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Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet

Science/Math/Environment Project Examples

Astronomy with a Stick (AWS) and Day into Night (DIN)
You can help your upper elementary students experience these relationships through indirect observations of the Sun on the school playground and with models built in the classroom. AWS activities provide a continuous exercise in critical thinking and combine well with practice in the use of mathematics and language skills. The science information and skills gained in the activities form a foundation for future studies in astronomy and geography.

Accompanying project is Day Into Night, which is designed to introduce the basic concept of nighttime astronomy, by relating it to students through familiar activities of Astronomy With a Stick.

Registered classes will be able to share data, different ways they are using AWS in their classrooms, stories and myths about the sky overhead, and other information.

  • Age Level: Upper elementary and middle school (grades 4-8)
  • Curriculum Areas: science and math
  • End Product(s) for Students: Data tables, compass roses, and various models that illustrate the relationship between the sun and Earth.
  • Timeline/Schedule: Ongoing
  • Webpages: http://www.nsta.org/301, http://www.nsta.org/dayintonight
  • Contact: astronomy@nsta.org
  • Level of Technology Used: WWW and e-mail
  • Supporting Organization: National Science Teachers Association
  • Language: English

Connecting Math to Our Lives
This project helps students see how they can use math to analyze issues of importance to society and to take action to promote greater equity in their school or community. Students may choose from a number of activity options, including "statistics and society," "promoting equity at our school site," and school/community survey and data analysis.

  • Age Level: 5-19 years old
  • Curriculum Area: math, statistics
  • End Product(s) for Students:
  • Timeline/Schedule: October - March
  • Webpage: http://www.orillas.org/math/
  • Contact Person: Kristin Brown krbrown@igc.org
  • Level of Technology Used: e-mail, newsgroups, WWW
  • Supporting Organization: PSR-TEC (Pacific Southwest Regional Technology in Education Consortium)
  • Languages: All

ENO-A Global Web School for Environmental Awareness

Sponsored by the European Commission and National Board of Education, ENO creates a global school environment with over 200 schools from 75 countries participating in a year long program that is actually part of their curriculum. The purpose of ENO is to raise environmental awareness. There are two lessons per week and you must apply during the previous school year in order to participate. Registration information is available at the site.

  • Ages: 11-17
  • Timeline/Schedule – September-June
  • End Product for students: A campaign week organized after each of four themes, when the results are shared locally and globally
  • Languages: English and local languages
  • Webpage: http://eno.joensuu.fi/
  • Contact: Mika Vanhanen, vanhanen@cc.joensuu.fi
  • Supporting Organization: The department of education, the city of Joensuu, Finland

Global Lab: An Integrated Science Program
Global Lab introduces students to science as inquiry, engaging them in collaborative scientific investigations. For their studies, students choose a local "study site" as the context for authentic, hands-on, integrated science exploration. Students analyze their study site from biological, physical, chemical, and geographic perspectives. They create qualitative descriptions, take quantitative measurements, analyze remotely-sensed images, and work with physical and biological models.

  • Age Level: 13-16 years old
  • Curriculum Areas: science
  • End Product(s) for Students: Students gain skills to become lifelong investigators. The curriculum includes Web tools developed for Global Lab to allow students and teachers to generate and edit Web pages.
  • Timelines/Schedule: Ongoing
  • Webpage: http://globallab.terc.edu/
  • Contract: gl@terc.edu
  • Level of Technology Used: e-mail and WWW, science instruments
  • Supporting Organization: TERC
  • Language: English

GLOBE: Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment
GLOBE is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment. Students and teachers from over 15000 schools in more than 100 countries have worked with research scientists to learn more about our planet. GLOBE students make environmental observations at or near their schools and report their data through the Internet. Scientists use GLOBE data in their research and provide feedback to the students to enrich their science education. Global images based on GLOBE student data are displayed on the World Wide Web, enabling students and other visitors to visualize the student environmental observations." Students share environmental science data worldwide with one another through the GLOBE website and in this way develop awareness, respect and appreciation for one another's cultures and environmental habitats Demonstration that students share own culture and learn about others: Interactive science data sharing builds understanding and awareness of one's own cultural context as well as the cultural contexts of others

  • Age Level: 5 -19 years old
  • Curriculum Areas: Science, Social Studies, Geography
  • End Product for Students: Environmental monitoring data collection and analysis of worldwide database
  • Timeline/schedule: Ongoing program
  • Webpage: http://www.globe.gov
  • Supporting Organization: NOAA and NASA
  • Level of Technology Used: WWW, e-mail
  • Languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, Dutch

Human Genetics
Students learn how people inherit their physical characteristics, or traits, by collecting data about specific, easily-seen human features such as free/attached earlobes, straight/curved thumbs etc. After analyzing the data students make conclusions about traits controlled by dominant genes and how often such dominant genes occur. They carry out surveys, propose hypotheses, and use the data compiled by students around the globe to test their hypotheses.

