How your students can benefit from global collaboration

By | 2017-08-17T20:12:27+00:00 April 27th, 2017|For teachers|0 Comments

The educational arena is constantly evolving with new approaches to classic disciplines, like STEAM, project-based learning and makerspaces. Technology also plays an important role in the classroom, creating a bridge between schools abroad, and providing connectedness and global communication. We took a look at how your students can engage with the world without leaving the classroom.

Why should teachers introduce global collaboration in their classrooms?

Introducing global activities in the classroom provides students with unique and authentic learning opportunities. Students are able understand and learn standard curricula through meaningful interactions, engage in projects and ascertain real-life situations.

Technology makes it easy to connect. Students from different parts of the world, who beforehand may have been remote and unattainable, are now able to connect straight from their desks. Students are able to develop relationships, gain a deep understanding of foreign cultures and increase their global awareness. Students are encouraged and empowered to formulate their own means of problem-solving, broaden the parameters of conventional learning and critical thinking, obtain communicative skills and become proper citizens of the world.

Teamwork by AFCYvolunteers (14Y Canada)

Teamwork by AFCYvolunteers (14Y Canada)

How can your students benefit?

Connecting with classes across the world is simply exciting.

Global collaboration can be utilized in every each and every subject that teachers decide to cover. Imagine forgoing internet sites or textbooks covering marine biology to connect with students studying dolphin behavior in Ecuador. Likewise, students can receive first-hand accounts of theories in social sciences from psychology students in Bangladesh, or first graders can talk about their families with other first graders in Kenya. Students are more likely to engage with subjects they are interested and excited about, and as a result, more readily retain new information.

Global collaboration between students helps topics to stay relevant and current.

The world is constantly changing. Though, teachers do their best to provide their students with cutting-edge educational methods in the classroom, global collaboration is an organic way for classes to enjoy discovering new ways of thinking, exploring and learning. Students will gain genuine, relatable information by asking questions, equating real-life situations with their own experiences and broadening their own scope of knowledge.

Together by EmilyA (11Y Canada)

Together by EmilyA (11Y Canada)


Global collaboration can be used a tool for “thinking outside of the box.”

Connecting with classes across the world gives teachers the leniency to evolve the curriculum. The world is a complex, yet interconnected space that offers learning through interaction, communication and relationships. Whereas textbooks may create a divide between countries and cultures, collaboration across the globe helps students to understand perspectives beyond their own societal boundaries. Teachers can modify and invent fresh and authentic ways for students to teach and learn from each other, motivate and inspire each other.

Creatubbles makes it easy to connect with other schools around the world. Simply leave a message for that teacher in the comments sections to connect on creative projects.

If you are interested in collaborating with other teachers or classes on Creatubbles, please feel free to reach out to us at instructors@creatubbles.com.

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