The International Society for Technology in Education released a set of standards for teachers and students in 2007. The communication and collaboration performance indicator states, “Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.” Global collaborations merely refer to those connections, communications, and collaborations with peers in other countries around the globe.[Would ask board members if they are familiar with the NETS and offer copies of the NETS to them.]
Global Collaborative Projects are based upon constructivist principles. Piaget felt that learners construct knowledge and learn through interaction with others. Palloff and Pratt (2005) report that, “Recent studies of the online learning environment [where the global collaborative projects I propose take place] have noted that involvement…has contributed positively to learning outcomes” (p.7). The identified gap in the literature are actual studies within the past five years demonstrating that global collaborative projects raise student achievement. [Note to Dr. Almasude: I continue searching for such studies.]
Refocusing our mission from ourselves to our global community will require a paradigm shift in the community’s ideas about schools but will not be so foreign to the community’s ideas about missions.
Incorporating global education into our classrooms can be accomplished through use of digital equipment our school already owns and in many cases has already installed in specific classrooms. Ready to go projects and lesson plans already exist on the internet for many subject areas.
Dianna Clever collaborated with Amy Hossack’s 1st grade in Shanghai China at the Shanghai American School in October 2010. They sent this picture to Ms. Hossack’s 1st grade class in Shanghai, China as part of their collaboration with them using VoiceThread, and when that was blocked by the government, iPadio (podcasts).
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Global CollaborativeProjects<br />Lisa Durff<br />Walden University<br />EDUC 8841<br />
Our school’s mission is to provide an educational environment which enables students to strive for excellence in academics. <br />
By restating our mission to include developing 21st century learners we would foster a climate of critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.<br />
We would increase our competitive edge and appeal to potential parents by meeting the ISTE NETS Standards for students. <br />
Enrollment numbers at BCA are dropping and this may be a way to increase those numbers.<br />
Global Collaborative Projects are based upon sound principles of learning.<br />