===================================================================== The Global SchoolNet Foundation presents the Thirteenth Annual Letters to Santa Project ===================================================================== Please print and distribute this call for collaboration to teachers you know who may be interested in participating. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Project Name: The SANTA LETTERS (c) October 1, 2004 By Dennis Cowick, Global SchoolNet Foundation A favorite annual GSN project since 1984. Date: November 3, 2004 to December 11, 2004 Purpose: Improve writing skills in primary and upper grade students, and produce many student-authored papers for reading. Subjects: Language arts Grade level: Students in grades K-1 or 2 write letters to "Santa." Students in grades 7-12 reply as "Santa." Summary: This letter exchange, pairing classes of elementary students with Jr/Sr High students is one of the oldest and most successful telecomputing projects. Best of all, it is simple: 1) Primary students write letters to Santa using a word processor. 2) Secondary students write back, pretending to be Santa. 3) The letters are exchanged as electronic mail Number of participants: Unlimited PROJECT COORDINATOR: Dennis Cowick Mark Twain Junior-Senior High School San Diego Unified School District San Diego, California 619-111-1111 Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org REGISTRATION: Complete the registration form below and email it to email@example.com We will then pair you with a partner school, and also send you the complete project outline which includes * Project time line * Complete project outline and procedures * Guidelines for preparing and transmitting files of student writing * Writing prompts for primary students * Writing prompts for secondary students * Samples of student writing Sorry... we will send this information only to teachers who register to participate in the project. REGISTRATION ============ Deadline : November 1, 2004 To register please complete and return the following information to: SANTA@GSN.ORG This address is for REGISTRATION and related questions ONLY. After your registration is acknowledged we will add your name and address to our group mail list "santa-list." Please send your questions, comments, and general observations to SANTA-L@GSN.ORG Every participant will receive a copy of every message posted to this list so that you'll be able to see all questions and answers. When you register for this project we will send you additional information about the sister school program as well as a questionnaire which we will forward to Roger to help him find you a sister school. Note: Because registration is handled automatically each data field MUST begin with "#n:" where n is the appropriate field number (e.g. "Your full name #1: Jane Doe".) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ SANTA REGISTRATION Your full name #1: Your email address #2: Your school #3: District #4: Street address 1 #5: Street address 2 #6: School City #7: School State #8: School Zip #9: Country #10: School & Home voice phone #11: Question 12 below is for PRIMARY age students only. What are the AGES of your students, and HOW MANY letters do you need to RECEIVE (Example: Ages 5-7; need 15 letters) #12: Question 13 below is for UPPER grade students only. What are the AGES of your students, and HOW MANY letters will you be able to SEND (Example: Ages 15-17; can send 25 letters) #13: Questions 14-18: You get only one line per question, and you must limit the length of the line to 72 characters... so be brief. Please do not let your lines wrap. 14: Describe your location. Include your latitude & longitude to at least the nearest minute, and to the nearest second, if possible #14: 15-16: Describe your setting (major geographical features, rural, suburban, urban, and the population of your community/city) #15: #16: 17-18: Describe your demographics (languages, socio-economic setting, cultural heritage) #17: #18: This registration information will be sent to the teacher with whom we match you. TIME LINE ========= November 1: Deadline for Registration November 4: We send you information about your partner school. November 4-7: Send your first message of greetings to your partner teacher. November 10-21: Practice sending files to yourself and to your partner. November 10-21: Primary pre-writing activities November 24-26: PRIMARY STUDENTS SEND LETTERS TO SANTA VIA EMAIL November 27-28: U.S.A. Thanksgiving Holiday December 1-5: Secondary students reply as "Santa." December 5: SECONDARY STUDENTS SEND REPLIES VIA EMAIL December 8-12: Primary teachers: give feedback to their partner Secondary teachers: have your students write to the Global SchoolNet Foundation and to the primary teacher a summary of their experiences and an evaluation of the project's impact on their learning, etc. As you can see, there are only two weeks of school between the Thanksgiving and Winter vacations. That is why it is important, especially for novice telecommunicators, to make contact and practice the file transfer procedures the first few weeks of November. This short time frame makes it imperative that primary students get their letters to Santa finished and sent before Thanksgiving. When you register, we will send you a complete set of procedures, suggestions, and pre-writing activities to use with your students in completing this project.