3. Cross-Cultural Blogs
My students blog regularly with a class in Morocco using Blogger. My partner teacher in Tangier and I built the program from the bottom up. We design the writing prompts to which our classes respond, and then students comment on each others' ideas and writing. Connecting my students in rural America with mostly Muslim kids in Morocco is one of the most important things that I do as a teacher to promote tolerance and respect. When they talk to each other, animosities melt away and trust develops. See an extended discussion of this project here on my Teaching Globally in the Boondocks Blog. Even though we built our blog project from the bottom up on our own, there are myriad organizations out there who could help you on your journey of connecting your classroom with another in the world. Check out iEarn.org, epals.com, connectallschools.org, and Face to Faith.