collaborations with other people can be an important and useful
undertaking when implementing Internet-based projects. This may be a
collaboration between different subject area teachers within a school,
collaboration with subject-matter experts or even student-to-teacher
collaborations. Try to identify at least one such partnership that
you can easily develop and which will promote the implementation of your
project. Arrangements should be made
ahead of time regarding the extent to which others will be involved and
the roles they will play.
Two biology students brought a fungus they had found in the woods to school as part of a class project. Surprisingly, none of the
fungus identification manuals had a picture which would allow the class to identify the
specific name of the fungus. Someone suggested they try the Internet. A
quick search revealed a "Fungus of the Month" web site. Using a digital camera, the students
photographed the specimens, created an email
message to a professor at the University of Wisconsin who was listed as an
expert on the site and sent it off. Within an hour, the professor had responded with
the identification of the fungus and other information for the students.
Consider these questions as you review your project.
online expert(s) have you identified as resources for you and your students for the project
you have selected?
How will the
expert(s) be used?
there other educators within your school with whom you wish to work?
Consider subjects that are outside your domain of expertise that will be
covered in your project.
can your students help with the implementation of the project?
Consider using students as technology assistances so that your time can be
dedicated to instructional issues.
|Use these resources to help you find, develop and utilize
collaborations with other people.
Subject-Matter Expert Collaboration
Ask-an-Expert - You may wish to return to this page and
identify a specific expert to work with on your project.
List of Colleges and Universities - Consider contacting a
professor at a institution of higher education. They often
find it fun to work with students on long term projects.
- Consider getting involved in a telementoring project if you
need an expert who can work closely with individual students.
- The ABCDEs
of Co-Teaching - Article deals specifically with learning
disabled students but could be applied to more general co-teaching