Connecting Across Continents: Implementing Globally Collaborative Projects in Your Classroom
Presented by Kim Cofino at:
- Laussane Learning Institute in Memphis, Tennessee, July 2014
- ASB Unplugged in Mumbai, India, February 2010
- TechTrain 2010 , International School Bangkok , January 30-31, 2010
- Beijing BISS International School , Create the Future Workshop , China, January 16-17, 2010
- MICDS Summer Learning in St. Louis, June 24, 2009 (see agenda here)
- Apple Global Education Leadership Summit in Hong Kong, April 24 – 26, 2009
- EARCOS Teacher’s Conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, March 2009
- Learning 2.008 in Shanghai, China September 18 – 20, 2008
See / Hear this presentation in action:
- Listen to an audio recording of this presentation from the Learning 2.008 conference in Shanghai, China in September 2008
- Watch the K12Online 2008 version of this presentation here, with Jennifer Wagner, resources here.
- Watch the full video of this presentation offered at the MICDS Summer Institute in June 2009
1-Day Workshop Agenda
Today’s Focus: Deep Dive into Globally Collaborative Projects
Goal: Develop a 3-minute elevator pitch for a new or revised globally collaborative project that you can implement next year. These pitches will be shared during our last session today in a small-group format.
|9:00 – 9:20||Introductions & Getting Started||Please share your goals for today’s workshop here
What do these 3 photos have in common?
|9:20 – 10:30||Session 1||Jigsaw Readings & Discussion
Task: Select a topic/unit that you would like to enhance for this school year. Document your thinking on this Google Doc.
|10:30 – 10:45||Break|
|10:45 – 12:00||Session 2||Exploring the SAMR model
Task: Describe the SAMR stages for your project idea. Where does it fall? Why? Document your thinking on this Google Doc.
|12:00 – 1:00||Lunch|
|1:00 – 2:15||Session 3||Developing your PLN
Task: Determine some of the tools you plan to use in your project? What makes these tools the right ones for the task? Document your thinking on this Google Doc.
|2:15 – 2:30||Break|
|2:30 – 3:45||Session 4||The Design Cycle & Project Pitches
Sharing your project in a 3-minute elevator pitch. Your pitch should include:
Before you give your pitch, please make sure you have documented your thinking on this Google Doc.
|3:45 – 4:00||Wrap-up||Final discussion
Please share your thoughts on today’s workshop using this feedback survey (thank you!)
Links & Resources
Please feel free to utilize and share any of our resources with your teachers and staff!
Please note that this is only a beginning – please feel free to add any tools or resources that you have found to be helpful (more are being created every single day!).
This page is organized according to the three sections of the presentation:
Here are a few helpful resources to help you get started connecting and collaborating:
- First Steps Towards Becoming a 21st Century Educator
- Flickr Group: Great Quotes About Learning and Change
- Through Web 2.0
- 3 Steps to a 21st Century Classroom
- Learning to Change, Changing to Learn
- Learning to Change, Changing to Learn, Student Voices
- 21st Century Pedagogy
- Classroom 2.0 Ning
- Global SchoolNet
- Global Collaborations
- The Global Education Collaborative Ning
- Flat Classrooms Ning
- Online Projects For Teachers Ning
- Projects By Jen Ning
- Teen Second Classroom
- Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)
- Collaborations Around the Planet
- Teachers Connecting
- Kim’s List of international school teachers on Twitter/Blogging (see also the Google Spreadsheet for most current list)
- We Follow (Twitter): International Schools
- Find relevant Twitterers via Mr. Tweet
- Twitter Groups: International School Teachers (find other groups by browsing through alphabetically)
- Twibes: EdTech (find other groups by browsing)
- A Step-by-Step Guide to Global Collaborations
- Why Go Global? Or Learning for the Future!
- Five Tips for Creating a Global Classroom
- Blogging Is Elementary
- Essential Understandings for 21st Century Literacy
- ISB21 Wiki
- Sample Blogging Permission Slip
- Sample Ning Permission Slip
- Sample Wiki Permission Slip
- Understanding by Design Template (image)
- Understanding by Design Template (Word Doc)
- The Understanding by Design Exchange from ASCD
- Excellent 2-page overview of UbD from Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching!
- A 16-page introduction to UbD from a Texas school system. A great brief overview to the book with very few references to Texas State Standards.
- A sample rubric based on the six facets of understanding from UbD.
- An overview of Teaching for Understanding with descriptions of each of the six facets of understanding.
- An excellent set of links on the UbD process (with samples, standards and rubrics) from Coastal Plains Regional Educational Service Agency (CPRESA) in Georgia, USA.
- Another excellent set of links on standards-based education from CPRESA in Georga, USA.
- A wiki on Leadership by Design and Understanding by Design.
- Understanding the Six Facets of Understanding
- Chapter 4: The Six Facets of Understanding
- Writer’s Workshop Goes Digital
- Moving on Up!
