Designing Engaging Curriculum for Global Collaboration in the Classroom
Workshop presented as a Hands-on Learning Institute, ASB Unplugged, February 2014

Let’s Go Global! Let’s connect with the world! This session will immerse participants in the exciting world of global collaborative projects at all levels of learning. After reviewing essential steps to 'flatten' and connect yourself and your classroom the focus will be on design and management for effective and successful global projects using emerging technologies and Web 2.0 tools. Existing projects will be explored for essential design parameters and new projects and opportunities discovered. This session is for teachers at all levels, curriculum coordinators, administrators and anyone interested in improving learning outcomes and engaging learners with connected and collaborative learning.

Material for this workshop is found in the book, “Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time“, by Julie Lindsay

Anticipated learning outcomes
As a result of this workshop participants will:
  • Understand what a 'flat' and 'connected' global project is and become familiar with the seven steps needed to flatten the classroom
  • Explore and understand existing global project design structures
  • Understand design principles for creating new global collaborative projects
  • Come to understand essential curriculum design for embedding global projects
  • Design a global project and pitch this to others in the session for feedback
  • Take away a renewed determination to introduce global collaboration into the curriculum and resources to start or continue to do so

Introduction - Handshake

Take 5 minutes to introduce yourself via this Padlet -

PART 1 - Getting started with global projects and collaborative pedagogy

Starting Activity:
  • Introduce yourself to another person. Share a story about a global interaction with your class or one you have seen or read about.
  • Read global project stories from educators around the world
Discussion Points:
  • What is global Collaboration?
  • What makes a successful global collaborative project?
  • Why are some projects more 'successful' than others? How can we support the needs of participants bringing different countries, systems and expectations?
  • What are the characteristics of an engaged teacher and classroom in a global collaborative project?
  • How can we design learning experiences that embrace global education as well as enforce rigor and relevance? Are these the same?

Recipe to Flatten Your Classroom - Simple Actions to Go Global
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ACTION: - For the rest of this workshop you need to find one or more others to work with to brainstorm and design a global project

PART 2 - Global project curriculum design

Review of existing online global projects from Flat Connections:
  • MS/HS - Flat Connections Global Project; Digiteen, Global Youth Debates
  • ES - A Week in the Life; K-2 Building Bridges; Digitween

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Explore Flat Connections global projects

PART 3 - Design, pitch and evaluate global projects

THE PROBLEM: What is a challenging topic that can support a global collaboration? How can we join multicultural classrooms and effectively design a meaningful project?
  1. Brainstorm ideas for a classroom collaboration. Use the template given as a starting point.
  2. Bring these ideas together using some multimedia (images, sounds and videos) in conjunction with a verbal presentation or pitch.
  3. 'Pitch' your ideas to other colleagues for feedback.
  4. Refine your ideas and add details and link to this GOOGLE DOC

In small teams (2-4 people) use the Project Planning Tools shared to help design your new global project.