First off, I would like to say “Thank you” to Wes Fryer for trusting me with his blog over the next few days. Anything said in the next few days are my thoughts and observations only – and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the original blog owner!! (Smiles – I had to say that!!)

I love collaborating and always have – though in the past I had had different names for it. Pen pals, class buddies, round tables, and a variety of other ways I met and conversed with teachers (and classrooms) outside of my own 4 classroom walls. You might have some other examples – but hopefully you see my thought pattern.
The availability of collaboration tools (blogs, wikis, skype, podcasts, email, Google apps, web pages, photoshares, and more) has grown immensely in the last 12 months and if you haven’t embraced the chance of collaborating with another classroom(s) you are missing many MANY opportunities of bringing some fantastic and valuable teaching moments into your classroom.

There are a variety of websites that are offering collaboration ideas for you – so please take the time to visit:

Susan Silverman’s Projects
Elementary Age Projects, LadyBugs registering NOW!

Clarence Fisher Project
International Teen Life, Using Wikis, Podcasts, & More

Global Schoolhouse Project Registry
59 projects available NOW to join, Ages PreK – 12th Grade

Oz Projects
A “DROP OF LIFE” project begins on May 29th

Connect with over 7 million students and teachers from 191 countries in a safe online environment.

Global Collaboration Workshop Links
List of 30 project sites compiled by Naomi Harm

Technospud Projects
O.R.E.O. Project will celebrate its NINTH year this October, “Salute To Seuss” Project begins in August 2007, plus many more!

Please add your project link lists to the comment area and if you have participated in an online collaboration – please tell us about it, and provide a link to showcase your involvement!

Jennifer Wagner

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3 Responses to Celebration of Collaboration

  1. Cheryl Oakes says:

    Welcome Jen, here is yet another opportunity for me to catch up on all the great projects you promote. I am so thankful for you putting all the goodies in one place. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait for tomorrow.

  2. Hi Jen, So wonderful for you to have this opportunity! Here are some more places to look for collaborative projects for your students:

    Israeli Pedagogical Network for Collaborative Learning

    Global Virtual Classroom


    Taking IT Global

    Teachers Without Borders

    Here is my online version of a conference presentation about why online collaborative projects –

    Looking forward to more great stuff, Jen! You go girl!

    Sharon Peters

  3. “Booktalking with you” was designed to share good books with teens and young adults. However, any age may post to this wiki, sharing good books to read.

    A collaborating user left the following comment at the wiki, “I am glad you posted this where I can leave my booktalks, and I won’t feel stupid about loving to read. I think all those readers out there should put a booktalk in and show others what reading is about, and maybe they will find something that interest them.”

    This wiki is available for anyone. Simply email for the password.

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