The March #globalclassroom chats proved to be incredibly lively and valuable discussions about the merits and challenges of assessing and communicating the impact of global collaboration.
I was quite taken aback by the diverse responses to this topic, and prompted by @WarwickLanguage and my early reflections on the Flat Classroom book, I’ve taken the unusual step of including a proper summary of the March #globalclassroom chats.
Here we go.
Assessment can be a tricky issue.
Many teachers expressed concern about the need to assess global collaboration, fearing that too great an emphasis on “measuring” the impact of global collaboration would detract from the learning and building of the global relationships.
As @WarwickLanguage wrote in her chat summary, “there was a perception that the impact of these activities is clear, but not always measurable, showing itself in student focus, engagement, and enjoyment.”
@SNskole: The greatest gain for our students is they start to feel like world citizens. Breaking down ignorance stone by stone.
We need to share our stories, reflections, and pedagogy
A common theme of these chats was the need for teachers and, particularly students, to share their stories and reflections on the impacts of global connections and collaboration on their learning.
Suggestions included videoing students’ stories (@carmenstack), showcasing student work on co-created blogs and wikis, exploring Visible Thinking routines (@whatedsaid), and building school administrators’ understanding of our work.
For me, one tweet stood out:
This idea, seconded by @terriharings, is something I’d like to see developed through the #globalclassroom project as a whole. It is indeed “powerful to partner across the sea”, and this form of assessment would have an incredible impact on our students (and teachers) learning & worldviews.
There is a need for action-research in this area
Raised by @brettelockyer in the Sunday chat, this issues features in the Flat Classroom book, which I am reading at the moment. There is a need to study the long-term impacts of global collaboration on teachers and students, exploring how our global connections change our teaching, learning, and personal worldviews.
So, in conclusion:
Thankyou to everyone who made the March #globalclassroom chats such an engaging, thought-provoking learning experience. A particular thank-you goes to our moderators, past and present, with special mentions for @iEARNUSA, who has done so much to make these chats a success, and @WarwickLanguage who helped write the chat summary.
The March #globalclassroom chat archive is now available on our wiki, and we’d love to hear your thoughts, reflections on the topic in the comments below.
See you next month!