Connections are increasingly important as our interactions become more global. Unique perspectives and new concepts often arise when multiple groups collaborate on projects.

Here are some articles which discuss global connections:

Global Digital Citizen - The Role of the Teacher(21st Century Fluency Project)

Global Collaboration: Beyond Social Networking

Three Ideas for 21st Century Global Curriculum

The following are articles gathered and made available by Palisades School District that I have copied and pasted into this wiki:
Designing Effective Global Collaborative Projects

Participating in global initiatives empowers teachers and students from around the world to work on projects together using the internet and new communications technologies.

From ISTE's Learning and Leading with Technology

Global Competence Resources
A collection of resources curated and shared by our very own Kate Kieres.

Equipping U.S. Schools for the Global Fast Lane
American educators take the measure of school systems in other nations and comb the data for clues to what will improve student achievement closer to home

The Global Challenge
Education in a Competitive World - An interactive information portal from EdWeek

The American Forum for Global Education
A collection of teaching materials, curriculum, and lesson plans on global edu.

Here is a table which discusses tools and networking opportunities to help make global connections happen:
Tool
Type of Collaboration Possible
Site
Association connections
accessing collaborations
ask teachers to post on library listservs (librarians often help teachers develop units or at least can seek out if there is interest in collaboration) or curriculum specific associations such as American Association of Teachers of German
Blogs
social networking
edublogs, SchoolWires, blogspot
Capspace
accessing collaborations
http://projects.twice.cc/
CILC
accessing collaborations
http://cilc.org/
Classroom 2.0
social networking & accessing collaborations
http://www.classroom20.com/
diigo
collaborative tagging, bookmarking, and note-taking
http://diigo.com/
EdModo
social networking & accessing collaborations
http://www.edmodo.com/
Educator's PLN
accessing collaborations
http://edupln.ning.com/
epals
social networking
http://www.epals.com/
Flat Classroom
social networking
http://www.flatclassroomproject.org/
Flickr
collaborative tagging, bookmarking, and note-taking
http://www.flickr.com/
Global School Internet Project Registry
accessing collaborations
http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsh/pr/
Google Building Maker
collaborative mapping
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwh/buildingmaker.html
Google Docs
collaborative content curation and/or creation
https://docs.google.com/
Google Lit Trips
collaborative mapping
http://googlelittrips.com/GoogleLit/Home.html
Google Maps
collaborative mapping
http://maps.google.com/
Google Plus
social networking & accessing collaborations
https://plus.google.com/#
Google Sites
collaborative content curation and/or creation
https://sites.google.com
iEarn
accessing collaborations
http://www.iearn.org/
Peace Corps World Wise Schools Correspondence Match Program
accessing collaborations
https://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/correspond/educator_enroll.cfm
People you know can send out requests to their social network
accessing collaborations
think of who has a lot of connections and ask them to scout out collaborators
Scribble Maps
collaborative mapping
http://scribblemaps.com/
Skype
social networking
Skype is a free download
Skype for Educators
accessing collaborations
education.skype.com
twitter
social networking & collaborative tagging, bookmarking, and note-taking & accessing collaborations
https://twitter.com/
video conferencing
social networking
district owned
webinars
social networking
IU has Elluminate license
Wikispaces
collaborative content curation and/or creation
http://www.wikispaces.com
This page is moderated by Karen Hornberger