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Stories of Schools Connecting Internationally

Resources for Collaborative Project Work

International Collaborative Teachers

As you begin to explore the possibilities for cross-cultural interaction, global classroom projects, and new learning opportunities, several organizations and facilitators of online spaces can assist in your efforts. Many will actually facilitate these learning opportunities, while others are simply areas for you to connect and collaborate with other educators and students.

WHAT'S HERE:

  Global Organizations and Networks

Several different global organizations exist for different specific purposes. Explore all the different organizations, or skip directly to the following sections:

  International Collaboration and Exchange

  Global Competitions

  International Regional Networks: browse networks by specific global region.

  Content Resources: start here to look for content to expand your current curriculum in areas of global awareness or internationalism.

 

1. GLOBAL ORGANIZATIONS AND NETWORKS

Browse all of the following organizations and networks, or use headings in the table to explore and then choose the organization that best suits you and your students’ needs.

Purpose

Organization Name and Link

Description

International Collaboration and Exchange

Around the World with 80 Schools

Around the World with 80 Schools

A group of students and teachers with one goal: connect students with 80 schools from around the world using Skype. Many different project possibilities can be explored here. Some suggested ways of getting involved are listed, or look at which groups meet your students’ needs.  A project wiki helps teachers plan which schools to contact and how to connect.

 

Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network (ISSN)

Asia Society

Since 2003, with initial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Asia Society has worked in partnership with school districts and charter authorities to create the International Studies Schools Network (ISSN), a national network of design-driven schools that are achieving success in attaining their core mission: to develop college ready, globally competent high school graduates. The network currently includes more than 20 schools in urban and rural communities across the United States. ISSN schools serve students in grades 6-12 or 9-12. 85% of all students are minorities, and 74% are from low-income families. Emerging research suggests correlations between high academic achievement and global competence. For more information visit their main info page or learn more about the design of their schools.

 

Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning

Asia Society

The Asia Society’s membership-based initiative hopes to improve international collaboration and knowledge by harnessing the power of 21st century technology and global skills. Benefits include an online assessment of how global your school is, a network of resources, texts, school models, an abundance of articles, an annual conference, and weekly newsletters.

 

CAPspace

Collaborations around the Planet

CAPspace (Collaborations around the Planet) is a social networking tool for educational videoconferencing. Register and login to find colleagues and schools interested in collaborative videoconference (H.323 and H.320) projects. Create and advertise your own collaborative videoconference projects to educators around the world. CAPspace also provides registration for collaborative events and projects such as TWICE’s Read Around the Planet. There are currently more than 6900 educators from 31 countries registered with CAPspace. TWICE is an initiative from Michigan supporting videoconferencing in K-12 education.

 

Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)

CIESE

CIESE has been involved in K-12 science and mathematics education via the Internet since 1993. Since then, teachers and students worldwide have benefited from CIESE’s collaborative online projects. Specializing in quantitative, inquiry-based science and mathematics web-based curricula, CIESE uses the interactive nature of the Internet for their projects. Browse their collaborative projects, their real-time data projects, or primary source projects. A section on Higher Ed is also available.

 

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)

CILC

IVECA - Intercultural Virtual Exchange of Classroom Activities

The CILC is a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing learning through collaborative technologies. In addition to offering schools and teachers content resources and consulting to improve learning through collaboration, the site also allows teachers to search for collaborative projects in and outside of the U.S.A.

Intercultural Virtual Exchange of Classroom Activities (IVECA) is an online classroom exchange program in which K-12 school students in different countries share what they study and everyday life through a Web platform. Students in different countries perform individual and group projects in their classrooms according to the weekly activity topics provided by the IVECA Virtual Classrooms. Students from each country exchange their thoughts and information with each other about once a week. Depending on the needs and objectives of participant schools, the communication and collaboration can occur asynchronously through text messages, images, and video clips as well synchronously through the audio and video-conferencing.

 

Classroom 2.0

While Classroom 2.0 is primarily a community for teachers interested in using Web 2.0 and social media in their classrooms, a forum exists for teachers looking to collaborate globally. This is a support group for teachers new to using Web 2.0 tools for collaboration.

