Bridging Distance, Asking Questions, Forging Connections

March 31, 2017

Members of the Teachers for Global Classrooms 2017 Philippines Cohort are still about ten weeks away from leaving for Manila, but our cross-cultural, global learning has already begun. A Maryland-based history teacher in our cohort, Adam Schwartz, mentioned that he had a number of Filipino students in his classes who would be happy to help answer some of the questions we had about their families' homeland. A few of us put together a video of questions we would hoping they could answer for us and sent it off to Adam:


Our video gave Adam's students an authentic audience to speak to, and they were eager to respond. A few days later, Adam's students responded with a video of their own! Watch their answers below:

I find this little video exchange to be a small but energizing example of how this program is able to forge connections and foster global understanding. It's also a great example of a quick and easy way that technology can serve global education. I'm looking forward to all that awaits! 

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These photos were taken during my various travels.

About Greg Schwanbeck

 I'm a physics teacher, instructional technology coach, and teacher trainer with a passion for educational technology, global education, travel, and grilling the perfect cheeseburger.