Connecting Your Class To The World

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Tips for connecting your classroom to the world for the purpose of project collaboration.

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Connecting Your Class To The World

  1. 1. Connecting Your Class to the World
  2. 2. First, Sharpen Your Technology Skills
  3. 3. Locate Others in Your School Interested in International Collaboration
  4. 4. Encourage Students to Find Global Peers
  5. 5. Find a Mentor Join a Network
  6. 6. Find a Project
  7. 7. Take Time…Learn about • Culture • Language • Country • Region • History • Politics • Religion
  8. 8. Make No Assumptions • Slang • Age, sex, socio-economic status • Emotions • Abbreviations • Complex words
  9. 9. International • Metric system • 24 hour clock • What season?
  10. 10. Why is International Collaboration Important?
  11. 11. Helps to Create Multicultural Awareness of Human Experiences Blended Across and Between all Content Areas
  12. 12. Issues • School firewalls, blocking software, school policies • Lack of school student email accounts • Conflict in international school calendars
  13. 13. Issues • Length of project • Grading of project • Student/teacher project management • Number of participants
  14. 14. Ensure Success! • Write and enforce Netiquette policy • Students copy teachers on all email • Contact partner teachers weekly • Create realistic goals and timelines
  15. 15. Ensure Success! • Projects no longer than three months • Join projects already in progress • Join projects with two or more schools
  16. 16. Websites – Where to Start • Teacher’s Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet (best place to start) http://www.ed.gov/print/teachers/how/tech/internatio • E Pals http://www.epals.com/ • Global School Net http://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.cfm • Global Gateway http:// www.globalgateway.org.uk/ • IEarn http://iearn.org/ (international) • IEarn http://us.iearn.org/ (U.S.)
  17. 17. Attribution • Music: Yiourgh by DoKashiteru from http://ccmixter.org/; used in compliance with Creative Commons license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/sampling+

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