Warming Global Relationships by Connecting International Classrooms

Warming Global Relationships by Connecting International Classrooms

Авторы: Ивушкина Татьяна Александровна
Smirnova L. Warming Global Relationships by Connecting International Classrooms / L. Smirnova, T. Ivushkina // World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2013 Victoria, Canada June 24, 2013. - Chesapeake, VA: AACE, 2013. - P. 376-381.


    This presentation addresses the question why, in an era of powerful emerging technologies that enable rich communication and collaboration, so many educators shy away from engaging students in global projects? Robust literature and experience with distant collaboration demonstrate the promise of globally connected classrooms. This promise was born out during the 2012 spring semester with a project called "It's a Small World." Two college classrooms, one from Russia and the other the US, were virtually connected to conduct project-based learning around cultural, economic, and political topics. The success of the collaboration was aided by the complementary learning goals of the two groups, teacher candidates studying methods of teaching social studies, on one side, and future journalists, diplomats and social workers, taking a course of English, on the other. Each group could readily see the other as helpful to fulfilling their learning needs, making for ideal conditions for successful distance collaboration.


Ключевые слова: global project, peer group, distant collaboration, international cooperation, project-based learning, synchronous and asynchronous interaction, multimedia experiences, emergence of alternative approaches, technologically innovative means of communication
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