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Harnessing the Power of the Web - Golden Rules of NetPBL
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In a collaborative project participants work together to ensure success. When you register, therefore, you are making a commitment to the other teachers and students that you will do your part of the project.

The vast majority of projects operate in a professional, collegial, and friendly manner. This should be a rewarding experience that is bound to develop new friendships.

These "Golden Rules of NetPBL" offer practical hints on being a good net-project citizen.

BEFORE I REGISTER FOR A PROJECT, I WILL READ THE PROJECT DESCRIPTION TO MAKE SURE

  • It meets my curricular needs
  • I have the time and opportunity to complete required tasks and meet project deadlines
  • I can acquire any required materials to complete all tasks on time
  • I have the technology and subject-matter experience required

WHEN I REGISTER FOR A PROJECT, I WILL

  • Understand that I am making a commitment to real teachers and students who depend on us to do our part to make the project successful
  • Understand that a collaborative project inherently requires me to be flexible and cooperative
  • Read and answer all project messages every day or on an agreed-upon schedule. If Iím unable to keep to this schedule Iíll e-mail other participants and let them know what the problem is
  • Complete required tasks and meet project deadlines
  • Send a letter of explanation and apology to project members if I am unable to complete my commitments through unforeseen circumstances
  • Be positive, honest, and open to changing circumstances and group consensus

Optional Considerations

At the beginning of the project, send an informative message to other teacher participants describing yourself, your teaching situation, and your students.

If other participants and the host agree, have your students also introduce themselves by e-mail.

Be sociable; make your messages newsy and informative. These efforts will pay off in a more cohesive group that can better work together to accomplish your mutual goals.

Have backup technology in mind, even if itís another teacher close by who can upload your work.

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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