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#peel21st March Blog Hop: Collaborating Near and Far

#peel21st March Blog Hop: Collaborating Near & Far

The ministry recently released 21st Century Competencies: Foundation Document for Discussion where they discuss 21st Century skills and competencies. We thought the competencies could be a great way to explore the conversation as a community.



The Prompt: Share a moment of Collaboration and/or Global Citizenship in your practice

Check the snapshots from the chart on page 56.

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What does collaboration and/or global citizenship mean to you?  Have you had a moment that made you think this is collaboration, this is global citizenship? How did technology support and assist in the learning experience? Any reflection on the prompt is welcome.

When I saw the tweets going out about the #peel21st Blog Hop on the topic of Collaboration and Global Citizenship I immediately thought of an experience that my students and I had earlier this year.  An opportunity to be a part of a global exchange with students near and far.

Back in June of 2014 I saw this Tweet go out with details about a Global Adventure connections classrooms, their teachers and students.

I immediately signed myself up.  I was moving to a new school and what better way to get my students familiar with making connections beyond our schools 4 walls that to participate in digital exchanges with students from all over the world using Skype or Google Hangouts.  Months passed, and more schools signed up….The updates were frequent.  Almost year later and….

Another 10 months would pass and several emails later…

We would also attempt to connected with schools in New Zealand and South America only to find that time differences and technology can provide great challenges when connecting halfway across the globe.  We did connected with a school in northern Spain and with one from just outside of Chicago.  My students were excited for the opportunity to make some virtual friends but also to see what life is like elsewhere in the world for students roughly the same age as them.  They were also able to share what life is like here in Brampton.  The exchanges were interesting, my students had expectations that,

  • the other students would not be able to speak english
  • the other students would have the same likes and dislikes when it came to music
  • the other students would have the same interests
  • school life and classes would be very similar to what we have here in Canada

They quickly came to understand that this was not the situation especially for the students we spoke to in Spain.  Our exchanges continued with both groups until the Christmas Break with both groups as we further our relationships with these new friends.  Unfortunately since then our schedules have been very difficult to align.

I look forward to participating in this global exchange in 2016, this time having an opportunity to be a part of some amazing virtual tours of Warwick Castle and the Museum of Arts and Science in Daytona Beach Florida.  Check out their site

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