Communicate Ideas

The third area of global competency identified by the Asia Society is communicating ideas. Asia Society's rubric for Global Competency lists four student indicators as students learn how to "Students communicate their ideas effectively with diverse audiences."

To support the first indicator, "recognize that diverse audiences may perceive different meanings from the same information," try a gallery walk. Print out these SDG Posters and have students walk around the room and jot down their thinking on a piece of paper next to each poster. Then, discuss how different people in the class interpreted the pictures differently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To support the second indicator, "Use appropriate language, behavior and strategies to effectively communicate, both verbally and non-verbally, with diverse audiences," help your students develop their digital citizenship skills. Good citizens become good digital citizens who become adept at communicating cross-culturally with care as they learn how communication is rooted in culture.

 Digital Citizenship Resources

 

To support the third indicator, "Explain how effective communication impacts
understanding and collaboration in an interdependent world," try some drama
exercises, discuss the role Google Translate can play in understanding an unfamiliar
languages, and talk about the universal nature of many signs.

Theater and Drama Exercises

How Words Differ

To support the fourth indicator, "Select and effectively use appropriate technology and media to communicate with diverse audiences," guide your students in collaborating with other classrooms around the world!

Digital Communication Recommendations 

Gallery Walk Example

In this photograph, I left a marker with a blank piece of paper with an SDG poster. Students rotated around the room and briefly jotted down their impressions after viewing the posters and reading the short descriptions. It was a practice in empathy and viewing the world from a different perspective.

Gallery Walk protocol from The Teacher Toolkit

 

SDG Posters

Mystery Skype

Mystery Skype

Flat Connections

Flat Connections

The Wonderment

The Wonderment

Out of Eden

Out of Eden

iEARN

iEARN

Empatico

Empatico

Belouga

Belouga

ePals

ePals

Generation Global

Generation Global

Level Up Village

Level Up Village

One Globe Kids

One Globe Kids

Communication Platforms

Use these platforms to connect your class with other classes in the world.

Mystery Skype - connect with another classroom in the world by asking questions and trying to figure out the other class's location

Flat Connections - participate in global projects, connect with global educators, participate in live events, and find free resources

The Wonderment - non-profit organization for collective action and exploration. Check out their paths to get inspired and participate in a project. 

Out of Eden - an 8-12 week learning experience where students slow down and observe the world carefully, exchange stories, and make connections between their lives and our larger humanity 

iEARN - world's largest global network, connecting classrooms through collaborative projects

Empatico - free tool to connect your classroom to other classrooms through video exchange and projects

ePals - digital pen pals for today's modern classroom

Belouga - encourages intercultural collaboration by helping students learn more about the world and connect with other classrooms

Generation Global - designed for students ages 12-17 to develop the skills and experiences needed to thrive in our interconnected world

Level Up Village - global connections opportunities for your class

One Globe Kids - global friendship stories and educational resources designed for kids ages 4-10 years

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