- Podcasting PowerMaking Meaningful Connections (UbD Planner)
- The Perfect Match: Technology Integration and Understanding By Design
- Grade 4 Influence Unit (Student Wiki)
- Design Cycle Graphic
- IBO Overview of Technology Curriculum Group
- Creating Independent Learners: The MYP Technology Design Cycle
All of the great web 2.0 tools we mentioned in this presentation can be found, linked, here (all are free unless specifically noted), Kim’s favorites highlighted:
|Social Networking / Bookmarking||VOIP|
|EduBlogs||PB Wiki||Ning||Skype||YackPack(subscription cost)||BubbleShare||GoogleApps||Blabberize|
|WordPress||WetPaint||Delicious||Gabcast||.Mac Web Gallery(subscription cost)||Google Forms||Google Earth|
A helpful chart to choose the right tool for the task, compliments this blog post: The Technology Toolbox: Choosing the Right Tool for the Task
|Chart by superkimbo|
- Directions on how to set up a Bubble Share.pdf
- Directions on how to create a slideshare.pdf
- PBWiki Tutorial
- Wikispaces Tutorial
- Adding an image to wikispaces
- Google Earth Tutorial Part 1
- Google Earth Tutorial Part 2
- 21C Tools (Liz B Davis)
- Social Software Stuff (Dean Shareski)
- Voice Thread Tutorial (Miguel Guhlin)
- Blogmeister Tutorial (David Warlick)
- Yack Pack Tutorials
- G-Cast Tutorial
- Skype Tutorial (Lorrie Jackson)
- WetPaint Tutorial (CommonCraft)
Tons of great globally collaborative projects you may be interested in joining, or just “window shopping”:
- Samples from Kim’s blog
- 1001 Flat World Tales 2009
- Global eLearners
- Life ‘Round Here 2009
- Around the World With 80 Schools
- Gobally Collaborative Project Ideas Inspired by Learning 2.0 (2007)
- The Flat Classroom Project 2007
- The Flat Classroom Project 2008
- The Horizon Project 2007
- The Horizon Project 2008
- 1001 Flat World Tales (ES, MS, HS, teachers)
- Books Go Global!
- Many Voices
- Global Education Collaborative’s List of Projects
- Its a Small World – Online Collaborative Projects – Sharon Peters & Reuven Werber
- List of Current Projects on Always Learning
- Classroom Braids
- Collaborative Corner
- Election 2008 Project
- Global Explorers
- Global Education Collaborative Project List
- How Tall Is A First Grader
- Iditarod Collaborative Project
- Online Autumn Revival
- Project Lemonade
- Read Around the Planet
- Rock Our World
- Seasonal Changes Through Our Eyes and Yours
- The Book of Many Kindnesses
- Tooth Tally 2009
- Globe Trotters
- Moving On
- The Monster Project
- Teacher Haines
- Blogging & Skype project overview
- Famous People of the Civil War+ rubric + reflective blog post (see many more fantastic projects on YIS Humanities teacherRebekah Madrid’s class blog)
- IB Lang & Lit Diigo Group (Madeleine Cox)
- 7th Graders (And One Teacher) Learning With Minecraft (Rebekah Madrid)
- Minecraft Mania (Alex Guenther)
- Code Blue! (Kim Cofino & Maria Gomez)
- Blogging (Kim Cofino)
- Students as Tutorial Designers, YIS Tutorials, ISB Tutorials (Kim Cofino)
- Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Tsunami – “in Plain English” Videos by NIST students (Will Kirkwood & Ivan Beekmans)
- Podcasting Power: Students Teaching Students (Kim Cofino, Chrissy Hellyer, Ali McAloon, Robin Bulzsa)
- QuakeStories + backstory (Kim Cofino & Mary Fish)
- 1001 Flat World Tales (Clay Burrell, Kim Cofino, & many others)
- Field Studies Blogs: ex Tobi + HS Field Reporting + MS Field Reporting
- Books Go Global!
- KinderKids Draw!
- Flat Classroom Projects (Digital Bridges) (Julie Lindsay, Vicki Davis, & many others)
- Kiva Loans (Rebekah Madrid)
- Moving on Up! (Kim Cofino, Diane Mongno, & many others)
- Influence (Kim Cofino, Teresa Belilse, grade 4 team at ISB)
- @manyvoices (George Mayo)
- iPads in Kinder – Zoe Page & Tasha Cowdy
- Blogging and Tweeting in Grade 2 (Jamie Raskin)
- YIS Early Learning Center – a Reggio Emilia environment (Clair Wain, Emma Chan, Junko Kanchemi, Barbara Folliot)
- Literature Circles Voice Thread, Grade 5 (Kristen Blum)
- The Learning Hub(YIS Teacher Blogs), other elementary teacher blogs from YIS: