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The Global Educator, by Julie Lindsay

Global Narratives - Collaboration on the Edge

This is a keynote trilogy for the K12 Online Conference 2016 by Julie Lindsay. It explores online global collaboration and features many educators and students connecting and learning.

Introduction

What is online global collaboration? Is it a pedagogy? A curriculum? Who is doing it and how? Explore collaboration ‘on the edge’ and learn from many online global educators and students across the world as they build collaborative learning communities and co-created outcomes. The narrative of educators working on the edge of collaborative learning is as revealing as it is entertaining - and this trilogy will inform, inspire and provide resources for all learners.

WATCH all three videos - PART 2 features Lauren from the 16-1 project and other students from past FCGPs.

DISCUSSION Ideas to get started....but please share your own original points:

  • How can schools make online global collaboration work?
  • How is it working for you?
  • What are the challenges and successes?
  • is this the future of education?
  • How do we convince more teachers and schools globally to implement this?

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Comment by SebastianG_AAHS on March 31, 2017 at 5:23am

Schools could make online collaboration work if they find a way to do it correctly. It is more than just a Skype call or a document people can work on together. You must set out strict objectives and make sure everyone adheres to them. If people are going off task and not working hard on the project, it will not bring many benefits. Schools also must invest more time in bettering their technology. They must have ways for students to communicate online and connect with others that is okay with everyone. 

I think global collaboration is helping me find out more about the world I live in. Before coming to high school, I did not know much about how much global education can change our lives. Now I understand why it can revolutionize the future. It really helps me connect to so much more than is really within my reach

The challenges of online global collaboration becoming an efficient form of education are quite numerous.  As I had stated before, a personal relationship between the educator and the student is very important, and it is impossible to simulate this physical relationship through technology.  Also, people do live in different time zones.  For the educator, it might be high noon, but for the student, it might be the break of dawn.  There would be hours between when an assignment was assigned and when the final product was submitted.  It would be like playing chess, but in a very tedious manner.  Imagine playing your move, then going to bed, and then waking up and finally seeing your opponent's response.

I think that this is part of the future of education. I think that it is a really great idea that teachers are trying to engage students in the idea of learning with others from different places in the world. Being able to interact with different people other than the students in our school allows us to have different experiences. In the future, I think communication between students globally will be a big factor in education and learning. It will allow us to be able reach a lot higher education due to us being able to work better outside of our zone

We can convince more teachers and schools to bring in global collaboration by showing them the benefits and various possibilities of global collaboration. Also, people who have participated in global collaboration projects must further promote global collaboration, in order for teachers and students to see the positive effects online collaboration has to offer. We can show the benefits that it causes to help change their mind and help incorporate global collaboration into our daily curriculum.

Comment by SebastianG_AAHS on March 31, 2017 at 5:23am

Schools could make online collaboration work if they find a way to do it correctly. It is more than just a Skype call or a document people can work on together. You must set out strict objectives and make sure everyone adheres to them. If people are going off task and not working hard on the project, it will not bring many benefits. Schools also must invest more time in bettering their technology. They must have ways for students to communicate online and connect with others that is okay with everyone. 

I think global collaboration is helping me find out more about the world I live in. Before coming to high school, I did not know much about how much global education can change our lives. Now I understand why it can revolutionize the future. It really helps me connect to so much more than is really within my reach

The challenges of online global collaboration becoming an efficient form of education are quite numerous.  As I had stated before, a personal relationship between the educator and the student is very important, and it is impossible to simulate this physical relationship through technology.  Also, people do live in different time zones.  For the educator, it might be high noon, but for the student, it might be the break of dawn.  There would be hours between when an assignment was assigned and when the final product was submitted.  It would be like playing chess, but in a very tedious manner.  Imagine playing your move, then going to bed, and then waking up and finally seeing your opponent's response.

I think that this is part of the future of education. I think that it is a really great idea that teachers are trying to engage students in the idea of learning with others from different places in the world. Being able to interact with different people other than the students in our school allows us to have different experiences. In the future, I think communication between students globally will be a big factor in education and learning. It will allow us to be able reach a lot higher education due to us being able to work better outside of our zone

We can convince more teachers and schools to bring in global collaboration by showing them the benefits and various possibilities of global collaboration. Also, people who have participated in global collaboration projects must further promote global collaboration, in order for teachers and students to see the positive effects online collaboration has to offer. We can show the benefits that it causes to help change their mind and help incorporate global collaboration into our daily curriculum.

