In what ways does technology construct an American classroom to feel like a global classroom? Curriculum is both a window and a mirror for students.  How does this activity act as a window and a...

In what ways does technology construct an American classroom to feel like a global classroom?

Curriculum is both a window and a mirror for students.  How does this activity act as a window and a mirror for the students in a class? How does this actvity foster an appreciating of global differences?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The American classroom has a global feel to it due to the presence of globalization.  This is something to which President Obama has alluded, insisting that American students are competing with students "from Bangalore to Beijing."  Such an idea has helped to transform the American classroom into a global one.  The modern classroom has become this due to technology.  It is not uncommon to see students in one country collaborate on projects through online mediums with another.  Students use Skype as a way to enhance global educational aims.  Forums like this one, Enotes, are global in reach where students in one country can dialogue with students in another and even receive insights from teachers and experts across the globe. With online postings, students in one part of the world can engage in instruction from another part of it.  The modern American classroom has become global in reach because of technology.  It has transformed the dialogue to embrace a globalized world.

Curriculum that uses technology operates as both window and mirror for students. It provides a mirror- like transparent view into what the world they will enter is going to represent.  The job market and opportunities have become so varied because of globalization. One of the constant realities is that borders are disappearing. Products are made in one part of the world, marketed in another, and projected for sales growth in a third part.  Students will be entering a world in which globalization is the critical dynamic in this workplace.  Technology is the force which is making this condition a reality.  Students who interact with technology in the classroom today do so in a mirror- like form because they will be interacting with it tomorrow or when they enter the workforce.

At the same time, technology in the classroom operates as a window of opportunity.  Technology use enables students to see what can be done in the face of what is being done. Being able to post thoughts and projects around the world invites insight and comments from people around the world enables students to see what can be from what is.  It provides a window of potential transformation to students in both their thinking and their capacity to produce work. Being able to see comments, ideas, and work from around the world allows students to appreciate global differences and similarities. Technology makes this possible.  It enables a student in one part of the world to observe different nuances in work composition from another.  Technology enhances the appreciation of difference because it cradles the differences and similarities within the global community. It is in this where technology used effectively is both window and mirror for students.

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