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General

1.  I would be interested in hearing about opportunities to volunteer.

2.  Does Global SchoolNet provide tools like blogs and web page builders?

3.  I want to volunteer or lend my support.

4.  How can I participate in the Letters to Santa project?

5.  My browser times out when I'm trying to submit a project to the Projects Registry

6.  How do I know that the teachers who post projects are really who they say they are? Is there some sort of system in place to make sure that those who register to use this site are legitimate? Do you check to make sure that everyone who signs up is really who they say they are?

Guidelines

7.  Does GSN still host school web sites?

8.  I am very interested in your projects and would like to know when the deadlines are and how many of my classes can join?

9.  How can I become involved in collaborative learning projects?

10.  How can I announce my project through the Global Schoolhouse?

11.  How do I create and post a Project Announcement?

Hilites List

12.  The TOPICA HILITES ARCHIVE does not display my correct email address.

Project Related

13.  How can I become involved in collaborative learning projects?

Projects Registry

14.  I'm having trouble submitting a project to the Projects Registry

15.  What are your guidelines for posting projects to the GSN-iPoPP Projects Registry?


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Category: General

1.  I would be interested in hearing about opportunities to volunteer.

Volunteer Project Reviewers:

We invite adult members of the e-learning community to review Doors to Diplomacy projects. Your reviews will be part of the official judging process, and they will greatly benefit the classes you review.

Register to be a volunteer reviewer at: http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsndoors/reviewer.cfm

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2.  Does Global SchoolNet provide tools like blogs and web page builders?

Global SchoolNet does not provide these tools ourselves.

We recommend that you use the tools provided by one of our partners - Google tools for educators. There are many tools to choose from and they are free, such as blogs, web page creators, collaborative docs and spreadsheets, and more ...

http://www.google.com/educators/tools.html

Sincerely,

GSN Projects Help Desk

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3.  I want to volunteer or lend my support.

We appreciate your offer of support. Please register as a member of Global SchoolNet so that you receive our announcements.

http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsnmembers/

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4.  How can I participate in the Letters to Santa project?

The project coordinator for Letters to Santa is Dennis Cowick. Please send Dennis an email message and let him know you are interested in participating.

Send to: dcowick@sandi.net

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5.  My browser times out when I'm trying to submit a project to the Projects Registry

If you have problems submitting your project at Global SchoolNet's Project's Registry you may enter your project information in the template below and send it via email to: Webmaster@globalschoolnet.org

NOTE: TO USE THIS EMAIL PROJECT TEMPLATE YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED USER AT HTTP://GLOBALSCHOOLNET.ORG

WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED ENTERING ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION SEND IT TO: Webmaster@globalschoolnet.org

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BASIC PROJECT INFORMATION (REQUIRED) ------------------------------------ PROJECT TITLE:

PROJECT BEGIN and END DATES:

NUMBER OF CLASSROOMS:

AGE RANGE:

TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone / U.S.A. / These countries:

PROJECT SUMMARY:

PROJECT LEVEL (delete the line that does not apply): Basic (simple information exchange) / OR: Advanced (complex processing of data)

CURRICULUM AREAS: (delete all that do not apply) Arts; Business; Community Interest; English as Foreign Language; Health; History; Information Technology; International Relations; Language; Mathematics; Multicultural Studies; Physical Education/Sports; Science; Social Studies; Technology; Vocational Education

TECHNOLOGIES & INFORMATION TYPES USED: (delete all that do not apply) Exchange Technologies: Blogs; Desktop Document Sharing; Digital Portfolios; Discussion Forum; Email, List server; FTP; Live Audio/Video Conference; Live Text Conference: IRC,Chat,IM; Postal Mail; Student created Webs; Voice over IP; Web-published;

Information Types: Audio: files, clips, CDs, tapes; Cultural Packages via postal mail; Database: data, analysis; Graphics: photo,draw,paint; Spreadsheet: data, analysis; Text: stories, essays, letters; Video: files, clips, CDs, tapes

FULL PROJECT DESCRIPTION (optional):

PROJECT OBJECTIVES (optional):

PROJECT URL (optional):

-------------------------------------------------------------- --------- PROJECT REGISTRATION INFORMATION (REQUIRED) -------------------------------- REGISTRATION DATES (From - To): REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:

YOUR CONTACT EMAIL:

YOUR NAME:

YOUR SCHOOL NAME: SCHOOL ADDRESS:

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6.  How do I know that the teachers who post projects are really who they say they are? Is there some sort of system in place to make sure that those who register to use this site are legitimate? Do you check to make sure that everyone who signs up is really who they say they are?

