Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Global Collaboration

Global Cooperation is a great way to integrate technology in the classroom as well as expose students to different cultures and ways of life. While viewing different Global Collaboration sites, I came across two that I looked at more indepth. These were Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering Education and Epals. While these sites were created on the basis of collaboration worldwide, they have many similiarities and differences.

  • Both include projects that classes from around the world can join.
  • Outside resources are included for teachers.
  • Projects can be alligned with curriculum as standards are listed for all of them.
  • Collaboration can occur across a variety of grades and ages.


Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering Education

  • Collaboration strictly through projects listed on the site's webpage.
  • Projects are designed only by the authors of the webpage.
  • Projects are based on science and engineering only.
  • Detailed teacher resources are included.
  • Navigation is limited to only a few specific main links on the webpage.


  • Collaboration can be through projects or can be found via country (such as a penpal system).
  • Projects on the webpage are both created by the authors as well as through various teachers and their classrooms.
  • Projects encompass a variety of subject matter.
  • Resources are provided not only for the teacher, but also for students and parents to explain the collaboration project.
  • Student work can be uploaded.
  • A variety of links for navigation throughout the site.

Both of these collaboration websites can easily be implemented in the classroom. The Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering Education could be used in a science classroom (K-12 and even higher education) to work on a long-term science project. This can be used to further emphasize the principles of science such as examining, hypothesizing, sharing/analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. Having other students from around the world to share with can further enhance this online project. Epals could be used for something as simple as a penpal experiement. The teacher and/or students can select an equivalent age group and country to communicate with online. Discussions with such "epals" could be structured, such as having students discuss a typical school day or forms of transportation, or could be unstructured as well. Overall, global collaboration in the classroom is a great way to use technology. In addition, it can help open the eyes of students to differing cultures, values, and beliefs.

To visit the Global Collaboration websites described above, visit the links below!

Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering Education


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