Online Global Collaboration: Norms 1 & 2



Alright, stop! Collaborate and listen, Heritage is back with a brand new invention…okay, okay not exactly, but at least I  found a way to incorporate Vanilla Ice! Yes, no? Okay, moving on. 

     Online Global Collaboration broadly refers to geographically dispersed educators, classrooms, and schools that use online learning environments and digital technologies to learn with others beyond their immediate environment in order to support curricular objectives, intercultural understandings, critical thinking, personal and social capabilities and ICT capabilities (TheGlobalEducator).

     So, why is collaboration so imparitive? Take a look at the below video!

The mind is blown right?!

“Global collaboration encourages teachers to engage on an equal basis internationally in a model in which ‘everyone recognizes that no-one knows so much that they can not learn from the other and no-one knows so little that they cannot teach the other’ (quoted this from a teacher in Argentina). This give and take is the heart of global education, it’s not giving up but learning from, it’s educating for and with each other. Students come out of the experience knowing there is real value and wisdom everywhere in the world and they can benefit from it and contribute to it”        (Ed Gragert, USA, @egragert).

Norms of Online Global Collaboration

     Educators sometimes need help or encouragement to participate in online collaboration as well as support in understanding how to “build engaging and successful relationships with others at a distance so that deeper global learning is realized. The 8 Norms of Online Global Collaboration can help with the “typical or usual behaviors and actions to be practiced in synchronous and asynchronous mode when collaborating globally” (TheGlobalEducator).

Norm 1: Be Prepared     “So many potentially excellent global collaborations fail because educators are not prepared, largely because they do not know what to prepare for.”

  • Connect 
  • Communicate

Have a plan for connecting

  • Use your PLN and PLCs to find like-minded partners for global collaboration.
  • Determine what common tools you will use to connect and collaborate
  • Test all tools beforehand.
  • Workout time zone differences
  • Have a backup plan
  • Discuss shared roles and responsibilities of the teachers as well as the students
  • Determine expectations for communication  during the collaboration
  • Share school calendar/schedule so everyone knows when there may be no responses
  • Agree on the READ, RECEIVED and RESPOND systems and protocols for all participants

Norm 2: Have a Purpose     “Every connection, communication and eventual collaboration must have a purpose. Planning is key to success!”

  • Cultural exchange
  • Inquiry and exploration into a topic or topics
  • Global project, short or long, curriculum-based
  • Shared outcomes, student summit
  • Artifact exchange and/or co-creation

source: Lindsay, Julie. (2016) . The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning & Teaching. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education

Online Global Collaboration Tool Examples

Blogging – classroom blogging projects, The Global Read Aloud Project (Read a book another classroom(s) from around the world is/are reading and comment/discuss/share on the book in a blog).

Communications – skype, WeChat, Today’s Meet, WhatsApp, Remind, Google Hangout, Fuze, Blackboard collaboration

Community and Social Media – Nig, Edmodo,, Edublogs, WordPress, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter,, Pinterest

Collaboration & Co-creation – Wikispaces, Padlet, Voicethread, Google Apps, OneNote, Google Draw, Mindmeister, WeVideo




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