I was reading a friend’s blog recently, explaining how to make good use of your summer. One of the ideas was to explore projects with other schools in other areas. That started me thinking – telecollaboration has been around for a while, but not until recently has it been made so easy. Connecting with other schools is easy with the aide of wikis, blogs, email, skype, etc. Our students are already linking with all sorts of people around the globe through facebook, myspace, gaming sites, etc. Some of this is good and some not so good. But the idea of linking and working with other groups is an irristeable hook for our already connected students.
So how do you do it and where do you begin? Start with asking yourself a few questions:
- What do you hope to gain through the project?
- What learning is going to take place?
- Is approaching the subject matter this way going to add to what students need to learn or just distract from it?
- Do you have the time, support, and equipment needed to make it happen?
Here are a few good links to get you started.
- About Telecollaborative Projects – a basic overview of telecollaboration
- Telecollaborate! -step by step details on how to plan, create and implement a project
- Links to Current Projects – lists various running projects. Some are closed for the year, but a good place when looking for ideas.
- 2Learn – Requires a registration to gain access to project resources and tools.
- ePals– Emailing another classroom through epals is a good starting point
Do you have any ideas? Anything holding you back?