Global Collaboration — Seeing Yourself in Others Around the World

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Kristin Edwards  
Lucy Gray  
Janet Zanetis  

Discover the awareness, understanding and empathy that is created when your students participate in a global collaboration. Hear about ways teachers of various abilities can connect their students to students from around the world during global events such as Read Around the Planet or yearlong relationships.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Global collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
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.
For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn how real-time collaborative technologies are used to engage students across the globe. They will have an opportunity to hear experiences from various panel members about the impact of global collaborations on students' awareness, understanding and empathy of others. Session visitors will also be provided with information on how to participate in upcoming global events.


Introduction of Global Collaboration History

Difference between Global collaborations and Global Events

Examples of Global Collaborations in the classroom and impact on students

How teachers can find Global Collaboration and what they need to know to participate in a Collaboration

Q & A from the Audience

Supporting research

Tenhet, Troy. (August 23, 2012). Beyond school walls: Connecting students and teachers around theworld. Huffington Post.

Raths, David. (June 17, 2015). 6 Ways Videoconferencing Is Expanding the Classroom: With instant access to international collaborators, virtual field trips and courses in other districts, learning can happen anywhere in the world, T.H.E. Journal.

Greenberg, A. and Zanetis, J. (2012) The Impact of Broadcast and Streaming Video on Education. Cisco

Newman, D. (September 19, 2013). 5 game-changing trends in unified communications. K12TechDecisions.

Svitak, Adora. (April 21, 2010) 5 Wyas You Can Use Videoconferencing.

Howard-Kennedy, Jody. (January 1, 2005). Videoconferencing in Education. TechLearning.

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Kristin Edwards, CiTi BOCES

Kristin was a middle school teacher until her affinity for/love of technology as an engaging learning tool led her to become a technology professional developer. She enjoyed supporting teachers in their journey with technology integration, especially because technology is constantly evolving. There's no complacency and never a dull moment in the world of technology! As time progressed and our world evolved, Kristin began to see more clearly how technology could be used to make connections outside the walls of the school buildings. Today, Kristin's job as a Distance Learning Specialist enables her to connect students and teachers with others all over the world.

Lucy Gray, Actionable Innovations Global
Janet Zanetis, Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration

As an educator and university administrator, Janet Zanetis, M.Ed., spent 20 years in K-12 and Higher Education. After 10 years in the corporate sector, she began her current role as the Managing Director at the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. Janet’s area of expertise is the application of video technologies. She has written extensively on this topic for education journals and has co-authored two books. She has been a presenter and keynoter at local, national and international Education conferences. Janet served on the ISTE Board of Directors from 2013-2019.