By having students work in these collaborative groups, they are forced to use their communicative skills to effectively engage with students from other countries. Not only must they be effective communicators, but they are able to also share their own cultural experiences, and engage in experiences of the collaborating students’ cultures. These projects break down cultural barriers and make the world a much smaller place.
Organizations The Intercultural Virtual Exchange of Classroom Activities, Digital Promise, The International Education and Resource Network, and The Global Nomads Group offer opportunities for educators to connect with other educators around the global. This is a profound method for thousands of teachers to connect their classrooms without having to spend eons of time trying to locate other collaborative educators. Not only do they connect other educators, but they cultivate communities that collaborate to design strategies to utilize this partnership.
Utilizing web 2.0 tools, like Skype and Google Hangouts, teachers have the ability to collaborate through video conferencing, giving the students an opportunity to meet other students worlds away in the comfort of their own classrooms. Students can expand their collaborative efforts further by using tools like Google Apps for Education, Wikispaces and other tools to create spaces where they conceivably work together to create multicultural collaborative projects.
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