Educational Technology

April 28, 2014

Global Collaboration Projects that Go Way Beyond Skype

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:39 am

By Stephen Noonoo, THE Journal

One project, called Digiteen, is designed for students in grades 8-12. Teams consisting of students in two or more classrooms around the world introduce themselves via Edmodo and Skype and then, together, explore different aspects of digital citizenship, eventually co-creating a Wikispaces page on a given theme. Individual schools then work on an action project that students can share with their peers at school, across the street or around the world. Other Flat Connections projects focus on bringing students together for debates or to foster cultural awareness among young learners through the creation and use of multimedia. “The goal is that schools offer a global collaborative opportunity at every grade level,” Lindsay said, adding that teachers often interpret that advice to mean they have to be doing global collaboration projects all the time. “It’s hard work. You cannot do it all the time, but it’s important that every student at every grade level needs at least one experience.”

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