Three time-slots are absolutely essential for making the Internet School Collaboration work:
- November 2013: Bilateral twinning of contact teachers responsible for Internet contact between Denmark and Brazil, Russia and South Africa. Internet Contact-Teachers are twinned with contact-teachers by November 2013, and must start communicate with each other immediately via e-mail and/or the dedicated forum group.
- Before 20 March 2014: All schools/groups have finished engaged students in producing a presentation of themselves, sent it by e-mail to partner contact-teacher and uploaded it on the CICLO website.
- Before 14 May 2014: All schools/groups have finished engaged students in producing a creative expression on the chosen sustainability theme, and sent it by e-mail to partner contact-teacher, as well as uploaded it on the CICLO website.
An international facilitator and coordinator will establish and support the 48 Internet Contact-Teachers. This person will be working from Denmark, the Danish Cultural Institute.
Guide to Internet contact teachers
The educational material includes a guide to Internet Contact-Teachers. More about the educational material
• Students achieving learning objectives, in particular in relation to communication.
• Teachers learning new methodologies to collaborate and achieve learning objectives via the Internet
• Students and teachers addressing global social and cultural challenge of sustainability as part of a global project on the Internet.
• Primary target groups: Students in 48 school classes / educational groups and their teachers in Brazil, Denmark, Russia and South Africa.
• Secondary target groups: Parents, peers, colleagues, public, media in the concerned schools and communities and others who can follow the exchange via the CICLO website.
Planning and management
Planning and management is handled by the 48 designated Internet Contact-Teachers in charge of the Internet project in the school classes, supported by the four regional coordinators, and the international facilitator-coordinator based in Denmark.
Criteria for online cooperation
To succeed with an online cooperation between schools across national borders, research and experience shows that at number of basic considerations are essential. The model below gives a picture of these.
Status: Which competences do the studenst have to take part in the project?
Objectives: Which competences will the students acquire in the project?
Criteria for Quality: Which goals to set for the project to succeed?
Project Plan: What is the timeline and road map for the project?
Evaluation: How will the project be evaluated?
The following 10 questions are a good starting point to work with this model. The questions touch in all simplicity on central issues, where collaborators often make mistakes. So it is best to find the answers early in the process – use the questions as a check list:
- Who is your contact person?
- How are your computer facilities?
- How can we communicate? (email, skype, facebook, conference, youtube etc)
- How will the students communicate?
- Which school holidays are there during the year?
- Will there be times during the school year where the project cannot be so active?
- How many students are part of the project?
- How old are the students?
- How much time do you expect to spend on the project each month?
- When are the students going to hear about the project first time?