9.26.2015

7 Shocking Statistics Illustrating the Importance of Global Education

I was perusing the internet this morning about all things "Global Education" and I stumbled 
across the article below. This article is truly amazing and I think that it is well worth reading
for all our tribe members! In my opinion, global education is one of the most important 
issues and trends present in education today! As educators, we MUST respond. We must 
act upon this. We must realize the responsibility we have to prepare our students for the 
lives ahead of them!I've hyperlinked the original source and I hope that you enjoy this 
article!

7 Shocking Statistics 

Illustrating the 

Importance of Global 

Education

7 Shocking Statistics Illustrating the Importance of Global Education
Technology has changed the world’s landscape. 
“In a 21st century world where jobs can be shipped wherever there’s an Internet connection ... a child born in Dallas is now competing with a child in New Delhi.” - President Barack Obama
As teachers, educators and mentors, we need to prepare students for a world where borders between continents are blurred, where companies will be formed over the Internet and where learning about other cultures in classrooms will be as ubiquitous as learning to read. 
To illustrate the urgency of teaching global education in your classroom, we have gathered seven statistics that just might surprise you:
  1. Sixty percent of secondary students ranked understanding different cultures the most important subject area, ahead of writing skills and math skills. As technology makes our world more accessible, and because classrooms are increasingly diverse, students recognize the need to understand the cultures of others, as well as their own.
  2. Nearly all (98 percent) of students in a recent survey agreed that a strong understanding of world history and events is critical to developing solutions to a global problem. Students are interested in being better global citizens. Learning about world events in the classroom allows them to study the past in order to change the future.
  3. Research shows that students who learn about global issues are more than twice as likely to see the importance of personally taking social action. Global learning encourages awareness and critical thinking about issues such as poverty, climate change, religious and cultural differences, world trade and politics.
  4. Nine out of 10 students, teachers and industry leaders recognize that jobs are becoming increasingly internationalThere is broad understanding that globalization results in companies that are more diverse than ever before.
  5. The number of multinational corporations rose from 7,000 in the 1990s to 65,000 in 2013. Students are correct in recognizing that jobs are becoming increasingly international - because it’s true. The number of multinational corporations continues to rise as developments in technology and transportation revolutionize the work force. 
  6. There are more than 1 billion people who speak Chinese, and only 508 million people who speak English. English is no longer the dominant world language. For students becoming global citizens, knowing a second language will be critical.
  7. Only one-half of students in the U.S. study a world language compared to Europe where 90 percent of students study at least one foreign languageEuropean schools are creating bilingual students who will be seen as much more valuable to multinational companies. In the future, people will be expected to speak more than one language in order to successfully compete in the workplace. 
Let’s Change These Statistics Together 
“I think engaging students with the world around them is oftentimes left out of the classroom," said VIF Senior Research Associate Julie Keane, Ph.D. Keane illustrates that global education should no longer be seen as an add-on to school curriculums. Instead, it should be easily integrated into core curriculums by creating interdisciplinary programs. 
To seamlessly incorporate global education into your classroom, join our VIF learning center today for free where you will have access to globally themed lesson plans, professional development and our online community of teachers.

9.18.2015

Global Glitter Tribe Monthly!

Welcome to the first ever Global Glitter Tribe Monthly! 


I'm excited that you're here and I hope that you're ready and willing to share your global knowledge with the teacher blogger universe!

Here's our first linky topic and graphic-

To Participate:
1. Save the image below
2. Open it in PPT or some other image editing software and type or add pictures of your responses
3. Blog about it on your blog
4. Share the Global Glitter Logo and link back to the original post from us
5. Add your link to the InLinkz linkup at the end of the post!



I think the topics for the month are pretty self-explanatory but please don't hesitate to 
ask us a question if you're uncertain! 

We're really looking forward to linking up and getting to know all of our tribe members better!!

