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Connected Learners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom.

One of the most important parts of writing a book with my students, for me, has been the way it has brought the class together, and how well I know my students this year.

When you write on a project like this you suddenly find yourself in a different position. We had project leaders and we had chapter editors, We had writers and we had students eager to contact the press. Everyone was pulling the project in different directions! Since we clearly had a common goal, this has worked out really well.

When introducing the book now that it is published it is easy to focus on the fact that it is written by 27 students together with their teacher. One of my main concerns about changing the classrooms has been that few teachers read much about this topic, and hardly any students do. That is why I wanted to share what I have been reading, and topics I have heard about at conferences and seminars, with first my students, and then other teachers!

My reading list is vast and diverse and just to give you an idea I have included my bibliography here. Every topic I think is interesting and important in teaching and learning in schools today has been presented in our book. And every topic has been commented on by the students. That is the way this project has been. And this is the idea behind the book. I certainly hope more teachers and students at teacher colleges will read this and take part of the ongoing discussions online!

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