One of my educational passions is encouraging teachers to integrate global collaborative projects into instruction to help expose students to a variety of cultures, viewpoints, and resources. Below, I have shared a few great resources for initiating global communication and collaboration in your classroom.
Global Education Collaborative – This is the official social network of the Global Education Conference. On the site, you can find presentations from the 2011 conference, several places to collaborate and share ideas, and just a great network of educators from around the world who are pushing the envelope in global education.
ePals – The ePals Global Community™ is a free network of K-12 classrooms where students and teachers can safely connect, communicate, and collaborate with students in more than 200 countries around the world. Included in the site, educators have the ability to search classroom profiles and projects to find other educators with similar learning objectives.
Flat Classroom Project – This project, created for middle and high school students, uses Web 2.0 tools to support development of 21st century skills including communication, collaboration, and creativity by connecting students and teachers from classrooms around the world. The project is based on the book ‘The World is Flat‘ by Thomas Friedman. As stated on the “About” section of the project website:
“One of the main goals of the project is to ‘flatten’ or lower the classroom walls so that instead of each class working isolated and alone, 2 or more classes are joined virtually to become one large classroom. The project is designed to develop cultural understanding, skills with Web 2.0 and other software, experience in global collaboration and online learning, awareness of what it means to live and work in a flat world, while researching and discussing the ideas developed in Friedman’s book.”
O-MUN: Online Model United Nations – This website provides an opportunity for high school students to become involved in the discussion of issues effecting society at a global level through problem solving and consensus building. This is a great resource to allow today’s students to be exposed to a variety of diverse perspectives surrounding global issues and to learn how to communicate and make decisions in a global world.
Global SchoolNet – Search through a collection of current e-learning projects to support 21st century learning through content-driven collaboration. The site offers several programs, including an International CyberFair, Online Expeditions, and the Newsday project. Use the Collaborate Now section to find partners and projects, or get involved in global learning competitions.