9.11.2015

Making Connections with Educators Around the World

Hello!  I feel honored to have been asked to write a guest blog post for the Global Glitter Tribe about making connection with educators around the world.  My name is Angie Olson and I am the blogger behind Lucky Little Learners.  Those who know me know that I am passionate about connecting via social media with other amazing educators around the world.  I am here today to share with you some ways you can do this yourself!  I feel so strongly about the importance of connecting with others that I put together a presentation for my school district.  Here are some highlights about each social media platform to help you reach out and get connected today!

Are you on Twitter?  Twitter has been around since 2006.  Twitter is a great social media platform to connect with other educators.  I like to think of it as the world's most positive teacher's lounge!  It is also free and is available at your fingertips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I like to think of it as microblogging and NO FLUFF professional development.  When I started, I didn't understand what the big deal was with Twitter.  I followed some suggested tweeters (a.k.a. Justin Beiber, Oprah, Ellen Degeneres) and away I went.  That was the problem...I didn't follow the right people!  Start there!  Build your tribe.  Search hashtags and follow the people that provide content.  Some of my favorite hashtags include #2getherwearebetter #happyclassrooms #youmatter  Speaking of hashtags, did you know there is a website out there devoted to all things educational hashtags?  Check it out!  It does start slow but builds quickly.  By the way, it is okay to lurk or creep around Twitter for awhile.  I did this for about six months and then decided it was time to move away from consuming and move towards producing.  That was when the followers really started to come!  Once you are up and running with Twitter, don't be afraid to join Twitter chats!  Here is a link to some education twitter chats.  Twitter chats are a great way to build you professional learning network (PLN).
Next up...INSTAGRAM!  Instagram was born in 2010.  Believe it or not, this is my FAVORITE social media platform because I am such a visual learner.  Instagram is blowing up with teachers over the last year and I can understand why!  Teachers love visuals.  Teachers love color.  Teachers love fonts.  Teachers love quotes.  Teachers love to be inspired.  Teachers love Instagram.
As an educator, I gain lesson plan ideas, book suggestions, anchor chart examples, school outfit ideas, but most importantly, I gain true, genuine friendships with other passionate educators.  These friendships extend past Instagram too!  After months and months of connecting with other teachers, you start to feel like you know them as a colleague or even friend.  If you're lucky, you may even arrange to meet up for the weekend for a shopping trip or conference!

You may not be on Twitter or Instagram but I feel like everybody and their mother is on Facebook.  This is probably the most popular social media platform because it's been around the longest.  Facebook was founded in 2004 and currently has 1.19 billion active users.  Wow!  Teachers really started to take over Facebook about six years ago and it continues to be a popular platform for sharing ideas and connecting with other educators.
My friend Emily Liscom from Education to the Core wrote a great blog post that provides a list of 15 teacher pages to follow on Facebook.  I would have to agree with her list, I follow them all!

Periscope, oh how I love thee!  Are you on Periscope?  Have you heard of it?  Periscope is a live streaming app and relatively new...coming out in spring of 2015.  When I first heard of Periscope, I watched a few broadcasts but didn't see the value in it for educators.  Then in June of 2015, I had an epiphany!  I knew I was going to be at the Teachers Pay Teacher conference in July of 2015 and thought it would be a great opportunity to go live with my bloggy friends and see what happens.  I shared my thoughts with my bloggy bestie Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd and the rest is history. Well, it wasn't that easy.  We did our research, followed some successful Periscopers, and wrote a couple of blog posts.  Those can be found by clicking on the images below.

Since July of 2015 the Periscope community has exploded!  I LOVE it!  Teachers are taking their art, craft, creativity, and talent and making Periscope their own.  Teachers are so generous to share their tips, knowledge, and classrooms with their viewers!  I also love the fact that Periscope is live video streaming that allows you to interact with other educators live.  If you haven't tried Periscope yet, you MUST try it!

