A Community Discovered:

Telecommunications Projects Using the Internet

Thursday, July 16, 1998

Colette de Frey, Project Site Coordinator


I. What is a Telecommunications Project?


Participants will be introduced to three different structures of network-based educational activities developed by Dr. Judi Harris.

In a jigsawing activity, participants will be divided into groups in order to explore these three structures and to examine model classroom activities which lie within each.

The Judi Harris Model (click on the fourth bullet in the Table of Contents)

The three structures are:

1. Problem-Solving Projects (click on the 5th button of the table of contents)


* What is an activity structure and why does Judi Harris present these in her article rather than lesson plans?

*What are the 7 types of problem-solving activity structures?

*Give an example of each of these 7 types.

2. Information Collections (click on the 6th button of the table of contents)


* What is the differenct between "knowledge" and information", according to Judi Harris?

* What are the 5 types of information collection activity structures?

* Give an example of each of these 5 types.

3. Interpersonal Exchanges (click on the 7th button of the table of contents)


* What is an "interpersonal resource"?

* What are the 6 types of interpersonal exchange activity structures?

* Give an example of each of these 6 types.


II. Looking At "Real" Projects: "Tales From the Electronic Frontier"

Participants will read anecdotes about Internet projects written by the teachers who designed them and the students who took part in them. Participants will then share their new learning about these projects with other members in their group.

Participants will be asked to:

*Summarize the project they read about

*Share insights / problems / successes experienced by the teachers and students

*Share questions you had about the project

*How can you see this type of project being used in some other curricular area? Give an example.

"Tales From the Electronic Frontier" (click on the 3rd buttom of the table of contents)


III. Tales from the Front Lines: What Have CD Participants Been Doing???

An example of a Community Discovered participant's experience with a telecomputing activity will be shared.


IV. So, How Do We Get Started?

Participants will be presented with a guide for organizing and facilitating telecollaborative projects (click on the 8th button of the Table of Contents).


What are the 8 steps in organizing and facilitating a telecollaborative project and be able to elaborate on each step.


V. So, What Are We Waiting For? - Choose one of the following activities:

  • Work on developing the foundations for an Internet telecommunication project that could be integrated into one of their units. Participants and partners are encouraged to join forces with others from different districts, grade levels, and subject areas! It's time to create!

    For helpful hints, follow the link to the NickNacks Telecollaborative Site's section on "Designing Your Project" and the "Telecollaboration Planner".

    Be sure to enter your project on the online projects guide.


  • Spend time investigating online projects, resources, and sites that are listed below in Part VII that pertain to your subject area, unit concepts you want your students to explore, or areas of the curriculum that you'd like to enrich. Then be ready to share with the group at least 5 exciting findings you made during your research. Also, share with the group an idea you have for how you could include a telecollaborative Internet project into an existing unit. Be sure to include information on the activity structure you would utilize and "why".


VI. Sharing Session

Participants will share their online projects / research findings with the group.


VII. Something Extra: URL's For Planning Internet Projects

This list of URL's will lead you to web sites that contain lots of ideas for possible internet projects that you might want to join in on OR which may provide you with food for thought in planning your own.