Over Seas Classroom Collaboration

I am a fourth grade teacher in Northern Michigan looking to collaborate with another fourth grade level class over seas on some projects for the students. I would like to work with Skype video conferencing if possible. This is just a fledgling of an idea right now, so I am open to any suggestions.

Hi there, I don't know if you are still interested in your post but I teach at an international school in Beijing, China. I teach Year Five in the British Curriculum which is the equivalent of North american Grade Four.

I am brand new to Web 2.0 but am eager to learn though Skype video conferencing may be a little beyond me at the moment. I am open to suggestions.




We just opened registration to an international project. We will use videoconferencing, a blog and a wiki. This is an exciting project. Come check out the details at http://projectlemonade.wikispaces.com!!

Hi heather, I'm in St. Louis MO and I have a couple of teachers that would like to collaborate with you...Our students would like to start a wiki, or blog about a book and maybe perhaps skype at some time...you can email me at [email protected] and I was hoping to start this sometime in January...

What do you think?


Hi my name is Priscilla I teach a grade 5/6 class in Australia. I am looking to hold some discussions with a class overseas via skype. I have just joined skype and it was so easy to download and join. Let me know if you are interested in a chat?

My name is Andrew Chalfin I am a 5th grade Special Education teacher for Colton Elementary school about 20 miles north of New York City. I can network any grade K-6 that is 5 year olds to 12 year olds.
I am looking for a contact. I am the technology leision for my district.
Please contact me. I have some good ideas.
My main goal is to get our feet wet and bring the world to our classroom by meeting another classroom. The possibilities are endless.
Please contact me.
[email protected]

Have you tried ePals?

What age group is that grade? Year 4's in NZ are about 7/8 year olds. I'm sure there are some teachers here where I live who would be keen.

I would be glad to be working with you, but my pupils are at the levele of upper secondary high-school. Hope you will find some teacher-collaborater. Is there any who are interested working with Programming, where groups of pupils are collaborating? Tools for collaboration would be Skype, MSN and some videoconferencing. Sincereley Lennart Rolandsson, Sweden

Hi I have been a regular listener to teachers teaching teachers and hence have found ETT. This is my first contact. I teach health and Phys Ed and Film Studies in middle and High school. I am studying post grad by distance via the web a Grad cert in ICT and have done a brief University guest lecture on Web 2.0. Iam keen to make some connection via these Web 2.o apps. i am not sure what but we are a k to 12 school so access to grade 5 maybe possible as i also teach them one lesson a week ( Grade 5 are 10 11 yrs old ) what's the next step

Congratulations on your work with Web 2.0 so far. My suggestion would be to make a connection with other 5th Grade classrooms in the English Speaking world. I think a very effective way is through blogging and commenting. Edublogs and Classblogmeister come to mind as great portals for k-12 Classroom and Student blogs. Another place to look for collaboration is through Voicethreads to create and invite others to comment. Another place... would be wikis. Once you open up your classroom doors to the world the possibilities are endless. Best of luck. I teach third grade in Los Angeles, CA USA. http://www.classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=150374 Jose Rodriguez; It's Elementary

There are no set rules, but many have offered some basic guidelines. Kippel (1989) suggests several basic seating designs (circle, half circle, block), and Harmer offers several procedural setups (pair, buzz groups, consensuses, debates) and even basic size guidelines, "no more than seven." There seems, however, to be "no firm research to give an ideal answer to the ideal combination of students of mixed levels. Teachers have to decide whether they will put strong students with weak students or whether they will vary the combination of the pairs from class to class" to fit their needs. (Harmer).

Fifth, what should be done about aggressive and shy students?
Turn taking activities can help students become aware of their behavior. Kippel (1984) offers activities that help students learn to take turns by having the speaker hold a ball and change it with each speaker or transferring a ball of string to one another so that the person who controls the conversation is identified by several lines of strings leading to and from him/her.

EFL teachers overseas wishing to incorporate collaborative methods often face difficulties when working in environments where teacher centered classrooms are the norm. Hopefully this information can help during dialogues with administrators who have questions.

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Harmer, J. (1989). The Practice of Language Teaching. New York: Longman Publishers.

Kippel, F. (1984). Keep Talking. New York: Cambridge University Press

Nielson, A. (1989). Critical Thinking and Reading: Empowering Learners to Think and Act. Illinois: The National Council of Teachers of English.

Vygotsky, Lev S. Thought and Language. In Nielson, A. (1962). Critical Thinking and Reading: Empowering Learners to Think and Act. Illinois: The National Council of Teachers of English.

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