This is our second posting sharing tips for building and maintaining successful online partnerships.
5th grade iEARN educator, and Twitter enthusiast, Donna Roman from Mill Creek School in Geneva, IL is our guest blogger, sharing her tips:
My school joined iEARN in the Fall of 2011. I had the incredible opportunity to attend the iEARN conference in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in July, 2011. This year, we have participated in the Greeting Card Exchange and the Daffodil project.
Building online partnerships is such an important part of collaborative projects, but it doesn’t happen without some effort. Just sending things back and forth to each other does not make a true partnership. In order to create real relationship, an effort to communicate is needed. In the case of the Greeting Card Project, Ruth Hou in Taiwan sent some emails and photos about her school and her students. I responded to her, and we kept communicating and exchanging information for and about our students and schools. We then decided to present together at the Global Education Conference.
We also arranged a class meeting on Skype, and that experience was truly a highlight for both our students. Since then, we have started a reading project with our two schools using a picture book to compare and contrast cultures. Creating and sustaining ongoing conversations is critical to expanding our global Professional Learning Network (PLN). With a network of colleagues worldwide, we can call on each other for first hand information on geography, culture, world events and more. Another important piece to developing a strong global PLN is a presence on Twitter. There are many teachers dedicated to global collaboration that are active on Twitter. It is an easy way to keep in touch, and to see what is happening in global collaboration.
@iearnusa has a wealth of daily information. Please find me as well @donnaroman. I love to stay connected to global minded teachers.”
Thank you Donna!
Another great PLN is the iEARN Teachers Forum, where educators from around the world are supporting one another as they participate in, join, and start online collaborative projects.
For those of you just getting started, here are two resources that help guide you:
- Atomic Learning: great free and subscription-based video resources on collaborating with a global community
- Visit iEARN ‘s How do I get Started page
iEARN’s community of educators around the world are eager to welcome you.