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My Digital Footprint

John Seely Brown

The web has just begun to have an impact on our lives. As fascinated as we are with it today, we’re still seeing it in its early forms… My belief is that not only will the web be as fundamental to society as electrification but that it will be subject to many of the same diffusion and absorption dynamics as that earlier medium.

Making Connections in the Classroom

Global Education Collaborative Online Projects
Originally on OzProjects and now coordinated by EdNA (Education Network Australia), Global Education aims to develop a sense of shared identity, appreciation of cultural diversity, a positive regard for the rights and identities of others and ability to communicate effectively and sensitively across cultures.  The site contains a number of projects with an Australian and Pacific focus that will not have the complication of time zone differences that can make collaborative project difficult.

Flat Classroom Project
Founded in 2006 by Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis, the concept of a 'flat classroom' is based on the constructivist principle of a multi-modal learning environment that is student-centered and a level playing field for teacher to student and student to teacher interaction.  In recent times other projects have emerged including Digiteen Project (digital citizenship), Eracism (global debating for cultural understanding) and NetGenEd (emerging technologies). Flatclassrooms ning is a collaborative space.

Global Education Collaborative
This collaborative was started by Lucy Gray and has grown to be a huge source of collaborative opportunities.  It's the official social network of the Global Collaborative Conference. The 2010 Global Education Conference was a collaborative and world-wide community effort organized by the Global Education Collaborative and Classroom2.0, aimed at increasing opportunities for globally-connecting education activities and initiatives. It featured 387 sessions and 60 keynote addresses from 62 countries.  See the global projects database.

Epals Global Community
ePals has been around for many years (prior to the Internet) and is a leading provider of safe collaborative technology for schools to connect and learn in a protected, project-based learning network. With classrooms in 200 countries and territories, ePals makes it easy to connect learners locally, nationally or internationally.  Teacher sets up project within ePals with blog, email and other options provided.  A series of projects are available to choose from with lesson plans etc.

Global SchoolNet Foundation
Engages teachers and K-12 students in meaningful project learning exchanges worldwide to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding.  It contains an Internet Projects Registry.  Includes Doors to Diplomacy project.

TakingITGlobal- TIGed
TIGed is a community of globally-minded educators interested in empowering their students to think and act as world citizens, a collection of resources that facilitate the inclusion of global perspectives in the classroom, and a virtual classroom that allows students to use collaborative technology in order to connect with people from around the world and learn about global issues.  This community consists of students and educators from 117 countries.

IEARN Project Book
iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. iEARN began in 1988 and contains 150 projects, all designed and facilitated by teachers and students to fit their curriculum and classroom needs and schedules.

European eTwinning
eTwinning is a community for schools in Europe. A focus of activity is the European eTwinning Prizes competition to highlight best practice in collaborative school projects using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).  On the site are modules (short activities) which can be incorporated in any type of eTwinning project - categories: ice breakers, cultural awareness, creativity and using online tools. Has support documentation and tips in addition to a teacher's blog for collaboration.  The advise contained within this site is really useful.