Thursday, March 12, 2009

Telecollaboration: Connecting Classroom Across the Globe

I was just reading Scott McLeod's blog, Dangerously Irrelevant, where he is asking for resources in connecting classrooms around the globe. Telecollaboration is an important opportunity that enables students to talk and write with other students in other cultures. Sometimes it even involves monumental activities like when classrooms from around the world follow an explorer who is trekking to the north pole.

My favorite site for finding telecollaborative projects it the Global School Network. This organization in southern California has been sponsoring and connecting telecollaborative project around the world for over 2 decades. The originators, Yvonne Andres and Al Rogers were pioneers in the technologies that connected classrooms even in the 1980 (e.g., FrEdMail).

Tonight, I am fortunate enough to have Yvonne Andres skyping into my classroom (in Iowa) from San Diego. She will be sharing her visions and experiences with us.

I will also be announcing the beginning of a Telecollaborative project that my class will begin with another class in Poznan, Poland. This is the GLEX project. I will be sharing our GLEX project with you as time progresses.

Share Your Ideas

Dangerously Irrelevant is asking for sites and if you know of any, please add them to the list.

I am interested in whether or not you have been involved in a telecollaborative project yourself (or know of anyone who has done this.)

Here are some questions that you might want to use to help guide your response.
  • Have you been involved in a telecollaborative project before?
  • How did you find the other classes that were part of your project?
  • Did you originate it?
  • What did you do?
  • What ideas do you have for a telecollaborative project (even if you have never done one.)
I look forward to your comments.

Z

1 comment:

  1. 1. We have been involved in a telecollaborative projects inside the classroom. Even though we are all Americans in the same class, we still come from different cultures. When applying to GCSU, everyone had to write an essay about what diversity means to them.
    2. At GCSU, Communication in Society students are given the opprotunity to interact with students from the other classes. This was done through the teacher. Additionally, our teacher assigned projects that are eventually connecting other students outside of the Communication in Society class. These projects connect more people into a network.
    3. All students originated their own projects which connects them with people outside our own classroom.
    4. Many of the projects include wikis, blogs, facebook groups, and videos on youtube that not only reflect what we are learning but networking with other subjects that the campus offers.
    5. Students could make wikis to share notes with the other students in the same class. They can also be used to teach people how to do things on a network. Facebook groups can connect students when the teacher isn't available. We think this is a great way to utilize our resources and contribute as well as learning material at the same time. We are prosumers!

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