Collaborative Global Classrooms

A collection of links and sites for global collaboration.

What is it?

Global Collaboration involves a group of students, classes, and/or schools working together who are usually not located in the same school, city, state, region, and/or country.

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What got me started. IREX

In December of 2012, I recieved an email from a group called IREX containing information about working with students overseas. Global Connections and Exchange links US high school classrooms with students in THE PHILIPPINES & VIETNAM in FREE and innovative ONLINE PROJECTS. I applied and my Creative Writing class was paired with a school In Vietnam with a project called "A Day in the Life."


For 8 weeks we exchanged pictures and dialogue about our day to day lives, education, family and food. It was such an enjoyable experience and even created an opportunity for a field trip to a Vietnamese restraunt!


Click below to fill out an application.

https://www.irex.org/application/gce-asia-online-projects-application

Some examples of projects are:

• Mapping My Town
• History Boxes
• "A Day in the Life" Photojournals
• 20 Questions
• Current Events


The only difficulty was navigating the 6-8 week projects through conflicting holiday schedules. I did have some difficulty making sense of the emails from the Vietnamese teacher and students, I think they were using a translating app. But all in all, a great project!

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iEARN

This site is for both teachers and students collaboration. You can search grade level, language and subject to find global projects. https://iearn.org/


One recent project that looks interesting is called "Heritage Around the World." It's open to all ages and students choose topics related to their heritage and present them in various ways. . Some ideas are architecture, stories, tales, oral traditions, dances, music, intruments, crafts, endangered species, endangered water reserves, and climate changes experienced during our lifetime. This project has about 36 countries involved. To look through pictures and recent group news click here:https://iearn.org/cc/space-2/group-354

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Global Virtual Classroom

School matches are made for the school year, or for a particular project or whatever your needs may be. This group facilitates moving outside the walls of your classroom to experience the whole wide world!http://gvc-clubhouse.wikispaces.com/home


Something fun about this site is a link to recipes. Teachers/students from around the world have shared recipes from their countries. Food is a great way to connect people. There is a conversion table for metric. Some of the ingredients might not be found in a local super market, but what a great excuse to take a field trip to an international grocery store!

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Connect All Schools

This is a site that offers several organizations that promote global collaboration from elementary to university. http://www.connectallschools.org/node/132295

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The Global Classroom Project

This site has limited options as projects are designed and posted by teachers. Grade levels are not differentiated. https://theglobalclassroomproject.org/


This site has current projects for the school year that range from raising awarenenss about the laggerhead turtle to a video story to a math twiiter exchange.


They even start real time twitter chats using #globalclassroom and choosing a date and local times for all continents. One very interesting topic was for educators discussing how global chatting would be valuable in the arts and music. I typed in the hashtag on Twitter and TONS of great tweets/resources popped up!

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Taking It Global

This site allows you to look for specific age groups, topics and locations. This has a vast amount of resources for teachers and offers grants, scholarships, fellowships, internships, jobs and other exciting opportunities.https://www.tigweb.org/

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U.S. Department of Education

This is another great site that has a collection of organizations that will help guide teachers to international collaboration on the internet. KEY WORD-International!http://www2.ed.gov/teachers/how/tech/international/guide_pg2.html

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My take away.

With our world becoming "flat" due to the connectivity we have in many places around the world, becoming a global classroom is a no brainer! There are many free apps and websites that are available and are school friendly.


I was surprised at the variety of subjects and topics to get involved with. There are topics/projeccts started by other teachers and also the oppurtunity to come up with your own lesson catered toyour specific needs.


Making your classroom a global classroom is only a click away!

Mechele Tucker