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Are you looking for a global project to join?

Are you wondering how to connect with another classroom?

Would you like examples of global collaboration in action?

Below is a list of exciting projects happening all around the world.

Name of the Project

Explanation of the Project

Around the World with 80 Schools

  • "The challenge is to connect your students with 80 schools from around the world via Skype"

  • It is an ongoing project that is pressure-free, there is no time limit on completing the connections, and it can be spread out over more than one year and more than one class of students

  • Classrooms are also encouraged to create blogs to share their connections and experiences

  • Discussions boards are used for teachers to post requests for connections

Teddy Bears Around the World

  • Different teddy bears from around the world share stories about their lives and adventures through the submissions of students

  • Project encourages the use of stories, photos, videos and podcasts to explore "countries, customs and traditions through the eyes of our 'teddy bears' and open their horizons through a more global perspective"

Global Read Aloud Project

  • "One shared read aloud—one global connection"

  • Connecting classrooms around a shared reading experience

  • Ideas for sharing students' reflections on the book include: Skype, Project Wiki, Project Blog, Wallwisher, Voice Thread, Twitter (#GLRead11), and Google Docs

  • Google planning groups support teachers and help make sharing connections

One Day on Earth

  • "On 10.10.10 we documented the world"

  • One Day on Earth is a crowd-sourced project to globally record the human experience over a 24-hour period

  • The second annual event took place on November 11, 2011

Life In A Day

  • Full length feature film by Ridley Scott (available on YouTube)

  • The makers of this film received over 80 000 contributions on YouTube consisting of 4 500 hours of video from 192 countries all filmed on July 24, 2010

  • Allows us to gain "greater insight into the lives of people who may be more like us than we ever suspected, despite the fact that we're separated by incredible distances"

  • Similar to One Day on Earth

Playing for Change

  • A collaborative project "connecting the world through music"

  • "A multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music"

  • Supports and encourages rich discussions around the universal language of music

  • Music videos of people from around the world

  • Funds raised from benefit concerts go to building music and art schools in underprivileged communities

Flat Classrooms Project

  • A global collaborative project joining together middle and high school students

  • A key goal of the project is to 'flatten' or lower the classroom walls by virtually connecting two or more classes to become one large classroom

  • "The project is designed to develop cultural understanding, skills with Web 2.0 and other software, experience in global collaboration and online learning, awareness of what it means to live and work in a flat world, while researching and discussing the ideas developed in Friedman's book." The World is Flat

  • Lead the World presentation from K12 Online Conference 2011 captures the Flat Classroom learning journey through the voices of students, teachers, and co-founders

Flat Classroom Projects Explained by Students

  • Students from Mount Carmel Area High School created a video "The Student Perspective - Will it be done by you, or to you?" in which they explain what a flat world means to them

  • Concepts from Thomas L. Friedman's Flat World are incorporated

  • The students share the benefits of The Flat Classroom project

  • Advice for others starting a Flat Classroom project

ePals Global Community

  • "World's largest K-12 social network"

  • Global collaborative project list includes a variety of themes (e.g. water, digital storytelling, habitats)

  • Collaboration database allows teachers to search for classrooms to connect with around the world

Time Zone Experiences

  • In an effort to understand time zones and the lives of others, classes submit what they are/would be doing each hour in the day

  • The Wiki is set up using a table with GMT times starting at 0:00 and classes add to the row with the time it would be where they live and details of what they are doing

  • Student submissions can be created using pictures, Glogster, Voki, Voicethread, etc.

  • Project's Blog

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

  • 2 052 people from around the world unite in singing "Sleep", Eric Whitacre conducts

  • Demonstrates the power of technology to connect, unite and collaborate

  • Demonstrates how connected we can be even though we live many miles apart

  • Distance is irrelevant with the power of technology

  • Look at the "Earth View" to see the locations of the participants

  • "For anyone who wants to believe in the humanizing possibilities of a connected world, here is your anthem." - Chris Anderson, TED Curator

Student Blogging Challenge

  • The Student Blogging Challenge runs twice yearly, starting each March and September

  • Each challenge consists of 10 weekly tasks to improve blogging and commenting skills, and at the same time building connections with a global audience

  • Open to class blogs and individual student bloggers from all over the world and of all ages

  • Feel free to do as many of the tasks as you like, in any order

Global Virtual Classroom

  • A free online educational program promoting global collaboration, communication and understanding

  • Website also shares global citizenship resources and collaboration tips

  • The Global Virtual Classroom is a multi-national, on-line cooperation activity for students ages 6 to 18 in which classrooms are paired for a year-long experience

  • "Using Internet technologies to communicate, participating schools can do something as simple as exchanging electronic postcards or as complex as building a website or other projects on-line together."

Kiva

  • Give loans to people in third world countries

  • $25 can change a life

  • Student fundraising efforts could be directed toward funding a project in a third world country

  • Students could research the countries and economics to decide which projects to fund

Skype in the Classroom

  • "Skype in the classroom is a free community to help teachers use Skype to help their students learn. It’s a place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and share inspiration"

  • Over 18 000 teachers, 1 200 projects and 500 resources

  • The positive impacts of Skype in the Classroom are shared in this 6 minute video by Made by Many

New Global Citizens

  • New Global Citizens has projects worldwide inspiring youth to become active global citizens

  • Their goals include: "providing youth with a global perspective, an opportunity to create change, and the tools to act on their passion to make a difference"

Global Classroom Project

  • An online collaborative space and global network to support teachers and students to "connect, share, learn and collaborate on a global stage"

  • A slideshare presentation highlighting many ongoing, successful global projects between classrooms

iEARN

  • International Education and Resource Network (iEARN)

  • 30 000 schools, 130 countries, 150 projects, 2 000 000 students collaborating globally every day

  • iEARN facilitates "on-line school linkages to enable students to engage in meaningful educational projects with peers in their countries and around the world"

  • 20th Anniversary video provides an overview and reflections from participants

My HERO Project

  • My HERO's objective is to "use media and technology to celebrate the best of humanity and to empower people of all ages to realize their own potential to effect positive change in the world"

  • Contribute a story, art work or short film

  • Educational web project to celebrate the best of humanity

TakingITGlobal

  • TakingITGlobal's mission: "empower youth (ages 13-30) to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges"

  • An online social network supporting "global education, social entrepreneurship, and civic engagement for millions of youth worldwide"

  • Over 340 000 members, 22 000 non-profit organizations, 13 languages, 2 400 schools, 118 countries

QuadBlogging

  • As part of a Quad Blog, four classrooms take turns in a cycle: one class posts, others comment; the next class posts and other classes comment, etc.

  • Very engaging and easy for teachers to manage

  • Teacher Sheri Edwards shares her blog comment considerations for students