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Harnessing the Power of the Web - Choosing a Project


This section directs you to networked projects and provides several examples to help you choose one. It also suggests ways to get the most out of your participation.

Collaborative Projects
The Global Schoolhouse™, the "educational pioneer" of networked-based projects, goes back to 1987. Many of the original Global Schoolhouse collaborative projects are featured here, including the International Schools CyberFair, Field Trips, GeoGame, and much more.

Projects Registry
A large, searchable database of current projects from many sources, including teachers around the world. Moderated to ensure consistently high-quality projects.

Judi Harris' Network-Based Educational Activity Collection
This is a collection of 236 exemplary network-based educational activities, collected by Judi Harris. They are available through several different classifications.

HILITES - K-12 Collaborative Projects List
The Hilites mailing list e-mails project announcements directly to you, so you don’t need to constantly check the site. Because this is the only list in which moderators screen projects for credibility, we recommend that you begin your mailing list experience with Hilites. Review the Hilites archives for hundreds of project ideas.

I*EARN (The International Education and Resource Network)
In I*EARN projects, students from around the world collaborate to solve real-world problems and positively affect resources and people around the globe. They share their understanding of each other’s cultures and envision the future. Projects on the I*EARN site are described in Spanish and English. These are just four of the many projects you’ll find at I*EARN.

Child Labour Project
Students research the history of child exploitation and the child labor used to produce goods sold in their own communities. They share their thoughts, feelings, and research findings through essays, reports, survey results, and artwork. Students prepare materials for those marching in the 1998 Global March Against Child Labor. Project participants are asked to write letters to the ILO and the UNO to speak out against child labor.

Faces of War
Classes interview veterans, refugees, and Holocaust survivors. They research lifestyles and environments affected by war and contributions on the World Wide Web. Project tasks change regularly and challenge students to design and share medals, present works on particular themes, and e-mail government officials about war and war tactics.

"A Vision" Literary Anthology
Teenagers illustrate their hopes, fears, and concerns through art and writing (in their own language) to learn that people of different cultures share similar thoughts, feelings, and dreams.

First Peoples Project
Indigenous students collaborate with each other and their non-indigenous peers on research projects, sharing writing and artwork to learn about one another. Each month a different student’s artwork and writing is showcased on the Internet.

Project Co-NECT
Co-NECT sponsors projects in which you, your students, and other classes can participate together. These projects are interdisciplinary, focusing on real-world issues to make kids cooperatively think about and solve problems and use technology to extend and enrich learning.

NickNack’s Telecollaborate!
Many effective guidelines for creating and managing your own projects.

The Grassroots Project Registry
Canada’s SchoolNet Web connecting teachers and classrooms contains many valuable projects and planning resources.

European School’s Project Database
The ESP Network is a grassroots network of schools throughout Europe that conduct a variety of collaborative projects.

OZ TeacherNet
Find your Travel Buddy partner in this home of the popular Travel Buddy project. A nice database of projects in the Australian Curriculum Projects Registry.

A global, multilingual, e-mail network for ages 10-15. Adult mentors organize curriculum projects through KIDPROJ.

Other Project Examples

This is a small sample of possibilities available when you begin shopping for projects.

Passport to Knowledge
An ongoing series of middle-school electronic field trips to scientific frontiers via interactive television and the Internet. Supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation, and PBS K-12 Learning Services.

Journey North
A free, seasonal project in which North American students track seasonal changes and migrations—south in the fall, north in the spring. Students observe and report animal migrations, temperature changes, flora (leaves budding or dropping), fauna (fur, hibernation), etc. When students pool their data with that of other students across America, they discover firsthand the significance of familiar phenomena. Many related activities and data-sharing stimulate discussion and exchanges with other classrooms.

The Roadkill Project
Join Dr. Splatt to collect and share data about the diversity and number of animals killed on highways. This environmental-monitoring project raises awareness of fragmented wildlife corridors as it documents an often-overlooked environmental situation. The Roadkill Project is one of several at EnviroNet, including BatNet, CoyoteHowl, SaltTrack, Vernal Pools, and others.

The Earth Day Groceries Project 2001
Students encourage their local community to "Save the Earth." They ask for paper bags from grocery-store managers, decorate the bags with artwork and environmental messages, then return them to the grocery store, which uses them to pack groceries on Earth Day. Teachers send a short e-mail listing their school, location, and how many bags they decorated. Available at this Web site are student artwork from around the world, the project’s widespread effects, curriculum ideas, and much more.

Save the Beaches 2001
Students conduct a cleanup at a local beach. They paint a picture of their local beach and analyze the collected waste by submitting a data form. Project questions help teachers process and interpret classroom data as students compare their litter collections with others around the world. Based on their findings and interpretations, classes suggest beach cleanup actions. Bonus project ideas help teachers who want to further enrich this project’s curriculum content.

Harnessing The Power Of The Web
Finding Networked Projects
Choosing a Project
Evaluating a Project
Golden Rules of NetPBL
Making Networked Projects


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