The Bertrand Russell College in Krommenie (Netherlands) has started a TTO (Bilingual Education) department because globalization and internationalization are becoming increasingly important and a good level of the English language is indispensable.
Seeking international collaboration with classes abroad, the Bertrand Russell College has reached out to the Global Teenager Project.
In the Learning Circles of the Global Teenager Project, coordinated worldwide by ICT&E, students from different countries work together online on assignments around meaningful themes.
Since 1998, a Learning Circle has in fact been a temporary “global classroom” in which pupils and teachers of all types of education at home and abroad work and learn together. With the help of the internet, email and social media, students communicate with each other on meaningful themes.
From 2004 onwards, it was possible to collaborate in thematic wikis and connect schools in 40 + countries in 9 languages.
As a result of new privacy legislation, the online platform for meeting and collaboration in Learning Circles is now Google classrooms.
Also in this Learning Circle, students are challenged to think about current themes that are close to their experiences. They share their stories, ideas, research and experiences in a creative way, with stories, reports, interviews, photos, videos, cartoons, drawings, music etc…
They also give and receive feedback to actually work together on improving their own and other people’s work. In this unique project, students practise skills in a rich subject context.
Start date: March 8 – 2021
March 8 – March 21:
Phase 1. INTRODUCTION: PRESENT YOUR CLASS AND SCHOOL
Before you start to share your ideas and learning outcomes, it’s nice to get to know each other.
Please present yourself and your class in a creative and fun way and meet your twin classmates!
March 22 – April 25:
Phase 2. CHALLENGES: MY LIFE
These 4 weeks, we are working in smaller groups or with the whole class, on various challenging assignments around our daily lives.
We share and present our thoughts, ideas and results to the other classes in a creative way.
April 26 – May 16:
Phase 3. LOOKING AT: YOUR LIFE
We take 2 weeks time to have a good look at the workspaces of all the other classes.
After looking closely at the contributions of all classes, it’s your turn to come up with a good question for the other participating classes. They will answer all these questions in April.
May 17 – June 6:
Phase 4. ANSWERS ABOUT: OUR LIVES
In this final phase you will answer the 5 questions that you have received from the other classes. There’s also time to evaluate the project and to and to end our collaboration in a fun festive way!