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Technology & Wellness: Global Collaborator

Standard: GC1 - Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning with culturally responsive practices by collaborating and working effectively with local and global teams.

Standard: GC2 - Students use digital tools to connect with a global network of learners and engage with issues that impact local and global communities.

ITL Standards

Tech helps me...

Tech stresses me out...

Tools & Tips

GC1.a: Use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

"Google translator is great for talking to exchange students."

"We have so much access to information about other cultures.  That include news and information made by other cultures, not just about them."

"Misinformation stresses me out!"

"It's stressful when we learn something about a culture that is old or formal rather than what's current.  We are talking to people in other cultures.  We should know what to say and what not to say!"

Use technology to provide students with authentic experiences and authentic audiences. Consider pen pals or digital student exchanges.

GC1.b: Contribute constructively on project teams.

"Google allows you to see who does what on a group project.  That motivates everyone to participate."

"It's too easy to take your group member's work as your own."


Encourage collaborative note taking rather than cooperative. Allow students to do this during lectures as well as during research.

Version history is nice, but having students color code help them to quickly visualize their interactions.   




GC1.c: Contribute to the exchange of ideas within and beyond the learning community. 

"I like to use Wikipedia when I'm researching. If you pay attention to the resources they cite, it's a great place to start learning about something new."

"Too many people are looking for answers, not understanding."  

"There is so much information out there. Sometimes I don't think there is anything new to add to conversation."

Set up a backchannel where students can post ideas as they occur to them during the class period. Twitter is one common backchannel tool.  You can also try: 

GC2.a: Use collaborative digital resources to examine issues and problems from diverse local and global perspectives.

"I like when teachers use polls and let us use them for research. It's a good way to gather original data."

"It's pretty easy to make contact with experts."



Offer your students authentic research opportunities. Have them help to pick research themes and topics based on what concerns them, now.

Include your students as members of our collaborative learning community. Don't forget to ask them for help!

GC2.b: Explore local and global issues and use collaborative digital resources to investigate and develop solutions.

"YouTube is an awesome collaboration tool.  It lets me find and share how to do things."

"Being connected online lets me see the successes and failures of so many others who have tried to solve the same problem. It helps me build on what they learned."

"Some people are so use to looking for answers other people have already found. We forget to think."

"It's hard to sift the good information from the misinformation."

Teach your students to vet BOTH authors and sources. 


Your ideas...

Library Information and Media Center - Monona Grove High School - Monona, Wisconsin

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