Article in Edutopia by Will Richardson, originally published in 2008 - I do not feel we have progressed as much as we could have since then in terms of the 'Collaboration Age' and teachers being connectors rather than content experts.
Great tool to watch videos and take collaborative notes!
"The efforts of the Connect All Schools consortium and like-minded programs, such as Flat Classroom, Edmodo, Twitter chats, Global Read Aloud Day, Skype in the Classroom, Microsoft's Partners in Learning, Global Classroom Scrapbook Project, and the Intel Teach Program, have vastly increased the diversity and number of students gaining global awareness and empathy beyond what would be possible through study abroad alone. Still, only small fraction of U.S. K-12 students currently have access to some kind of international experience, whether physical or virtual."
Wonderful video from Forest Ridge academy and Debbie Heinz - showing the global collaborations for the past year in Gr 1 and above.
Honor Morman, a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher, shares her thoughts about introducing global collaboration into the curriculum.
"Here’s what two of my students said about our participation in the Flat Classroom Project, a 12-week project in which we collaborated with 15 other classes in seven different countries to create a vision for the future of education and society based on emerging technologies and the characteristics of the net generation:
“[I learned] how important it is to be a member of a global society—communicating globally and working together as a global community is the only way we can solve global issues and improve the lives of all of us. Communicating and collaborating via the web with global partners is how we will do it in future.” –Lara
“[Participating in this project helped me become] a global leader, able to communicate important global ideas and different perspectives across cultures and borders and share those ideas for the betterment of my community and the world.” –Katherine"
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