Finding A Partner for Computer-Assisted Collaboration
While many of the sites in this Resource Center sponsor one or a few computer-assisted collaboration projects, the sites listed here function as brokers, finding partners among remote schools and around the world.
Teachers looking for collaborators for a variety of projects can put out a call at these sites.
Global SchoolNet is a non-profit education organization who's mission is to support learning and improve academic performance through content-driven collaboration.
They engage educators and youth in e-learning projects worldwide, to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding.
The Global Virtual Classroom (GVC) is a collection of free, online educational activities and resources.
It aims to complement the efforts of governments and educators around the world to integrate technology into their classrooms and curricula and to link their schools to the Internet in educationally productive ways.
Ning allows users to create their own communities and social networks around specific interests with their own visual design, choice of features and member data. It can be used to build a new community, integrate community features into an existing project, or re-organize / re-launch an existing community network.
ePALS allows you to connect, communicate and collabortae with educators around the world.
You can also Explore Experiences – a.k.a., collaborative lesson plans – involving tasks like designing your own flag, games we play and poster power, and share the experience with classrooms around the world.
This site uses the idea of the Professional Learning Community (PLC), where educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. PLC's operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators.
All Things PLC invites you to share your knowledge, ask questions, and get expert insight into the issues educators face each day.
Often in the course of developing a unit or during activities a need to find a computer-assisted collaboration partner will emerge, hopefully by student initiative. These sites can satisfy that concern.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• After School Programs
• An Evaluation Checklist for Educational Web Sites
• EdTech Leaders Online
• Example Computer-Assisted Collaboration Projects
• Marine Worlds
• Native and Minority Cultures
• Research Resources for Teachers and Librarians
• School To Work Programs
• Virtual Schools Sampler