Collaborative Projects

What are Online Collaborative Projects?

Students are often faced with problems that are best understood by talking with others, collecting data from remote sites, or going through a series of problem solving activities.With all of the technology tools available to us, students have access to a world of fellow learners.  There are many ways for teachers to get connected, and projects can be as simple as an email or as elaborate as a worldwide video conference.  Participating in projects like this with your students, allows students to gain a better understanding of the world and how we are connected.  Modeling this type of collaboration as a teacher working with other teachers is powerful and motivating as well.


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How can I get connected?
EPals : Safe student email, lists of projects, teachers can invite others to project they create.

Skyping Other Classrooms : List of teachers and classrooms who have volunteered to Skype with others.

Global Collaboration Portal Page : a place to share projects

TeachersConnecting: another project sharing site

GlobalEducationNing: Social Network site for teachers interested in Global projects

21stCenturySchools: List of projects and ideas about how to get started.

Science Connections: List of collaboration projects in Science.

Lots of Great Resources! : Could have just linked to Annette Lamb's page.  :)

Examples:

Life Round Here:  Share your story with others using digital media.

FlatClassrooms: This is a very involved project that has moved well beyond just being an online project.



WriteON! A creative writing project for creating a progressive story.

Monster Exchange -   designed to encourage the development of reading and writing skills while integrating the Internet into the classroom curriculum. The real challenge is that a remotely drawn monster is created only from reading the description! At the end of the project, both the original and duplicate drawings are digitized and published on the web in the Monster Exchange Galleries  http://www.monsterexchange.org/

My Hero The goal at My Hero is to discover real-life heroes from around the world using the World Wide Web. This is an ongoing project where students around the world submit their heroes from such diverse fields as the arts and entertainment, sports and science, lifesavers and peacemakers, actors and business leaders.  http://myhero.com/home.asp

Sites Alive! -  an interactive multi-disciplinary educational Web site which connects families at home and students in classrooms to adventures, expeditions and events around the world, as they are unfolding. Current projects are Oceans Live!, Rainforest Live!, Class Afloat Live!, and Wetlands Live!. Access to these projects requires a fee for registration.  http://www.sitesalive.com/

Travel Buddies  -  Travel buddies are soft toys or puppets that travel the world as representatives of your class. They may go on a cultural exchange with a single school or travel widely on a path chosen by those who forward him to friends and relatives in other places. They go instead of sending the children, an expensive and unrealistic proposition for most schools.  Visit this web page to find many ways teachers are using this idea. http://rite.ed.qut.edu.au/oz-teachernet/index.php?module=ContentExpress&func=display&ceid=19&bid=36&btitle=Projects&meid=22

World Trek – the Odyssey  -  The Odyssey allows students to travel around the world via the Internet. A team of volunteers visits 11 different non-western sites, documenting their experiences for posting on the Odyssey website. Students can follow along and interact with them.
Tools to use?

Jenuine Tech:  Great projects for K-8

How teachers can connect and collaborate.
Collaboration Tools

Social Networks:
Twitter, Ning, Discovery Educator Network

Google Docs

VOIP: Skype, OOvOO, TokBox, Google Chat

Other ways to share:

YouTube, Flickr, Delicious



Inspiration:
World Without Walls: Learning Well With Others


High Yield Teaching Strategies Collaborative Projects
Identifying Similarities & Differences Many of these projects allow students to compare their data to data collected at other sites.
Summarizing & Note Taking
Reinforcing Effort & Providing Recognition Students are highly engaged when working on relevant problems and making connections with others.
Homework & Practice
Nonlinguistic Representation
Cooperative Learning Collaborative learning.
Setting Objectives & Providing Feedback Students receive feedback from a large audience.
Generating & Testing Hypotheses Many of these activities require generating and testing hypotheses.
Cues, Questions, & Advance Organizers Templates are used to organize information.

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