So, a random twitter story….
A year or so ago, I saw something come across twitter asking a specific question about Global Education. I responded and soon found myself on a Skype call with some excited, young entrepreneurs at a Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) event in Canada. One of them was Julia Coburn. They were developing a platform to connect students and teachers in a way I hadn’t seen before. Today Julia and I met on Google Hangout to discuss the pilot and subsequent launch of their project: WorldVuze.
It combines global student inquiry, survey data, multiple perspectives, written responses, and data filtering to provide snapshots of ideas, perspectives and much more…all around the globe.
WorldVuze is an online education platform where students from elementary to secondary school can share and explore multiple perspectives on any question with other students around the world.
For every question asked, student perspectives can be clustered geographically and compared within and between places – city to city, region to region, country to country.
How it can be used
Their vision is that students locally and globally will gain a deeper understanding of their world and feel more invested in their learning by sharing and exploring multiple perspectives with each other.
As a teacher you can:
- Immediately connect your students to perspectives of other students around the world
- Ask questions related to your curriculum on behalf of your class to a global community of students
- Access real, first-hand perspectives that your students can use for research projects, class discussions, statistical analysis, and more!
- Understand how your students communicate, think, and interact in a global community
The pilot will be taking place starting January 2014 with over 25 schools, both secondary and elementary, from over 10 countries: Tanzania, Nepal, Paraguay, Mexico, United States, Canada, Malaysia, Kosovo, Switzerland, Sweden, and England.
Follow them on twitter @worldvuze They have cool things coming up!