In their 2012 book, Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time, Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis created a Taxonomy of Global Connection that shows a hierarchy of 5 different levels of online interaction. It begins with connecting students in a class using Web 2.0 tools and ends with students managing their own global connections with other learners across the world.
The interesting part of this hierarchy is that it isn’t just about the technology. It has multiple strands of complexity:
- Geographic Location: This strand begins within the classroom and then extends into the school/district and finally traverses the globe.
- Project Management: The second strand involves who is in control of the interactions. The bottom two levels are local interactions controlled by the classroom teacher. The middle level involves an online global collaborative experience that is managed by an external educator or group of educators. The top two levels involve student-to-student connections in an effort to achieve agreed upon goals. Level 4 is managed by teachers who manage, facilitate and monitor the project as well as managing the timeline. Level 5 uses teachers as facilitators but the students are actually running this peer-to-peer project.
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