Connecting Your Students with the World: Tools and Projects to Make Global Collaboration Come Alive, K-8 (Paperback) book cover

Connecting Your Students with the World

Tools and Projects to Make Global Collaboration Come Alive, K-8

By Billy Krakower, Paula Naugle, Jerry Blumengarten

© 2016 – Routledge

148 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Make the most of today’s technology to give your students a more interactive, authentic learning experience! Connecting Your Students with the World shows you how to use web tools to get K–8 students in touch with other classrooms worldwide. This book is a valuable resource to help you find and communicate with other teachers and classrooms and even design your own collaborative online projects. You’ll find out how to:

  • Conduct videoconferencing calls to put your students in touch with classrooms around the world;
  • Embark on Virtual Field Trips;
  • Plan themed projects for every season, including fun holiday activities;
  • And more!

The book includes detailed instructions for each activity and connections to the Common Core, ISTE, and Next Generation Science Standards, so you can ensure that you are meeting your state’s requirements as you prepare your students to become engaged, informed, and global citizens. Additionally, a comprehensive list of online resources is available as a free download from the Routledge website at


"Billy Krakower, Paula Naugle, and Jerry Blumengarten have put together an excellent collection of projects to teach global collaboration. Their book will be a valuable resource for every educator who wants to make learning about the world a fun, interactive, and rewarding experience for students."

--Todd Whitaker, Professor at Indiana State University, internationally recognized education expert, and author of over 30 books, including What Connected Educators Do Differently

"Want to connect globally and flatten your classroom? Billy Krakower, Paula Naugle, and Jerry Blumengarten are savvy, down-to-earth guides on your journey. Twenty-first-century teachers are connectors. With this handbook, you can get started today!"

--Vicki Davis, @coolcatteacher, Author of Reinventing Writing

Table of Contents


Meet the Authors

Our Story


How to Use This Book

1. Connecting Your Students

2. The Practical Guide to a Mystery Location Call

3. Moving Beyond Mystery Location Calls

4. Fall Projects

5. Winter Projects

6. Spring and Summer Projects

7. Virtual Field Trips

8. Stories from Our PLN about Connecting Globally


Appendix A: Standards Correlation Charts

Correlation Chart for the Common Core State Standards

Correlation Chart for the ISTE Standards for Students

Correlation Chart for the ISTE Standards for Teachers

Correlation Chart for the Next Generation Science Standards

Appendix B: Key Standards

The ISTE National Education Technology Standards (NETS*S) and Performance Indicators for Students

The ISTE National Education Technology Standards (NETS*T) and Performance Indicators for Teachers

Appendix C: Flat Stanley Lesson Plan


About the Authors

Billy Krakower

Woodland Park, New Jersey, United States

Learn more about Billy Krakower >>

Billy Krakower (@wkrakower) is the Computer Technology Instructor and Gifted & Talented Teacher for grades 3 and 4 at Beatrice Gilmore Elementary School in the Woodland Park Public School District, Woodland Park, New Jersey.

Paula Naugle (@plnaugle) is a fourth-grade English language arts and social studies teacher at a suburban public school near New Orleans.

Jerry Blumengarten (@cybraryman1) is the creator of Cybrary Man’s Educational Web Sites, which started as a school library resource and is now used by educators all over the world.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology