Connecting Classrooms

Tuesday, July 28 3:50 - 4:30
Presenters: Linda Nitsche and Brandon Lutz

Learning to collaborate in an online and inter-cultural environment will clearly be a critical skill for our students. Discover how global collaborative projects can engage your students in authentic learning across classrooms and continents and prepare them for their future. Learn about a variety of web 2.0 tools you can use to remove the barriers of time and distance and connect your class internationally. Teachers of all levels will find inspiration and practical ideas for finding partners, selecting platforms for connecting, and steps for developing successful global collaborations.

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Why Collaborative Projects?

  • Global Education and 21st Century Skills

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Share and Tell

  • Introductions
  • Participant conversations and interactions regarding their experiences and interests in global education
  • What words would you use to describe online collaborative projects? Why would you want to engage your students in one? Help create a Wordle
Wordle: Connected Classrooms

Part 1: A Glance

  • Open this EtherPad and record your ideas as you learn about Global Collaborations

Part 2: Essentials

Collaborative Space

Communication Tools

Embed Web 2.0 Media

Protection Levels

  • Online Identity
  • Privacy Levels
  • Comment Moderation
  • Tracking Discussions

Part 3: Getting Started

  • Connecting to Experts

  • Finding Projects

  • Examine Classroom Curriculum for Goals and Content Ties
  • Select a Tool to Add Value to Your Purpose
  • Find and Join Organized Projects
  • Organized Projects Lead to Individual Projects

  • Get Started Yourself

  • Using the Webslides of Collaborative Project Registeries and Collaborative Projects, work with a group to brainstorm curricular topics and ideas for collaborative projects.
  • Participants can work in groups to find projects related to common interests or common curricular areas.
  • OR Participants can work to create an idea for their own collaborative project.

More Online Resources and Examples of Collaborative Projects


  • My Project Partners

  • Make Your Mark HERE! Find Your Keystone Partners HERE!

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1. Click on Join.
2. Add your school location.
3. In the pop-up window add your name and email address.

4. In the Comment Section, list your School name, Grades you teach, and add a url to your website or blog.
5. Click OK when you are finished.

Don't STOP Here...

  • Poll Everyone
How ready are you to get your class connected?

View Results
Free web poll from Free Website Polls

  • Establishment of methods for continued networking

Dream Big!

Take one step!

Just Do It!