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ERIC Number: EJ868484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-1
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
Boundless Opportunity
Schaffhauser, Dian
T.H.E. Journal, v36 n9 p13-18 Oct 2009
The easy availability of both web-based communication tools and classroom internet access presents teachers with myriad ways to engage their students in projects with kids all over the globe. Two teachers--English teacher Hagit Goldstein in Israel and Spanish teacher Allison Baugher in the US--were connecting students through an online classroom network called ePals so their two classes could express their unique cultures and learn about music and dance specific to other parts of the world. The service, which is free to users, provides secure e-mail that enables students to communicate one-on-one with each other, blogging capabilities, and a function called Classroom Match that allows teachers to post or participate in activities with other classes. The possibilities for international classroom collaboration in projects such as this one have never been more promising. Internet access is nearly ubiquitous in US schools, and online collaborative tools--Skype, Google Docs, Ning, Facebook, TeacherTube, blogs, e-mail, chat rooms--are more abundant than ever, rendering borders and barriers inconsequential. This article presents resources that can help link teachers and students and collaborate on projects. It also offers tips for students about connecting with their peers across the world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel; United States