Welcome to the Connecting Classrooms Professional Learning website. Here educators can access continuing professional development courses and resources to support the integration of global citizenship and international work in their schools. All educators, whether new to working in an international context or already actively involved in a school partnership, will find support to deepen their professional experience.
These courses are not valid for funding applications. For courses valid for funding please refer to the Core Skills courses: https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/develop-your-skills/professional-development-courses/teaching-the-core-skills
Online learning course
This short interactive course is the best place to start if you are new to learning online with Connecting Classrooms
Learning online with Connecting Classrooms
The course will enable you to:
- develop an understanding of how your online learning experience will work
- practise using the Connecting Classrooms professional learning site.
It only takes 30 minute to complete and you will receive a Certificate on completion of the course.
Global citizenship courses
Embarking on international collaboration is a learning journey for all involved. This suite of four courses draws on the experience of hundreds of schools in the UK and countries across the world that have built lasting, equitable relationships and high impact collaborative classroom projects
(click course titles below for more info)
International learning - get started - new to international work? This course is for you...
Throughout this course you will explore a range of ways of working with schools in other parts of the world and of developing international learning and global citizenship in your curriculum.
The course will enable you to:
- explore the benefits and challenges of working with schools in other countries.
- explore ways that education for global citizenship and international collaboration can enhance learning
- improve inter-cultural practice
- consider how to prepare for international collaboration
- identify the support available from the British Council and other organisations
Otherwise...if you are more experienced and have started climbing the school partnerships stairway then please consider the other courses.
Education for global citizenship
This course will help you to explore ways of enhancing education for global citizenship in your school and classroom. It draws on the experiences of schools working with international partners to share the powerful learning experiences that can result.
Education for global citizenship is about how to equip young people for the world they will live in as adults. We don\'t know what the world will be like in the future but educators have a role in helping young people to acquire the understanding, outlooks and skills to live and work as effective and responsible global citizens in an interdependent world.
Inter-cultural and global awareness
This course will help you to reflect on and deepen your own inter-cultural and global awareness. International collaboration:
- identifies and builds on what teachers, learners and communities world-wide have in common
- respects and engages with differences
- critically reflects on the impact of historical and current global interdependencies on us all
- promotes an open-minded, reflective global outlook
By developing your expertise in inter-cultural and global awareness, you will be able to understand, create and support effective collaborations with schools in different parts of the world.
The course will enable you to:
- examine the relationship within your existing school partnership
- identify strategies and ways of supporting the effectiveness and sustainability of your partnership
Establishing an effective, sustainable school partnership is not a straight-forward process. As school partnerships develop and mature, deeper and longer lasting benefits begin to emerge. Truly successful partnerships become part of the ethos of each of the schools involved. This course aims to support partnerships with this aspiration.
The course below is for teachers to develop their English language skills when working collaboratively with teachers in the UK and around the world.
English for international exchange - to develop your English skills...
This tried and tested language course will help you communicate with teachers in the UK and around the world.
There are four topics in the course:
- Topic 1 - Your school
- Topic 2 - Your education system
- Topic 3 - Planning a project
- Topic 4 - Hosting a school visit
ICT for International Exchange course
This course is part of a suite of materials for developing ICT skills to support teachers developing international learning and global citizenship through the Connecting Classrooms programme.
ICT for International Exchange
The materials cover four topics:
- ICT for Professional Networking;
- Getting started with ICT in international projects;
- Getting the most from ICT in international projects;
Each topic can be accessed and completed independently.
What do I do next?
If you have registered on the previous version of this service, then you will need to reset your password using your email address. Simply click the request new password link and a one-time login link will be created and sent to your email account. You can then click this link from your email to login to the site and change your password to something more memorable. You will find your current work available in the new site.
If you are ready to register to gain full access to the courses, simply click on the "Click here to register" link and fill out the simple registration form. Once you are registered, you can return to this website to manage your personal information, password and username settings as well as enrol on additional courses by clicking the Access My Courses link in the top right.
The British Council is the United Kingdom\'s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We are a registered charity; 209131 (England and Wales) SC037733 (Scotland). We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. We call this cultural relations.
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University of London free online courses
The University of London currently has three education MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses- free, short online courses). These are open to all and would be of particular interest to teachers and education theorists. It is also worth noting that these three MOOCs have been included in President Obama’s ConnetED Initiative (https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/k-12/connected#teachers) through Coursera.
This MOOC will be shortly moving to ‘On Demand’ allowing participants to join at any time and complete at their own pace. This course aims to acquaint teachers, parents and educators with principles of best practice and what has been discovered by neuroscience and cognitive psychology in the 21st century, enabling them to best support children with difficulties in reading and writing.
Asking the question – Why and how are teachers integrating ICT (Information and Communication Technology) into primary education? – The course analyses examples from schools in different parts of the world, and brings professional teachers, headteachers and policymakers together to share their best ideas and inspiring stories. A collaboration between the University of London, UCL Institute of Education and the UNESCO Institute of IT in Education, the six-week 'ICT in Primary Education' MOOC runs from 26 May to 7 July 2015.
This online course being led by UCL Institute of Education (University of London)’s Dr Clare Brooks asks participants to critically examine their own ideas about education, teaching and learning and will be based around a series of interviews with leading academics who will challenge and explore some commonplace notions about education. Participation is free, with a small fee for those who wish to receive a certificate on completion. This course is due to launch in July 2015 and you can register your interest by clicking on the course title link above.