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Internet Projects

These sites will aid teachers who are looking for Internet project for their classes. Internet Projects typically involve some sort of joint venture in which students from different classes around the country, continent, or world work together. They are curriculum-based and will often involve each classroom obtaining local information, conducting research, and/or producing a product. Electronic sharing between classes can occur during the classwork itself or after the "product" has been prepared. Please read our disclaimer.

AT&T Virtual Classroom
"AT&T Virtual Classroom 1998 offers three stimulating online programs for all levels of primary and secondary school students, including the popular AT&T Virtual Classroom Contest, a website design competition for multinational teams."

Computer Pals Around the World (CPAW)
CPAW is a non profit global educational electronic network with a presence in over 20 countries. They provide an online calendar of global projects from which members can choose. Note that there is a fee to become a member of this organization.

EduWeb: Projects
If you are looking for an Internet project partner outside of North America, be sure to check out EduWeb - there is a decidedly European flavour to the projects that are posted on their site. EduWeb is hosted by a U.K. internet service provider and provides search capabilities by grade and/or subject areas. They check all projects before they are posted for educational suitability and, as project start dates are passed, notices are removed from the database.

Global Kids Commons
In addition to sponsoring a number of Internet Projects, Global Commons Inc. offers the "Electronic Sister School Program" - a service through which schools are matched with other schools around the world. Schools then communicate with each other to set up either project or keypal exchanges.

Global Schoolhouse Foundation: Internet Projects Registry
If you're looking for an Internet project for your students, this site is a good place to start. It contains information about GSN projects as well as those from many other organizations as well. Project information is organized by the month in which it is scheduled to start.

[The] Grassroots Program
If you have an idea for an Internet classroom project, Canadian teachers may submit project proposals to the GrassRoots Program for funding ($300). To be eligible, your classroom project will need to use Internet resources for educational purposes and be open to participation by other classes/students. Or, search this site to find Canadian projects to join or just browse through the project descriptions to learn more about what can be done with an Internet project. This program is operated by SchoolNet Canada in co-operation with provincial and corporate sponsors.

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network)
iEARN enables young people to undertake projects designed to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. It offers a web of 35-40 structured projects, each with a teacher-facilitator, in social studies, science, environment, math, arts, literature, and interdisciplinary areas.

Intercultural E-Mail Classroom Connections
The IECC Organization manages several mailing lists intended to help teachers and classes link with partners in other countries and cultures for e-mail classroom pen-pal and project exchanges. This site contains subscription information, request forms, browsable archives, and searchable archives. Note: archive files will take a long time to download and have limited value due to the time sensitive nature of the original requests.If you're interested in keypals or projects, we recommend you join the lists.

Kidlink is a grassroots organization aimed at involving students aged 10-15 in a global dialog. These dialogs may involved open email discussion, moderated discussions around a theme, and special projects.

A joint project of educational organizations in the UK and Australia, Montage provides a series of interactive, international curriculum projects . Each project has descriptors on target audience, project highlights, project information, and contact information.

NickNacks: Telecollaborate
B.E.S.T. reviewed this site as follows: "This site guides educators through the process of creating a collaborative internet project between schools across the country or across the world. There are sample projects as well more technical information about how to decide on file formats, types, how to get shareware, how to use ftp or the web (and HTML), sound files, and much more. There is also a resource center of other WWW resources regarding internet projects. Lastly, there is a page on "Leading a Successful Internet Project" which includes hints for designing your lesson plan, recruiting, preparing and running your project, as well as wrap-up procedures." Caution: Intrusive and annoying advertising.

On-line Projects
Looking for an on-line project for your students to join? This Pitsco meta-list has links to over 80 WWW sites that have information on collaborative projects. Some are specific to a particular project, while other links are to organizations that sponsor a whole range of collaborative projects.

Project Center
Houghton Mifflin's Project Center provides information on a number of classroom projects involving the Internet. Categories of projects include: Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science, and General. This information may be used to either get directly involved in the project or it may be useful in stimulating ideas for your own project.

Sharing NASA
Find out more about NASA's "sharing projects" in which students can participate in authentic scientific and engineering pursuits.

TeleCollaborative Projects
The Quebec English Schools Network has a host of internet projects dedicated to helping teachers use Internet in the everyday classsroom or check out their archives for some project ideas. They also have resources to assist students and teachers in learning how to communicate on the Internet.

ThinkQuest is an annual contest for students aged 12-19 with scholarship prizes over a million dollars awarded. Students design an educational internet site that can be used an a teaching or learning tool. Learn more about the contest, or examine the sites that have been part of previous years' contests.

World Kids Network
The World Kids Network is an interactive web site for kids and run by kids.

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