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Virtual Travel Agency: Promoting Cultural Diversity Through Global Collaboration

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Fernando Ruíz Lira  
Diego Sánchez Monroy  
Cecilia De La Calle  
Diego Gutiérrez Huerta  
Sofía Ruíz Ramírez  
Paola Harp Pizá  
Claudia Chávez  

Learn how sixth-graders created a website to launch a virtual travel agency for kids. After holding virtual interviews with kids from all around the world and discovering what they liked most about their countries and cultures, students designed virtual tours using Google's Tour Creator.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Global collaboration
Grade level: 6-8
Subject area: ESL, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
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.
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

One of the primary purposes of education is to provide students with the skills and resources to face life challenges, specially taking into consideration that new technologies are changing the world faster than we can imagine. Therefore, the workforce of the future will need global collaboration skills to work with people from around the world to find solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. Having strong global collaboration skills is one area educators need to start promoting with their students in order to better prepare them for the future.

Bearing this in mind, this project was aimed at training communication and collaboration skills through the use of technology. Therefore, taking advantage of the digital skills sixth graders had developed over the past years on a 1:1 instructional program, they were presented with the challenge to develop a product that would promote cultural diversity among kids. Through a project based learning methodology, and by establishing virtual contacts with international peers, students came up with an authentic artifact. In addition, this collaborative global interactions enabled students to understand different perspectives and to make a responsible use of digital tools for learning and communicating.

Join this session to witness how sixth graders became global collaborators through holding virtual interviews with kids from other countries (Spain, Italy, Philippines, Argentina, USA and Chile) to learn about other cities and cultures from a another kid's perspective. Discover how, after this exchange, students collaboratively designed kid-friendly virtual tours around several cities using Google´s Tour Creator. Learn how through a combination of immersive 360º scenes, text and audio, sixth graders developed attractive virtual tours that help kids discover fantastic places all over the world, strengthen their cultural knowledge and promote cultural diversity. Finally, in order to make these tours easily accessible to other children, students designed a website to display all their virtual tours.

This project addressed multiple subjects transversally. For instance, students deepened their knowledge on Geography, Arts, History, and Spanish and got the chance to practice English as their second language during the interviews they held with children from other countries.

The main purpose and objectives for this presentation are:
- To share with the audience a success story of a project based learning experience, using global collaboration and technology.
- To demonstrate how Google Tour Creator can be an effective tool to design creative and engaging virtual tours for children to discover new places and broaden their cultural knowledge.
- To leverage learning experiences founded in children’s reality developing creativity and communication skills.
- To share with the audience the digital and communications skills developed by our students through global collaboration.
- To give students an international platform to share the process, the challenges they faced along the way and to present their final product (website).

Supporting research

- Randles, J. (2018). 5 ways students benefit from global collaboration.

- Boss, S & Krauss J. (2014). Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age. International Society for Technology in Education

- https://arvr.google.com/tourcreator/

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Presenters

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Fernando Ruíz Lira, Highlands International School Mexico
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Diego Sánchez Monroy, Highlands International School Mexico
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Cecilia De La Calle, Highlands International School Mexico
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Diego Gutiérrez Huerta, Highlands International School Mexico
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Sofía Ruíz Ramírez, Highlands International School Mexico
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Paola Harp Pizá, Highlands International School Mexico
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Claudia Chávez, Highlands International School Mexico

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