Global Collaborations for Future Teachers ISTE 2015

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,

Education Department,

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

Skill level: Intermediate
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

Focus: Professional Learning
Topic: Teacher Education
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)
Presentation Website:

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 – – 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 – – 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.

Supporting research

Lucy Gray (2014). GlobalEdCon: Connecting Educators and Organizations Worldwide. Retrieved from

Julie Lindsay (August 04, 2014). It’s Time to Take Your Learning Global – Flat Connections Projects and Teacher PD. Retrieved from

Silvia Tolisano (August 14, 2014). BLC 2014- Global Pedagogy, Not Just a Project. Retrieved from

Other websites of interest:

Paul D. Coverdell Worldwise Schools, [2002].  Building bridges [electronic resource]: a Peace Corps classroom guide to cross-cultural understanding.  Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Education Foundation. Retrieved at

Creative Common · Global Education Magazine (2014).  Global Education Magazine.  Retrieved from (2015). Retrieved from

GlobalVoices (n.d.).   GlobalVoices.  Retrieved from

Global Scholar (2014).  Global Scholar.  Available on

GoodPlanet Foundation (n.d.) 7 billion others.   Retrieved from particularly

Independent Television Service, Inc (2015).   Global Voices.  Retrieved from

Kelly, Noble (2014).  Education Beyond Borders.  Available on

Northern Arizona University (2014).  Multicultural Education Internet Resource Guide.  Retrieved from

Smithsonian Institution (2015).   The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.  Retrieved from

The World & I Online (2015).  Diversity in America. Retrieved from

United for Human Rights (2014).  United for Human Rights.  Retrieved from,

US Department of Education (2013).  Teacher’s Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet. Available on



These pages are available at


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