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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Tuesday, June 26, 1:15–2:15 pm
Location: W176a

Amy Jambor   Anne Mirtschin   Makisha Rogers  
Join ISTE Global Collaboration PLN leaders and explore trending tools that support global collaboration. Experience tools in action involving global online participants. Learn how online tools can help provide individualized learning and interactive problem solving as well as professional development in both virtual and face-to-face environments.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Online tools, apps and resources
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective


The purpose of this presentation is to explore the presenters’ favourite technology tools that support Global Collaboration for both students and educators. Attendees will experience and interact with some of these tools and discover how they can find, connect, and collaborate with global educators and classrooms. Classroom stories and use of these tools will be shared, providing inspiration for attendees and take-aways that could be implemented in their classrooms tomorrow.


Session attendees will:

1. Engage in a live TweetChat.
2. Be able to identify at least two tools that they may use back in
their classrooms.
3. Be able to access a google document of resources which will be
provided for connecting with educators interested in global
4. Be able to discuss how to integrate shared tools into their
personal Professional Development plans.
5. Be able to generate ideas/activities that are project-based and
student centered utilizing online tools for global collaboration.
6. Begin developing a professional learning network by connecting
with other educators and accessing the top tools for global
7. Describe the elements of student and teacher Global
Collaboration including obstacles.

Specific Tools

As new tools are constantly being introduced, the ones shared, at this stage, may include:
Videoconferencing tools: Skype, Hangouts,, Zoom
Voxer/We Chat/Viber
TweetDeck - including hashtags specific to global collaboration
Google documents
Wikis/ Google Sites

Evidence of Success

Success will be demonstrated by:
1. The number of attendees utilizing the interactive tools and
involved in the collaborative experience, especially in the
backchannel using twitter.
2. The quality of “real-time’ discussion in twitter, using the tools
3. Number of attendee-generated additions to the session’s
resource document such as FlipGrid.
4. The feedback at the end of the session.


Global Collaboration (10 minutes)
1. Elements of Global Collaboration
2. Student Collaboration
A. Classroom projects
3. Educator Collaboration
A. Making Connections
B. Professional Development
4. Global Collaboration Taxonomy
5. Twitter Tools

Tools for Global Collaboration (10 minutes)
This will be both peer-to-peer interactions and device-based activities with presenter support as participants interact with tools. Participants will be given time and encouragement to interact with tools. Introduce various online tools for global collaboration
Attendees experiment with various tools as presenters assist and moderate the backchannel conversation through a Tweet Chat.

Classroom Stories (10 minutes)
Presenters showcase classroom stories where specific tools are used in action. Presenters will talk specifically how individual tools were used in real classrooms and within actual projects.

Collaborating through TweetChats (10 minutes)
Device-based activity with presenter support for participants.
1. What are Hashtags and how to use them
2. Group discussions through Twitter
3. TweetChat Tools ( and TweetDeck)
4. Tips for getting the most from TweetChats

Engaging in a Live TweetChat (ongoing - approx. 30 minutes)
1. Using hashtag, #ISTEGlobalPLN, we will run a live TweetChat.
This will serve as the backchannel conversation around tools.
2. ISTE Global PLN members from around the world will contribute
to the conversation.
3. A series of TweetChat prompting questions will be used.

Debriefing/Benefits/Comments/Questions (10 minutes)

Supporting research

Lindsay, Julie The Global Educator (2016): Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning & Teaching.

Krakower, B., Naugle, P., & Blumengarten, J. (2015). Connecting Your Students with the World: Tools and Projects to Make Global Collaboration Come Alive, K-8. Routledge.

Mullins, T., Reynolds, A., Angle, M., & Neal, G. (2013, October). Global Collaboration for 21st. Century Educators. In World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (Vol. 2013, No. 1, pp. 2244-2244).

Taras, V., Caprar, D. V., Rottig, D., Sarala, R. M., Zakaria, N., Zhao, F., ... & Huang, V. Z. (2013). A global classroom? Evaluating the effectiveness of global virtual collaboration as a teaching tool in management education. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 12(3), 414-435.

Mullins, T., Reynolds, A., Angle, M., & Neal, G. (2013, October). Global Collaboration for 21st. Century Educators. In World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (Vol. 2013, No. 1, pp. 2244-2244)

Klein, Jennifer The Global Education Guidebook (2017): Humanizing K-12 Classrooms Worldwide Through Equitable Partnerships.

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Amy Jambor has been teaching students for 20 years in the areas of social science, English, and technology integration. Amy has developed a passion for global collaboration while working as a Flat Connections Global Educator as well as a Leader at Large for the ISTE Global Collaboration PLN. While Amy has worked with young learners in several states, she now teaches at DeForest High School just outside of Madison, Wisconsin. She has presented on technology and collaboration at Ohio E-Tech, The Idea Center of Cleveland, the Global Education Forum at Baldwin Wallace University as well as the annual ISTE Conference.

Anne Mirtschin, Hawkesdale P12 College

Anne Mirtschin is a multi-award winning teacher who uses online tools to create powerful learning opportunities for students. She teaches Information and Communications Technology(ICT), VCE Accounting and Business Studies at Hawkesdale P12 College a remote Prep to Year 12 School in country Western Victoria. She is passionate about rural and global education, immersing technology into the classroom and loves collaborating and learning online. The innovative use of technology together with an amazing international Professional Learning Network has enabled her to make the world her classroom.

Makisha Rogers, Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School

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