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November 29, 2010

How Do We Motivate Students to Collaborate with Peers Worldwide?

#Edchat 11-16–2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

Our guest summary this week has been written by Shelly Terrell (@shellterrell). She needs no introduction and we are thrilled that she has taken time to do this for #edchat. Please add your comments at the bottom of the blog and check out Shelly’s bio below!! Thanks Shelly this is really great!!

Collaboration isn’t assessed on standardized tests, yet this is one of the most important skills our students should learn. The world our students have inherited is plagued with the same problems we faced when we were in school. We have yet to find solutions to world hunger, international conflict, poverty, and environmental problems. I believe that the reason we have tackled these problems for years is because we aren’t taught how to collaborate with peers worldwide. If we did, imagine the worldwide teams that could collaborate successfully in solving these issues and more.  Schools have the responsibility to prepare students for their world, therefore, it is important that schools find ways to help students problem solve with their peers worldwide. Through the technology we have today, schools be able to have students participate in international projects. During this week’s Edchat we discussed the best places to find schools to connect with and we shared various projects we knew about. We also shared examples of schools that have gotten their students to collaborate with their peers worldwide.

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: 

  • International collaboration begins with teachers connecting with other teachers worldwide
  • International collaboration should be supported in school curriculums
  • International collaboration helps students learn about other cultures
  • International communication is a part of making international collaboration successful

Here is a selection of some of the comments: 

 With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye.

baldy7: it’s time to stop learning about other cultures and time to start learning with other cultures.
cybraryman1: #edchat is a great example of global connection that leads to collaborative projects
olafelch: I think the whole process of collaboration is much easier when it starts with direct contact between 2 teachers.
rgriffithjr: Global collaboration is a necessity in workforce, schools should certainly train & introduce students to it
ColinTGraham: Student blogs, and more importantly the comments on them, seem to be a rapidly growing way of global collaboration
dmantz7: Benefit I see of international collaboration is access to primary resources about various cultures & lifestyles.
ShellTerrell: When students collaborate with schools worldwide it helps shed stereotypes & promotes an international dialogue
hadleyjf: Making a global connection adds energy to the day-to-day studies
Tina_Barr: Collaboration can help re-engage dropouts by seeing what makes other programs successful.
rkiker: If we are not making global education the norm, then what world are we preparing students for? “I don’t live there.”
davidwees: You cannot understand your own culture completely without understanding it’s relationships to other cultures.  
chrisemdin: For a truly global classroom, we must embrace the use of tech tools- #googledocs, #youtube, #skype #ustream
@lemino: Curiosity is the key to all learning. If international collaborations lights it – then that’s a cool means!

I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week:
How do we get current teacher training programs to include online professional development as part of the training?

To follow the complete discussion see here 

For the stats on #edchat participation see here 

As ever, there were some great links shared:

cybraryman1: Langwitches Blog http://bit.ly/3HgcD is a great example of educator connecting globally #edchat

TeacherSabrina:  Great comment from Gary_Eisenberg: Waiting for Superman???? Don’t make me laugh! There’s no need http://huff.to/bvOcYi #edchat #edreform

eshwaranv:  A small collaborative blog between teachers: http://bit.ly/b8hkbz #edchat

cybraryman1:  My first global collaboration was participating in an Email Around the World project in 1999-2000http://bit.ly/adSn3u #edchat

ShellTerrell:  @tkraz Try these resources (esp Epals community or tweet it) http://bit.ly/9h0WTo #edchat

MissCheska:  @cybraryman1 Very true! #scido is a great example of this, http://bit.ly/9IMjwr — sci teachers collaborating and sharing ideas

olafelch:  This new Skype service looks like it could be really useful: http://bit.ly/djrKyz #edchat

iearnusa:  Our Huffpost call to connect all US schools w/partners abroad: http://huff.to/8XAoy9 #Edchat 100 orgs have signed on. #iew 

iearnusa:  We’ve been waiting 22 years for this #edchat topic! 😉 #iearn http://bit.ly/bKCUy5

DrSarahEaton:  Slides: Global Trends in Language Learning uploaded to http://www.slideshare.net/event/the-global-education-conference #globaled10 #edchat

