Connecting to the World

Steps to Success

Want to connect your classroom to the world and not sure where to start? Try some of the activities listed below in order to network, identify projects that might work in your classroom and potentially design your own project. There are many, many global educators out there who will support you in your journey if you take these first steps!

Build your personal learning network.

Join Twitter and follow other global educators and organizations. Here's a list to get your started.

Participate in a professional learning community.

In addition to Twitter, join a community where you can glean ideas and share best practices.

Make global friends.

Now that you've joined Twitter and a community or two, start actively participating by sharing resources, asking questions, and joining projects.

See how one group of teachers have joined forces in this Global Education Conference presentation below.

Join a Twitter chat.

Twitter chats are quick and easy entries into the world of global collaboration. Review Jerry Blumgarten's comprehensive materials on this synchronous activities including this list of Twitter chat hashtags. I recommend the following two global Twitter chats, although I'm not entirely sure when #isteglobalpln meets . Use these hashtags to participate in live chats or just to share and connect asynchronously.

#globaledchat generally meets on Thursday evenings and is run by New Global Citizens.

Play with digital tools.

Experiment and play with connective digital tools. Get started with this list.

Add your recommendations to the comments at the bottom of this Tackk!

Attend a conference.

Consider attending and/or presenting at a conference. Here are a few face-to-face events:

A virtual conference takes place online in November:

Research existing global projects.

Browse the following collection of high-quality global education resources and find a few that you may be able to join during the next school year.

Here are specific recommendations.

Design your own global project.

Here are some tips for creating your own project.

  • Plan ahead.
  • Give people plenty of notice in order to elicit participation.
  • Keep in mind that schools in the southern hemisphere may have a different school year calendar.
  • Be really structured specific with dates, objectives, activities, and expectations for participation.
  • Cite standards in your project, but keep in mind that schools outside the US are not focused on Common Core. Consider mapping your project to the Asia Society's pillars for global competence. See also P21's global education framework and teachers' guide.
  • Be realistic about participation; participants may be dealing with other curricular demands, access to technology, and time constraints.  What kinds of activities might make it easy for classrooms to participate?
  • Find a digital space for housing information about your project and showcasing student work.
  • Try to dig deeper when designing your projects. Go "beyond food, fun and festivals".

See Carolyn Skibba's and Mary Morgan Ryan's project exemplar below, If You Learned Here.

Global education expert Homa Tavangar shares ideas for going beyond typical global projects in this archived keynote from the Global Education Conference.

Learn more about bringing the world into your school or district.

Watch this archived session from the Global Education Conference to learn about further steps you can take to bring global collaboration to your school or district.