 

eLanguages

eLanguages

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If you are a teacher looking for international partners for your school and would like a safe, secure, easy-to-use space to share your partnership work online, then you've come to the right place.

You can find new partner schools and projects to work with or get support to develop a school partnership you already have.

eLanguages is a global online community of teachers sharing ideas and working together with their students on curriculum-relevant projects.  Create your own school profile, meet teachers from around the world, and share a variety of resources to make your projects lively and interactive. Available in 23 languages.

 

ENO

ENO

ENO- Environment Online is a global virtual school and network for schools, students, and teachers to connect to learn about environmental sustainability. It is based out of Finland and sponsored by the Education Department there. Find a coordinator in your own country or one of 150 others. Register to participate and learn more about environmental awareness.

 

ePals Classroom Exchange

ePals

ePals connects users from around the globe, providing the tools and meeting places to create a worldwide community of learners. The tools include ePals SchoolMail™ and ePals Global Community™ as well as built-in language translation designed for schools. Whether you want project ideas for your class-to-class partnership, or discussion areas where you can contribute your views on a matter, ePals strives to make it easy for members to make meaningful connections.

 

FourNations Classroom

Center for Global Education

An initiative of the Centre for Global Education (Canada), The Four Nations Classroom creates a classroom of the world and brings the world into the classroom. From the months of October to December, hundreds of students from every corner of the planet connect in a series of large group and one-on-one encounters. Schools representing each nation meet via video conference and collaborate through the innovative blending of multiple technologies.

 

Global Connections and Exchange Programs, US Department of State

Global Connections and Exchange

Global Connections programs work to empower youth to use technology to tackle universal issues such as gender equity, health, environment, diversity, and human rights. Further, these programs work with schools to benefit from Internet access and resources by engaging participants in dialogue with the international community.

 

Global Education Collaborative

 

The Global Education Collaborative is a community for teachers and students who wish to connect and find common interests in global education. “The mission of the Global Education Collaborative is to bring people together in order to build the professional relationships necessary for effective collaboration.” Browse the project database, apply to start your own project, or browse a bibliography. Join a group or discuss collaborative projects in the forum.

 

Global Education Motivators (GEM)

Global Education Motivatiors

Founded in 1981, GEM has consistently worked with students, teachers, and administrators through on-site and distance learning workshops and classroom program support to promote a better understanding of the world and its people. GEM maintains a close association with the United Nations as well as several other affiliations. GEM provides various videoconferencing applications and offers packaged videoconferencing programs that can be customized through brainstorming with teachers to fit the individual classroom situation.

 

Global Gateway

Global Gateway

A database for schools and colleges (students aged 5 - 19) looking for partner schools anywhere on the planet to develop international education projects in various subject areas. It is managed by the British Council, but it is open to all schools.

 

Global Nomads Group

Global Nomads Group

Founded in 1998, the Global Nomads Group (GNG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to heightening children's understanding and appreciation for the world and its people. Using interactive technologies such as videoconferencing, GNG brings young people together face-to-face to meet across cultural and national boundaries to discuss their differences and similarities and the world issues that affect them.

 

Global SchoolNet

Global School Net

Global SchoolNet is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting K-12 students by providing a clearinghouse of collaborative, engaging projects that focus on skills and multicultural understanding. They offer several different ways for teachers to get their students involved. Explore their site or take a tour here.

 

ICONS Simulations

ICONS Project

The ICONS Project's mission is to advance learning by designing and delivering dynamic role-play simulations for students and professionals worldwide. These interactive simulations allow participants to be decision-makers tasked with resolving contentious issues. ICONS simulation exercises feature peer collaboration tools and active learning throughout its simulation interface. No software is necessary to participate in this initiative of the University of Maryland. Register for one of the distributed simulations, which happen every fall, to be involved in a collaborative simulation with another school internationally. The research library has further resources for students to prepare for the internationally-focused simulations.

