Bringing the World to the Classroom through Videoconferencing and Project-based Learning

Abstract

The focus of this paper is a case study of a Texas-based school that implemented global projects to connect their students with many states and countries as a platform for integrating collaboration and communication skills, technology tools, and cultural diversity into an existing curriculum. The school introduced videoconferencing at every grade level K-8 in a school-wide initiative to bring the world to the classroom through the engagement of global learning projects with distant partners. A rubric is presented that provides a framework for improvement of interaction and engagement in videoconferencing experiences to develop best practices. For the purposes of this paper, the value of global projects in K-4 will be discussed.

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Hopper, S.B. Bringing the World to the Classroom through Videoconferencing and Project-based Learning. TECHTRENDS TECH TRENDS 58, 78–89 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-014-0755-4

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Keywords

  • Collaborative Learning
  • Distance Education
  • Global Learning
  • Innovative Instruction
  • Interdisciplinary International Issues
  • Problem Based Learning
  • School Media Centers
  • Teacher Education
  • Technology Integration
  • Videoconferencing