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Think Online Projects

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Think Online Projects




Steps for Creating Your Own Projects

Step 1: Identify Project Concept


Step 2: Develop Project Concepts in EXTREME Detail


Step 3: Develop Web Site for Project (OPTIONAL)


Step 4: Develop Call for Collaboration Email Message


Step 5: Find Collaborative Project Partners


Step 6: Implement Project and Evaluate


Source: Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education 


Guidelines for Projects Online

  • Select projects that have been "classroom tested;"


  • Determine the goals or objectives;


  • Determine how the collaboration will support the required curriculum, content standards, and/or student achievement;


  • Determine the type of assessment or evaluation;


  • Include the appropriate partners;


  • Determine the ratio of offline activities and online activities.


Creating Your Own Projects  



Places to Find Collaborative Projects or Partners


WEBQUEST BUILDERS – To create and share your activities with others


LISTSERVS TO JOIN – To post your ideas and look for partners


Internet Projects

Animal Diaries

DATES: Ongoing

OVERVIEW: The purpose of this project is to provide a safe online environment to promote collaboration. Students all over the world are writing an online book together! Each student writes one paragraph and it is published immediately.



Bucket Buddies

DATES: March 26 - June 8, 2007 OVERVIEW: In this project students will attempt to determine whether or not the same fresh water macro invertebrates (organisms that can be seen with a hand lens) will be found in different locations, both around the country and around the world.

GRADE LEVEL: 1-6, Basic Project

Registration Dates: February 20 - March 20, 2007

Carol Shields, cshields@stevens-tech.edu Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, New Jersey, United States


Culture Boxes Scavenger Hunt and Exchange

DATES: January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007

OVERVIEW: Collaborate with high schools students across the United States and around the world to exchange culture boxes. Teachers exchange boxes and clues inside boxes given to students help them research and locate classrooms.

GRADE LEVEL: ages 13 - 21



DATES: October 24, 2006 – March 15, 2007

OVERVIEW: Youth conduct research and publish their findings on the Web. Recognition is given to the best projects in each of eight categories: local leaders, businesses, community organizations, historical landmarks, environment, music, art, and local specialties.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School – High School

Registration Instructions: Online information Project URL: http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsh/cf/


Degree Confluence Project

DATES: Ongoing

OVERVIEW: The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world. Participants take pictures and create narratives describing the adventures it took to get there are then posted on the web site. This creates an organized sampling of the world. Another goal is to document the changes at these locations over time.


Visit the contact site at http://www.confluence.org/contact.php.

Submit your information to the Regional Coordinator: For those in USA 97 deg. longitude and East, contact Uwe Luettringhaus uwe@xonfluence.org. For those USA 98 deg. longitude and West, contact Ada Kerman ada@confluence.org


Doors to Diplomacy

DATES: Current – March 15, 2007

OVERVIEW: Doors to Diplomacy is a collaborative project, where small teams are formed consisting of two to four student members and up to two adult "coaches." Research can be conducted both online and offline, and then the findings are assembled to produce an educational web project. Students are also encouraged to become spokespersons for their projects.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle to High School


Down the Drain

DATES: Ongoing

OVERVIEW: Allows students to share information about water usage with other students from around the country and the world. Based on data collected by their household members and their classmates, students will determine the average amount of water used by one person in a day. They will compare this to the average amount of water used per person per day in other parts of the world.



2007 eIditarod Project

DATES: December 1, 2006 – March 31, 2007

OVERVIEW: eIditarod Project is to extend the Iditarod experiences for the Winter. Students study the trail and mushers and select one team to follow online for the 2007 race. Registration is December 1, 2006 - January 5, 2007.

Grade Level: Grades K-8


Global Grocery List

DATES: Ongoing

OVERVIEW: Global Grocery List is a long standing project that generates real, peer collected data for student computation, analysis, and conclusion-building within the context of social studies, science, mathematics and other disciplines.



Human Genetics

DATES: September 26 , 2006 - November 17 , 2006

OVERVIEW: By participating in this project, students also have the opportunity to interact with experts online, use an online asynchronous discussion board to discuss project-related topics, and publish their own work to this project web site.



Kidspired Frosty Readers

DATES: January 1, 2007 – February 15, 2007

OVERVIEW: The goal of this project is to create and share literature based learning activities. Students select a winter book theme, read it and participate in a response activity such as independent writing, modeled/shared writing, or interactive writing. Other interactive components are a project wiki and blog.



Life Cycle of a Tire Project

DATES: Ongoing

OVERVIEW: Students will engage in a global investigation about tire production, processing, usage, disposal and recycling options available in countries around the world. The purpose of this project will be to determine the size of the problem and the environmental impact on the world.



Shark Bytes

DATES: October 1, 2006 - January 31, 2007

OVERVIEW: The purpose of this project is for students to learn how sharks play an essential role on our planet. We hope through education our students will ensure the survival of these fascinating and important fish.



Solar Cooking Project

OVERVIEW: 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.



To Kill a Mockingbird Blog: Understanding and Perspective

DATES: March 1, 2007 - June 1, 2007

OVERVIEW: A discussion of this classic novel will be conducted on a blog to be created. We hope to discuss the literary and social issues with a class located outside of New England.


Registration from Website says it is open until 1/30/07.

E-mail the project coordinator: Nancy Anthony (nanthony@marblehead.com) Marblehead Veterans Middle School at Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA


Tuck Everlasting

DATES: February 6, 2007 - April 30, 2007

OVERVIEW: Students who are reading or have read the book, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, will be able to compare the experiences of the book's characters to their daily lives. Students will respond to posted questions on a password protected blog site. The intent is for young adults to relate fictional literary characters to their personal experiences. Writing their accounts and reading those of others may help them to realize how much in common they have with other students. There is also a wiki that is to be used as a resource for vocabulary. Audio recording will be made for each chapter to enable ESL and learning disabled students to better understand the content of the story.


