Two global cooperation websites, The Global Schoolhouse and Epals are both places where teachers and learners can collabroate with people all around the world. Global Schoolhouse offers content, programs, tools and resources that can be used in the classroom, as well as ideas for school projects. It has interactive web games for students to learn geography and offers scholarships for web based projects that middle and high school students create about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Epals is a simlar website that offers information with a focus around international collaboration. It also has a blog called SchoolBlog where anyone from around the world can post. It also has a special classroom search tool where you can find a classroom and learn what projects teachers from all over are doing.
Example of use in the classroom
Both websites would be a great way for students to learn from interacting on the web with people from other countries. On Epals students could be instructed to follow along already created learning sesssions that have text, videos or even blogs. Students could write a summary or an opionion of the content that was presented or could post their comments right to the blog. Students would be using interactive web tools and be learning about other cultures and traditions which will promote a better understaning of global communites.