Transforming learning through global collaboration
What is a handshake and why is it important?
Handshakes are the first form of acknowledgement between two people or more. They confirm that all involved are in agreement of what is to come. Sometimes handshakes can seal a deal. In a global project the handshake does just that. We are introduced to others ready to embark on a similar voyage. This handshake is exciting as it is often the first time many of the students in the project will interact with someone outside of their school, state, and even country.
Handshakes can take many forms. The most common is a personal statement on a group site where all members convene. Other members comment on statements and develop an online relationship with their cohorts.
However, handshakes can also incorporate a variety Web 2.0 tools like wiki pages (student introductions,) blog posts, videos, talking avatars, etc...
Why students at this age level need to create a handshake
Students need practice (time in the sandbox) interacting in appropriate ways with others they don't know online. The handshake is very much the sandbox of which they will learn who their partners are and how to appropriately introduce themselves. It's a learning space. Students will make mistakes and these mistakes may be turned into lessons in digital citizenship.
What type of handshake shall we create? Options (please add to list) include:
Further reflections as to what this handshake could be used for within the curriculum (once it is made)
Handshakes could serve as bios for group members on the wiki.
IF you have time and motivation we would love to see live examples of the handshake you design!