Using MakeWaves for International Collaboration

MakeWaves is a great way to connect with schools abroad and learn about each other's cultures by safely communicating via videos, blogs and comments. MakeWaves has been working with DigitalME and The British Council to develop the MyWorld network.

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Background
MakeWaves has been working with DigitalMe to develop the MyWorld network and learning models for international collaboration, funded by the British Council’s Youth in Action fund. These projects allow young people to safely use social media to connect and collaborate remotely, to share stories about their lives and to debate the issues facing all young people such as education, migration and national identity.

How to get involved
Any school on MakeWaves can connect with a partner school by encouraging them to sign up for a free MakeWaves site and linking with them using the 'follow' feature. Download the activity guide based on the British Council international projects for ideas on how to run your own international project. You can also download a case study from the pilot project which linked pupils from Garforth Community College in the UK with pupils from Kraslava in Latvia.

“The opportunity to connect with real-life young people from eastern Europe has had a huge impact on the pupils at our school. For many of them this is the first time they have spoken to someone from a country like Latvia. Having the chance to use familiar technology to connect with someone from a different country, to get to know each other and ask questions, share stories about their lives and where they live, has made the experience very real for them. For the school, knowing that MakeWaves is a safe, moderated community, meant that we could give our pupils the freedom to connect and collaborate without worrying about who they were speaking to. Within just two weeks of our students hooking up with our Latvian friends over 100 comments had been passed between the groups, writing and commenting on each other's personal blogs."

“In today’s world of work, digital citizenship and global citizenship are of paramount importance. The British Council project has given us a real-life opportunity to nurture these skills in our pupils.The project has enabled our pupils to challenge stereotypes about people from different countries by giving them the opportunity to speak directly to other young people from Europe within a safe online forum."

To see work from International schools on Radiowaves visit and 'follow' http://www.makewav.es/myworld

To find out more about the work The British Council and Youth in Action do visit http://www.britishcouncil.org/youthinaction.htm

Need help using Radiowaves features? Visit our help section to access video tutorials on using the site and creating media http://www.makewav.es/hq
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