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Dear Educational “Initiators,”

This is a blog post written for all those educators in the eKWIP community who are feeling a bit overwhelmed with the process of collaborating at the international level. Understand that the feeling of being overwhelmed is natural at this point in the process. If there wasn’t some element of frustration or cognitive dissonance, then the eKWIP web portal would fail to be a true educational innovation.

You were selected by your administrators because of your ability to innovate and to truly meet the educational needs of your students. Here at CII, we believe that the Triggering Teachable Moments (T2M) instructional design model will allow educators from around the globe to invite international co-teachers into their classrooms to enhance the learning environment. It is our belief that already existing lessons can be enhanced with a standards-driven T2M.

Let’s take a look at one possible example for a T2M extension on a standard. The common core standards call for third grade students to work with narrative traditions. Sure, public and charter schools purchase anthologies that contain multi-cultural materials from around the globe. We at CII believe that instead of turning to text book companies, educational initiators can call upon their international peers within the eKWIP community. One possibility might be to allow students to share their favorite childhood storybooks containing myths and fables. This interaction would allow for real international collaboration at the student level. The core standards are still being taught but now with a much more relevant spin. It is important to note that during the implementation of the eKWIP platform you always have the full support of the eKWIP global community. The following core standards would be used to develop a rubric for assessment purposes with this mythology T2M.

Common Core State Standards Initiative : Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (SAS) Standards Aligned System

Reading Standards for Literature K-5

Grade 3 students:
Key Ideas and details
1.    Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
2.    Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how   it is conveyed through key details in the text.
3.    Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

One of the wonderful dimensions of T2M is its ability to fit within any existing curriculum framework. The main purpose of the eKWIP portal is to connect international educators and provide them the opportunity to collaborate, communicate, and problem-solve classroom issues and lessons. Please make use of the Teacher Forum discussion board to share ideas both nationally and internationally with your eKWIP learning community.

Once I was paired with MGIS (Mahatma Gandhi International School), I began by downloading their brochure in order to understand their academic mission and goals. This very interesting and informative brochure allowed me to discover new educational perspectives. At MGIS teachers are called “initiators.” What a beautiful yet simple concept; all great learning and innovation began with an “Initiator.”

Be excited and willing to push through your cognitive dissonance so that your classroom is open to the world.

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Gregory M. McGough, M.Ed.

CII Chief Academic Officer


”Globalization, facilitated by the rapid development of new information and communication technologies, though representing a challenge for cultural diversity, creates the conditions for renewed dialogue among cultures and civilizations.” UNESCO

Let me welcome you to the eKWIP community. In order to encourage collaboration and participation, we at CII are going to take small steps with the implementation of the eKWIP web portal. I am not only one of the orginal designers, but I am also test-piloting the program with an international  connection between my school and Mahatma Gandhi International School. It is my plan to document the process of collaboration with weekly posts to the eKWIP Blog. Please comment on the posts or submit questions.

The first action a CII international educator needs to take is to make the initial contact with your global peer.

Step #1 – Type in www.ekwip.net to get to the site.

Step#2 – Log into the site with your personalized username and login.

Step#3 – Search the right side of the home page for the bricklet titled Connect with the eKWIP Community.

Step #4 – Scroll down and click Teacher Forums.

Step #5 – Scroll down and click Teacher Community Discussion.

Once you are into this forum, you can start a new discussion with your international peer. Please feel free to experiment with your message in order to present a friendly and accurate professional profile. I included my name, academic degree, educational philosophy, courses taught, and course syllabus. Your global peer will respond with his/her information, and you have officially connected on an international level.

The next post will deal with uploading your first teachable moment for international collaboration.

Gregory M. McGough, M.Ed.

CII Chief Academic Officer