The Global Connect: 12 Tips for Global Collaboration

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Jamie Saponaro  
Global projects use the internet to its fullest potential by breaking down classroom walls to engage with students from around the world. These collaborative projects bridge schools and develop a global community. Discover 12 tips for how to engage in global projects, explore a collection to join and learn some creation ideas.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Topic: Communication & collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and promote diversity, cultural understanding and global awareness by using digital age communication and collaboration tools to interact locally and globally with students, peers, parents and the larger community.
For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this workshop, participants will:

1) have an understanding of the different types of collaborative projects (virtual experiences, expert connections, virtual author visits, multi-participant projects, partner projects, and self-hosting projects).

2) explore collaborative projects, sorted by type, to evaluate and join based on those that would suit their classroom and curricular needs.

3) receive 12 tips for successful participation in collaborative projects with respect to organization, timing, and expectations.

4) gain a collection of technology tools and before, during, and after resources for organization and engagement.

5) acquire 14 steps for the development of self-hosting global projects.

6) walk away with a collaborative project to join or a plan to initiate a self-hosting global project - and an excitement for implementing global projects into the curriculum!


Part A

Participants will be introduced to the philosophy and concept of global projects that are collaborative in nature and will see examples in action. The phases of connect, collaborate, create, and inform that promote 21st century skills will be highlighted.
(10 minutes)

Part B

Participants will then explore different categories and examples of global projects in Jigsaw groups and then meet back in teams to share with their teammates.
(10 Minutes)

Part C -

As a workshop goal, educators will work independently to explore and evaluate in order to sign up for at least one collaborative project that suits their classroom needs.
(20 minutes)

Part D

Participants will then learn the 12 tips for successful global project participation, including technology tools for conferencing, collaboration, and communication, as well as before, during, and after participation ressources.
(10 minutes)

Part E

Finally, participants will given 14 steps for the development of self-hosting global projects including a template for that creation.
(10 minutes)

Supporting research

5 Ways Students Benefit from Global Collaboration

Global Collaboration and Learning

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Jamie Saponaro, InTECHgration

Jamie Saponaro is an educational consultant and the Director of Educational Success for ClassLink. She is also the author of the book Creative Projects Using Popular Computer Applications and a podcaster on her educational podcast through ClassLink, LinkedUp: Breaking Boundaries in Education. Jamie loves spreading the word about ClassLink by helping schools roll it out to teachers and students, by providing webinars for support, and by sharing professional development through its platform.

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