MissCheska:  @tkraz IMHO Depends on what course it is. If for an English class, I would check Nings like English Companion http://bit.ly/cR4BV3 #edchat

JessieNYC:   Cyber Racism & The Future of Free Speech http://bit.ly/bRizcV #edchat#BlackEdu #UrbanGirls

weisburghm:  I’m curious how many teachers encourage students to use LiveMocha http://www.livemocha.com/

AuthorsonCall:  Exciting presentation on Global Ed by INK authors. Don’t miss it 4:00pm EST; Link for room:http://bit.ly/9xwX9R #edchat #education

cybraryman1:  My Email Around the World bulletin board was the most read board in my school http://yfrog.com/j3e4asj

nancyrubin:  Virtual Field Trips as Engaged Learning http://ow.ly/3aI1h #edchat

findingdulcinea:  The Global Coalition Project is a group of interconnected classrooms from around the world:http://bit.ly/adzbL7 #edchat #glolab

cybraryman1:  My Collaboration page: http://cybraryman.com/collaboration.html #edchat

lemino:  Remember the global project about pearl harbor? #edchat http://is.gd/he2f5 What’s stopping you from creating those?

findingdulcinea:  The holy grail of cross-cultural student discussions: http://chattheplanet.com/index.php?page=chat&cat=115 #edchat 

@cschools:   What to make an impact on kids’ lives? Teach an apprenticeship with @cschoolshttp://bit.ly/aT77AI #volunteer #edreform #edchat

ColinTGraham:  @Schoology The Design for Change contest is a great example of globalization of student powerhttp://www.designforchangecontest.com/ #edchat

reuw:  @ShellTerrell On becoming a Globally connected Teacher – See Langwiches blog –http://bit.ly/bBfLBd #edchat

iearnusa:  For youngest kids, global art collaboration is great way to start: http://bit.ly/c9BPdr #edchat #iearn(one of 100 examples we’ve…

jeffkessler:  Digital Keys for Unlocking the Humanities? Riches – NYTimes http://nyti.ms/aZQPD9 – Digital tools in liberal arts education

cybraryman1:  My Glogs page: http://bit.ly/cBhDiG #edchat

ShellTerrell:  Several resources & examples of students collaborating internationally & how to connect w othershttp://bit.ly/aWfRoS #edchat

education_com:  Survey by @NatGeoSociety: 37% of Americans can find Iraq on map. Make kids global citizens:http://bit.ly/9kNG6e #edchat

cmoor4 An example for your perusal: http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2009/11/heritage-school-of-kabala.html

buffyjhamilton:  Journeys: Of Innovation and Roadblocks: http://is.gd/he6bO #tlchat #edchat

findingdulcinea:  This 3rd grade class in Maine connected w/3rd grade classes in all 50 states last year.http://bit.ly/9oaG3Q #edchat #sschat

miken_bu:  this site calls for Canadians to be intolerant, can’t say I disagree! http://bit.ly/cQ9MUD #edchat

cybraryman1:  Gr8 example of international collaboration going on now: Global Ed Conference http://tinyurl.com/25be2rf 

g4husky:  My elementary classroom is globally connected, appreciating similarities, celebrating differences. http://bit.ly/cATeZM

cybraryman1:  My Skype page: http://bit.ly/aQNA10 #edchat

ShapingYouth:  @Parentella @cybraryman1 need 2read #edchat feeds; this Skype resource pg is fab!http://bit.ly/aQNA10 ? global @SkypeClassroom concept #edu

qui_oui:  Report claims solution to teacher ed is to turn training “upside down”–again. http://bit.ly/dtwUSo#HigherEd #EdChat #HistoryRepeats

TwitClass:  In 4hrs plz join @ShellTerrell in a Free Webinar: Global Projects http://bit.ly/aQOEup 

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is the author of the Teacher Reboot Camp blog  and The 30 Goals Challenge free e-book. She is one of the founders of #Edchat and moderates regularly. She is also the VP of Educator Outreach for Parentella and the Social Community Manager for The Consultants-E. She has worked with students of all ages for over a decade and now teaches English in Germany. Find her on Twitter, @shellterrell

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