The Global Collaborative Project (GCP) requirement for the Seattle Pacific Digital Education Leadership program inspired me to flex my connectivist muscles, and to bring my students along for the run. I attempted three GCPs, the details of which you can read about in GCP Part I and GCP Part II. Two were successful, Mystery Skype (6th grade) and Students Rebuild Pinwheels Project (8th grade), and I have chosen to write my final report about the Mystery Skype because it was the more robust of the two projects.
The overall strengths of this project—as with all GCPs—are the organic weaving together of standards from multiple areas (in this case: Language Arts, Social Studies, and Technology), with the added strength of real-world application. Students are learning and using an amazing amount of academic + work + life skills in the preparation for and execution of this experience. The technology used made this connection possible. Although we could have interacted with a school in New Zealand in some other way (pen pals?), it would not have been feasible to conduct a “geographic location hunt” any other way. The “face-to-face” communication made possible by the Skype platform allowed my students to interact with students from another culture in a way that otherwise would not be possible.
Below you will find my reflection presented in Google Slides, followed by my Project Proposal Outline.
Keep reading about this project!