Global Collaboration

Q1 What is a Global Collaborator

20. Global Collaboration


One of the primary purposes of education is to prepare you for life, but innovations in technology are changing the world we live in fast. Will the jobs you think of today still exist in the future? How can you prepare for a job that doesn’t exist yet? 

We do know that the workforce of the future will need global collaboration skills to work with people from around the world to find solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. Having strong global collaboration skills is one way you can prepare for the future. 

Key Vocabulary

Collaborator: A collaborator is a person who works with others to collaborate virtually.
Virtual collaboration: Virtual collaboration is the use of digital communication tools to work together.
Global Collaboration: Global Collaboration is Using digital communication tools to work with others from around the world.
Synchronous communication: Synchronous communication is the use of digital communication tools to work together in real-time. 
Asynchronous communication: Asynchronous communication is using digital communication tools to work together with a time lag. 
Competency: Competency is the ability to do something successfully or efficiently. 

I Can Statements

  • explain what effective communication looks and sounds like. 
  • communicate effectively and respectfully with others. 


  1. To be a good global collaborator, you need to think like a good global citizen. What qualities do you think a person needs to be a good global citizen? Turn and talk with your shoulder partner. 
  2. After brainstorming a list, watch this video. Use the Participate Learning website to dig a little deeper into Global Citizenship skills by filling in this organizer.
  3. Global citizens have to be able to communicate effectively with different types of people. Review the slideshow with your shoulder partner to learn some talk moves and active listening strategies you can use to strengthen your communication skills. 

  4. Check out these resources from MindTools for more information about active listening or to see the skill represented as an infographic
  5. Discuss the speaking and listening strategies presented in the slide deck and additional resources with your shoulder partner.
    • What does effective communication look like?
    • What does effective communication sound like? 
  6. Update the "Effective and appropriate communication" row in your Global Citizenship Skills organizer. Include speaking and listening strategies from the slide deck and/or key takeaways from your discussion with your shoulder partner.
  7. ​​​​Put your communication skills to the test by determining if the communication scenarios are effective or ineffective. 


Completing this Quest

In order to successfully complete this Quest you will submit the Global Citizenship Skills organizer as your teacher directs. 

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Competencies & Standards

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

Empowered Learner
1a. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

Global Collaborator
7a. Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.