The Global Classroom Project 2011 – 2012 (#globalclassroom)

Are you interested in flattening your classroom walls & creating a global classroom?

 

Earlier this year I became aware of a conversation on Twitter (where else?) around the possibility of a global collaboration project. I followed it with great interest and saw the idea come to fruition. Deb Frazier (@frazierde) from the USA came up with the project idea and with the help of Michael Graffin (@mgraffin) from Australia, began co-ordinating a small project which has now grown to huge proportions! I was very interested and when the appeal for help when out, I quickly got involved. I set up the project’s Facebook group and am now also a co-contributor on the Global Classroom Blog. Please go over there and take a look.

Over the next year, a range of projects, cultural exchanges, and global conversations involving over 110 teachers (2000+ students) from 25 countries across 6 continents will be hosted. These numbers grow almost daily! There are 3 groups of participants i.e. Grades K-3, Grades 4-6 and Grades 7-12 (ages 5 to 18).

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your class could take part in one of these global projects? All these projects and more, run until June next year, so you don’t have to do anything right now – the school year is coming to an end, BUT you could start the New Year off with a “bang”!! Some of these projects are easy and can run in the “background” while you continue with your year’s work, but they are fun and so educational – your class could be talking to and communicating with kids from New Zealand, Australia, the USA or the UK (to mention only a few). Please click on the links in the blog and take a look at what teachers around the world are doing!

For more information, please go to the project wiki – and while you’re there, sign up for a project!

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About Karen Stadler

A teacher with 28-odd years' experience, who is passionate about ICT and all things technological! I am very interested in global classrooms, blogging, iPads and ICT integration. Always looking for new ideas, I am a lifelong learner!

Posted on November 4, 2011, in Facebook, Global Classroom Project, Global Collaboration, Twitter and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great post! Love that you pointed out many of these projects can run in the background as you teach other areas. This is my exact intent! I want Kids Speak to be something that the kids run themselves, Yes even Primary kids can do this! I love the global conversations and I am alwaysy fascinated by the comments the kids find the most exciting…! Hope you will come hear what our kids are saying GLOBALLY! For more information on Kids Speak you can visit http://deb-frazier.blogspot.com/

    ~deb

  2. Thanks Deb! I will personally pop in to hear what the children have to say and maybe even dop them a line! In the new year I will make a concerted effort to get a class to connect and show your children what life in South Africa is like.

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