*How might this work?*How might this beneﬁt my students?*How might this add to my instruction?
Global Awareness, according toThe Partnership for 21st Century Skills, includes: Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues. Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts. Understanding other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages.
Global awareness is necessary because:Students can no longer live isolated fromthe world.Students need to be global citizens.Students must learn about diversity,languages, cultures, traditions and pointsof view from others.
How do I set up adigital, globally connected classroom?
Collaborative Digital Tools: Multi-user Synchronous/Asynchronous Collaborative Communicative
Role of the collaborative learner: Greeter Question asker Photographer Videographer Scheduler *adapted from Silvia Tolisano
Role of the collaborative learner: Backchannel writers Live Bloggers Google Earth ? Mapper Info Station Timer Data writer *adapted from Silvia Tolisano
RolesGreeter ~ Greets the partner school. Makes initial introduction.Question asker ~ Asks speciﬁc questions for data collection.Photographer ~ Responsible for documenting connection with still images.Videographer ~ Responsible for documenting connection with video.Scheduler ~Responsible for adding Date & Time of planned Skype connectionto embedded Google Calendar. *adapted from Silvia Tolisano
RolesBackchannel writers ~ Documenting conversation, questions, answersand classroom happenings during the connection on a backchannel chat.Live Bloggers ~ Blogs Skype call live to classroom blog.Google Earth ~ Finds location of Skype partner and measures distance inmiles & kilometers.Mapper ~ Responsible for adding placemark of Skype partner’s location toembedded Google Map on classroom blog.Info Station ~Responsible to search for any data question on the spot.Veriﬁes any questionable information as well.Timer ~ Responsible for noting time Skype call started and ended as well ascalculating elapsed time. *adapted from Silvia Tolisano
RolesData Entry ~ Responsible for adding data collected into embedded googleform on classroom blog. Ex. distance miles/km, temperature in F/C.Word Problem Creator ~ Creates a Math word problem from data,questions and answers collected during Skype call.Backchannel Cleanup ~ Responsible to save backchannel chat as aWord Document and cleaning up duplicate comments and mark questionablestatements to be veriﬁed. *adapted from Silvia Tolisano