Last week, the International Society for Technology in Education International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released their newest standards for students. Of the seven, I believe Global Collaborator is the most important standard for my students because communication skills themselves are of utmost importance in a world that continues to become more interconnected. Additionally, learning the programs necessary to facilitate that communication will enhance their experience by giving it a global feeling. If my students can manage this, they will begin to feel more empowered and confident about their communication skills, technological literacy, and writing ability. I believe this empowerment and confidence will eventually lead them to become empowered learners, digital citizens, and ultimately more creative, collaborative, and culturally conscious.
I will collaborate with educators worldwide to find another classroom with which my students can begin communicating (i.e. pen pals). Doing this will give my students a place to begin their digital communication, then they will understand what it means to communicate in the digital world.