 

iEARN – International Education and Resource Network

iEARN

 

iEARN is a global, nonprofit network with several different access points for youth organizations and classes of students aged 5-19. iEARN has been facilitating student and teacher- designed online collaborative projects and face-to-face meetings since 1988. Over 30,000 schools in 125+ countries participate in approximately 250 iEARN projects covering all curricular areas. Access iEARN-USA, iEARN International, or browse current projects. iEARN has national organizations in each country for teacher and project support.  For a description of these countries’ programs, see its “Globe” pages.  A Getting Started Guide is also available. iEARN also offers professional development workshops, courses, and webinars on how to internationalize local curriculum.

 

Kidlink

Kidlink is a project born in 1990 thanks to the collaboration of a a group of teachers from different countries and based essentially on voluntary service. It is hosted on a Social Network site, a unique on-line environment that allows teachers and students to collaborate in projects by providing a wide range of easy-to-use features and functions. The main goal of Kidlink is helping children through the secondary school level, to be involved in a global dialog. The Kidlink Project Center has a list of current projects.

 

Muse

Muse is a new social utility tool developed for the Internet2 K-20 community enabling educators and practitioners to connect, collaborate, and communicate with their colleagues around projects, people, and promising practices.

Muse enables members to create, edit, and search for projects both within their own regional community as well as the national and international Internet2 communities. Muse also allows members to comment, share bookmarks, websites, and other resources and to track fellow Muse members and projects of interest to them.

 

 

National Association of Independent Schools 
Challenge 20/20

National Association of Independent Schools

The National Association of Independent Schools’ Internet-based, international education program called Challenge 20/20 partners schools in the US with schools in other countries.  Challenge 20/20 teams research global problems and find solutions that can be implemented locally and in their own schools and communities.  Elementary and secondary schools, public and private schools from anywhere in the world can all participate.  There is no travel required and no fees to participate.  We invite all schools to submit a Challenge 20/20 application anytime from March to August to participate in the next school year and to collaborate together through the Challenge 20/20 Portal.  

Students’ research, solutions and discussions as well as videos and photographs will be posted on the Challenge 20/20 Portal within their classrooms and collaborations.  More details are available here.  Challenge 20/20 videos will also be considered for inclusion on our newly launched NAIS on iTunes U website. 

 

Projects by Jen

Creative Projects for the PreK - Sixth Grade Classroom

This site has been hosting and coordinating projects for K-6 grade students and their teachers since 1999. Browse this year’s calendar of current collaborative projects and peruse the resources. You can also check out the monthly newsletter.

 

Rafi.ki

Rafi.ki has four main areas: find partner schools and students around the world (made easier with facilitators); find projects covering many different curriculum areas; communicate through audio, video, text and more; and collaborate in a safe and monitored environment. Membership is free for teachers and schools outside the UK; within the UK membership varies based on services.

 

TakingITGlobal

Taking it Global

A collaborative learning space that feels like a social network, TakingITGlobal has both an online community and educational programs for youth aged 13-30. Their goals are facilitated learning through global awareness of issues like cross-cultural understanding, health care, and climate change. They are a nonprofit with partnerships in many sectors and members around the world. In existence since 2000, TakingITGlobal is dedicated to “shaping a more inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable world.” TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed) is a program and community of global educators with resources, support, and virtual spaces for connecting and collaborating in learning partnerships.

 

Teach Connect

The Teach Connect project is a global effort to pair teachers who have collaborative project ideas. Any member can create a group focused on a specific kind of interaction—such as mock trials—or can follow projects launched by teachers from a particular geographic area. Some of the proposed projects may align with your curriculum; you may also create your own project and invite other educators to join in.

 

Teachers Connecting

Teachers Connecting is a simple online network for K-12 teachers to find other teachers for cross-classroom collaboration. Browse projects in the calendar to find a suitable one for your students and timetable, or look for colleagues.

 

ThinkQuest Projects

Oracle ThinkQuest

Students in K-12 use 21st century skills such as teamwork, communication, and technology to contribute to or create projects with others locally and globally. Create an account and browse other projects, or create your own.

 

UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network

GLOBAL COMPETITIONS

Please note that the competitions and sponsoring organizations listed below vary greatly in terms of entry requirements, application process, time commitment, and final products. While all listed involve an international collaborative component, the degree to which this is implemented may be dependent on other project elements and requirements from the sponsoring organization. Review competitions below that may be helpful based on the needs of your students and curriculum. 

