Global Collaboration

Portal Page 



Friendship Project With Schools Around the World

Project Portal Page

Collaborative Projects:

Students work in pairs or small groups. They collaborate with students in one of the partner schools. 

 

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Directions: Click on the links to access the projects.

Student Ambassadors/Hosts:
  • I'm going to visit your school, and you're going to visit mine.
  • Students work in small groups to plan what they'd share as hosts & what they'd want to see as visitors to the other schools.
  • Meet your hosts - iChat.
  • Find their city - Google Earth/Maps

Plan a Vacation to the Other Three Partner Schools:

  • Plan the best route, research climate and what to pack, learn currency exchange, customs, time dfferences.
  • Work with partner in other country to get insight.
  • Use Docs, blogs, GE, Maps
  • Create a brochure or presentation to tell others about trip

My Family, Your Family:

  • Four students - one from each country
  • Collaborate on similarities and differences
  • Plans for the future
  • Use Docs, Blogger, Maps, Forms, GE
  • Final report done collaboratively; use Docs or presentation; each student must contribute part

Report on a Place You'd Like to Live:

  • Work with partner or small group
  • Research on WEB for more info
  • Use Docs, Blogger, Maps, GE
  • Use Forms to keep tallies of pros and cons
  • Develop brochure to show "sell" the place to someone else

 

 

Partner Schools:


Scavenger Hunts:

 

Here's Where You Find the Projects

On the left side of this page, you will find project titles. New titles will be added as we develop project ideas. Participants are encouraged to suggest project ideas for everyone to use.

Procedure:

  1. Contact project coordinator to sign up
  2. Choose the school with which you choose to work.
  3. Contact the teacher - use the links under "Partner Schools," to access the school's page and find contact information.
  4. Create your school webpage. Choose your own design and include information about your country, community, customs, location, etc. Use the other partner school pages as examples for content.
  5. Develop a scavenger hunt for students to use as they learn about your community and school. The scavenger hunt should be part of your WEB page. Students will have to read the content of your WEB page in order to successfully complete the scavenger hunt.
  6. After the students in "partner schools" become familiar with their new friends, teachers should hold class discussions about the possible projects. Pick the project you'd like to participate in. Assign students in pairs or small groups.
  7. Technology Tools - You will see that we've chosen to use a number of WEB 2.0 and Google tools so students can collaborate as they work on their projects. The purpose is to allow for peer-to-peer collaboration, sharing of project ideas and assets, and learning.
Google Examples:
      • Google Docs - online peer-to-peer writing and collaboration. (You can set projects up here and monitor them).
      • Google Spreadsheet - tracking data, compiling information
      • Google Presentation - summarizing information; publishing slide shows for peers
      • Google Earth - locate your partner school; show them yours; create virtual tours, "visit" your new friends virtually
      • Google Maps - add placemarkers to show interesting sites in your country; include information, pictures, links, etc.
      • Google Blogger - discuss the project
      • Google News - learn about what's going on in your partner country
      • iGoogle - create a startpage with tabs and gadgets you all share
      • Google Web Albums - share photos, write captions, show locations in Google Maps
      • Google Gadgets - compare currency, check the time with World clocks, measure distances between countries, watch for earthquakes, use the day light/night time finder, dig a hole through the Earth, and many more
Other Examples:
    • iChat - see your new friends; chat with them in real time
    • iMovie/Movie Maker - create videos to post and share
    • Garage Band/Audacity - create podcasts
    • iPhoto - Photocast pictures and include an RSS feed
    • iTunes - post your podcast for the World to enjoy
A Note about Google Gadgets - We've tried to include gadgets on our WEB pages so we can learn more about each other's countries. Some of the Google gadgets are helpful for learning about the differences we have in currency, weather, location, time. Some of the gadgets allow students to measure distances between cities, see which country is experiencing day time or night time, and more. There are sites on the WEB that offer ways to find some of this information. Choose the sites best for you and your partner school.