A colleague of mine, Phil Macoun, created a 4-day Moodle course on global collaboration. You can find more information on his blog: http://macoun.edublogs.org/global-collaboration-course/.
I’m now at Day 3 and I’m enjoying the discussions and reflections from teachers all over the globe.
From that day, I keep reflecting on the 7C’s of Flattening Your Classroom with global collaborative projects (as defined by Vicki Davis):
1. Connect: make time to find ways to connect with others
2. Communicate: have open asynchronous (different times) and synchronous (same time) communication with teachers and students
3. Collaborate: this is when students are truly working together, co-creating, not just sharing information
4. Citizenship: build confidence and proper ways to promote digital citizenship – don’t run away when a student posts something inappropriate – make it a teaching moment and move on.
5. Choices – give students choices to create and have a voice (BYOD, Edmodo, blogs)
6. Creativity: top of Bloom’s Taxonomy – make originals, not copies (as written by Phil Macoun)
7. Celebrate: take time to celebrate the success of the project and to reflect on the positives and improvements – most critical part of growing.
I need to remember these 7 C’s when I’m participating in global collaborative projects with my students. If I don’t, I’m short-changing them.