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ICT and Learning Coach; IBMYP English A teacher and workshop leader; educational design consultant
Organization (if applicable):
Australian International School of Singapore
Location (City or Town):
New York, NY
About Me or Reason for Joining the GEC:
I'm a Canadian who has been teaching since 1998, and have been an international educator since 2001. I have lived and worked in Canada, the UK, Qatar, Vietnam, USA and Singapore (where I am presently)! I recently finished my M.A. in Educational Communication and Technology at New York University and am loving my new role in Singapore. I am committed to international education and feel that intercultural awareness is often lacking within curriculum.
I am a:
student, teacher, tech coordinator, consultant
Grade Level or Age of Students You Work With (if applicable):
Thought you would want to know that Kim Cofino has been a member of ePals Global Community since she was a teacher in Germany in 2002. No Twitter or Ning in those days to find other classrooms.
Kimberly Cofino - Thailand -
From: International School Bangkok | Posted On: January 19, 2011 | Member Since: March 2, 2002
Currently teaching at International School Bangkok in Thailand, have been overseas for the last 10 years. First in Munich, Germany at Munich International School, then at Mont'Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, now in Thailand and next year at Yokohama International School in Japan.
I just looked at the great link you gave me (www2.ed.gov...) when I requested recommendations several months ago about online platforms/organizations for global collaboration. So much useful information! I was wondering if you have compiled a list of global school partnerships/ collaborative projects best practices or know of where I might find one? Also, through your research/experience do any organizations stand out as being expecially good with finding schools to partner with in Africa?
A lot of questions, I know. Only if you have time. Thanks!
So glad you are helping to update the US DOE guide to international collaboration! I share it with lots of teachers!
Here are some projects with a great deal of worldwide use, from ePals, available at no charge: ePals Projects for Classroom Collaboration
Welcome to the ePals Projects Page! The global topics are standards-based. Each project can be used as is or customized to your classroom’s needs. To find a classroom partner, check the Project Forums for posts by classrooms interested in a particular project. Alternatively, search the “Connect with Another Classroom” search box on ePals’ home page. Also search the “Ongoing Projects” and “ePals Wanted” forums.
After you find a classroom to collaborate on a Project, we recommend that the two teachers clarify some logistical issues before starting.
The ePals/National Geographic project topics are:
* The Way We Are (an easy way to get started in global collaborative projects)
* Digital Storytelling (student products can be posted at ePals Video Vault after review by ePals staff)
* Projects with science focus: Water, Weather, Natural Disasters, Habitats, Global Warming, Maps.
* Eduteka is translating the projects into Spanish.