Interschool collaboration with
Several content areas are included, choose your strand and
follow the a, b or c sections.
Teacher Prep!!!! You
must first contact a classroom someplace outside of your school.
You should also install (optional) the digital camera and check
the functioning of your microphone.
Equipment: An internet
connected windows computer (at least 133mhz Pentium). Microsoft
NetMeeting version 2.1 or higher
A dedicated ILS server (contact email@example.com
for the address)
a) graphing software
b) graphing software
c) word processing software
Activities: Allow the
students one class period to acquaint themselves with with the
students in the other school. Divide the class into teams of two
or three students. Each team should thus be paired with a
similarly sized team in the other school.
a) each team should measure the angle of the sun to the earth
using published procedures from earth science texts. They should
record the time they make the readings. While conferencing, the
students should add their data to a shared spreadsheet
application. After the students develop a chart showing the angle
of the sun over the course of a day, the teacher should mention
the concepts of Greenwich mean time and time zones. Have the
students adjust their readings and view the modified graph.
b) each team should track the weather and temperature for two
weeks. They should then enter their data into a spreadsheet and
produce a series of charts showing the precipitation, temperature
and cloud cover for the period. This works particularly well if
more than two schools collaborate.
c) students should write a story about their town. Then
collaborate through NetMeeting to share their stories with the
students in the other school. The students will critique each
other's work. Finally, each student should write about the other
town. Then they should again share their stories.
a) students should write a paper explaining their findings
and the meaning of time zones.
b) students should write a paper explaining their findings
and the variances in weather via distances.
c) student writings will be scored for content and style.