This challenge helps prepare students to participate in a global society by allowing them and challenging them to work with people they do not know. In the work world, we aren't always working with our best friend or a kid we've been in class with for several weeks, sometimes we are dealing with complete strangers and it is imperative that we are able to effectively communicate with them. This challenge gives students the ability to establish themselves online and start building upon communicating with others, regardless of them knowing them or not. These teachers empower collaboration and innovation by exposing students to technology and allowing them access to others outside of their class, school and state and even country. These teachers are able to address student learning of the content while also incorporating native speakers, so they are involving others besides themselves to help educate and enhance student learning. This doesn't have to be limited to students, anyone can do it!
February 2014 Challenge