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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Margret Atkinson  
Anne Mirtschin  

Join ISTE Global Collaboration PLN leaders and explore both tried-and-true and trending tools that support global collaboration. Learn how online tools (both synchronous and asynchronous) can help provide successful global connections, interactive problem-solving as well as professional networking and development in virtual environments.

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: 6-12
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.
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to explore the presenters’ favourite technology tools to 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 throughout the session
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 and/or Wakelet of resources that include summary of our suggested tools, video tutorials, how to find educators interested in global
collaboration, popular global projects, tips and hints for success etc
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 collaboration.
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
Twitter - including hashtags specific to global collaboration
Google documents, Google Sites, Google Tour Builder, Google Jam Board
Social networking: Facebook, Slack, Emodo, SeeSaw

Supporting research

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

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

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)

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Margret Atkinson, University View Academy
Anne Mirtschin, Hawkesdale P12 College

ne Mirtschin is a multi-award winning teacher (includes the ISTE Making IT Happen award). She teaches Digital Technology and Business Studies at Hawkesdale P12 College, Australia. She is passionate about rural and global education, immersing technology into the classroom and loves collaborating and learning online. Technology and an amazing global PLN has enabled her to make the world her classroom. Anne is the co-Australasian Chair for the Global Education Conference, a Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator, a Flat Connections Lead teacher and a Co-Communications Chair for ISTE Global Collaboration PLN.

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