One of the projects on the back of my mind for our school is to buddy different classes or grades with “sister school” throughout the world. Where this most often becomes is through technology, authentic needs and projects, and through meeting synchronously at the same time. To alleviate this last worry, I was examining the idea to limit the schools we would connect with to those within our own timezone (for now).
This would mean that we could still get a cross-cultural feel for how things are in different parts of the world, but never have mix-ups or hiccups because of timing. I can envision it now:
“Ok, great. We’ll Skype with your class at 2pm then.”
“Wait, 2pm your time or mine?”
“Oh, we will already be gone home.”
This preplanning could fix all of this hassle down the road. Because I am in Istanbul, this gives me a wide gamut of places and schools to consider, for example, Finland, Kiev, Bucharest, Cairo, Lubumbashi, Pretoria, Cape Town, and the list goes on.
Asynchronous conversations would end this worry and could be done through ideas like: Edmodo, Wikis, Blogging, Google Docs, Twitter, Twijector, and more. However, there is definitely something about connecting in real-time. I am excited about the idea and will comment further about the progress and the new problems we may face.