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The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects

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Over the past two years, I’ve been involved (off-and-on) with an International Sister Classes Project involving teenage Intermediate ESL/EFL classes around the world. We’ve had a blog where students have online presentations, like Voice Threads, and commented on them back-and-forth.

It’s been a good experience for the students and for me.  Let me know if you have an Intermediate English class of students between the ages of 12 and 20 and might be interested in participating in the fall.  It would be a very low-pressure relationship — I would envision classes posting VoiceThreads (or similar tools) like we’ve done in the past, and students then exchanging comments.

I thought it might be useful to other examples of joint “sister class” projects, and of places where teachers can connect with other classes.   I just didn’t have it in me to write much of a description about each one, but they’re all worth a visit.

Here are my picks for The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects:

Without a doubt, I’d start in two places:

One is by reading Kim Cofino’s blog post A Step-by-Step Guide to Global Collaborations, viewing her slideshare presentation Connecting Across Continents, and reviewing the resources she has posted on her wiki.

The other would be to read Sue Waters’ post Looking For Global Projects For Your Students? Sue highlights a couple of exciting collaborative projects, including Bringing Us Together, a project that she and Sue Wyatt have begun; and Silvia Tolisano‘s Around The World With 80 Schools project.

Here are some others worth checking-out, too:

VoiceThread 4 Education

iLearn says it is “the world’s largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.”

Taking It Global offers connections around the world, plus many more resources.

Global Education Collaborative

Flat Classroom Project

ePals

Global School Net

Project Peace

Schools Around The World

People to People International’s School and Classroom Program

Online Projects 4 Teachers

EFL Classroom 2.0 — Classroom Connecting

Here’s a good blog post, including additional resources, on connecting to other classrooms. It’s by Julie Lindsey.

The U.S. Department of Education also has an extensive list of collaborative projects.

Global Collaborations

PikiFriends

Skype In The Classroom

eLanguages is another organization that helps teachers connect with sister classes around the world for learning projects.

You can read a little more about some of these sites in the comments section of the Dangerously Irrelevant post titled Help wanted: Sites that connect classrooms across the globe?

Connect All Schools is a new organization with a zillion education “partners” and describe their purpose this way:

to connect EVERY school in the United States with the world by 2016. Through the Connect All Schools interactive website, schools stories using text, photo and video about how they are currently connecting their students to the rest of the world through such activities as student and teacher exchanges, global issues curricula, video-conferences and “Exchanges 2.0,” the use of new media and communications technologies to expand, extend, and deepen international cross-cultural exchanges.

I tend to be a bit wary about anybody who thinks they’re going to do something with every school in a few years (I get reminded of No Child Left Behind), but it could be a good place for classes to some of their activities to an authentic audience. The site gives the impression it will also help connect schools to other classes around the world, but I couldn’t find any details on that. Assuming they are indeed going to provide that resource, I’ll tentatively add them to this list. Exchange 2.0 – Technology-enabled International Interaction is the title of a new guide they’ve published.

Connecting Classrooms with Skype comes from Peter Pappas’ blog. It offers good advice.

United Classrooms is a site where classes can connect with “sister classes” throughout the world.

Creative Connections is a site that helps teachers and classes connect to others around the world. Here’s how Wendi Pillars class used it.

How ICT Can Connect Children Around The World is from The British Council.

As always, feedback is welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

15 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing my post Larry! This is a great list of resources for teachers to explore!

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  3. Not to toot our own horn that much but I think Project Peace should make a list! Teachers/students can easily make and share a peace song with the downloadable materials. Many teachers from around the world have already made amazing videos – http://projectpeace.ning.com I’m going to promote this more in the near future, a really great way to share classrooms and connect students globally.

    I’ll also mention we have thousands of teachers from every country on the globe (or at least 148) on EFL Classroom 2.0. Make friends and connect your classes. Many teachers already have….

    David

  4. I would like to introduce PikiFriends to your list of options for schools if I may.

    http://www.pikifriends.net

    A fun, safe and free site for secondary schools only to connect worldwide, with a focus on ESL.

  5. I am an EFL teacher in Paris France. “A low-pressure relationship” is just what I was looking for. Keep it simple could my motto.
    I have students aged from 11 to 14 and will have the same age groups next year. I would really love them to get the chance to exchange questions, presentations, news, points of view with people out of their usual sphere. I had a sister class in Sweden last year. It proved very interesting both for students and me. We saw the same films and the students asked each other questions, answered etc…We used a blog but voicethread is nice too although some students are shy. Well, I hope you will keep my address for next fall I am definitely interested.

    • Larry,

      Thanks so much for putting PikiFriends on your list! It’s an honor to be a part of your website.

      Jeff Dionne
      EFL teacher, founder of PikiFriends (www.pikifriends.net)
      Tokyo, Japan

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  7. Hi Larry

    Thanks for mentioning Flat Classroom Project! We also have other global collaborative projects that can be found via our portal at http://flatclassroomproject.org
    Also, educators are invited to join our teachers only ning at http://flatclassrooms.ning.com

    Julie Lindsay
    Beijing, China

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  9. Hi Larry,

    Thanks for the iEARN shout-out!

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  11. New YouTube channel for PikiFriends if anyone is interested:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/pikifriends

  12. that’s a great blog for ESL student. I will introduce to all of my friends. Thank you

  13. Hi, This is a great list for educators who understand the importance of global connections and how these connections can create relevant learning for their students. I have been a member of The Global Classroom Project since 2011. This is another great example of how educators from around the world have come together to plan and collaborate projects that connect their students on a worldwide stage. http://globalclassroom2012-13.wikispaces.com/
    http://theglobalclassroomproject.wordpress.com/

  14. Perhaps people would live to join The a Global Read Aloud? The 5th one does not kick off until October but we are busy selecting books now. Last year more than 140,000 students connected during the six weeks it runs. For more information go to http://www.globalreadaloud.com

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