Are you ready to integrate technology into your classroom for the first time, just not sure where to begin? Or are you already using technology with your students, and you're ready to go deeper? Either way, the recommendation from Honor Moorman, Associate Director, Professional Development and Curriciulum, Asia Society, is the same. Use technology to engage students in a global collaboration project.
by Honor Moorman
As thought leaders like Chris Lehmann and Will Richardson often remind us, we need to do more than simply use technology to do what we've always done digitally. We need to integrate technology in ways that engage students in new and meaningful opportunities for learning, collaborating, and creating. I can think of no better way to enrich students' learning with technology than by using it to facilitate a global collaboration.
Global collaboration projects bring students together from different countries to work on a joint project. They can be introduced at any age- or grade-level and infused into any subject area curriculum. There are many existing projects to choose from—from simple, short-term projects with just one other partner class to more complex, long-term projects, like Quadblogging in which four classes blog and respond to each other for eight weeks. If you're new to integrating technology into your curriculum, you might want to start with a shorter, simpler project. For instance, the Pulse Program hosted by Global Nomads Group uses videoconferencing to engage students in cross-cultural dialogue around a significant world issue.