Before exploring different Global Collaborative Projects and deciding which ones are a good fit for us, we need to define what a Global Collaborative Project really is. Certainly to be Global it needs to involve at least one other class that is at least a little distance away geographically. To be Collaborative there must be some sort of information sharing. And to be a Project is must adhere to some sort of inquiry framework and result in some sort of final product or products.
There are a wide range of projects that fall under this umbrella description of Global Collaborative Project GCP), and while they all fit the criteria for a GCP they are vastly different in Scope and Scale.
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1. Communicate -> 2. Understand others -> 3. Shared models[1]

Quadrant I Projects (many classrooms, co-creating)

Quadrant II Projects (many classrooms, sharing info)

Quadrant III Projects (few classrooms, sharing info)


Quadrant IV Projects (few classrooms, co-creating)

  • Challenge 20/20 involves approx 4 classrooms http://www.nais.org/resources/index.cfm?ItemNumber=147262
  • Monster Project - http://www.monsterexchange.org/index.asp
    • "Monster Exchange is designed to encourage the development of reading and writing skills while integrating Internet technology into the classroom curriculum. Classrooms from a variety of schools worldwide are paired together; the students in each classroom are split into groups, each of which designs an original picture of a monster. The students must then write a description of the monster. The partnered classes then exchange their descriptions via e-mail and the Internet. These students are then challenged to use reading comprehension skills to read the descriptions and translate them into a monster picture. The true challenge involves creating a redrawn picture as close to the original picture as possible without looking at the original and using only the written description of the monster."
  • Virtual Vacation: http://virtual-vacation.wikispaces.com/

  1. ^ This dimension corresponds to the 3 levels of groupware.
    1. Communicate, send messages, but there is no need to try to understand others.
    2. You now understand others, their needs, goals and meanings, even if you don't agree with them.
    3. By this level, you have agreed on some shared models (mental or physical) that you use to co-ordinate your work.