Purpose

Organization Name and Link

Description

Competitions

Doors to Diplomacy

Doors to Diplomacy

Co-sponsored by Global SchoolNet and the U.S. State Department, this contest is for middle and high school students to produce web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs. Each student team member is awarded $2000 in scholarship money. The contest is open to students worldwide.

 

Global Junior Challenge

Global Junior Challenge

The Global Junior Challenge is a world-wide competition launched by the City of Rome to award prizes to the best projects using new technologies for educational training purposes. Youth up to the age of 29 are eligible. Their webpage has a service to find new partners for your project. See which projects are looking for partners by country, or register your own project in the Partner Search database so that others can see your details. Please note that the Global Junior Challenge takes place every two years; the next challenge will be in 2011.

 

International Schools CyberFair

CyberFair

A competition offered by Global SchoolNet each year (see above). In 2011 the CyberFair begins in October and is an authentic learning program in which students conduct research about their communities and then publish findings on the Web.  The contest attracts more than 500,000 students from 75 countries. Each year a new theme is chosen. Learn more here.

 

MegaConference Jr.

Megaconference Jr.

Megaconference Jr., now in its 8th year, is a project designed to give students in elementary through secondary schools around the world the opportunity to communicate, collaborate and contribute to each other's learning in real time, using advanced multi-point video conferencing technology. Teams and their interactive partners develop and share activities focused on both academic and cultural issues. The teams collaborate with geographically diverse peers on authentic learning activities, thus building international cultural awareness. Participants viewing the daily events will be able to address questions to the presenters through a special Megaconference Jr. social networking site.

 

ThinkQuest International Competition

Oracle ThinkQuest

Students aged 10-22 work in collaborative teams to create projects, digital media, or application development. Winners attend the ThinkQuest Live conference, win new laptops, and receive up to $5,000 for the school that their coach represents.

2. INTERNATIONAL REGIONAL NETWORKS

In addition to the global organizations listed above, regional networks offer resources for collaborative projects between schools.

Region

Network

Description

Europe

Asia-Europe Classroom Network

Asia-Europe Classroom Net

Founded as part of the Asia-Europe Foundation, Asia-Europe Classroom Network connects secondary schools in Asia and Europe for collaborative learning and exchanges. It is a shared online space for students and teachers to build stronger bi-regional networks and partnerships in the course of implementing common online projects and participating in face-to-face exchanges. Browse their library of resources or projects.

 

European Schoolnet

European Schoolnet

European Schoolnet provides support and projects for European schools to demonstrate how Internet technology can be integrated into classrooms. It is made up of a partnership of 31 Ministries of Education and more. Their three main areas are School Services; Learning Resource Exchange, and Policy, Research and Innovation.They also host and run the eLearning Awards, where teachers and students present their best projects using ICT for teaching and learning.  

eTwinning is one of the portals managed by European Schoolnet. It is a virtual meeting point for exchanges and partnerships between schools. Students are motivated by an opportunity to learn about each other, their school culture, and family while practicing their ICT skills at the same time.

 

Global Gateway UK

Global Gateway

This is the UK version of Global Gateways (listed above), a database for schools and colleges in the UK (students aged 5 - 19) looking for partner schools.

 

Plan-ed

Plan-ed

Plan-ed’s goal is to link UK schools to the world in places such as China, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, and Sierra Leone through peer to peer communication and the UK National Curriculum.  Plan-ed is an international Child Centered Community development NGO (charity), working in developing countries. Work on joint curriculum projects with the support of this organization behind you. Their site includes lesson plans, media, professional development, and resource books. An opportunity to blog with schools in sub-Saharan Africa is also part of Plan-ed.

Africa

SchoolNet Africa

Schoolnet Africa

SchoolNet Africa is a project of the African Education Knowledge Warehouse (AEKW). AEKW is a pan-African education portal which services African SchoolNet practitioners, policymakers and school-based communities on ICTs in education across Africa. Their site also has a Learner Centre and Teachers Centre full of resources and projects.

