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Merging Hemispheres: Global Collaboration Tips & Tricks for Under-13s

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Venisha Bahr  
Jill Broderick  

Explore how two former colleagues teamed up to navigate the murky waters of data protection, student privacy concerns and time zone limitations to connect sixth grade students across hemispheres: from London to Singapore and beyond!

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Communication & collaboration
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:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
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 share our experiences leveraging the power of technology to connect middle school classrooms across the globe, despite ongoing worries of data protection and student privacy. Our hope is that participants will leave our session not only inspired to do the same, but with ready-to-use activities they can put into practice with their learners with minimal modifications. Our session will provide concrete examples of how we were able to meet subject area content standards as well as the ISTE standards for students: Global Collaborator 7A and Creative Communicator 6C. Additionally, participants will learn how to meet the ISTE standard for educators: Collaborator 4C. We will provide a resource list of online tools that support global communication and collaboration. It is also our hope that an interactive session of interested teachers could serve as a networking opportunity for those teachers interested in implementing the activities, but need a school to team up with.

Technology tools to be showcased (this is a tentative and non- exhaustive list): FlipGrid, PearDeck, CoSpaces, BreakoutEdu, Wakelet, Padlet

Supporting research

Lindsay, Julie. The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning & Teaching. Eugene, Oregon: International Society for Technology in Education, 2016.
Ziemke, Kristin, and Katie Muhtaris. Read the World: Rethinking Literacy for Empathy and Action in a Digital Age. Heinemann, 2020.

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Venisha Bahr, American School in London
ISTE Certified Educator
Jill Broderick, American School of the Hague

Jill Broderick is passionate about using technology to support equity, flexibility, and creativity in math. She is a “Google for Education Certified Innovator” who is striving to change the narrative of math education, having 12 years of experience teaching MS math in the US, London, Singapore, and soon The Hague! Outside the classroom, she enjoys reading, trivia, cooking, and hanging out with her sausage dog, Ispíní von Weenie.

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