Here are the notes we took on this topic at the NW Vita-Learn meeting:

Global Connections:

Get yourself connected -

Educator’s PLN -

St. Albans -

  • got a grant for making Global connections - Around the world in 180 days

  • Connected with a teacher in India, Japan, Canada, and US

  • Make sure you make the project about everybody and not just your students to get people interested and wanting to connect

  • Taking a book that students are reading and try to connect with teachers/school in an area the book is about


  • What does my day look like from 4-9 (After-school project)


  • UVM has an exchange program to check into to find places to connect

  • Edmodo has a lot to connect with

  • Flat Classroom Project - $65-70 a class for half a year

  • Flat Classroom Book

  • Make connections through the Peace Corps

  • Make connections in Google+

  • International ....... - something in Colchester - can’t remember the name.  They bring speakers in

  • Skype in the Classroom


  • Flat Classroom Project

  • Global Read Aloud -

  • Using Twitter, Google+, Edmodo to make connections

  • Mystery Skype

  • Students blogging, quad-blogging with other classrooms

  • Skype in the Classroom

  • Connect with a class in each state to ask questions and learn what you can’t learn from searching on the web. Build a website, maps, info, etc.


written it into 2nd, 5th, and 7th grade social studies study of culture units:

“They have to connect digitally with a classroom in another culture.” - new Tech GE required.

Bonnie Birdsall
Technology Integration Specialist
Williston School District
Williston, VT 05495

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On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM, Lauren Parren <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Bonnie et al, at the last VITA-NW meeting we took notes on this subject.  I haven't looked, but wonder if those are posted?  Of course, you neatly summarized the key points here, but there might be more pointers there.  Thanks to everyone who contributed here!

On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 2:39 PM, Bonnie Birdsall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I second Joanne- use Edmodo to connect with other classes, Comments4Kids along with Kidblog, Skype in the Classroom and ePals.

We have 8 teachers participating in the Flat Classroom Projects that are underway. There's another round getting started in January/February. There is a cost, but it's minimal and the experience is well worth it, thus far!

Bonnie Birdsall
Technology Integration Specialist
Williston School District
Williston, VT 05495

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On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM, Finnegan, Joanne <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Addition to my former post ... 

Sharing work can be done on Google Apps. Edmodo is a watered down LMS and a closed environment with a variety of ways to share primarily discussion forum (but, I'm not totally familiar with all the options in there), ePals allows for exchanges between the "pals," but the classes using it have used Google Apps/Drive for sharing things like video. 

On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 1:34 PM, Matthew Allen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I have a 1st-3rd grade team that is interested in making global connections, but I'm struggling to find the best platform for this.

The City School students have some topics they want to cover with different classes from around the world. They'd like multimedia responses that can be hosted someplace for others to view. So, they want synchronous communication throughout the project, but they would like to have an asynchronous meeting to wrap it up.

I have some ideas, but I want to hear what suggestions you have.


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Innovation Specialist
St. Albans City School
St. Albans, VT 05478

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