We understand and appreciate your concerns.

This service has operated since 1987 in order to serve the community of teachers and other responsible adults who wish to participate in collaborative learning projects that effectively engage their students.

Participants who post project announcements here must have a verified-working email address and we require that they provide both their school and home addresses.

While we do not verify these addresses, we ARE very particular about the kinds of project announcements we will post... every announcement is reviewed by a moderator and those that do not meet our stated criteria, or that seem "fishy," are rejected. Consequently, the apparent quality of the project proposals is generally very high. But we make no warranties about either the poster's identity or the actual quality of the project proposed.

Because these learning projects are always mediated and coordinated by the teachers involved, and there are usually multiple exchanges of emails prior to the beginning of the project, you should have plenty of opportunities to detect any "fishiness" that we did not notice.

This approach has successfully worked for almost 20 years now... we have never had a complaint that one of the announcements posted here was a "front" for a pedophile. (Although we do occasionally get reports back that a nice-sounding project was poorly run.)

Some projects announced here are in fact run by credible institutions... such as stephens institute of technology... that could give you a better sense of security if you need more assurance.

However, in our view, the best defense is to use email and perhaps even telephone (or voice-over-internet with Skype, AIM, or one of the many other free internet voice services) to talk to your prospective project host. This should help you to avoid anything that seems suspicious.

Finally, we also believe that pedophiles are unlikely to go to the trouble (and risks) of composing a phony project description and enlisting the unwitting help of a teacher to find and identify their prey. The fact that we have not encountered this problem is 20 years suggests this may in fact be the case.

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Category: Guidelines

7.  Does GSN still host school web sites?

Global SchoolNet provides a service that allows educators to find or register their own projects. Unfortunately, at this time, GSN cannot provide Web space on our server for the actual projects. However, there are many other locations that offer this service. Listed below are a few web sites which offer free web space:

Yahoo Geocities http://geocities.yahoo.com/ Fortune City http://www.fortunecity.com/cobrand/trellix/default.htm Free Web Space http://www.freewebspace.com/ Homestead http://www.homestead.com/

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8.  I am very interested in your projects and would like to know when the deadlines are and how many of my classes can join?

We offer many projects throughout the school year. The projects are free and there is no limit to how many students can participate. The best way to keep informed of when projects begin is to subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Register to become a member and receive the newsletter at http://www.globalschoolnet.org/membership/members/login/register/

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9.  How can I become involved in collaborative learning projects?

Try looking for Basic Level projects in our Projects Registry to get started. You can move on to more Advanced projects as you become accustomed to collaborative learning.

The Internet Projects Registry - http://www.globalschoolhouse.com/pr/ The Stop Looking and Start Participating Resource!

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10.  How can I announce my project through the Global Schoolhouse?

Add your project to our Projects Registry! http://www.globalschoolhouse.org/pr/

All projects posted to our registry will be included in all searches within our Projects Registry, where teachers around the world can find it. We'll also post your announcement to our Hilites mailing list, an email project announcement list containing over 3000 educational subscribers.

Please consider using our Projects Registry for *all* of your future projects announcements! Doing so will increase the exposure your project receives, auto-send your project(s) to our Hilites mailing list, and help Global SchoolNet build a database of quality Internet projects.

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11.  How do I create and post a Project Announcement?

Please visit our Internet Projects Registry at http://www.globalschoolhouse.org/pr/ for information on creating a successful collaborative project and to have your project entered into our registry and sent to our Hilites Project Mailing List.

