M5 Task 1 - Looking at collaborative projects
Here are some links to a variety of collaborative projects, some small-scale and some quite ambitious. Some links contain a lot of information, others only a paragraph or two. Spend some time exploring. How would you assess the projects? Do you think they are worthwhile? Do they fulfil the questions asked above?
The Cyber Sketchbook and Digital Drawing Board
Go to Events.
The Global Mural Project
Faces of War
The Hobart-Malang Electronic Mail Project
(Fahan School, Hobart)
iEARN: Aspects of Love Project
iEARN Australia: The First Peoples' Project
Junk to Gems
(British Council, New Zealand)
Lilydale District School Online: Gallery
(Department of Education, Tasmania)
Visible Knowledge Program
(New Museum of Contemporary Art)
Choose the project you think is most worthwhile and make notes in response to the following questions.
- Are there any common characteristics between this project and the others that you looked at? If so, what are they?
- What methods of communication are being used in the project you chose?
- In addition to Internet use, what classroom or other activities could occur during the project?
- What could be the learning goals achieved by students?
- What range of skills could be developed in the course of the project?
- Could this project find a place in your classroom practice?
- What existing activities could it enrich, extend or complement?
- Would it require modification for your classroom? If so, what changes would you make?
You can print out these questions if you wish (M5 Task 1 Questions).
Go to the Virtual Architecture website and read the following article by Judi Harris to get some idea of different types of collaborative projects.
Curriculum-Based Telecollaboration: Using Activity Structures to Design Student Projects
Click on Ch.1: Foundational Ideas > Focus: Designing an Activity > Activity structures for curriculum-based telecollaboration. (This is a pdf file and it could take some minutes to download, depending on the capacity of your modem and processor. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open it)
You can read a summary of this article if you wish (M5 Task 3 Harris Summary).