For this month’s Connected Communities theme, I wanted to share an awesome classroom resource for educators looking to collaborate and connect their students with the global community.
The Connected Classrooms Workshop on Google+ uses social media to create a unique opportunity for educators to collaborate with diverse classrooms around the globe. Here’s a little more information about the community, taken from the website:
We've created this Community to empower educators to collaborate with one another, share resources, develop best practices, and bring their big ideas to life through technology.
Share your big ideas, connect with classrooms across the world, and reimagine how technology can be utilized to enhance education.
Educators in this community are using social media to open up opportunities for learning and provide their students with a global perspective. Here’s a few examples of current projects on the site:
We are looking for a classroom in another country to do a book discussion on May B by Caroline Starr Rose. It is printed in English- Ideally we would like to connect with a classroom learning English. We are Spanish & English speaking 4th grade. We would like to meet up with your class via Hangout or Skype to discuss your thoughts on the book to wrap up the project. The author is interested in joining in on our discussion.
Ever wonder what it is like to live and conduct research aboard a boat... in the Pacific Ocean? Join us on Thursday to talk with scientists and learn about the research they are conducting in the Pacific Ocean.
Hi! I am an English teacher from Argentina. I'm working with 5th grade, learning about animals. We are looking for students from all around the World to tell us about the animals from their own countries. Anyone interested in working with us?
I'm looking for someone who can do a Hangout with my 3rd graders on anything about Chinese culture. Perhaps teach them to write a character or two, or share a story.
Join us live in Ms. Ito's classroom next Wednesday. Her students will be presenting about Mexican Culture and answering your questions about Mexico afterwards. We'll be broadcasting live from Mexico City, so you don't want to miss this GEOshow Special Event.
I have a 2nd grade class looking to connect with another classroom who is studying volcanoes, or a class that might live near a volcano.
I'm working with my colleague and we developing a Rube Goldberg physics project. We're hoping to connect with an expert or another classroom who would like to discuss the physics behind this great project.
A screenshot from the Connected Classrooms Workshop on Google+
Here’s how it works:
- Create a Google account. I recommend having a classroom account that is separate from your personal one.
- Click the “Ask to Join” button to join the Connected Classrooms community. You will need to be a community member to post or comment.
- Create a post that introduces your class, what you are learning, and what type of classroom or activity you are looking for.
- Tag your post so that other educators can find you by grade level and/or subject area.
- That’s it! Check back frequently to respond to other educators who are interested in collaborating with your class.
Another great feature of this community is that it uses Google+ Hangouts and Skype so students can participate in live conversations with classrooms around the globe. There’s also a section for Virtual Field Trips, which use Hangouts to show students places they otherwise could not experience.
What other resources do you know about for educators looking to connect their students to the global community? Or, if you’ve used Connected Classrooms, please share your experiences below!