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For Project Coordinators
|Name: Jean Stringer
School: St. Julie Billiart School
Country: Hamilton, Ohio, USA
For: Participant, Coordinator
Subject: Get Enough Contact Information
The web started out as PEOPLE to PEOPLE and the students learned so much. Now it is People to Information...and the PEOPLE to PEOPLE gets lost. My students worked on several projects this year with other schools that did not follow through. I am sitting here looking at our Australian bear who should be in his own country and our bear should be home. I have written and written to the other school, they have just disappeared ...the project the kids put so much into is lost! So not only stress email id's if I had the snail mail address I would write snail mail and ask what happened. Maybe their connectivity is gone. I know I have her address somewhere, I just didn't think I would need it and email would always be there to ask for it again.
So my suggestion is to mention a second way to contact each other in case something goes wrong. No one minds if you can't carry through if they have a reason.
Name: Kathy Maugeri
Hi...I think your suggestions are excellent!
Plan Enough Time
Coordinate School Calendars
Name: Susan Silverman
I hope this helps. My PASSION is collaborative projects. I enjoy doing them more then anything else and hope to do them full time when I grow up! Check out my lastest fall collaborative project.
Hope you found some of this useful!
Name: Anne Macleod
More references for making your web site accessible:
Name: Christiane Dufour
I've also put together some "Golden Rules".... not quite as condensed as your ... in an Eggshell :-)
The Quebec English Schools Network Project Center (http://www.qesn.meq.gouv.qc.ca/ssn) has a section dedicated entirely to Telecollaborations. In it, under the heading "Telecollaborative Express" (http://www.qesn.meq.gouv.qc.ca/ssn/projsubm.htm) there are a number of aspects that we delve into. For instance: What to put in your invitation ... that's where things start , ... or not! The characteristics of a good project (some of which have already been mentioned) How to nurture your project How to greet your collaborators
... and I'm sure I'm forgetting some.
Name: Sydnye S Cohen
If you set a date, stick to it. Teachers need to include these in their lesson plans and when someone doesn't stick to the dates originally set, it makes things difficult.
Send a note to the teacher when the project is over, both the originator of the projects and the participants like feedback on how to improve.
Name: Anne Macleod
If you create a Website, be sure that the website and technology used online is universally accessible to all students- even those with various disabilities
Coordinators New Rules add your own new rule
For Project Participants
|Name: Valerie Young
Subject: Watch How Much Weight you Send via Postal Mail
I have participated in several projects this year, all of them varied, some from hilites....mostly successful. In the middle of the school year I signed up with a school in Australia to host a travel buddy named Red Dog...no problem I thought as I had already established a great relationship with another school over there through such a project. The buddy was to arrive in the states via a New York City school and then on to Atlanta.
I knew that the package would contain a small stuffed animal and a journal...to my surprise it also contained about 8 pounds of other "stuff" - photo albums, scrapbooks, camera, etc. I was the only other school in the states to host Red Dog so I was left with the burden of sending all of these things back after his visit. As he was on a time schedule he only had about 3 days travel between places...this was fine between schools in Australia but difficult when it came to returning him to Australia.
The cost to have him shipped Air Parcel Post, which would get him there within a week, was $60.00. I paid this out of my own pocket as the end of the school year is not a good time to be asking for donations from parents. I have tried to get large companies to cooperate but again this also takes time.
Long story short.....be sure that you know FOR SURE the approximate weight/cost of an item if you agree to accept a travel buddy from overseas.
The school that had Red Dog before me even asked the host school to pay them back for the $10.00 to ship the package to Atlanta...how tacky...I wouldn't even consider that! Anyway, good lesson learned for me and for the host school. I still plan to involve my students in projects next year!
Name: Ceil Jensen
I always like to have the teacher/students identify age as well as gender. I had a colleague think I was a guy for three months because he could not identify my first name as female. I now sign with my formal name Mrs. Cecile Marie Jensen to avoid problems.
I have each of my students introduce themselves in email with their age and gender. Grade level does not necessarily give an exact age.
Also, it is better to use dates and not holidays or seasons as a way to identify time periods. May Aussies are online and their seasons are the reverse of North America. And, Easter is about a month later in the Greek Orthodox countries.
Also, it's helpful to know the software and hardware the other class is using. It helps when preparing materials. (can you use Word or do you need to send txt)
Hope this helps,
Name: Nancy Schubert
I feature two such lists of tips for collaborative projects at NickNacks Telecollaborate!:
Tips for collaborative project participants: http://www1.minn.net/~schubert/NNglobal.html
Tips for collaborative project developers/coordinators: http://www1.minn.net/~schubert/LeadNet.html
Name: Marjan Glavac
You should always have a backup technology, even if it's another teacher close by that can upload your work if your ISP/computer etc. crashes, goes down. (This saved me in my very first NEWSDAY project back in 1994) This may involve the physical running of a floppy disk to that good Samaritan!
I think you can't stress enough that all this takes time. For beginners, the Travel Buddy projects are low tech, high interest. For all teachers, don't take on more than you can chew! The Busy Educator's Guide To The World Wide Web is keeping me busy! Are there any places on your web site for a graphic/link of the cover? Would you like additional copies for any contests/promotions? Thanks for all the support. Really appreciate it. take care
Name: Robin K. Woods
Here is a rule that as a project coordinator I would find to be a big help.
If despite your best planning, you find that you cannot meet the commitments of a project, please notify the project coordinator. It is far better to have a party with draw formally, then to have them simply "fade away" which the anonymous format of the Internet makes all too possible.
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