Today I highlight other C from the NEA’s 4 C’s for preparing students for a global, 21st Century education: Collaboration.  As adults, we are required to collaborate on many things.

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“Cooperative” may refer to working cooperatively with classmates or with others outside the classroom.  Consider this example from “Cooperative Collaborative Learning

“Second grade students in Washington, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Spain used the I*EARN (International Educational and Resource Network) e-mail network to communicate with students in Central America. Through I*EARN, the US and Spanish students learned of the impoverished conditions in Nicaraguan villages outside of Managua. Groups of US and Spanish students organized within their schools to raise money for the Nicaraguan villages. Teachers in these schools began to integrate information on Nicaragua and Central America into their curricula by asking students to write essays on Central America, its environment, economy, politics, etc., and to share these essays via e-mail with children in Nicaragua.

Peter Copen, Connecting Classrooms Through Telecommunications in Educational Leadership; October, 1995; pgs 44 – 47

For more information about the I*EARN project, sent mail to — iearn@igc.apc.org

 

 

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