Last but not least, BLAB!  Do you blab?  This social media platform is the newest platform that I know of today (September 11, 2015).  I feel like blab is an enhanced version of Periscope with a twist.  Blab is a live video streaming app.  Four people can chat in person on one screen while the rest of the viewers are contributing to the conversation via typed comments.  Teachers are just starting to get into this platform and occasionally you see advertisements for Teacher Blab Shows and such being shown on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  I can't wait to watch this platform evolve!

I hope that this blog post gave you a quick summary of how each social media platform works as well as the benefits.  My challenge to you would be to pick a platform and try it out.  Start small.  When you feel comfortable, try another one.  Don't limit yourself to the four walls of your classroom or school.  There are so many talented, passionate, positive, amazing educators out there that are ready to connect with you!  Push yourself out of your comfort zone.  Trust me, you'll be glad you did!



The Global Glitter Monthly Linkup!

Hello, Global Educators and Global Glitter Tribe members! It's Myranda from Keep Calm and Teach 5th Grade here, one of the administrators of the Global Glitter Tribe! 

I want to take a minute to share with you the Global Glitter Monthly Linky party. I think we all know that teacher bloggers LOVE a good linky! We love graphics too! So, I combined the love for graphics with a love for linkys and created the FIRST Global Glitter linkup!

This linkup is going to go live NEXT FRIDAY, September 18th! For now, I want to get you acquainted with what our link up is all about so you're prepared to come join us for the first ever live and official link up! 

The linkup topics are going to vary each month! 
They're topics that are going to require some thought and preparation so I want to give you the images ahead of time so that you can curate your content for your post. 

The linkys will always go live mid-month and you'll be able to add to the link up until the
 next month's linky goes live! This way, there will always be an active linky up on the 
Global Glitter blog for you to join!!

Here's our first linky topic and graphic-

To Participate:
1. Save the image below
2. Open it in PPT or some other image editing software and type or add pictures of your responses
3. Blog about it on your blog
4. Share the Global Glitter Logo and link back to the original post from us
5. Add your link to the InLinkz linkup at the end of the post!



I think the topics for the month are pretty self-explanatory but please don't hesitate to 
ask us a question if you're uncertain! 
We're really looking forward to linking up and getting to know all of our tribe members better!!

9.10.2015

Launch Giveaway!

Hey you lovely lot!
We are soooooo excited to be launching our blog at long last!!! Eeek!

Thanks so much for coming and joining us as we launch the most 
glittertastic blog the globe has ever seen!

Global Glitter Blog is made up of 12 crazy, happy and dedicated teachers from all walks of life, countries and cultures and we have come together to share our passion for fashion…erm… sorry, teaching with all of our lovely teacher-friends out there.

As well as some fantastic guest posts (click here to read the awe-inspiring Angie Olson's post), we will be bringing to you a jam-packed post EVERY month filled with ideas for anything from how to create an awareness of global warming to resources and activities for Earth Day to how the school day runs in different time zones!

We will also be hosting a super-duper monthly link-up where you can hop around and gain a whole host of ideas and make new friends!

So onto the REALLY exciting stuff…..the give-away!!!

We are so proud to have so many amazing teacher-blogger friends kind enough to provide awesome prizes for you!
Hands up if you could do with a little 'Teach Happy' in your life or a classroom run on Brag Tags? 
I know my room is full of Glitter Meets Glue clipart and I would die for a 
set of Aly's new editable labels! 
Of course no self respecting Teacher giveaway would be complete without the Amazon, Starbucks and Erin Condren sweeteners either!! 

How to Enter
Start at the Global Glitter Tribe IG (@globalglittertribe), collect your letter and then click on the picture to visit the next IG account taking part- there are 5 on IG in total. 

Once you've collected all 5 letters from IG then head back here and follow the steps 
in the Rafflecopter below! 

Don't forget to include our blog letter which is, of course, G- this makes it 6 letters to enter!

We will be revealing the winner on Wednesday 16th September so keep your eyes peeled! 

Huge thanks to-