Mali Bickley has 32 years experience as a classroom teacher. Over the past 10 years, she has used Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and successfully integrated literacy and content area curriculum to have her students connect, communicate and collaborate with several classes from around the world. As a classroom teacher, Ms. Bickley is using Global Education Projects to integrate reading and writing strategies into meaningful projects that connect students globally. Ms. Bickley’s students have successfully collaborated with each other and students around the world to make a difference in the lives of others. Her students won the My Hero Project’s Ron Kovic Peace Award for their film “Imagine Peace”, an international art and music collaboration. Ms. Bickley is the assistant country coordinator of iEARN Canada and designs and facilitates many international projects.
Ms. Bickley has given workshops on Collaborative Global Education projects and integrating ICT into classroom practice to several schools, districts, universities and interested organizations, such as Taking it Global, World Vision, Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO), National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) both nationally and internationally. She clearly sees how students become highly engaged in global collaborative projects that use ICT. Ms. Bickley feels the rewards of teaching include seeing how students become passionate about the connections they have made with others.