Comment by ArmaanP_AAHS on March 31, 2017 at 5:16am



I believe that online global collaboration could be made possible, but in the future. Right now, most places around the world can't afford online technologies, so it isn't a viable option right now. I believe that it can work when a majority of places across the world can receive technology. In addition, translators will be required, because places across the world will all speak different languages. It will take a lot of hard work, but I believe when it is finished online learning will become worth it. 

Right now, I do not like online learning that much. Since there are different time zones, it is hard to have a conversation with someone quickly. In addition, I feel like my group members have not done much work, which is a problem. I feel like the project is also a little confusing, but over time it will get better. 

Some challenges of online learning are the time zone, languages, lack of technology, internet problems, etc. Time zones make it very hard to be online at the same time as a group member, so there are no quick conversations. Also, while everyone in my group speaks english, I feel like it would be a very big challenge if I had to work with someone that spoke a different language. Also, if someone loses internet from a storm or something else they couldn't participate. Some positives are that I like typing and that the internet has been good so far. 

I feel like this is a near future of education. Since technology is rapidly increasing, online learning will be a real possibility soon. It will take some time, but I think this will be reality within the next 50 years. 

I believe that we can convince teachers and schools to convert to online learning by showing them the success that it has had so far. Most children don't move out of their country, so aren't exposed to different cultures are areas of learning. It really helps a student to know about other cultures, so this would help.

Comment by RylieS_AAHS on March 31, 2017 at 5:11am

I believe the newfound interest in online learning and moving forward with technology in education is fantastic but there are some flaws. One way schools can make the online global collaboration work is to be involved and enthusiastic about their projects. As the saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way. If everyone is dedicated and works together to collaborate and bounce ideas off each other, global collaboration can work effectively. Teachers need to help students for this to work and one day students will be able to work online with people around the globe individually.

 

There are some obstacles with working with people who are from every corner of the globe. First, the time difference can pose a challenge when a group of people need to work on something together and equally share ideas. One way to work around this is to make working times more specific so that every member of the group has expectations of each other and can check up on each other.

 

Learning about people from different countries and continents is something so interesting to me. Just the other day I met someone from Australia which was so cool because we have the same interests. Global collaboration can teach students about new cultures and people that they normally would not have met.

 

The FCGP Project is going pretty well for me so far. Although my teacher’s instructions were quite vague and difficult to understand completely, I feel pretty good about it so far. I am a team leader and my teammates have not contributed so much which is a difficult problem to deal with. People not being as active as me online is one of the challenges I faced during this project but researching about my topic was interesting.

 

This is the future of education and soon there will be new technology that will open the doors further in learning. Every day a student can learn something new about the world in global communication which is special and unique. Global collaboration should be encouraged and supported. Although there may be language barriers between people, that should not stop us from interacting with people who are different.

 

Convincing teachers and schools to use global communication may be hard because most teachers do not have a 21st century mind and are unfamiliar with technology. However, after showing them statistics and proof that global communication is helpful, they will certainly be on board.

Comment by AlexandraR_AAHS on March 31, 2017 at 5:02am

Personally, I think that schools today and in the future can make online global collaboration work. With the new improvements in technology each year, its been a lot easier to communicate with people all over the world. Schools can make this work by using websites like FCGP in order to talk to other students in a safe way.  The use of computers has made online global collaboration work. Overall, in order to make schools work with online global collaboration, then they will need to sign up for safe websites similar to FCGP. 

I think FCGP is working goof for me. There are lots of ways to talk to my teammates and other students that are in the group. With the friend requests, comments, and personal messages, it is very simple to talk to someone. Also, the handshakes were nice to read and watch. It helped actually see what the person is like. Finally, I like that we also use Google Docs in order to edit a document all together. 

The challenges of online collaboration is that since we are all in different parts of the world there are different time zones. Most likely, we never will be on the project document at the same time. This is a challenge because we'll have to wait till each of us go on the next day in order to check in. Another challenge that I think will occur with anyone who uses online global collaboration is the use of computers. I think that everyone would love to take part in this idea, but not every school has enough computers for everyone.  The successes are that students will have the opportunity to talk to other students around the world. 

I do not think this is the future of education for two reasons. the first being that some parents may not be okay with their children talking to strangers. Even though the website is completely safe, the parents might not agree with what they are doing. Another reason is that the time zone differences are hard to work with. Students will always have to be talking at different times. I think that education will use more online global collaboration, but i think that schools will still use regular classrooms and text books.

