Teaching 21st Century Skills on a Global Scale: Global Teenager Project on Cogneeto

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The Global Teenager Project, an educational initiative that uses the internet to bring together students from around the globe, gets free access to Cogneeto to support an ever richer learning experience.News Source: Advanced Learning Technologies Lab, University of Toronto

The Global Teenager Project began in 1998, and has since connected 1000s of international schools, bringing together well over 250,000 students via the internet. Students use Wikis or Web 2.0 applications to share their perspectives on assignments related to issues like water usage or children’s rights. This year, the learning they experience will get an additional enhancement thanks to Pearson Canada and the Advanced Learning Technology lab of the University of Toronto.

Cogneeto (known as peerScholar within the Higher Education system) is a research proven learning technology created within the ALT Lab and licensed to Pearson in North America. It uses peer- and self-assessment to allow students to see and evaluate the work of their peers, providing helpful feedback to one another, and learning a great deal about their own work as they do. It exercises, and can even assess, core learning-objectives like critical thought, creative thought, self-reflective thought, and both receptive and expressive communication.

In recognition of the power and importance of bringing students together, Pearson and the ALT labs have agreed to provide Cogneeto and any necessary support, freely to the Global Teenager Project this year and going forward. Students will use Cogneeto as a capstone experience for 2 learning circles that include students from Canada, The Netherlands, Lebanon, The Ukraine, Romania, Slovenia, Suriname, Caracao and Hungary. This truly represents cutting edge learning on a global scale, allowing students to learn from one another, and see the world through the eyes of their global peers, all within a collaborative educational context.

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