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It's a Small World: Elementary Global Collaboration

[Participate and share : Interactive lecture]

Wednesday, June 29, 11:45 am–12:45 pm
CCC 401

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Discover powerful web resources and best practices perfect for connecting young learners. Gain ideas for Google Docs, Storybird, Voicethread, ePals, Skype, Flockdraw, Quadblogging and more. Soon your students will be blogging; storytelling; sharing videos, images, and knowledge; and even creating websites with students across the classroom and around the world.

Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-5
ISTE Standards: Students : Communication and collaboration
Additional detail: ISTE Professional Learning Network pick, Global Collaboration strand session

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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

With mountains of resources available for Global Collaboration, elementary teachers often spend hours sifting through tools and practices to find the select few that will be successful for young learners. In this interactive session, attendees learn about powerful web resources and best practices that are perfect for our youngest learners. With ideas for tools like Google Docs, Storybird, Voicethread, ePals, Skype, and Flockdraw, participants will learn how to find other teachers and classes who are interested in collaborating, how to set-up 21st century learning activities that promote global awareness and real world problem solving, and easily implement these new tools in their classroom. In no time, elementary students can be blogging; digital storytelling; sharing videos, images, knowledge or skills; and even creating websites with other students across the classroom and around the world.


I. Why Student Collaboration? (7 minutes)
II. Powerful tools and practices for student collaboration (40 minutes)
a. Hands-on Walkthroughs
b. Lesson applications
c. Best practices, challenges and solutions
d. Student samples and success stories
e. Digital Citizenship concerns
III. Connecting to Global Communities and Projects (8 minutes)
IV. Reflections, Wrap-Up, Q&A, and Evaluation (5 minutes)

Supporting research

“Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture” by Henry Jenkins

“It’s Elementary! Integrating Technology in the Primary Grades” (Book) – Boni Hamilton; “…the integration of technology with classroom content improves student achievement. Thoughtfully planned, such lessons engage students to a higher degree than traditional teaching and lead to the development of 21st-century skills such as complex thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration.” (p.19)

“Framework for 21st Century Learning” by Partnership for 21st Century Skills,
“Meaningful Learning with Technology” by Jane Howland, David Jonassen, and Rose Marra

“Authentic Audiences: Overcoming the Myth of “When I Grow Up” by Nancye Blair Black,
“Study: Young Kids Better with Tech than Life Skills” (article) - Larry Magid - - Study demonstrates the early technological potential of the digital generation.

“Return to Sender” (article) – Dan Gordon – “The skills in high demand now are not exclusively reading, writing, and arithmetic. Magner's organization [Partnership for 21st Century Skills] says United States schools need to fuse the traditional three Rs with the four Cs--critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity--while also making room for problem solving and innovation.”



favorites Nancye Blair Black,

Nancye Blair Black is an award-winning educator who promotes holistic, technology-enriched pedagogy and dignity-driven instructional practices that maximize each step of a child’s developmental journey. Her accomplishments as an educational change agent have garnered her many honors. She was named an ISTE Emerging Leader, won a PBS Teachers Innovation Award, and has been featured in magazines and books as well as on radio and television programs. Nancye brings captivating energy, experience and expertise to her keynotes, workshops and presentations. She is a contributing author of several books, including Cases on 3D Technology Application and Integration in Education and Tablets in K12 Education. She serves as a school board member for the Lakeland Montessori Schools, is president for the Florida Society for Technology in Education and is founding president for the ISTE 3D Network.