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WELCOME TO THE JDO GLOBAL COLLABORATION SHOWCASE!

In this community, you will find examples of great collaborative projects that the JDO Global Collaboration Project teachers completed this academic year.

Here are some of our top projects of the year. You can also see these projects by filtering on the 'Top Projects' category in the left menu.

READING ACROSS THE ATLANTIC CHALLENGE https://plus.google.com/103192410308986667864/posts/DKvJFWwbDrz

MYSTERY STORY COLLABORATIVE WRITING:
https://plus.google.com/103192410308986667864/posts/SW86hjtGU4C

COLLABORATIVE STORY WRITING:
https://plus.google.com/103192410308986667864/posts/SuDUPSbnJTx

LEMONADE STAND PROJECT:
https://plus.google.com/103192410308986667864/posts/2adEFnzN3By

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WRITING SHARED NATIVE AMERICAN MYTHS

Submitted by Amy Cozens, 4 year teacher at Downsway Primary in the London Area.

This year our classes have focused on writing a shared story, specifically a Native American myth to explain how something we have today came to be in the first place. The children spent the first month discussing their ideas in a Google Hangouts chat, then created a Google document to share their notes and thoughts.
Over the next few months they have each written a part of their myth building it up gradually together and making suggestions for their partners about how to carry the story on or where to add additional detail.

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EASTER COLLABORATIVE COOKBOOK

Submitted by Ann Czeponis, 4th Grade teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School in Pennsylvania.

The project that I believed allowed the students the most interaction and understanding of our cultural differences and similarities was the Easter Cookbook.
We worked together on a shared Google slides presentation to create an international Easter Cookbook that included recipes and the stories behind them.
The students had common preparatory materials (recipe pre-write, and interview packets) and all have access to the finished product. You can view all the pieces of this plan, including the finished cookbook and an assessment piece, at the link below.

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COLLABORATIVE PROCEDURAL WRITING

Submitted by Richard Thomas and Sian Dacey, 3/4 Year Teachers at St. Monica's Primary School in Cardiff, Wales.

Both classes read the book George's Marvellous Medicine. To learn about procedural writing, both classes wrote instructions to make Grandma Kranky's medicine (based on the book). St Ita's' sent photos of their instructions and St Monica's sent some PDF files of theirs. We read each other's instructions and discussed what was good about them and ways they could be improved upon. St Monica's peer assessed St Ita's instructions and sent photos and videos for us to see what they thought.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4449AMfcOTZbEx5VG1RU19tRzQ/view?usp=sharing

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WORLD BOOK DAY TWEETS

Submitted by Gillian McCammon, 4th Year teacher at Carr's Glen Primary School in Belfast.

For World Book Day, the students created "tweets" from the perspective of a character from the two Roald Dahl books that we have read this year: "The Twits" and "George's Marvellous Medicine". I think they are fantastic! The kids were hilarious thinking of Twitter names and hashtags!

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CREATING TEACHING VIDEOS AND COMMENTING USING SEESAW

Submitted by Sarah Brown, 5/6 Year Teacher at Basildon Primary in the London area.

Both schools created learning videos to share with their partners about learning they had been doing this term - area, perimeter, calculating etc. Videos were uploaded to Seesaw where the children were then able to view and add constructive comments about them. A positive and successful way to end our collaborative year.
The attached document shows some of the comments the children were leaving for each other on Seesaw after watching the shared videos.

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EASTER EGG PACKAGING SCIENCE EXPERIMENT

Submitted by Amy Lennox, 4th Year Teacher at Linn Primary School in Northern Ireland, and Stephanie Wages and Gabriela Gonzales, 3rd Grade teachers at Loretto Academy in Texas.

During the Easter period we thought it was a great opportunity to try a STEM activity involving 'Easter eggs'. In collaborative groups, the children had to test and find the best packaging for their hard boiled Easter egg. We learned about a fair test, variables and things to keep constant. The children used their technology to record their experiment using video and photos. They then put these into a 'Book Creator' to share their prediction, explain their findings and present the results. They really enjoyed the practical element of this experiment. We hope the enjoyment is reflected in this selected piece of work!

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MARS HABITAT BUILDING AND SEESAW

Submitted by Carlee Lutz, 4th Grade Teacher at Martinez Elementary School in Colorado.

We used the Seesaw app quite often to share between the two classes. The classes worked in project groups to design and build Mars habitats. They shared the projects with each other using SeeSaw. The students really enjoyed being able to comment on the pictures shared. Below is an example of a project that was shared on SeeSaw.

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COLLABORATIVE FAIRY TALE WRITING AND STORYTELLING

Submitted by Paul Sutton, Year 6 Teacher at Butler's Court Primary School in the London area.

We decided to create a project that provided a stimulus for writing with the children working in pairs to produce a 'Fairy Tale'. They planned together, then composed alternative sections responding to what the partner had previously written. The children then recorded themselves telling their story and shared with each other - examples of Butlers Court pupils reading their story can be seen in the Year 6 section on the school website: https://butlers-court.primarysite.media/. The children enjoyed sharing these with our Years 1 and 2 pupils. To finish off some pupils have been editing their video with their partner's video to produce a joint American/British telling of their story. One example can be found below.
I think this has been my favourite project of the year due to the teamwork it produced in order to write the stories, then the skills demonstrated by the children to record and edit their stories which they were then able to share with younger pupils.

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COLLABORATIVE STORY WRITING

Submitted by Rachel Johnson, Year 6 Teacher at St. George's British International School in Rome.

Our final project was a joint story writing exercise, where we had the attached task to complete. The children used Google docs to share their stories with their teachers to comment on and then with each other. We ended with a hangout where we shared our stories.
It was a brilliant project that the children enjoyed a great deal. Their writing on a google doc inspired them to write more and check their e-mails for comments, making them more IT literate with every minute. Some of my children have poor fine motor skills and using a google doc helped them to no end.
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