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Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet

Tutorials and Guides

There are many resources that serve as guides and tutorials for creating effective online learning and collaborative projects. Several examples follow. We urge you to visit these sites to find materials that will meet your needs.

Affirming Email Behavior
Assembled by the facilitators of IECC: Craig Rice, Bruce Roberts and Howard Thorsheim. A list of email behaviors which can affirm people's feeling of recognition and increase their sense of engagement and well-being.
www.stolaf.edu/people/roberts/psych-121/affirming.html

Classroom strategies
How to motivate students. How to get support from your school, including administration and IT. How to get community support. How to fit VC in your lesson and schedule. Netiquette for Students
http://www.virtualclassroom.org/

The Internet Handbook. An Inclusive Magnet for Teaching All Students
This resource book is aimed at helping teachers use the Internet as a tool to educate all students in your classroom, including students with disabilities, auditory and visual learners, students from rural areas, those who do not speak English as their first language - in short, everyone. Making the Internet accessible to these children will also help ensure their participation in international collaborations on the World Wide Web.
http://www.dinf.ne.jp/doc/english/Us_Eu/conf/csun_98/csun98_111.htm

Cross-Cultural Understanding
Peace Corps Coverdell World Wide Schools has produced a number of publications that include lesson plans and activities for various grade levels aiming at raising cross-cultural awareness, respect, and effective communication between students and their, peers in their own communities and worldwide. The publications are available online at http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws.

Project-Based Learning
This guide will help you to understand collaborative, project-based learning on the Internet. We use the term NetPBL (Networked, Project-Based Learning) to describe this kind of learning.
http://al.gsn.org/web/index.html (See also the hard-copy publication: "Project-Based Learning: A strategy for Teaching and Learning," by the Center for Youth Development and Education, January 1999.)

Virtual Architecture
How can we design curriculum-based telecollaboration and teleresearch that are worth the time, effort, and expense involved? Thinking tools for teachers ("wetware")--structures, purposes, sequences, and functions--can help provide practical answers to this rarely-asked question. Judi Harris' Virtual Architecture site describes this unique approach to project design and provides many examples of curriculum-based projects that illustrate each type of wetware.
http://virtual-architecture.wm.edu/

Source: Judi Harris, Pavey Chair in Educational Technology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, judi.harris@wm.edu


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