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Language teachers interested in facilitating intercultural competence, cross-cultural communication and general communicative competence
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For Grand Forks 5th graders, the 21st century version of ‘pen pals’

For Grand Forks 5th graders, the 21st century version of ‘pen pals’ | intercultural exchanges + telecollaboration |

[Excerpt]: "Standing in front of a computer screen, fifth-grader Hannah SnoBeck of Ben Franklin Elementary in Grand Forks held up a page of her homework. Above her, the blurred image of students in Kongsvinger, Norway, filled a projection screen.  “This is what our math work looks like,” she told them. “We’re working on circle graphs in math. On the back, we have long division problems for practice.”


Using video conferencing software Skype, the two fifth-grade classrooms bridged thousands of miles between them Tuesday as they displayed their notebooks, textbooks and other bits of their daily life to each other in a more modern version of a pen pal arrangement.  Ben Franklin is the only school in the district that currently uses Skype for international discussion and the results have been positive."

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This article was highlighted in a recent ACTFL e-newsletter for foreign language educators.

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INTENT Project Workshops | UNI-COLLABORATION | intercultural exchange

INTENT Project Workshops | UNI-COLLABORATION | intercultural exchange | intercultural exchanges + telecollaboration |

"The INTENT team will be offering several training workshops on telecollaboration in 2013. Registration is free but participants are expected to cover all their own travel and maintenance costs.
Getting Universities ready for Telecollaboration
Telecollaboration is online intercultural exchange between classes of foreign language students in geographically distant locations. The Erasmus Multilateral Project INTENT (Integrating Telecollaborative Networks into Foreign Language Higher Education) aims to raise greater awareness among students, educators and decision makers of telecollaboration as a tool for virtual mobility in FL education at university level and also to achieve more effective integration of telecollaboration in Higher Education Institutions."


Further workshop details at

Via Robert O'Dowd
Robert O'Dowd's curator insight, January 29, 2013 5:00 AM

Registration is now open for the INTENT project's free workshops on how to engage university classrooms in online intercultural exchange. Find one near you and sign up today. Places are limited:

Francesca Helm's comment, March 9, 2013 12:16 PM
Registration for the Padova workshop is now closed as we have a full house!
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The Mixxer | Language Exchange for Everyone

The Mixxer | Language Exchange for Everyone | intercultural exchanges + telecollaboration |

Well monitored. Worth the time.


"The Mixxer is a free educational site for language learners hosted by Dickinson College. The Mixxer is designed to connect language learners around the world so that everyone is both student and teacher."

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UNI-Collaboration | Online Intercultural Exchange

UNI-Collaboration | Online Intercultural Exchange | intercultural exchanges + telecollaboration |

Supporting virtual intercultural exchange between university classrooms across Europe and beyond.


[Excerpt]: "This platform is aimed at supporting university educators and mobility coordinators to organise and run online intercultural exchanges for their students. In these exchanges, students from universities in different countries collaborate together using online communication tools to carry out collaborative projects and to learn about each other's language and culture. By taking part in such projects, students can develop foreign language skills, intercultural awareness, electronic literacies as well as learning more about their particular subject area.


If you are a teacher working at a university in Europe or elsewhere, this platform will help you to find partner teachers and classes in other countries, to read about tasks, successful projects and evaluation tools and to exchange questions and experiences with an experienced community of practitioners."

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Project mentioned during Steve Thorne's talk yesterday, supporting virtual intercultural exchanges via technology.


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Harry Potter Book Project in Edmodo: A Collaborative Initiative Between Students from Egypt and Canada by Ayat Tawel

Harry Potter Book Project in Edmodo: A Collaborative Initiative Between Students from Egypt and Canada by Ayat Tawel | intercultural exchanges + telecollaboration |

[excerpt]: "With an increasing acceptance of children using internet for academic purposes, comes apprehension pertaining to their safety and well-being when online. While as educators we want children to become more « net savvy », we need to temper this with precautions to keep them safe on the web. 


This session will demonstrate how educators Ayat Tawel and Bernadette Rego successfully established using Edmodo, a free Learning management system, as a place for students from Canada and Egypt to meet and discuss questions enhancing their reading skills using the popular book « Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ». We will demonstrate how Edmodo and other web 2.0 tools can be used to protect the students' online identity and communication while creating an enriching learning atmosphere."


Full session recording (24min):

Ayat Tawel [@ayatawel on Twitter]

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