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International Collaboration

While I'm at it I wanted to address international collaboration:

First: Many conferences, seminars, etc. are much more willing to take on projects that address not only collaboration through different disciplines but also international collaboration. I have had some first hand experience with this: I co-chaired a session at a conference in Ghent with a colleague of mine at the Polytecnico di Milano. However, to be honest, it was more of an excuse to spend time with my friend than it was a true collaboration. I am not dissing this type of collaboration, as I think it fits into the "let's have fun" category--but it would be truly amazing if international collaboration could happen along the lines of intellectual interest and not just friendship.

This is a short post, I know--but I am always willing to hear feedback or especially to hear ideas for international collaboration. Because, while it is much easier to get a paper, session, etc. accepted because you are collaborating across countries, it would be even more valuable for this to have repurcussions not only for friendship but for ongoing collaboration and learning experiences.

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Hi -- I run a grant competition that is designed to spur international collaboration. It is called the Digging into Data Challenge. Grants are given to large teams of scholars and scientists. Each team must be from at least two (or as many as four) of the participating nations. They also represent numerous disciplines. You can check it out here:

http://www.diggingintodata.org/

We have found that some really great research has resulted from these international collaborations. In the springtime, CLIR will be releasing a report about Digging into Data that will go into detail about this.

Brett

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We are doing this now. We're merging classrooms for 6-8 weeks at a time with hundreds of students in grades K-12. Preservice teachers are joining in as mentors. We do this in the Flat Classroom projects. It is part of what we do. Julie Lindsay (my cofounder) and I are both full time teachers but just published a book from Pearson on this - Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds and we have a pedagogy behind what we're doing. Just want you to know that it is happening now.

Our main site is www.flatclassroomproject.net

Our wikis are www.flatclassroomproject.org

Our book: www.flatclassroombook.com

Digiteen Project www.digiteen.org

NetGen Ed Project www.netgened.org

Eracism Project www.eracismproject.org

We have a K-2 project but in just one week had 40 classrooms sign up and had to close the pilot. I'm glad you're interested in this topic, it is dear to my heart.

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