OneWorld Classrooms

Classroom Conversations with the World

Classroom Conversations with the World

Program Overview

Conduct a curriculum-themed conversation with a global partner class! You select a topic and submit ‘conversation starter files.’ We match you with a global partner class (or classes), set up a VoiceThread for your conversation and provide specific guidelines. IMPORTANT: Internet access and a (free) VoiceThread account are required. Typically, 1 hour of class time over the course of one month is needed to complete a conversation (though the conversation may be extended beyond that). See below for full timetable.

Call (518) 618-0571 to discuss program options/details and determine the best approach for your class/school.

REGISTER NOW!
(Or join the WAITING LIST if you volunteer/teach at a school in a developing country.)
OR ACCESS OUR MULTIMEDIA INTRODUCTION HERE

Program Details

For each Classroom Conversation, OneWorld Classrooms will match ONE registered class/group with a global partner class (or classes) of the same grade range for an asynchronous VoiceThread conversation about ONE selected curricular topic. To complete an initial conversation, each partner class makes TWO rounds of text, audio or video posts in the context of a shared VoiceThread (see below for information about VoiceThread).

When registering, teachers select a specific curriculum-based conversation topic and regional, language, grade level and timing preferences. OneWorld Classrooms then matches each registering class with a global partner class (or classes). Partners are invited by Email to free, exclusive and secure access to the online conversation VoiceThread (see below for more information about VoiceThread). The coordinating teachers from the partner classes each post 5 ‘conversation starter files’ to the VoiceThread.  Students and teachers conduct the conversation with their partner class by posting text, audio or video comments in the VoiceThread. Partner classes are expected to add conversational posts at least once and respond to their partner’s posts/questions at least once; however, coordinating partner teachers may agree to extend the conversation beyond this initial exchange and continue to converse via the VoiceThread for any length of time up until the end of the school year. The initial conversation will occur within one month of when the partner classes are matched and typically requires 1 hour of class time. Partner classes will be matched within one month of registering (often sooner). The full registration, matching and initial conversation process can take two  months (and may be extended according to arrangements made by partner teachers).

The ‘conversation starter files’ may be artwork, posters, maps, graphs, charts or diagrams created by students, photos or videos recorded by students or teachers, or other documents. The conversation is conducted asynchronously, so classes may access and use the VoiceThread any time (i.e. not necessarily at the same time as the partner class). The conversation is conducted in English unless otherwise requested. OneWorld Classrooms makes every effort to match all preferences, but may not be able to match all country/regional/language preferences.

Internet and a (free) VoiceThread account are required. VoiceThread is an online interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to add and view images, documents and videos, and post voice, text, audio file, or video comments in response to them. A free VoiceThread license may be used for the Classroom Conversation. (VoiceThread also offers class and district memberships for a fee, but these are not necessary to participate in the Classroom Conversations with the World program.) VoiceThread training is available on the VoiceThread Web site.

Call (518) 618-0571 to discuss program options/details and determine the best approach for your class/school.

How to Participate

Step 1: Select a topic (see lists below) and REGISTER HERE. (Or, if you are a Peace Corps Volunteer, WorldTeach Volunteer, Teach for India Fellow or a volunteer/teacher at a school in a developing country, you may join our waiting list for free participation.)
Step 2: Follow our specific participation guidelines (which include information about how to set up a free VoiceThread account).
Step 3: Email your partner teacher to make final arrangements, access your VoiceThread and post your ‘conversation starter files’ to the VoiceThread (following provided instructions).
Step 4: Converse with your global partner class right inside the Voicethread!

Participation Fees

1 Conversation – $150
2-4 Conversations – $120 per conversation
5-10 Conversations – $100 per conversation

Please Note: Peace Corps Volunteers, WorldTeach Volunteers, Teach for India Fellows and other teachers and volunteers at schools/organizations in developing countries may join the waiting list for FREE participation in Classroom Conversations with the World here.

Curricular Topics

Below is a list of topics by grade level. For each conversation, you may choose ONE topic.

For grades 7-12, we ask teachers to select their own curricular area and specific conversation topic for EACH conversation. For grades PK-6, registering teachers may select a predetermined topic on the registration form OR select their own topic (‘Tailored Conversation’ in the drop-down menu). If PK-6 teachers select ‘Math Concepts,’ they may list a specific Math topic on the form. If they select ‘Teaching Each Other Our First Language,’ they may list a language and topic in the Preferences section.