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Category: Hilites List

12.  The TOPICA HILITES ARCHIVE does not display my correct email address.

The HILITES archive at Topica does not display your complete email address on the web page in order to prevent spam robots from harvesting email addresses. This prevents spammers from discovering your email address on a public web page.

However, when you CLICK on that email address, it should generate a new email message sent to the correct address. You can test this out by sending yourself an email.

Sincerely,

GSN Projects Help Desk

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Category: Project Related

13.  How can I become involved in collaborative learning projects?

Are you looking for online collaborative projects or partners? Do you have a project idea and need participants? Then Global SchoolNet's Projects Registry iPoPP (International Partners or Project Place) is for you!

The Projects Registry is the oldest (1995) online clearinghouse for teacher-conducted global learning projects.  The PR contains more than 3,000 annotated listings – and is searchable by date, age level, geographic location, collaboration type, technology tools or keyword.

You can search our database or submit your own project announcement.

http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsnpr/index.cfm

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Category: Projects Registry

14.  I'm having trouble submitting a project to the Projects Registry

If you have problems submitting your project at Global SchoolNet's Project's Registry you may enter your project information in the template below and send it via email to: Webmaster@globalschoolnet.org

NOTE: TO USE THIS EMAIL PROJECT TEMPLATE YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED USER AT HTTP://GLOBALSCHOOLNET.ORG

WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED ENTERING ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION SEND IT TO: Webmaster@globalschoolnet.org

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BASIC PROJECT INFORMATION (REQUIRED) ------------------------------------ PROJECT TITLE:

PROJECT BEGIN and END DATES:

NUMBER OF CLASSROOMS:

AGE RANGE:

TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone / U.S.A. / These countries:

PROJECT SUMMARY:

PROJECT LEVEL (delete the line that does not apply): Basic (simple information exchange) / OR: Advanced (complex processing of data)

CURRICULUM AREAS: (delete all that do not apply) Arts; Business; Community Interest; English as Foreign Language; Health; History; Information Technology; International Relations; Language; Mathematics; Multicultural Studies; Physical Education/Sports; Science; Social Studies; Technology; Vocational Education

TECHNOLOGIES & INFORMATION TYPES USED: (delete all that do not apply) Exchange Technologies: Blogs; Desktop Document Sharing; Digital Portfolios; Discussion Forum; Email, List server; FTP; Live Audio/Video Conference; Live Text Conference: IRC,Chat,IM; Postal Mail; Student created Webs; Voice over IP; Web-published;

Information Types: Audio: files, clips, CDs, tapes; Cultural Packages via postal mail; Database: data, analysis; Graphics: photo,draw,paint; Spreadsheet: data, analysis; Text: stories, essays, letters; Video: files, clips, CDs, tapes

FULL PROJECT DESCRIPTION (optional):

PROJECT OBJECTIVES (optional):

PROJECT URL (optional):

-------------------------------------------------------------- --------- PROJECT REGISTRATION INFORMATION (REQUIRED) -------------------------------- REGISTRATION DATES (From - To): REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:

YOUR CONTACT EMAIL:

YOUR NAME:

YOUR SCHOOL NAME: SCHOOL ADDRESS:

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15.  What are your guidelines for posting projects to the GSN-iPoPP Projects Registry?

Global SchoolNet-iPoPP Projects Registry Guidelines

The Global SchoolNet-iPoPP Projects Registry (and its companion mailing list HILITES) is the place to announce online collaborative learning projects.

Generally, we accept any project announcement which shows some planning and thinking about the project activities, and includes activities, products, and educational outcomes that also benefit contributing classes. In other words, your project must include some sort of learning "payback" or process participation for the classes you are asking to help.

We do not post surveys, questions, requests for information, announcements, requests for pen pals or sister classes, requests for postcards or "hello" messages, or any other messages which do not specify and support concrete learning activities that engage and benefit students in all participating classes.

It is important to design a project with specific goals, specific tasks, and specific outcomes. The more specific, the better; the more closely aligned with traditional instructional objectives, the better.

Please see http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsnpr/projectguides.cfm for complete details.

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