Linda J. Burkhart
Join an Existing Online Project
Would you like to begin exploring the Internet within the structure of
a project that has already been designed? Teachers who have a particular
interest and would like to correspond to another class are looking for
partner classes? There are a variety of web sites set up for educators
to use to post projects. Browse through the most current projects and see
if anything fits with your instructional objectives. You may select and
join an existing online project with one or more classes. Make use of email
(using the teacher's address) to interact and compare ideas or findings
with other classes. Add your own extension activities geared for your students'
learning needs. Note: You can get a free email address for
yourself to use for class projects at http://www.n2.com.
That way, you can keep your own email address separate from the class projects.
Some projects post archives of past experiences that can be explored according
to your own time table. For example: Global Learn, Asia with
Pride and the GeoGame. See below.
Houghton Mifflin Projects
Project Center: Houghton Mifflin Company keeps a listing of On-line
Projects for teachers.
Global Schoolnet Hilites archives
Geogame: Sample project
Electronic Elementary Magazine:
Projects for K-3 Cyberlinks for Cyberkids: Telecommunications projects
for the elementary grade level classroom.
NickNacks Telecollaborate! - Lots of project links and tips for successful
Discovery Channel School: This site posts projects and activities to
go along with their TV programs.
Mindseye Monster Exchange Project: Sample project
Global Learn Expeditions
Asia with Pride: Pride of Baltimore 11 - trip to Asia
Create Your Own Online Project
Do you have an idea for an exchange with a class in another part of the
country or the world. Would you like to compare results of a science experiment,
share ideas about a book the class is reading, or maybe gather data to
compile into a graph or chart? Use the web sites above and below to post
your project or locate another interested class.
Classroom Connect - Find other teachers with similar interests.
Intercultural E-Mail Classroom Connections
International Registry of Schools on the Web
Steps for Creating Online Projects
Guidelines for Telecommunications Projects
Communicate with other Teachers
Sample of some listserv archives:
Note: Listservs deliver messages to your email box on a regular
basis. You subscribe to a listserv according to a topic of interest
and then the messages arrive in your box until you unsubscribe.
You can also send messages to the listserv if you have a question or comment
for others in the group and someone will probably respond. Since Listservs
can fill up your email box quickly, you might not want to subscribe to
any until you have developed a daily email habit and have time to read
the extra messages. As an alternative, many listservs have archived their
messages on web pages for anyone to read at any time. However, if you want
to ask a question or make a comment, you will need to subscribe.
Summaries of IECC-DISCUSSION topics from their listserv
Classroom Connect Teacher Contact Data Base
Discussion of educational goals for email: This is a message from a
listserv that gave someone's personal ideas about educational goals for
Tapped In - virtual gathering place for teachers: This site needs to
be explored further before we can effectively use it, but it has a great
deal of potential.
Organizing and Facilitating Telecollaborative Projects, by Judi Harris,
February 1995 "Mining the Internet" column, The Computing Teacher, Volume
22 Number 5, pp. 66-69 [Electronically reprinted with permission from The
Computing Teacher journal, published by the International Society for Technology
Judy Harris - Activity Structures. This is a great resource of links
to examples of a wide variety of Internet projects. There are many good
ideas, but projects are not always currently available to join.
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Updated: January 1999