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Connected Learners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom


Written by a team of 27 students at Sandvika High School (Oslo, Norway), with support from teacher Ann Michaelsen, Connected Learners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom is a unique compendium of stories, advice and how-to articles designed to help high school teachers and their students around the globe shift from classrooms that are isolated and teacher-centered to digitally rich environments where learning is student-driven and constantly connected to the global internet.

The 220-page collaborative book takes the reader through all the steps to create a digital classroom, says a spokesman for the team of Grade 9 students, "ranging from setting up Twitter and blog accounts, to finding educators and students online for global learning activities, to how to optimize the use of search engines and teach the key elements of digital literacy."

The book represents the culmination of a student learning project supported by English teacher and international blogger Ann Michaelsen, recognized by Microsoft Partners in Learning as a "Global Hero in Education" in 2012.

400x400.jpg"This book offers a unique insight into what students and teachers need to know in the 21st century classroom," says Michaelsen. "I'm extremely proud of what my English learners have accomplished and shared in this remarkable example of project learning."

Entirely written, edited and designed by the Sandvika HS students with support from teacher Ann Michaelsen, the 10-chapter interactive digital book is designed to be useful for teachers and students in both high and middle school.

"PLPress is helping with the promotion and distribution of this unique book as a public service," said Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, CEO of Powerful Learning Practice LLC, "and in recognition of all the educators and students around the world who are leading the shift to connected learning."

All profits will go into a fund for the Sandvika High students to support physical field trips to schools they collaborate with online.


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  1. Fantastic resource! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th May 2015

    This book helped me so much in starting to plan for next year. Our school is going 1:1 with chromebooks and I needed a starting place. This book gave me so many ideas and helpful hints.

    I love the fact that the students were the main contributors. As an ESL teacher, this made me so happy! The teacher and students created a wonderful product.

    This book is a great resource!

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