Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy: Education for a Diverse and Multicultural Planet
A K-12 outreach project sponsored and published by Professor Hong-Ming Liang, NSR Student Editors and Writers, The Department of History and Politics of The College of St. Scholastica, and the scholarly Middle Ground Journal. See Masthead for our not-for-profit educational open- access policy. The Middle Ground Journal is housed at St. Scholastica and published by the Midwest World History Association. It is a nationally recognized scholarly journal. Please direct all inquiries to Professor Hong-Ming Liang at HLIANG@CSS.EDU
Over three hundred illustrated reports from around the world are available free of charge to teachers and students at http://NorthStarReports.org . More articles concerning our collective global and historical connections are added weekly. The North Star Reports articles are used by K-12 and undergraduate students as a part of a growing online learning community to promote the learning and to teaching about our historical and global connections. To participate or for more information, please contact Professor Hong-Ming Liang at HLIANG@CSS.EDU See also: http://www.facebook.com/NorthStarReports
Theory/Philosophy: What do we offer?
• An online, interactive, learning community sponsored by a nationally recognized scholarly journal and an accredited institution of higher learning. See the North Star Reports (NSR) sponsored by The Middle Ground Journal (MGJ) at: http://northstarreports.org
• A free and growing educational platform for organizing class projects. NSR reports are written by St. Scholastica students with global experiences. These college students will serve as academic role-models for partner high school and middle school students.
• A flexible, interactive educational platform.
• A point of access into the higher educational world – MGJ has editors and collaborators among different St. Scholastica academic departments.
• A connection with a global community of scholars.
• An ongoing, mutual, and interactive relationship with a scholarly journal and an institution of higher learning, with recognition for participating students and teachers.
Action: What is possible?
• Use of the North Star Reports (NSR) site.
• Organizing high school class assignments around NSR essays.
• Possibility of top essays by high/middle school students, edited by sponsoring high/middle school teachers, being shared on NSR.
• End of the year, on campus, event to showcase the work of all of the students and teachers, including CEU credits for teachers.
• HS teachers invited to submit essays on pedagogy based upon this relationship with The Middle Ground Journal.
• Site visits and/or Skype sessions by Professor Liang and other CSS/MGJ professors*.
• Site visits and/or Skype sessions by NSR student editors and/or writers*.
*because of schedule conflicts, we have found site visits and Skype sessions to be the most difficult to arrange, and therefore will do so sparingly and strategically.
Step One: Conversation
• Identify, with host teacher(s), published NSR essay(s) for host high school (HS)/middle school (MS) students to read.
• Modify and adjust steps below to cohere with host teacher’s objectives.
Step Two: Reading, Research, Questioning
• High School/Middle School students reading assigned NSR essay(s).
• Assignment may include prompts for HS/MS students to conduct additional web-based research.
• Assignment may include ways for HS/MS students to generate research-based questions.
• These questions may be collated by teachers, and/or entered directly by HS/MS students onto the NSR site.
Step Three: Interaction
• Professor Liang and/or NSR Student Editors may address questions on NSR site
• Or via email
• Or via Skype
• Or in person
Step Four: Participation
• Using NSR as model, drawing from the experience described above, invite HS/MS students to craft their own reports, edited and nominated by teachers for sharing on the NSR site.
• End of the year recognition for all participating teachers and students.
• Invitation to teachers to submit pedagogical essays for MGJ.