Asia

Asia-Europe Classroom Network

Asia Europe Classroomnet

Founded as part of the Asia-Europe Foundation, Asia-Europe Classroom Network connects secondary schools in Asia and Europe for collaborative learning and exchanges. It is a shared online space for students and teachers to build stronger bi-regional networks and partnerships in the course of implementing common online projects and participating in face-to-face exchanges. Browse their library of resources or projects.

Americas

InterAmerican Teacher Education Network

ITEN is a project of the Organization of American States, building a network of teacher education faculty throughout the Americas who are committed to internationalizing the preparation of educators. ITEN is a network that will be used as an integrating mechanism for sharing knowledge, experiences, research and best practices in the field of pre-service teacher education, built upon a strategy of horizontal cooperation.

 

 

3. CONTENT RESOURCES

In addition to the organizations above, several independent websites exist from which educators can find content related to global issues and international awareness.

  • Choices ProgramThis program, operating out of Brown University, is a national initiative with an aim to “empower young people with the skills, knowledge, and participatory habits to be engaged citizens who are capable of addressing international issues through thoughtful public discourse and informed decision-making.” Available are several teaching resources, professional development programs, and a civic education initiative.
  • Connecting Our WorldThis non-profit organization is part of the NASFA (National Association of Foreign Student Advisers) Association of International Educators. It is a communications and networking hub as well as a resource with ample tools for getting involved in international education. The organization’s central belief is that international education “is fundamental to advancing peace, security, and well-being.” Join the community or simply peruse their many tools and resources to support your own curriculum.
  • CyberSchoolbus – This is a U.N.-sponsored site with many resources for teachers and learners about global issues. There are discussion forums as well as info pages on different countries of the world. Explore U.N. initiatives also, such as demining and peace education.
  • Global Citizens CorpsGlobal Citizens Corps is a movement and a network of youth who care about global issues. While this site is not a place for project-based collaboration, it is a starting point for communication, discussion, and action on global issues.
  • Global Citizenship K-12 Curriculum Resources – This site, full of resources, comes from the University of South Florida Libraries. Find information on specific countries, text recommendations, and whole school global citizenship information.
  • International Children’s Digital Library --  The mission of this online library, a product of the International Children’s Digital Library Foundation, is “to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge.” The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community. Find and read books directly on the site, sorted by genre, age group, or length. This is a resource for global learning experiences in literature.
  • International Education Week – A joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, this site honors and promotes the annual International Education Week. Find resources for lessons, including video, photos, quizzes, and more.
  • Oxfam Global Citizenship – This British nonprofit organization has several curricula resources for teachers who wish to make global citizenship a part of their classroom. Explore their professional development opportunities, or download their PDF guide to Education for Global Citizenship. [PDF download]
  • Peace Corps Coverdell World Wise Schools – a host of varied resources based on Peace Corps volunteer experiences. Video, curriculum resources, lesson plans, and more. Sort based on grade, content area, or world region. Invite a Peace Corps Volunteer into your classroom.
  • Peace One Day – Peace One Day (POD) has a very simple goal: to provide free resource materials to every school on the planet. To fulfill this goal, POD aims to advance learning in the areas of global citizenship, human rights, and sustainability. The United Nations International Peace Day, September 21st, is used as the focus. Film-based resources are primary, though other resources are also available upon registration (free).
  • Primary Source – this organization is mainly for Humanities and Social Studies-based teachers, but this page has resources particularly for helping any teacher with integrating international awareness and 21st –century skills into curriculum. Global education resources, themes, and service opportunities are also available.
  • Teach UNICEF is a collection of UNICEF-based resources for teaching and learning about UNICEF topics such as the Millennium Development Goals. Look at units, lesson plans, activity ideas, stories, and multimedia resources for your classroom. Sign up for their e-newsletter or get involved in related service activities. The Voices of Youth UNICEF site is also a resource for young people who want to learn more about world issues and get involved locally or globally.
  • The People Speak is an initiative of the United Nations Foundation and encourages youth from around the world to get involved in global issues. There are videos, forums, and Global Debates, which often turn into service projects.
  • World Savvy Monitor helps teachers understand global affairs in an educational context.  Review the World Savvy Monitor to learn more about current events in a global context and how to integrate them into your curriculum. The World Savvy website is a resource for helping students develop global citizenship skills and attributes.