Level Up Village Is Preparing The Next Generation Of Global Citizens
There’s a lot of talk in the world today about how today’s students are the “digital generation” and how out of touch their lives are going to be, or already are, because of the internet, social media and this constant need for short form content. It’s the responsibility of educators in today’s schools and classrooms to make sure that we continue to produce good, solid valued, students, good samaritans and global citizens.
Where some folks see technology hindering the ability for students to make real connections, companies like Level Up Village are taking advantage of technology to do just that.
Level Up Village offers STEAM courses for grades K-12 that can be taught in class, after school and even during the summer. When students participate in their courses they are connected to peers in other countries. Students will exchange video letters and collaborate on projects with their global partner students. Not only is each student learning important STEAM skills but they’re also learning about life in other countries from their peers. It’s somewhat like, real time pen pals.
Level Up Village takes those important STEAM skills and applies them to real life international problems. The Level Up students in the US and their global partner countries will explore those problems and help solve them. For example the problem could be that there is no electricity, how would they solve it?
Through back and forth video letters on the Level Up platform, the students will discuss the problems and how their solving them. Through this process students will identify the problem, come up with solutions, create prototypes, which “ultimately leads to a solution that contextualizes STEAM as an agent for positive change in the real world” the company says.
In an explainer video demonstrating the back and forth video conversations, a student in an emerging country told their student in America that they don’t have electricity after dark. The problem was identified as not having light after dark. The students went to work creating solar powered flashlights that saved up solar power during the day to power the flashlights at night.
This unique partnership has US schools sponsor STEAM education in developing counties through a “take a class, give a class” model.
The Old Greenwich Connecticut based company runs courses at more than 400 public and private schools in the US, UK and Australia with over 40 global partner organizations in more than 20 countries. Find out more about this amazing program at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, June 24-28th, booth #2582 and online at levelupvillage.com