cloud management

Q4 Classroom Collaboration

3. Cloud Initiation

World Peace and Collaboration around the planet
The focus of this Quest is to support global collaboration with other classrooms or projects around the world.


The International Society of Technology in Education has identified problem-solving and collaboration as key skills for success in society.

“A Global Collaborator has the ability to address and potentially solve significant problems in students’ communities and around the world, both independently and in collaboration with others.”

This Quest involves classroom-to-classroom collaboration and communication. The goal is to solve an issue or problem of significance with others across the globe. Your classroom will take on a problem and work through a possible solution or solutions. This might also be done with students in smaller groups. You will be investigating possible solutions through collaboration with other students around the globe.

Key Vocabulary

Global Collaborator: A global collaborator is a student that uses digital tools to connect with others from different backgrounds and cultures to learn and work together.

Digital Citizen: A digital citizen is a student that recognizes the rights, responsibilities and opportunities for living, learning and working with others using technology. This requires acting and modeling behaviors that are safe, legal, and ethical.

I Can Statements

  • collaborate with others on a project
  • create a presentation backing it up with research


As a classroom or in small groups

  1. Explore problems or issues in your school, community, or world regarding any of the following: environment (climate, drinking water), endangered animals, health (smoking, drugs, alcohol), safety (internet and social media), social (hunger, homelessness, disease), literacy, poverty, gun safety, racism, immigration or identify another problem your classmates may want to review.
    a. Look at several of the resources provided in the classroom collaboration  resources section at the bottom 
    b. Identify an issue or join in one that another school is working on that is also of value to your group or class
  2. Once you’ve identified your issue, your teacher will set up a collaboration sessions with another classroom working on a similar issue.
    a. You will connect with a collaborating group and introduce yourselves
    b. Use a shared working environment (Google Docs, Office 365, wiki, blog) to share your questions, concerns, and possible areas to focus on as you work through the problem

Classroom Collaboration Resources


     Brief Description

Skype in the Classroom

Microsoft’s classroom projects using Skype in the Classroom - example:  Virtual field trip “Learn about wind and solar energy”

Global Classroom Project

Save the SeaLions - Starts in November 2016

Read Around the Planet

Connections in 
requires ESA membership.

 Check the site for the most current dates for registration, verification of equipment and participation. 

Registration opens each year in the fall. Check the dates on the site. Verification of equipment must be completed before December 31 of each year – before schools leave for the holiday break. For the RAP flyer, Coordinator packet and Teacher Packet go here –

CAPspace/TWICE; professional quality opportunities to interact with experts; need H323 videoconferencing equipment and often involves a small fee



 ePals:  Be sure to check out the InventIt Challenges tab! “Massage Rope”, “Frost Stopper”, “Magic Sand”, and “Water filtration” projects

Classrooms - Working to prevent global hunger - Earth days in April

iEarn, learn with the world

 iEARN Global Collaboration Projects, check out the different challenges such as the: Solar Cooker Challenge

Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education online collaboration

 Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education: “Down the Drain,” “The Global Sun,” “International Boiling Point,” “Noon Day Project” and “Global Water Sampling”

National Geographic Citizen Science Projects

 Collect and share your classroom data. Citizen Science projects allow students to collect and share data seen by others around the world for a common purpose (monitoring water quality, for example). This is not a classroom to classroom connection but an opportunity to practice global science.


Global Read Aloud

Global Read Aloud Project (6 weeks) - The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you.

Projects By Jen


These projects (unless indicated) are open to all classrooms worldwide. Though these are elementary based - if your classroom wishes to be involved, and you are not PreK-6th, when you register, please choose OTHER for your grade level.



The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration sponsors lists of collaborations available. Examples: teachers seeking classroom penpals, school mascot exchange, cross-cultural, international penpals, and more.



3. Collaboration: Identify and split up the research needed.

a. Agree on future dates and/or methods for collaboration
b. Set target date(s) for completion of your research

4. Share and evaluate the findings and research links in your shared document

5. Based on the research you completed, collaborate and brainstorm potential solutions for each of your locations.

6. Write up your specific solution(s) or action plan(s) with steps and a timeline.

7. Identify a target audience (school council, parent group, local business group, other students) that is important to taking action on the issue.

8. Create a presentation (on your own or with your collaborators) that is backed up by research for your audience and share it.

9. Take action on your solution! Be ready to share your results.

Completing this Gold Quest

By completing this assignment you are certifying that you/your class has participated in a global collaboration working with another classroom or others outside of your classroom, using technology resources. You have collaborated with others to investigate solutions to issues with others, and have participated constructively.

  Check off this Gold Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

  Return to the Home Page 


Websites and Applications


iPad app


ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

7. Global Communicator
a. use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures
b. with guidance from an educator, students use technology tools to work with friends and with people outside their neighborhood, city and beyond
c. contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.
d. Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions