Developing Global and Intercultural Collaborations for Future Teachers
[Participate and Share : Poster] Sunday, June 28, 7:00–8:30 pm PCC Broad Street Atrium, Table 2 David Stoloff
A Presentation by
David L. Stoloff, Ph.D., Professor,
Eastern Connecticut State University
83 Windham Street, Webb Hall Room 150
Willimantic, CT 06226,
tel. no. (860) 465 – 5501
Discover how you can become part of global and intercultural collaborations through digital connections. We’ll talk about Skype, ePals, the Global Education Conference, PowerPoint collaborations, email connections and actual international visits. Recommended by ISTE’s Teacher Education Network, Global Collaboration Network
|Device requirements:||Participant devices useful|
|Applicable device(s):||Laptop, Chromebook, Tablet, Smartphone|
|Applicable platform(s):||Mac, Android, Chrome OS, iOS, Windows|
|Preparation details:||internet access|
|Grade level:||Community College/University|
|Subject area:||Social Studies|
|ISTE Standards:||Teachers : Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments Teachers : Model Digital-Age Work and Learning Teachers : Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility|
|Common Core State Standards:||English : Writing (6-12) Literacy : Reading (6-12) Literacy : Writing (6-12)|
Purpose & objective
Participants at this session will initially share their experiences in digital collaborations within and across cultures and nations as a foundation for our discussions.
The presenter will showcase a website on International Connections in Education – http://interconescu.wordpress.com/ – and model collaborative projects between future teachers at Eastern Connecticut State University and other nations. He will also discuss the benefits and challenges of ePals and other educational networks designed to connect classrooms. There will be a discussion of the uses of Skype for connecting classrooms and exchanging Powerpoint presentations on cultural perspectives as a way of generating discussions across cultures.
While exploring the above website, the presenter will also share student reflections within electronic portfolios of global field experiences. These reflections illustrate the students’ professional and cultural development following high-impact experiences in Jamaican schools.
The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the potential of encouraging digital connections across teacher education program in the US and across nations and the developing of an email list of potential interested participants.
The presentation will showcase the website – http://interconescu.wordpress.com/ – that includes illustrations of collaborative projects between future teachers at Eastern Connecticut State University and undergraduates in Mexico, Taiwan, Algeria, Russia, China, Turkey, Spain, and Catalonia. Also on this website are reflections by undergraduates on their professional and cultural development from their global field experiences in Jamaican schools.
Lucy Gray (2014). GlobalEdCon: Connecting Educators and Organizations Worldwide. Retrieved from http://www.globaleducationconference.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
Julie Lindsay (August 04, 2014). It’s Time to Take Your Learning Global – Flat Connections Projects and Teacher PD. Retrieved from http://www.julielindsay.net/2014/08/its-time-to-take-your-learning-global.html
Silvia Tolisano (August 14, 2014). BLC 2014- Global Pedagogy, Not Just a Project. Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=8112#sthash.jupmU9W2.dpuf
Other websites of interest:
Paul D. Coverdell Worldwise Schools, . Building bridges [electronic resource]: a Peace Corps classroom guide to cross-cultural understanding. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Education Foundation. Retrieved at http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/websites/peacecorpsgov/www.peacecorps.gov/wws/bridges/bridges.pdf.
Creative Common · Global Education Magazine (2014). Global Education Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.globaleducationmagazine.com/
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GlobalVoices (n.d.). GlobalVoices. Retrieved from http://globalvoicesonline.org/
Global Scholar (2014). Global Scholar. Available on http://globalscholar.us/course_description.asp.
Independent Television Service, Inc (2015). Global Voices. Retrieved from http://itvs.org/series/global-voices
Kelly, Noble (2014). Education Beyond Borders. Available on http://www.educationbeyondborders.org/
Northern Arizona University (2014). Multicultural Education Internet Resource Guide. Retrieved from http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jar/Multi.html
Smithsonian Institution (2015). The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Retrieved from http://www.folklife.si.edu/
The World & I Online (2015). Diversity in America. Retrieved from http://worldandi.com/specialcollection/special-collection-diversity.asp
United for Human Rights (2014). United for Human Rights. Retrieved from http://www.humanrights.com/,
US Department of Education (2013). Teacher’s Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet. Available on http://www2.ed.gov/teachers/how/tech/international/guide.html
These pages are available at