This webinar is hosted in English
Creativity and Conflict: Humanizing the World through Art and Technology by Jennifer D. Klein
We are seeing the rapid disappearance of the arts in education across North America, and it comes with a serious global price. Rather than turning to the arts for consolation after global tragedies, educators need to start using the arts to avoid global tragedies and humanize the world for young people. Our students need avenues for the expression of their ethnicity, perspectives and strong opinions, and global education which embraces the creative and digital arts allows students to connect across cultural and political boundaries in increasingly powerful ways. As technology makes it easier for students to share their creative work and collaborate on artistic projects, educators have the opportunity, in the words of Palestinian poet Falastine Dwikat, to build bridges “from heart to heart, from word to word, and from line to line.”
This session will explore artistically-focused global projects from a variety of countries, organizations and programs. Attendees will leave the session with ideas for classroom activities, significant projects, and avenues for finding global partners, programs, technological platforms and resources.
Jennifer D. Klein holds a BA from Bard College and an MA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, both in Literature and Creative Writing. A product of experiential project-based education herself, she taught college and high school English for 19 years, including five years in Central America and 11 years in all-girls education. She holds a principal's license and has a broad background in global program planning and evaluation, student-driven curricular strategies, single-sex education, student service travel, and experiential, inquiry-driven learning. In 2010, Jennifer left teaching to begin PRINCIPLED Learning Strategies, a consulting business dedicated to enriching global educational approaches in schools through curriculum development, professional development, and the use of e-technologies.
Jennifer is Professional Development Director for World Leadership School, coaching teachers in global integration, supporting the development of collaborative online curriculum, and facilitating projects between American classrooms and schools outside the U.S. She is also Professional Development and Outreach Coordinator for TakingITGlobal, an international online learning community for educators and students interested in global issues, where she designs and delivers accredited online e-courses for teachers across the world. Further, Jennifer is the Director of Educational Development for the Research Journalism Initiative, an educational non-profit that facilitates creative expression among Palestinian young people and the use of their media projects in American classrooms. Finally, Jennifer is a National Faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education, giving workshops on Project-Based Learning and Global PBL.