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I provide students with a calendar and teach them how to use the due date as a starting point and then plan backwards. We discuss that a rough draft should always be completed three to five days before the due date to give time for last minute changes and editing. I teach students the different editing symbols and have them practice editing their own work.

Expectations for behavior when time is given in class for project work: Project time is a very quiet time in my classroom and we discuss that movement and talking need to be at a minimum. The different resources of information available to students: I take a few days to discuss different information resources available for students. We discuss the Internet and tie in the discussion with information literacy skills. One of these days includes a trip to the library to review how to look up books, the different resource books available, and how to ask the librarian for help.

How to present work creatively and neatly: Last, I talk to students about their final presentation. We discuss neatness, spelling, and punctuation, making their project visually appealing, and having a professional look.

I use examples of student work from years past to show positive and negative examples of final products. I also use a collection of brochures and posters from businesses and the media to show examples of professional final products. Identify what you want students to learn and be able to do through their collaborative project.

This includes identifying the end product and clearly articulating this to students. Create teams using heterogeneous groupings of students. Change groups on a regular basis so that students have the opportunity to work with a wide range of individuals. Have each team choose a name to foster a team identity. Make sure teams understand their eventual goal and the time line for completion.

Help team members identify their individual roles and responsibilities in order to reach their team goal. It is also helpful to have teams write down the different tasks that need to be addressed and in what order.

Give teams time to work together, both on and off the Internet. Some groups will need constant supervision, while others will enjoy the independence of working together. Have teams share their end product and what they learned in a presentation to the entire class. Let teams "debrief" by discussing first as a team and then sharing their results with you or the class. Have teams reflect on their group interactions and how effectively they worked together. Let students write down what they observed as the team worked together.

Did everyone do his or her job? The power of this type of reflection is that it brings group work into a more conscious light when team members realize they might be receiving indirect feedback from their teammates. Back to top Class-to-Class Projects The Internet also provides wonderful opportunities for you to work with other classrooms and individuals throughout the world on a common project. Collaborative Project Types Electronic Correspondence: This type of project is the equivalent of pen pals and is one of the most common types of projects used in classrooms.

These correspondences can be done on a student-to- student basis or as an entire group. Visit the eMail Classroom Exchange site if you are interested in participating in or just want to learn about keypal projects.

Data Collection and Analysis: Some projects ask participants to participate in the collection and analysis of data. This can be as simple as completing a survey, or you may be asked to report weather data to a central site location each week. Classes contribute to compilations of information, research, games, jokes, tales, and other things. Students can publish their original work in an online newspaper, poetry anthology, or magazine.

Online field trips bring students into experiences they would never otherwise participate in or learn about. Through the Internet, students can experience the Iditarod or work in the field with a scientist as part of Science Explorations. In many cases, students can exchange ideas or ask questions of the experts as part of the project experience.

Successfully Implementing Collaborative Projects Keep it simple: Start with an easy electronic mail project in which students or your class can exchange small amounts of information. Once you join, stay involved: Since these projects are collaborative, it is important that you and your class stay committed to the completion of the project.

Follow through on your promise to submit information or data. You will always experience new challenges every time you use the Internet due to its constant evolving changes. Be flexible and keep an open mind. Contact the project administrator or get a more experienced teacher or parent volunteer to help Back to top Planning a Class Project Select a topic.

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