STUDENT CHOICE AND VOICE
A great way of extending the platform of students’ voice is to connect classrooms across the world. Establishing an online presence for your class and interacting with other classrooms can allow students not only to extend the reach of their voice, but also to expand their understanding through the different perspectives of other classrooms.
I did this in my class while studying informational writing. We worked with a school in rural Virginia in the United States, asking questions and sharing information about ourselves, our school, and our daily life back and forth. Being city kids living in the humidity and noise of Ho Chi Minh City, my students were amazed at their partner school’s situation in the middle of a cow field and their week off due to snow!
During the course of the project, my students composed an informational writing comparing themselves with their partner class, using student interviews and the school’s website and social media feeds as sources. Finally, they filmed videos sharing what they had learned and sent these videos to their U.S. partners. Here is an interview of me and some of my students, recorded right after the project had finished:
Networking with Other Classrooms
- Global Collaborative project ideas inspired by the Learning 2.0 educational network
- Flat Classroom Educator Network
- Global Education Conference
- Global Classrooms - Wikispaces
- Taking IT Global - TIGEd
- Project Portals - Google Doc
- Flat Classroom Planning Template
- Google Site Template
- BIE PBL Planning Templates
- Outsourcing Request Template
- Collaborating Teachers’ Contract
Other Project Examples
- Cultural Crossovers - a collaborative project between two schools, one in Malaysia and one in Illinois, U.S.A.
- Online Collaborative Projects - Pinterest board