Launching “The Handshake Space”

This year, we’re doing something different. We’re working to build better connections & participation in the #globalclassroom community through the launch of “The Handshake Space” for K-3, 4-6, and 7-12.

What is it? 

For those unfamiliar with the concept, a “digital handshake” is an opportunity for teachers and students to join our online project spaces (find out more here) and introduce themselves to the community.

Traditionally, these handshakes feature individual students or whole classes; however, in Global Classroom 2012-13, we are experimenting with a mix of classroom AND individual teacher handshakes.

We regard this as an essential ‘first step’ for successful engagement in our global projects. (Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds)

How can I get involved? 

The #globalclassroom handshake has three distinct parts. Teachers and students are welcome to contribute to one, or all components.

1) The introductory voicethread.

Teachers, we hope you will take this opportunity to introduce themselves, tell us where you come from, and share a little about why you connect and collaborate globally.

2) “The Handshake Space”

The Global Classroom 2012-13 wiki now hosts K-3, 4-6, and 7-12 “handshake spaces” for teachers to post class introductions.

How you choose to create and share your handshake is up to you, but we’d love to see links to your class blog / websites, and a few pictures of your classroom learning spaces! You will find instructions, video tutorials, and classroom examples on our wiki.

“The Handshake Space” will run for the duration of the 2012-13 project, and new additions will be showcased on the project blog over time.

Check out this fantastic example:

3) Teacher Introductions on our Google Groups

If you are a member of our email list, you will receive the kick-off email this week.

If you are NOT receiving emails from The Global Classroom Project, and you would like to be involved in informal planning discussions, project brainstorming, and receive news updates like this, please apply to join here (with a note telling us who you are, and what you teach).

An opportunity to learn, share and connect and globally

The “handshake” is an important, and vital first step for teachers engaging in global collaboration. We hope you will take this opportunity to make yourself known, and introduce your class to the wider #globalclassroom community. Through this process, we will be able to learn more about you, and better enable teachers to explore new ways to connect, learn, share, and collaborate globally.

We hope you will join us on this journey.


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