I think that in order to convince more teachers and schools globally to implement this is that they are giving students the chance to talk to other students around the world. Some students might not have the opportunity to travel around the world and meet others. Online global collaboration gives them this chance in the comfort of their own home and school. 

Comment by CarolynB_AAHS on March 31, 2017 at 4:52am

To make schools be able to communicate successfully around the world, students will need to be able to adapt to other people's needs. New technology to be able to reach others around the world exists, but what is now needed from students in their cooperation. Students will need to be versed in more than one language to successfully communicate and understand what they are being taught from their foreign counterparts.

So far, the FCGP has proven to be a useful tool in getting my classmates and I to be able to have interactions with other students. Through the handshake videos that were created, we were able to briefly get to know other teens who shared common interests with us.

Some challenges of this online tool is the organizational structure of the ning page itself. To me, the location of certain things has taken me a bit of adjusting  since it is very different from other technology I have used before. The successes of using Flat Connections were that students like myself were able to interact with other students across the country, which provides a sense of unity. Through the collaboration, we increased our knowledge of others and the way in which they think.

In my opinion, I believe that Flat Connections will be the future of education. By only interacting with students of one school, students are exposed to a very similar type of thinking. But by interacting with a global community, new ideas and new thoughts will reach students and cause them to be able to adapt and solve problems better, which will contribute to their overall intelligence.

In order to convince more teachers to  adopt this new method, we must convey the benefits that this new method will have on students. If teachers are able to see the skills gained through this, such as proper conduct on the internet, better decision making, and more, the they will be more inclined to join the Global Education.

Comment by JamesT_AAHS on March 30, 2017 at 12:40pm

In most places across the world, educational institutions have been confined to one classroom, one school, one district. However, with the progress and innovations of computer technology, learning has been able to take leaps beyond the classroom, extending across continents. Recently, educators have been able to utilize this technology and extend the classroom to global heights.

Communication technology is still growing; it can often be difficult for schools to make online global collaboration work. However, many factors such as school-wide commitment or easier communication can make for successful online global collaboration. Educators and students must be committed in order for successful collaboration. Also, teachers and students must have proper communication since dialogue mostly occurs only on Google Docs, or the FCGP website. Accomplishing these tasks would make online global collaboration a successful way for students to interact and learn with their peers across oceans.

One factor that is imperative for successful global collaboration is simple communication with other team members. This is becoming a challenge for me since face-to-face communication is not an option. Because this is a global project, some students live in different time zones, making it difficult for real time collaboration on a Google Doc for example. Voicing opinions may also be difficult for some students who feel uncomfortable talking to people they do not know. One successful aspect of using global collaboration is that students can interact with different cultures and peers. Students will have firsthand experience of what a culture may be like, as compared to reading about it from the Internet or other forms of media. This collaboration aids in teaching students how to work as one unit, which is a skill that is necessary for the workplace. 

The global project is sometimes difficult to work with because of communication challenges. Some assignments may be put on the blog, some may be added on the Ning, and some may be issued in class. Due to this, it is often difficult to follow and keep track of all the assignments we must complete. However, the FCGP is successful in creating an outlet for students to communicate to other students across the world.

As technology is constantly advancing, as too is education. Educators are using new technology and improving the classroom experience. Most occupations require teamwork and the global connections project will help develop the skills students need in whatever endeavors they aspire to. Due to the need for collaboration, projects like the FCGP will most likely become more widespread. 

By convincing teachers and administrators of the positive impacts of global collaboration, more schools will implement this type of learning. More publicity will increase awareness that this option of collaboration exists. This can be done through videos, articles, and even government funding. If educators realize the positive benefits of global collaboration, it will birth a more connected, collaborative, and understanding generation.

Comment by AmolS_AAHS on March 30, 2017 at 12:20pm

Our world is moving into an era where information is greatly desired, and is more accessible with the help of modern technology. Schools are going to have to make online global collaboration work one way or another, because that is the direction we are moving in right now. Schools can start by buying all the necessary technology and electronics required for online global collaboration, such as computers. After that, schools can actively participate in programs like FCGP and other global collaboration programs and hopefully, students and teachers will be willing to participate.