Teachers who wish to participate should email Rena Shifflet shiffler@husd4.k12.il.us. They will receive a username and password for their school to participate in the blog and wiki.

Rena Shifflet at shiffler@husd4.k12.il.us Heyworth Elementary Heyworth, Illinois, US



DATES:February 5, 2007 - June 1, 2007

OVERVIEW: This project is designed to involve students as meaningful partners in school improvement. Through questions, the YouSay wiki guides students to reflect on what they put a lot of effort into learning both in and out of school and think about what motivates them to learn even when they have to persevere. Students are asked to connect what motivates them to learn and make suggestions about how schools could improve learning. Students post their responses onto a threaded discussion on the YouSay wiki. The responses will be organized by common themes that emerge and made published for schools and teachers to use to inform their improvement efforts.

GRADE LEVEL: 3-12 (ages 9-18)

Simply send an email to sblc@eastconn.org with the message "Join YouSay". You will receive an invitation to join YouSay with a link and directions about how to get started.

Rebecca Pilver rpilver@eastconn.org Willimantic, Connecticut, United States


E-mail Projects

Flat Stanley Project

DATES: Ongoing

The Flat Stanley Project was developed based on the book Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown, who was squashed flat by a falling bulletin board and allowed him to visit friends by traveling in an envelope. Students make paper Flat Stanleys and begin a journal with him for a few days. Then Flat Stanley and the journal are sent to another school where students there treat Flat Stanley as a guest and complete the journal. Flat Stanley and the journal are then returned to the original sender. Students can plot his travels on maps and share the contents of the journal. Often, a Flat Stanley returns with a pin or postcard from his visit. Some teachers prefer to use e-mail only.



The Investigators

DATES: January - December 2007

OVERVIEW: Investigators go 'under cover' pretending that they are tourist to discover the amazing festivities that selected Countries celebrate around the World. Investigators visit the locations by a given date and send reports of events back to the Big Boss and then can travel to the next location.


email Garry O'Shanassy dnps@dovetonnorth.vic.edu.au


It Costs How Much?

DATES: February 6, 2007 - April 1, 2007

OVERVIEW: The purpose of this project is to connect some basic mathematics skills to the coveted "real-life" situation. Students will learn to apply several levels of analyses and comparisons. They will also formulate speculations as to why prices vary in different locations. Finally, students will learn how to present their findings in a formal manner.


Be sure to include your name, school (if possible), address (city, state), and a list of items with appropriate unit costs, tax rates, family income, budgets, findings, etc.

Project Coordinator - Steven Patton Contact information: shoppingmathproject@gmail.com


Journey North

DATES: February 2 until June 1

Students share their own field observations of a dozen migratory species 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.



Monster Exchange

DATES: Ongoing

OVERVIEW: Classrooms from a variety of schools worldwide are paired together; the students in each classroom are split into groups, each of which designs an original picture of a monster. The students must then write a description of the monster. The partnered classes then exchange their descriptions via e-mail and the Internet.



My Future Job

DATES: Ongoing

OVERVIEW: My Future Job guides students from curiosity about a possible future job, through study of other students' future dreams, towards sharing, and collaboration with peers. At each step, students are challenged to act. Students use a Nickname to register for the project and begin studying career dreams. Participants visit websites that provide useful information about future jobs. They can contact others with the same career dream by "KidMail" and organize discussions and agendas.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School


Virtual Visit to Another Country

DATES: May 15, 2007 - June 30, 2007

The general idea would be to exchange personal information, info about school, place, surroundings and then organize a "virtual" visit. I'd love to find some American school to do the project with. Other countries are fine, as long as the language of communication is English.

Note from project coordinator: I teach, among others, 29 German 16-year-old students of English, with whom I’d like to do an e-mail project.


Send email to the Project Coordinator at: georgschlamp@web.de

Project Contact Information: Georg Schlamp - Gymnasium Icking, Icking, Germany


Videoconferencing Projects

Ben Carson Interview

DATE: February 12, 2007

OVERVIEW: In preparation for this videoconference, classes will study the nervous system, especially the brain. In addition, students will read Dr. Carson’s book, Gifted Hands. Classes will review Dr. Carson’s work and philosophy and prepare questions based on their study and reading.



Megaconference VIII

DATES: Novemer 2, 2006

OVERVIEW: The goals of Megaconference are to connect people together everywhere on Earth where someone chooses to participate, to further the use of videoconferencing in education and research and to advance of the state of the art in videoconferencing technology. Speakers from across the globe share their latest real-world uses of H.323 videoconferencing and other compatible systems, while using these videoconferencing systems to do so.


Mystery Quest USA

DATES: April 2007

OVERVIEW: Through video conference technology, students are able to meet other students while learning about cities and states in the United States. Prior to the video conference each classroom will create a presentation with clues about their state and city. The other classrooms, using maps, the Internet, textbooks, and other resources, will try to discover the mystery location presented by each participating classroom.



Read Across America

DATE: March 2, 2007

OVERVIEW: To celebrate the NEA event, Read Across America, classrooms use interactive video to connect with other classrooms “across America” and read to each other.



The Ultimate Gift

DATES: December 14, 2006 & March 22, 2007

OVERVIEW: Part of the ASK Series of programs. ASK (“Authors Specialist and Knowledge”) is an organized process that provides students with the opportunity to interview an author or a subject specialist in the topic they are reading about in a novel. The program uses excellent literature, journal writing and interviewing to promote reading for understanding.










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