Connecting Across Continents

Connecting Across Continents: Implementing Globally Collaborative Projects in Your Classroom

Presented by Kim Cofino at:


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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?
Why is this important for our students?

9:20 – 10:30 Session 1 Jigsaw Readings & Discussion

  • Collaboration
  • SAMR Model
  • Design Cycle
  • PLNs

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

  • What is it?
  • Why is it useful?
  • What are some examples we can explore?

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

  • Why do teachers need a PLN?
  • How can you build your PLN?
  • What tools can you use that can be useful when you design globally collaborative projects for your students?

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

  • What is the Technology Design Cycle?
  • How does this project help develop independent learners?

Sharing your project in a 3-minute elevator pitch. Your pitch should include:

  • The grade level, subject area and unit you plan to revise
  • The goal of your project (product or outcome for your students)
  • The SAMR level that fits best
  • The tools you plan to use
  • The structure for how you plan to support your students in meeting their goal

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:

Anatomy: Getting Started

Here are a few helpful resources to help you get started connecting and collaborating:

Blog/Resources Posts Mentioned During Presentation

Relevant Tags from superkimbo

Recommended Videos

Connect Yourself: Networks

Connect Yourself: Directories




uStream Channels


Alltop Education Directory of Learning Professionals Education Podcast Netowrk tagged education hitchhikr
Dangerously Irrelevant List (June 2008) Twitter4Teachers Digg Education Podcasts tagged learning The Conference Channel
Support Blogging EdTechTalk


Curriculum Planning:

Blog Posts/Resources Mentioned During Presentation

Understanding by Design

Sample UbD Units

IBO: MYP Technology Design Cycle

The Technology Toolbox

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
Photo Albums
Productivity Apps
EduBlogs PB Wiki Ning Skype YackPack(subscription cost) BubbleShare GoogleApps Blabberize
Blogger Wikispaces Diigo MixBook GoogleSites Glogster
WordPress WetPaint Delicious Gabcast .Mac Web Gallery(subscription cost) Google Forms Google Earth
Blogmeister Media Wiki Audacity SmugMug Zoho
Garage Band Shutterfly
G-cast ScrapBlog
VoiceThread Flickr

Web 2.0 Comparison Chart

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
Chart by superkimbo

Tutorials for Web 2.0 tools

Tips for Success

Advice from educators around the world!

Global Projects

Tons of great globally collaborative projects you may be interested in joining, or just “window shopping”: