Over the past several 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. I did a new version with my ELL Geography class.
Also: Links To The Joint Projects My ELL Geography Class Did With Classes Around The World – Want To Join Us This Year?
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:
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
People to People International’s School and Classroom Program
The U.S. Department of Education also has an extensive list of collaborative projects.
eLanguages is another organization that helps teachers connect with sister classes around the world for learning projects.
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.
Creative Connections is a site that helps teachers and classes connect to others around the world. Here’s how Wendi Pillars class used it.
Belouga is another site/organization that helps classes connect with others around the world.
Edublogs Teacher Challenge: Connect with other classes
“Out Of Eden Learn” Looks Like An Incredibly Creative & Engaging Resource
Ideas for getting started with global collaboration… #globaled #globaled15 Connecting to the World – Tackk http://t.co/zrOfARhNNX
— Lucy Gray (@elemenous) August 1, 2015
“Dreamdo Schools” Is A Platform To Share Project-Based Learning Projects Internationally
What are the Best Ways for a Teacher to Engage their Classroom in a Global Conversation? is from Langwitches.
Skype Connects Classrooms With Field Trips Around the World is from Ed Tech Magazine.
Pen Pals 2.0: Can Technology Foster Global Tolerance? is from Edutopia.
The Wonderment looks like a pretty cool way for classes to connect with others around the world.
The Global Audience Project is another way to connect to a sister class in another part of the world.
Improve Global Awareness! @PenpalSchools connects Ss from over 144 countries through collaborative online projects! https://t.co/8GUtoHpKgt pic.twitter.com/HX9q1Qx2C7
— Paul Solarz (@PaulSolarz) August 8, 2017
“Empatico” Is A New Site For Connecting Online With Other Classes
CONNECT WITH THE WORLD THROUGH SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM is from The Edublogger.
THE EDUBLOGGER’S GUIDE TO GLOBAL COLLABORATION
Find Some Flipgrid Pals for Your Classroom #GridPals is from Richard Byrne. Here’s more info: FlipGrid has a feature called FlipGridPals designed to help classes connect with others around the world. Y0u can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s newer blog post.
Teachers’ Guide to Global Collaboration is from iEARN.
The Goals Project connects classrooms who are teaching and learning about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development goals.
Digital tools for penpalling in your classroom is from The British Council.
iDialogue is a free virtual classroom that appears to be marketed as an alternative to Zoom. One feature is that that highlight is connecting teachers and students to classes around the world.
Belouga is an online teaching platform, but I’m having a difficult time understanding exactly what it does, even after reading this review. However, it does appear that one of its features is the ability to connect up with other classes around the world, so I’m adding it here.
GridPals is a feature of the popular online tool Flip that lets teachers connect to their classes to others around the world.
As always, feedback is welcome.
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Thanks so much for sharing my post Larry! This is a great list of resources for teachers to explore!
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….
I would like to introduce PikiFriends to your list of options for schools if I may.
A fun, safe and free site for secondary schools only to connect worldwide, with a focus on ESL.
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.
Thanks so much for putting PikiFriends on your list! It’s an honor to be a part of your website.
EFL teacher, founder of PikiFriends (www.pikifriends.net)
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
Thanks for the iEARN shout-out!
New YouTube channel for PikiFriends if anyone is interested:
that’s a great blog for ESL student. I will introduce to all of my friends. Thank you
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/
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
Don’t forget to include Google Hangout community which can link classrooms to collaborate and share using the Google Hangout. https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109532576382533836103