  • Age: 12-19
  • Curriculum Areas: Math, Science
  • Level of technology used: e-mail, discussion forum, WWW
  • End Product for Students: Final report based on their findings
  • Timeline/schedule: September-November, March-May
  • Webpage: http://k12science.stevens-tech.edu/curriculum/genproj/
  • Contact: Greg Bartus, gbartus@stevens.edu
  • Supporting Organization: The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Languages: English

Journey North A Global Study of Wildlife Migration
Description: Track Wildlife Migration and Spring's Journey North The journeys of a dozen migratory species are tracked each spring. Students share their own field observations with classrooms across the Hemisphere. In addition, students are linked with scientists who provide their expertise directly to the classroom. Several migrations are tracked by satellite telemetry, providing live coverage of individual animals as they migrate. As the spring season sweeps across the Hemisphere, students note changes in daylight, temperatures, & all living things as the food chain comes back to life.

  • Age Level: all grades
  • Curriculum areas: Science, environment
  • End Product(s) for Students: Demonstration of a variety of technology skills (email, WWW research, problem solving interaction, etc.)
  • Timeline/Schedule: Spring and Fall
  • Webpage: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/
  • Contact Person: Register from webpage
  • Level of Technology Used: WWW
  • Supporting Organization: Annenberg/CPB Learner.org
  • Level of Technology Used: WWW, e-mail
  • Language: English

Lab's Alive
Lab's Alive is an exciting science and environment project for students offering a wide range of activities and collaborative experiments held simultaneously in a number of different countries. Opportunities exist for links by email, web, video conference (IP and ISDN) and digital image exchange.

  • Age Level: 5-19 years old
  • Curriculum Areas: Science, environment, animal husbandry, viticulture
  • End Product(s) for Students: Web publication, sharing of scientific data and results, possibility of a publication/CDROM in the future.
  • Timeline/Schedule: Ongoing or short term depending on the activity in which you are involved. In Australia the Solar Cooking takes place in February each year.
  • Webpage: http://www.araratcc.vic.edu.au/labsalive/index2.htm
  • Contact: Jo Tate jot@araratcc.vic.edu.au
  • Level of Technology used: Depending on activity. Some just email, others web, video conferencing, digital image exchange etc.
  • Supporting Organization: Ararat Community College, iEARN-Australia
  • Languages: English

Solar Cooking Project
Participants are invited to experiment with alternative energy uses by making, testing and using solar cookers. Recipes, construction tips, experiments and research findings will be shared on line and compiled on a web site.

Possible project/classroom activities include: designing original solar ovens, comparing insulation materials, comparing heat trap materials, comparing the effects of climate changes on solar cooking, writing letters to local newspapers about the benefits of using solar energy, creating a web page about solar cooking, and many others.

Weather Watch
Students compare the weather outside their window and across the globe by checking the online media and comparing the information with the on-site reports from their partners sent by e-mail.

  • Age: 6-18
  • End product for students: spread sheets and graphic tools
  • Level of technology used: e-mail, WWW
  • Curriculum areas: Technology, Science, Geography, Math, Social Studies, Language Arts
  • Timeline/Schedule: The project takes 2-3 weeks.
  • Webpage: http://www.epals.com/projects/weather_watch

YouthCAN (Youth Communicating and Networking)
Students facilitate an online network of students using telecommunications technologies to undertake and/or share environmental work locally and around the world. Students write about and interact on environmental issues facing their communities during the year. Since 1995, a youth planning committee has coordinated an annual event in April, which brings together youth of the world to share how they are exploring environmental topics and becoming part of the solution to environmental problems.

The primary YouthCaN event involves over 1,000 students at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Other events take place around the US and in other countries-linked through the Internet and video-conferencing with the students in New York City. A second major event is held in the Middle East - YouthCaN Med.

  • Ages: All
  • Level of technology used: e-mail, discussion forum, WWW, video-conferencing
  • Dates: Ongoing
  • Curriculum areas: Science, Environmental Studies, Language Arts
  • Webpage: http://www.youthcanworld.org
  • Contact: James Holmes, USA, Holmes@amnh.org

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