What are the first steps you can take in using global learning networks
to enhance your own curriculum?
- Don't wait for high levels of technology. The challenges are by
and large not technical challenges but human ones. In fact, decisions
to use a variety of technologies including video tapes and audio tapes
give students with a wide range of literacy skills access to challenging
high level content.
- Look for other classes
seeking partners. If you come across pen-pal requests, write back
with a proposal of a project idea.
- When establishing a class-to-class
partnership, describe your ideas broadly at first as the most satisfying
relationships are those in which both classes have a chance to share
in the design of a joint project.
- As you consider joining
projects others have created, think about how you will give them a
life of their own in your class. Ask what opportunities there are
- community, family,
and local investigations,
- critical questioning
and discussions, and
- school or local actions
in your community.
most successful projects are enhanced by, but do not depend on,
receiving information from the other classes.
- Decide on an end product
and a point for reflection on what's been learned. One project leads
to the next as you uncover new problems to be solved and deeper levels
of questions to be asked.
- Learn valuable lessons
by participating first in other people's projects, or by working with
a single other class to establish a long-distant, team-teaching partnership.
When you feel ready to organize a group exchange, get a commitment
from one or two other teachers before you begin to ensure a critical
mass of participants. Then be sure to describe your project activities
and project timeline in very specific terms when you send out your
announcement to the wider networking community.