So far, FCGP is going pretty well for me. I like the idea of collaborating with others to achieve one common goal. My group started working on the research, and I think we are making good progress. One thing I am finding pretty difficult is communicating with my group. Some people in our group have not even joined the Google Doc or our Ning group yet, and we have no way of reaching out to them. In addition, my group is living in different time zones so we are not usually working on the document at the same time. This can prove a problem, because sometimes we need immediate responses to our questions and comments but this is not possible because of the time difference.

No venture can come without problems, and I can foresee the online global collaboration movement facing a variety of challenges. First of all, money is always a problem for most schools. If some schools do not have enough money to buy computers, then people will have to bring in their own computers but then again not everyone has a computer. Furthermore, schools also need to purchase an Internet connection so that they can collaborate with other online. Some rural towns may not have access to these resources, making online global collaboration quite difficult. There are some successes in this program as well. Primarily, students get to work with other students from around the world towards a common goal, which is a beneficial experience for all students. Students will learn about different cultures and become more tolerant and collaborative to others.

This is definitely the future of education, because technology is here to stay. In addition, we are all living on the same planet, so we need to be able to get along and collaborate together. Modern education is trying to not only build collaboration skills in students but inform them of other cultures and ethnicities as well. Since we are moving towards a more globalized world, we should adopt these concepts into our modern education system. 

We can convince more teachers and schools globally to implement online global collaboration by showing the benefits of this type of learning on students. Another way is to get the word of projects like FCGP out to teachers and schools. I am sure many teachers would like to implement global collaboration into their classes if they knew how, and FCGP is a great example of global collaboration. This could be done by informing teachers about global collaborations at teachers' conventions or even by just telling other teachers about the benefits of global collaboration to students.

Comment by NoaB_AAHS on March 30, 2017 at 10:04am

In my opinion, schools can definitely make online global collaboration work.  I think it depends on several factors including the willingness of everyone to participate and the organization of the whole thing.  With our technology today, most things done online are possible.  I believe we could organize people to complete tasks online, video chat if possible, and even get to know one another.  This way, different people from different regions can get a chance to further their education and learn more about people who are different from themselves.  

Currently, FCGP is okay for me.  It is difficult to follow all of the tasks to be completed, especially with them being in all different places.  Some assignments are on the Ning, Wiki, or Blog.  In my opinion, face-to-face collaboration is better and would be easier to understand everything.  However there are disadvantages, not everything is bad.  This global collaboration gives me a chance to work with teammates in the comfort of my own school.  

So far, I have had half successes and half challenges.  It was hard at first to understand the whole concept of global collaboration and the task we were supposed to complete.  But, once things were more organized, I started doing research and helping out my team and that was going fine.  The shared document helps keep all of the information together and organized which is a huge success in my eyes.

This is definitely the future of education.  With all of the new technology invented every second, there will be more and more ways to make global collaboration even more successful that it already is.  Although, it will be the future, there might be some challenged to come.  There could be places that don't have as advanced technology as other places.  Also, there might be language barriers, but all of these challenges can be overcome.  

To convince more teachers and schools globally to implement global collaboration, some changes will need to be made first.  I think all of the directions, tasks, and assignments should all be in one place.  Currently, we are using Google Docs, Ning, Wikispaces, and a Blog.  Also, if people were taught first hand how to globally collaborate, I believe it would convince more people.   

Comment by NickG_AAHS on March 30, 2017 at 6:50am

Schools can make online global collaboration work. They must be open and willing rather than isolated or bias. Once they have the attitude to make the change, they must begin upgrading their computers or hardware. However, when it is achieved, they will be able to utilize the many benefits associated with online global collaboration. 


FCGP is working fine for me. I sometimes use it to post video's check up on folks in the circles. However, there a few disadvantages. For instance, FCGP collaboration is just not as effective or even as interesting as collaboration "face to face". However, there are certain scenarios where global collaboration works well, like in an international culture class. 

However, there a few challenges. Some school computers are outdated and run Linux or Windows 98, which will not effectively support online collaboration tools or websites. In addition, many schools block certain collaborative websites or prevent students from using their own electronic devices. Furthermore, in certain schools with poor internet access like in rural or poor area's may not have the infrastructure to support online global collaboration. 

However, once this is achieved, it's successes like the communication from someone in another country to talk to someone in US would have educational value. Also, it prepares students to understand teamwork and get used to technology. 

It is the future of education. As technology becomes more advanced, teaching methods will adopt the new trends.

We can convince more teachers and schools to implement this. We can give them first hand experience by explaining to them the benefits and having them try out global collaboration for a day or two. 

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