4. Getting Started - Find Projects

One of the best ways to become involved is to be part of a collaborative iEARN project. An iEARN project is a collaborative endeavor between two or more groups of students and educators in different parts of the world. 

Experienced teachers will advise that you and your classroom start by getting involved in an existing iEARN project, rather than trying to start a new one. Participating in other projects is a great way to meet potential partners, and learn about the many different projects initiated by teachers and students throughout the world. It can be a great way to develop ideas for how to integrate collaborative projects into your classroom, without having to take on the role of facilitating the involvement of other classes your first time participating.

Try to choose a project that is:

  • in your language or in a language you are open to learning
  • relevant to your students and their needs
  • able to fit into your school’s curriculum
  • age-appropriate for your students
  • happening at an appropriate time for you in your academic schedule

Ready?  You can browse and search iEARN projects in the iEARN Projects Space of the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

Once you enter the iEARN Projects Space of the Collaboration Centre, you will be able to search the various groups to find a project of interest, or can click "View All" to see a full listing of all projects.

Once you find a project of interest, make contact!  You can find the Project Facilitator’s email contact information on the specific group page of the project you are interested in joining.  If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with the facilitator(s).  You can also post a message directly in the project's forum.  To do so, you will need to click "Join Group" in order to be able to post a message in the group's forum.

Once you have joined, visit the project's Forum and post a message, including:
  • An introduction to yourself and your students
  • Your objectives for joining the project

You can also read and response to messages from others in the project forum.  Taking this step into a project group prior to bringing a group of students on board is a great way to get familiar with the project to be sure it's a good fit.  Once you are ready to have your students get involved, you can direct them to join you in the project forum, and follow the same steps as you (clicking "Join Group") and then reading and responding to other messages in the forum.  Again, please ask your students to post two responses for each new message they post in any iEARN forum.