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Global project design

Designing curriculum to collaborate

Designing a global collaborative experience involves transcending the obvious real time linkup, fostering higher order thinking and providing opportunities for cultural understanding while usually making a product that impacts others in a positive way.

(Lindsay, 2014, June 16)


Project design relationships

  • Start with the project idea – curriculum-based or co-curricular
  • Use a foundation of design essentials e.g., Project name, outcomes, timeline, tools, alignment with standards, website, Twitter hashtag, team expectations and so on. These are typical requirements for curriculum development anyway.
  • Scaffold with the 'seven steps' design principles – these ‘super-charge’ the collaboration. 

Seven steps to flatten the classroom – super-charging global collaboration

(Lindsay & Davis, 2012)

Step 1: Connect

  • How will you connect with partners and sustain these connections?
  • What is the 'handshake' activity for introductions?
  • Are all tools accessible to all partners?

Step 2: Communicate

  • What are the communication conduits for teachers and for students?
  • Will students be free/encouraged to connect personally as well as through class portals?
  • How will students be put into workable teams for future collaboration?

Step 3: Citizenship

  • What is your agreement on digital citizenship approaches?
  • Who can view student work? Are students aware of this? What are the agreements about using full names online?
  • What Creative Commons preparation has been done?

Step 4: Contribute and collaborate

  • How will student (and teacher) contribution be encouraged and measured?
  • What are expectations for students to continue work outside of the actual class?
  • Who else will be part of the collaboration – advisers? judges?

Step 5: Choice

  • What choices will be given to students to allow them to bring their interests into the collaboration?
  • Are there different leadership options for students?

Step 6: Create

  • What is the final product(s)? Does everyone understand this?
  • How will higher order thinking be supported with this collaboration?

Step 7: Celebrate

  • How will students and teachers reflect and share their learning?
  • What will be the culminating celebration?
  • How will you share the best-practice and results of the collaboration

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