This article is based on "Telecommunications In The Classroom: Keys to Successful Telecomputing," first published in the Computing Teacher in 1990.
Over the years, Global SchoolNet (Formerly FrEdMail) Foundation has evolved a number of guidelines and principles which have led to many successful collaborative projects involving hundreds of classrooms and thousands of students. Like many aspects of successful teaching, we have found that planning is the key to success.
The guidelines presented below have been validated in numerous highly successful classroom based projects on the FrEdMail Network. These guidelines, along with the template for writing you own "Call for Collaboration" will help guide you through a successful online learning experience with your students.
In your call for collaboration, be sure and include:
Also, be sure your call includes examples of the kinds of writing or data collection which students will submit. This is important to the success of the project.
Below is a Global SchoolNet project template.
It will help you better market your project by giving your readers clear guidelines and expectations regarding your project. Teachers should be able to tell at a glance whether or not they wish to participate in your project.
Remember, this is only a template. Please feel free to change in any way which will best suit your particular project.
After describing your project in this format, send it to: http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsnpr/. We will re-post it on
around the world.
--------------------------START TEMPLATE----------------------------- Please print and distribute this call for collaboration to teachers you know who may be interested in participating. Project: Name of your project Date: 1 line: Give the starting and ending dates of the complete project. Leave at least 4 weeks before the start of the project to permit enough people to respond to your call for collaboration. Purpose: 2-3 sentences: give a brief summary of the purpose of your project: What will students who participate in this project learn? Subjects: 1-2 lines: State the curriculum areas which will be addressed by this project. Most projects are multidisciplinary... list as many as apply. Grade level: 1 line: Indicate the appropriate grade levels for this project. Summary: 1-2 short paragraphs: BRIEFLY describe the project. This paragraph should catch the interest of your readers. You will have a more detailed description later. Number of participants: 1 line: Indicate the number of classrooms that you wish to work with. Project Coordinator: Give your name and email address. You may wish to include your school mailing address and phone number. How to register: Provide complete instructions for registering with you to complete this project. Don't forget to include your email address. You may want to request all or some of the following information: Your full name: Your email address: Your school: District: SCHOOL address: School voice phone: Home voice phone: Grade(s) taught: Subject(s): Hint: When requesting registrations, require potential participants to be as specific as possible about their intentions to participate. Many teachers will casually agree to "participate" and then "forget" or "change their mind" or encounter some other problem which prevents them from fulfilling their commitment). ******************************************************************** In addition to the above call for collaboration, you should consider providing some additional details. We recommend the following information: Timeline: Break down your project into very specific steps with dates, including starting and ending dates where relevant. This should in effect summarize all of the important steps of the project described below. Complete project outline and procedures: Describe your project in greater detail. Make an effort to be specific regarding who does what: what the other teachers and students do, what you do. This description should give participants a clear idea of what you will expect of them, and they of you. This section may be one or more pages in length.