Nord Anglia Education’s Global Classroom connects students from around the world; allowing them to experience diverse perspectives, new and challenging concepts, and a variety of subjects, topics and ways of learning.
At La Côte International School we have been keen participants in Global Classroom initiatives. Last year we were the recipients of an award for making an outstanding contribution to the Global Classroom.
Over the summer the Nord Anglia Education team have been improving the site and the new and improved Global Classroom is now up and running.
The Global Classroom has four key areas; Primary, Secondary, Academy and Thinking Futures. Students access the site via the school moodle The Global Classroom
The Primary Section (aimed at students aged 8-11) now has six different forums and the topics in each forum are changed regularly. The six forums are:
1. The Culture Zone which contains book and cinema reviews and is a place where they can showcase their talents. In addition, it provides the students with an opportunity to vote for a winner in the recent photo competition.
2. Have your say! is an area where students can take part in discussion on topics of their own choice with other Nord Anglia Education students.
3. Global Matters discusses topics in the news and is currently focusing on the question ‘Will driverless cars transform our lives?’
4. The Great Debate gives students the hints, tips and resources they need to develop their debating skills. This term’s debate is on ‘Should the school summer holidays be made shorter?’ As you can imagine the students have some strong views on this!
5. Think Tank is a new area where students can discover the world around them and find out how it works. It is the place to think about the future, carry out scientific investigations and rise to technological challenges. The current topic is a bug investigation that the children can take part in and a discussion about ‘Into the future – where could science and technology take us’.
6. Lastly, the popular Mind Games forum is a place where the children can post Maths questions to be answered or they can take part in challenges set by the Maths expert on Global Classroom.
The Secondary Section (aimed at students aged 11-18) also has five different sections:
1. The Debate, which like the Primary section, gives students the opportunity to research and present their arguments. Their current debate topic – ‘Should the voting age be reduced to 16?’ - is well underway.
2. Have your Say! - which was previously known as the Hub is a forum for students to connect with other Nord Anglia education students and start discussions on various topics that matter to them.
3. Lifestyle and Interests section focuses on photography, maths, sport and music.
4. New this year is a Young Journalists section, where students can follow three YJA (young journalist academy) master classes investigating many of the different aspects of journalism.
5. New Horizons. Students have the exciting opportunity to sign up and follow one of the on-line New Horizons course. The first four week course, starting in November, looks at ‘We choose to go to the Moon’: how America won the space race. Do encourage your children to sign up as soon as possible as places are restricted.
The Academy and Thinking Futures are valuable sources for the DP and MYP 5 students. These areas focus on further education opportunities, career advice and study skills
Along with the ongoing features, the Global Classroom also has one off activities. Soon we will be launching the Big Challenge ‘Make it Right’ with, the help of Oxfam. The students will have the opportunity to create a project that makes a difference to the lives of those who need it.
A quick word on Safety: The Nord Anglia classroom is a secure site and it is constantly monitored by a team of educators based in Oxford, if you have any concerns please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathryn.email@example.com.