So, you’re about to start a virtual exchange with your class. Have you considered everything? Of course you have, but like anything else in education, even the best laid plans… Then, of course, our students will always surprise us by playing some wild and unexpected… Read More »Virtual Exchanges: Do’s and Maybe Not’s
Kids meeting for the first time as part of an exchange can often feel like a forced interaction and prove very awkward to watch. One of the most common and prosaic lines of questioning I’ve seen students take is the “Do you have this in… Read More »How to Make Exchanges Less Awkward and More Meaningful
“The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” —Thomas Paine What is global citizenship? Oxfam defines global citizenship as being “all about encouraging young people to develop the knowledge, skills, and values they need to engage… Read More »Helping Kids Become Global Citizens
Young learners are naturally curious about the world around them. They have vivid imaginations, and they use their curiosity to explore and learn about themselves and that world. Today’s children are also growing up in a world that is fundamentally different from the one in… Read More »Fostering Global Understanding in Young Children
This past spring, Level Up Village partnered with New York’s Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES and Kenya Connect to pair third grade classrooms in New York State with fourth grade classrooms in rural Kenya in a customized course tied to both New York and Kenyan social studies requirements. The course, entitled “Connecting with Communities Around the World: Collaborating to Learn about Geography, Humans, and the Environment,” ran for 5 weeks beginning in May.
This past spring, Level Up Village was pleased to play a role in Greenwich High School’s Diversity Week events, which centered on the themes of Student Empowerment and Student Voices. The first event was a panel discussion on the topic Global Disruption to Education: Student… Read More »Amplifying Student Voices in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and the U.S.
Our team in Kenya is happy to announce that classes are back in session in rural Kenya!
Level Up Village (LUV) has been partnering with Kenya Connect since 2015 to facilitate collaboration and connection between students in different countries. Kenya Connect is committed to providing local students with educational resources, including a Learning Resource Center (LRC) equipped with computers. The organization has been an outstanding partner to LUV, running hundreds of courses with us over the past few years.
Who wants to talk about funny memes related to toilet paper shortages?
Or compare how much time they spend on TikTok or playing Among Us? Or complain about trying to play sports while wearing a mask? Hundreds of middle school students from Colegio Champal in Villahermosa, Mexico, as well as the Tynwald School in Harare, Zimbabwe, and Scarsdale Middle School in Scarsdale, New York, had an amazing experience this month talking about all those things and more on LUV’s Global Disruption Live Meetup!
Who said we couldn’t travel during the pandemic?!
This past November, 49 classrooms representing over 500 preK-2nd grade students in the U.S. climbed aboard a Zoom webinar for a Level Up Village Virtual Field Trip to Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. Hosted by local teachers and students in each county, our friends in Africa showed us the activities they love to do, the games they like to play, their markets, neighborhoods, and schools.
By Jonathan Back The Janus School is a private school located in Mount Joy, PA, that serves students with diagnosed learning differences. During the summer we provide academic and enrichment offerings to our own students, those who are just beginning to understand their learning differences,… Read More »Summer Enrichment Program at Janus School Integrates Science with Global Collaboration