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EFL Educator living in Vienna, Austria. Teach at a GEPS primary school (Global Education Primary School) and interested in making global connections, sharing ideas with and learning from other teachers. Also currently writing a Global Education Handbook for the native speaker teachers in the GEPS program.

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Currently reseraching/writing a Global Education Handbook for Native Speaker Teachers working in the GEPS program (Global Education Primary School) in Vienna, Austria.

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  • Dear Friend, 

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  • Thanks to Adrienne for sharing one of my posts (and for her kind words about my blog). I'm happy to help, Janice, if you need any specific advice or suggestions :)
  • Another example of global collaboration between very young (age 5-7) native and non-native English speakers, facilitated through ePals:
    Tammy Sanders
    Auburn Elementary School, Auburn, KS working with schools in Detroit, MI and Paris, France
    Kindergarten Cultures of States and Countries
    See Tammy's project description and video »

    See student work » http://www.epals.com/media/g/teachercontest10/tags/Tammy+Sanders/St...
  • Thomas Beckett, Hong Kong, and kindergarden-grade 2 students (EFL and others):
    SKH Kei Tak Primary School
    The Adventures of Ming the Minibus
    See Thomas's project description and video »

    See student work »
  • See the award-winning collaboration between EFL classes, grades 1-2, from Lebanon with a classroom in Colorado:
    Cheryl Arnett and Rawya Shatila
    Sunset Elementary School and Makassed Khalil Shehab School
    Digital Stories: A Celebration of Learning and Culture
    See Cheryl and Rawya's project description and video » http://www.epals.com/media/p/234620.aspx

    See student work » http://www.epals.com/media/p/234531.aspx

    These teachers met through ePals and were the North American winners of the Microsoft Innovative Educators Award. They are also ePals Ambassadors.
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    Topic: ePals 101 - Jan. 19 - VOIP (Voice over internet protocol instead of a phone line)
    Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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  • we received no funding at all here in Australia, even through school structure. Global Gateway funding seems to be for Uk and Europe. I actually funded my trip there but I would do it again. However be prepared for scenes that I had never seen before. My school email is bmulcahy@bne.catholic.edu.au  if you wish to contact me that way.
  • Hi Janice

    Yes the connection with the Ugandan School, Ngugulo PS west of Mpigi, UGanda, has been frustrating but also very rewarding. It all developed from social justice that I had been learning with my class. It started with a picture of a child carrying a drum collecting water, which we host a weekend each year at our school, and during the July holidays i looked over Global Gateway and found 5 schools from Uganda. i chose the poorest village school and began communications. The communication is difficult with village school, limited email, but can SMS. I spent 2 weeks at this school in September and helped with some projects. These schools are facing poverty, daily hunger, very limited resources, etc. I found they had perceptions of my school being a 'sponsor' but we have developed a mutual "partnership' relationship. it is developing but has been rewarding. 

  • Hi Janice! Thanks for your note and your questions!

    Global collaborations are still quite "new" so I don't think it's possible to say there are best practices yet... teachers are still finding their way around this model of project-based learning; I'd be very surprised if there was a body of research on it yet. Having said that, I know Margaret Riel has done a considerable amount of research on projects hosted at iEARN -- which, incidentally is the team I worked with to put together the Ed.gov site (a bit of a disclaimer there). iEARN (http://www.iearn.org or http://us.iearn.org) has been involved with int'l collaborative projects for 20+ years, so if anyone knows how to do it "properly" I would say they do! They are a nonprofit, but require membership to join many of their projects. However, there are several projects that are free to join, so do check them out. They have a wonderfully supportive network of teachers worldwide, so it's a good place to get your feet wet.

    However, if you don't want to go through an organization like iEARN, I strongly recommend reading Kim Cofino's blog post on a Step by Step Guide to Global Collaborations: http://kimcofino.com/blog/2007/12/20/a-step-by-step-guide-to-global...  

    Kim has been doing these kinds of projects for a while, and has not (to my knowledge) used any specific organization or group to "find" projects other than Nings like this, Twitter, and regular face-to-face conferences. Her post (and others on her blog) is very clear for anyone starting out.

    So, the short answer to your question is, there is no "one stop shop" for finding all you need about these kinds of projects... and I doubt there ever will be, for various good reasons. This Ning, thanks to Lucy Gray, is a great starting place, as are other places I mentioned -- and there are many more I don't have space to mention here!

    The Ed.gov site will hopefully be updated soon - so stay tuned! Good luck! 

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