through Partnerships
Loudoun County Public Schools has a number of partnerships with both private and public schools around the world.
Some of our partners are:
Singapore - Hwa Chong Institution
Romania - Ministry of Education
Northern Ireland - Ministry of Education
International Schools - Benjamin Franklin International School of Barcelona, Marymount of Paris, American Overseas School of Rome
Collaborating with Schools through Global Programs
These organizations provide a community for meeting and collaborating with teachers/classrooms from around the world to develop projects and share finished products via videoconferencing:
Collaborating with Global Organizations for Professional Development
Participating in key partnerships with organizations that are dedicated to developing the knowledge and skill sets of K-12 teachers and administrators is an important component to the Power of Everyone.
The Global Education Conference - Loudoun, as part of a global grass roots effort, is a founding partner in the Global Education Conference, a free week-long online professional development event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world. Now in its 3rd year, sessions that are ongoing in multiple time zones and languages will be held this year from Monday, November 12, 2012 through Friday, November 16, 2012 (actually, Saturday, November 17th in some time zones).
Microsoft Innovative Educator Program - Loudoun County Public Schools is proud to be a member of the Microsoft Innnovative Educator Program. For the last three years, Loudoun has had between two and four teachers invited to their annual Microsoft Educators Forum. Our teachers share their best practice and come back with lots of other best practice strategies.
Creating Collaboration Events
TEDxAshburn - Independently Organized TED event put together each year on the last Saturday of September.