Online Collaborative Projects: Implementing the Project
the planning, it's finally time to
implement your project. Use the guidelines
below to get off to a good
Seven Safety Rules for Participants
- Use first names only
- Provide no personal information
- Never share a password
- Never agree to meet someone
- Tell a teacher about inappropriate messages
- Don't attach names to pictures
- Ask the receiver before sending attachments
Find and Recruit Partners
- Start small (someone across the hall or across town), then large.
- Post the project on websites.
- Find a teacher in town or online.
- Remember, if you send email, plan on only 10% of the people responding.
- When you recruit, use a call for participation.
- State specifics such as timeline, technology needed, and project goals.
- Keep the number of participants reasonable.
- If you get too many participants, chunk the project into pieces.
- Try the project out with one school first.
- Practice sharing files and information.
- Try out your procedures,
- Know your hardware and software.
- Test the system ahead of time.
- Anticipate problems.
- Connect with participants through email.
- Find help.
- Meet deadlines and send reminders.
- Provide help and encouragement.
- Stay flexible within your plan.
- Have fun!
- Design a project headquarters.
- Find the project and thank everyone.
- Share outcomes.
- Keep in touch with participant
- Keep a journal of what worked and what didn't work.
- Ask participants and students for help in evaluation.
Start with a small project. For example, you might team with a teacher in another school in your district or a teacher you've met at a conference. Keep the project simple and realistic.
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