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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tool #7: Reaching Outside your Classroom: Online Digital Projects

  1. After visiting the resources above, design a collaborative project with another classroom. 
  2. Post the following about the project:
    1. Content objective
    2. When you plan to implement
    3. What tool(s) you plan to use
    4. A brief description of the project (plan - two or three sentences)
    5. If you need to find another classroom - We can begin networking with other classrooms right here!
Previously, I was a member of Angel Course Development Training. Participants studied on-line teaching and learning via Region IV. After a semester of weekly sessions in synchronous and asynchronous learning, moodle, best practices and ethics, etc, I successfully completed all of the required assignments and received my certificate. We were required to conduct real time discussions where all participants were connected using the Blackboard platform. So I have experience using these tools.
Foreign language education is all about making connections with communities beyond our borders. Digital communication is the perfect medium for facilitating this. The great this is that we already have a partner school in place. Memorial HS students of German have participated for nearly 30 years in a student exchange with English students from Werner Heisenberg Gymnasium in Garching, a suburb of Munich.
My project would expand the scope of this exchange beyond the 20 MHS and 20 WHG kids and include students, faculty, families and communities. We would use many tools - blogs, skype, e-mail communication, etc. Specific areas would follow the AP syllabus: globalization, environment, family life, public and private identity, technology, beauty and aesthetics. Using tools appropriate for the task, students will gain a deeper understanding of German culture.

The project would begin during the summer of 2012. We will present our proposal to the Werner Heisenberg Gymnasium administration and decide on a focus for the first year's activities.

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