1.7 Global Collaborator

Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

I know I may sound like a ”broken record,” but I am truly awed and amazed by technology and what we are able to do. I can remember seeing cartoons like “The Jetsons” on television and wondering if some of what happened in that cartoon would happen in real life. While we aren’t currently flying around in cars, it is technology that is being developed. Maybe it will become the norm in my lifetime. I still feel like a kid in a candy store when I see some new device and its capabilities.

As a student, I can remember how great it was to open the mailbox and see something addressed to me—a magazine, a birthday card, or sometimes a hand-written letter. I wanted so much to get mail that I remember finding a book in the library titled, Free Stuff for Kids, and it listed all kinds of addresses and information on how to request stuff to be sent through the mail. Of course for someone who loves getting mail, this was exciting!

On occasion, I did have teachers who would found other students in the world so that we could have pen pals. Granted, it never seemed to work out that well. Hand-written letters can take a long time to travel, so you may only get one letter in the whole school year. Either way, it was fun to try. Now, in this day and age, the world is a much smaller place, and speaking to someone somewhere in the world is super easy. In a blog post titled, “My Pal,” I discuss a great tool in which students can collaborate with other students around the world on a project. The effortless ability to cross cultures and share ideas is as easy as the push of a button. Amazing!

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