Collaborative Global Classrooms
A collection of links and sites for global collaboration.
What is it?
What got me started. IREX
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.
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!
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
Global Virtual Classroom
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!
The Global Classroom Project
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!
Taking It Global
U.S. Department of Education
My take away.
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!