1. Selected Model Internet Projects
Where can you find and join ready-to-go exemplary Internet projects? If
you've never done an Internet project before, we suggest you get started with one of
these. You can also find ready-made projects developed by other teachers in the Teacher Project Registries and Lists section.
We provide four categories of model and example projects:
1. Sources of
2. Field Trip Project
3. Information Exchange Projects
4. Other Project Sources
Sources of General Projects
- The Global Schoolhouse
The Global Schoolhouse is the "educational pioneer" of networked based
projects. This site maintains a searchable database of projects submitted by many sources,
including Global Schoolhouse, I*EARN, NASA, GLOBE, and individual teachers
from around the world. You can participate in any of the ongoing projects, or design your
own. Check out the pioneering articles on
telecollaboration. The four projects summarized below are just a few of the many
projects available at this great site.
Students research geography facts about their city. When they submit their data, they
leave off the name of their city, state, & country. All students use one another's
facts to figure out where the others live.
- Project Noon
At noon on a given day, schools around the world follow a procedure available on the Web
site to measure the angle of the sun's shadow. By exchanging their measurements with
students from another school at a latitude far enough away, the schools calculate the
circumference of the earth. All participants' findings are posted for viewing, comparing,
- I*EARN (The International Education and Resource Network)
Students from around the world collaborate to solve real world problems and positively
effect the resources and peoples around the globe. They share their understandings
about each others' cultures and envision the future. All projects available on the I*EARN
site are described in both Spanish and English. These four projects are just a sample of
the many projects you'll find at I*EARN.
- Child Labor Project
Students research the history of child exploitation and the child labor used to produce
goods sold in their own communities. They share their thoughts, feelings and research
findings through essays, reports, survey results, and art work. Students prepare materials
for those marching in the 1998 Global March Against Child Labor. Project participants are
asked to write letters to the ILO and the UNO to speak out against child labor.
- Faces of War
Classes interview veterans, refugees and holocaust survivors. They gather data and perform
research about lifestyles, conditions and places effected by the wars of our world.
Students submit contributions to the WWW. Project tasks change regularly and challenge
students to design and share medals, present works on particular themes, and email
government officials about war and war tactics.
- "A Vision" Literary Anthology
Teenagers illustrate their hopes, fears, and concerns through art and creative writing (in
their own language). Students learn that people of different cultures share many of the
same thoughts, feelings, and dreams.
- First/Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous students collaborate with each other and their non-indigenous peers on research
projects. They share writing and art work and communicate to learn about one another. Each
month a different student's artwork and writing is showcased on the Internet.
An annual web project contest for students ages 12-18 that has them build an an
interactive teaching tool on the Web. Winners receive $25,000 scholarships; coaches can
get up to $5,000, with another $5,000 going to their school or institution. Winning
projects are available on-line.
- Project co-NECT
Co-NECT sponsors projects that you and your students may participate in with other
classes. These projects are interdisciplinary, focused on real world authentic issues,
force kids to think and solve problems cooperatively and use technology to extend and
enrich the learning process.
2. Field Trip Projects
A person or group travel to a place or participate in an exciting event
while communicating their experiences through written reports posted to a Web site, email,
videoconferencing, and/or multimedia. Students become traveling companions, asking
questions and providing suggestions for travel routes. Travelers perform research to
report answers and enlighten students about what they learn and the resources they
encounter. Virtual field trips allow students to vicariously visit and learn about places,
people, and events they cannot experience first hand.
- Classroom Connect
Classroom Connect, a reliable source of much good information about the educational uses
of the Internet, sponsors regular "adventure treks" each year. Two recent
- Global Online Adventures
Travel with Amalia, the first woman to sail around the world, or go on a two-year cruise
with the three Laffitte Brothers. Your class can follow these and other expeditions while
communicating with the travelers, reading their reports, and accessing the sounds and
sights they come across.
Explorers in South America shoot videos, stream audio, and take lots of pictures of the
people, animals, and places they visit. The multimedia informational reports these
explorers post to the web site allow students to learn about the customs, talents,
geography, and resources of the locations they visit. Students have the option of
following one of the explorers or the whole team. So much information is provided for each
location that this project can be used for almost every curricular area.
- Adventure On-line $
Provides on-line expeditions to distant places, such as Arctic, Central America, and
- Passport to Knowledge
An ongoing series of electronic field trips to scientific frontiers via interactive
television and the Internet for middle schools. Supported by NASA, the National Science
Foundation, and PBS K-12 Learning Services.
Some projects ask students to contribute poetry, stories,
experiences, thoughts, or other writing or they ask students to investigate research
questions. Teachers work with their students to gather information, perform research when
needed, and report results.
Students learn to appreciate each other's cultures,
contributions, and customs. Sometimes students help experts with important research by
reporting scientific phenomena in their area. Information exchanges prompt students to
contribute to world-wide research. They learn that their contributions are valued,
necessary, and utilized.
Judi Harris has developed a more detailed classification in her Network-Based Educational Activity
Join Dr. Splatt to collect and share data about the diversity and numbers of animals
killed on highways. This environmental monitoring project raises awareness of fragmented
wildlife corridors as it documents an often-overlooked environmental situation. The
Roadkill Project is one of several at EnviroNet,
including BatNet, CoyoteHowl, SaltTrack, Vernal Pools, and others.
A pound of hamburger, a gallon of unleaded gas and the average cost of housing are just
three of the seventeen items on the Global Grocery List. Class averages computed
from individual student research are submitted and available on the Web site. The Global
Grocery project has been in existence for ten years. Students compare their price
list to those of earlier years and to other states and countries. Since not all countries
use the same monetary units, or the same scales for weights and measures, often students
use conversion resources.
- Earth Day Grocery Project
Students take action to encourage their local community to "Save the Earth".
They approach managers from local grocery stores and ask for paper bags. They then
decorate the bags with artwork and environmental messages and return them to the local
grocery store. Stores use the bags to pack groceries on Earth Day. Teachers send a short
email, listing their school, location, and how many bags they decorated. Student artwork
from around the world, the widespread effects of this project, curriculum ideas, and a
whole lot more are available at this Web site.
- Save the Beaches
Students visit a local beach and conduct a cleanup. They paint a picture of their local
beach and analyze the waste they collect by submitting a data form. Project questions help
teachers to process and interpret classroom data as students compare their litter
collections with others around the world. Based on their findings and interpretations,
classes suggest actions for cleaning up beaches. Bonus project ideas help teachers who
want to further enrich the curriculum content of this project.
- The Journey North
A free seasonal project that has North American students tracking seasonal changes and
migrations... south in the Fall, north in the Spring. Students observe and report data on
animal migrations and changes in temperature, flora (leaves budding or dropping), fauna
(fur, hibernation), etc. When pooled with data from other students across America,
students discover first hand the significance of familiar phenomenon. Many related
activities and data sharing stimulate discussion and exchanges with other classrooms.
4. Other Project
- Maryland Virtual High School
A source of several good collaborative project ideas: Boiling Point, Tap Water, Carbon
Dioxide Monitoring, Earthquakes, Sound, and Shadow Tracks projects.