Telecollaboration - tinyurl.com/telecollaborate


Get your students involved on a Global level. Have them interact with other students from all over the world.
Telecollaboration is a learning experience that involves your students in the same sort of projects you might do with the classroom down the hall. It could last for 3 weeks or 3 years. It's all a matter of what needs to be done.

A telecollaborative project can take many forms. It might be:
  • Information exchange
  • Data collection
  • Creation
  • Research
  • Data analysis
  • Live conferencing

The best way to begin experiencing the telecollaborative process is to become a participant in a project that is already designed and running. Once you have "the feel of things", you can create your own.

Telecollaborative Project Sites

**Global School Network**
Central site where hundreds of telecollaborative projects are posted.

Global School Network Registry
This is the registry where you can find other teachers who have posted projects that you can join. After you have been involved in a few projects, you can post your own projects and get other classes involved.

Interesting Educational Projects

One World Project
The purpose of the One World Project is to share ideas and activities internationally so that people can get to know one another better. Explore the many opportunities that are available. They have some simple collaborative projects. There are even international sites of classes who want to work with you.

**MyHero.com** -
My Hero is a site where students can share their writings, artwork and videos about the people in their community, country or history who they see as heros. It began as a simple idea but has now become a global learning community that bridges the digital divide, promotes peace and tolerance, and allows people around the globe to have their voices heard in a safe, commercial-free, child-friendly environment. This has been accomplished through building our multimedia journal and digital library, providing support for thousands of teachers who use project-based learning in their classrooms, and making media arts education available to those in underrepresented communities so all can take part in this award-winning project.

Around the World with 80 Schools- A Skype project where Silvia Tolisano has founded a project where she wants to Skype with classrooms from around the room. It will only involve a 5-minute Skpe session with her and her students. You can see a wonderful 20-minute video, //Around the World with Skype//, that she created about using Skype in your classroom.

CyberFair International (ages 5 - 19) - A project sponsored by the Global School Network. It challenges students to collaborate locally to create a project that spotlights their community. These projects are turned into websites and then submitted. They are evaluated against projects from around the world. CyberFair International 2010 will end in April, 2010, but another will probably begin in September, 2010. Plan for the future. Review the At a Glance tab to get the overall concept of the project.

Doors to Diplomacy (ages 12 - 19) - Another project sponsored by the Global School Network. Students are challenged to create a website that addresses one of 8 different categories . Having selected one of the categories, the website provides a set of suggestions for projects for each category (example)The students use these projects to inform their classmates about international situations. They must then report on the effects of their projects on their classmates, schools and communities.


Collaborative Stories in Spanish and English (ages 6 - 8)

Using a new tool called STORYBIRD (www.storybird.com), our primary age students in grades 1-2 (age 6-8), would like partners whose first language is Spanish to create picture storybooks with us online. The tool allows you to go back and forth, partner to partner, to add pages and lines of text. We would like the stories to be in both Spanish and English. Finally, it would be neat to "meet" on Skype when we're done!

Newsday 2010 (Ages 10 - 16) (closed for this school year)
Your students write news articles and then submit them to the "Newsday" newswire on March 22-25, 2010.
Then they produce their own newspaper based on the articles submitted by all of the participating classes. You send a copy of your newspaper to all other participants on May 3-7, 2010.
You then receive copies of newspapers published by the other classes.

Flat Stanley Goes Web 2.0 (ages 6 - 10)
Our class is beginning a Flat Stanley project and we are looking for classes that would be willing to host our Flat Stanley. We are bringing the Flat Stanley project into the 21st century by adding many new Web 2.0 tools. One of the major changes that we have made to this project is we will be emailing Flat Stanley instead of using snail mail. We will also be using a wiki in order to gather and organize all of our information about this project. Finally we would like to have a Skype call with your class at the end of Flat Stanley's visit with you. If you are interested please email me so we can set up a date for Flat Stanley to visit you!

Net Gen Education Project (ages 14 - 19)
In this project, students will study and "mash up" the results of the 2010 Horizon Report from the New Media Consortium and Educause and Tapscott's book Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World. Students will study the current research and create wiki-reports with their student partners around the world analyzing current trends and projecting future happenings based upon this collaborative analysis. This project is managed by the students who assume roles such as project manager, assistant project manager, and editors of the various wikis.

Flat Classroom Project (ages 14 - 19)
The Flat Classroom™ Project is a global collaborative project that joins together middle and senior high school students. This project is part of the emerging tend in internationally-aware schools to embrace a holistic and constructivist educational approach to work collaboratively with others around the world in order to create students who are competitive and globally-minded. It is based upon Thomas Friedman's book, The World is Flat. Here is an introductory YouTube video.

eRacism (ages 14 - 19)
Student finalists will be debating “Differences Make us Stronger” in the impromptu style debate moderated by Bernajean Porter (http://www.digitales.us) with the final vote on the winner taken from the judges and student participants in the project who will be in the virtual world. This final debate is the culmination of an 8 week debate project that began with sixteen teams from 12 classrooms in 7 countries and is now down to two debate teams from Shorecrest Preparatory School in Florida and Westwood Schools in Georgia.

Digiteen (ages 14 - 19)
Digiteen 10-1 is a digital citizenship global project for January - March 2010.
This is where schools and classrooms from around the world will discuss issues, research and take action to do with being online in the 21st century. The project also has a Digiteen Ning where students and teachers connect, interact, share multimedia and reflect on their experiences throughout the project.

Interesting Supportive Material

Cool School video
North Pole Expedition video
Golden Bridges