The participation guidelines define each topic more specifically and suggest an approach for discussing it in the conversation. Registering teachers may refine the topic/approach even more specifically with OneWorld Classrooms’ staff by Email or phone if needed. Partner teachers will communicate with each other to finalize all details via Email prior to the conversation.

PK/K

All About Us
Our Families
Our School
Our Community
Our Country
Our Natural Resources
Our Environment
Our Weather Patterns
Weather Data
Plants We Use
Plants Around Us
Animals Around Us
How We Use Water
Water Around Us
Sounds Around Us
How We Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Natural Resources
The Food We Grow
The Food We Eat
Math Concepts
Constructing a Story
Responding to a Poem
Tailored (Teacher-selected Topic)

1st/2nd Grades

All About Us
Our Families
Our School
Our Community
Our Country
Our Natural Resources
Our Environment
Our Weather Patterns
Weather Data
Plants We Use
Plants Around Us
Animals Around Us
How We Use Water
Water Around Us
Sounds Around Us
Patterns Around Us
How We Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Natural Resources
The Food We Grow
The Food We Eat
Our Impact on Our Environment
What Plants and Animals Need Where We Live
How Plants and Animals Change Our Environment
Rocks and Minerals Around Us
Solving a Simple Engineering Problem
Math Concepts
Solving Math Problems
Mapping Our Location
Parts and Wholes
Constructing a Story
Sharing a Story
Responding to a Poem
Teaching Each Other Our First Languages
Tailored (Teacher-selected Topic)

3rd/4th Grades

Our School
Our Community
Our Country
Our Natural Resources
Our Environment
How We Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Natural Resources
Making Sense of Weather Data
Preparing for Weather Events
Life Cycles Around Us
Animal Adaptations
Plant Adaptations
Human Impact on Local Habitats
Design a Solution (Engineering)
Landforms Around Us
Erosion Around Us
Energy Sources in Our Environment
Math Concepts
Constructing a Story
Responding to a Poem
Teaching Each Other Our First Languages
Tailored (Teacher-selected Topic)

5th/6th Grades

Our School
Our Community
Our Country
Persuade Your Partner
Inform Your Partner
Entertain Your Partner
Responding to a Poem
Water Cycles in Our Watershed
Using Graphs and Charts to Understand Local Water Sources
Human Impact on Our Environment
Movement of Matter in Our Ecosystem
Improving Technologies
Models to Explain Our Place in the Universe
Models to Explain the Functions of Cells
Models to Explain Human Body Functions
Gathering Data from Maps
Sharing the Results of Chemical Reaction Experiments
Visual Representations of Solutions to a Design Problem
Responding to a Poem
Teaching Each Other Our First Languages
Tailored (Teacher-selected Topic)

7th-12th Grades

Teachers select their own curricular area and specific topic for grades 7-12.

Registration and Conversation Timetable

Below is a participation timetable.

a) Registration – Registration for Classroom Conversations with the World is open now and ongoing.

b) Match – OneWorld Classrooms will match you with a global partner class (or classes) within one month of your registration (in many cases sooner if a match is available).

c) VoiceThread Posting – OneWorld Classrooms will post your conversation VoiceThread and invite you to access it within at the time of your match.

d) Initial Conversation – The posting of ‘conversation starter files’ and the initial conversation will occur within one month of the date you are matched. Partner classes are expected to add conversational posts at least once and respond to their partner’s posts/questions at least once during that month.

e) Optional Conversation Extension – Coordinating partner teachers may agree to extend the conversation beyond the initial exchange and continue to converse for any length of time up until the end of the school year. (Please note that school years in different regions of the world end at different times during the year.)

Arranging for and conducting your initial conversation(s) typically takes place within a two to three-month time frame, as follows:

  1. Registration –> Match – up to one mont
  2. Posting  ‘Conversation Starter Files’)  –> Completion of Conversation – up to one month (may be extended)

You may have multiple conversations (involving different classes at your school) happening simultaneously.

Participation Benefits

Classroom Conversations with the World is:

  • an easy way to collaborate with K-12 classrooms around the world while reinforcing curricular standards
  • an authentic source for learning about global cultures
  • a way for your students to practice ACTIVE global citizenship and build cross-cultural understanding
  • aligned with all areas of the curriculum

Related Resources

•  Program Registration (Program Waiting List for global education volunteers/teachers.)

Participation Guidelines

•  Global Art Galleries

•  Teacher Testimonials

•  List of Participating Schools (from previous exchanges)

Call (518) 618-0571 to discuss program options/details and determine the best approach for your class/school.