What are Global Collaborative Projects?

Since the advent of “telecommunication” some decades ago, educators have been finding ways to connect virtually with other classrooms around the world. Such projects, like this one with Janet Barnstable, can be traced back to the early 90’s when the first iteration of communication networks allowed partnerships between schools on different continents. Today thousands of collaborative projects between connected classrooms exist to support learning from as early as pre-Kindergarten to college level. These projects range from brief contact via such tools as skype to exchange information and greetings, to full-scale months-long projects using many sophisticated tools that may involve competition, data-collection and knowledge creation. Many organizations create databases or online search spaces to make it easy for teachers to find a “match” for their curricula and grade levels.

If you are interested in exploring the potential value of a global collaborative project to your students, ASB Online Academy is offering the course “Global Collaborative Projects” beginning in mid-October. Come along to discover the many benefits of participating in a global collaborative exchange.

The course culminates with participation in the third annual Global Education Conference, a virtual live 4 day 24/7 global event which brings together thousands of educators and students from around the world who are interested in global education.

Check out this screen shot of projects being advertised from the GEC Collaborative Projects Page:

Screenshot of Global Education Conference Network

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing successful projects by innovative educators from around the world. Be inspired!

(This entry is cross-posted with ASB Tech Connection Points)

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