V2CL : Virtual Classes and Collaborative Learning
1999-2009 10th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
School project V2CL eTwinning AN11 : STUDENTS' ASSIGNMENT :
OPINION POLL : SUSTAINABLE SEA.
REGISTRATION AND TEACHERS' TIME : from MARCH 2009 to AUGUST 2009.
STARTS FOR THE STUDENTS : SEPTEMBER 2009
INTRODUCTION : Part of our children's future lies in their openings to the outside world, to other ideas, to other cultures; this we can achieve by creating partnership links, exchanges of opinion, comparison of ideas and activities based on collaborative tasks.
It is in such a perspective that this project has been organized, to generate an ongoing relationship between language learners from different cultures within the framework of a VIRTUAL CLASS. By operating in a real context, pupils understand the need for working with foreign languages, they see that it is possible to work together and to learn how to write a professional-style report.
This project is a CLIL project (Content and Language Integrated Learning) connected to economics because the students will learn how to organize an international survey, to civic instruction because we are going to talk about sustainable development and to I.C.T. (information and communication technologies) because the students will practice collaborative working using Virtual Learning Environments.
PROJECT V2CL-AN11 : This civic instruction and economics program in the English language is aimed at students between the ages of 16 and 20 from high schools and colleges of further education who are not native English speakers. You just need computers connected to the Internet.
Diary : This is the basis for your time management, however if you wish some special arrangement, you are welcome.
The assignment will follow 11 steps :
FROM MARCH 2009 TO AUGUST 2009 : SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY : PHOTOS.
TEACHER'S TIME : The water that flows close to your living place runs to the sea. The teacher will TAKE 3 photos with a digital camera whose theme will be : water in your town : the closest river or lake or the nearby sea if you live by the seaside. Also write a 50-WORD TEXT in the English language to present these 3 photos and give the name of the sea if needed and send them to the teacher managing the project.
SEPTEMBER 2009 : THE CHARTER OF GOOD CONDUCT.
First of all, the teacher will translate the charter in the students' native language. The teacher presents the charter governing the use of the virtual learning environments to his/her students, explains the reasons for a charter, and asks them to agree to it before they can take part in the program.
SEPTEMBER 2009 : FORMING INTERNATIONAL GROUPS OF STUDENTS.
Best before September 18th
Your students are invited to join a virtual class : 1 to 2 students from your school per virtual class. Please send me their firstnames, virtual class per virtual class. Each group will be matched with a number of foreign teams working on the same basis : Organization
In each virtual class one student is the class manager responsible for keeping the records and for maintaining the communication_area page correctly by checking from the virtual class students' list that all the contributions are dated and signed and are in the right order by date starting at the bottom of the page.
SEPTEMBER 2009 : STEP 1. STUDENTS' TRAINING.
Best before September 28th
STUDENTS' TIME : Students will read the students users' manual and open the TRAINING AREA of their virtual class in order to learn how to use the virtual learning environments WITHOUT DAMAGING SOMEONE'S ELSE CONTRIBUTION.
STUDENTS WILL WRITE
the date, their firstnames, the town where they live + a small text concerning their school :
Insert texts in the TRAINING AREA of your virtual class.
SEPTEMBER 2009 : STEP 2. STUDENTS' INTRODUCTION.
Best before October 10th
Introducing yourself is a significant moment and an opportunity to establish new contacts, for this reason, write your text with much care, giving details.
DO NOT DELETE THE TEXTS WRITTEN BY THE OTHER STUDENTS.
This exchange consists in writing the introduction of the team. Each student will introduce her/himself (6/7 lines = 100 words). Please write your first name, the name of your country and announce if you are a woman or a man because your first name is certainly unknown in the other countries. Optional : students can also ask their teacher to send one small sized photo (60 to 100ko in .jpg) of the group of pupils of your class who fit the conditions of the Charter of Good Conduct to the teacher manager of the project to be inserted in the photo area.
Insert texts in the COMMUNICATION AREA of your virtual class.
OCTOBER 2009 : STEP 3. RESEARCHING SEA RELATED INFORMATION.
Best before October 31th
THE WATER THAT FLOWS CLOSE TO YOUR LIVING PLACE RUNS TO THE SEA.
REFERENCE OBSERVATION : There are 5 main animal species living in the sea : fish, mammals, mollusc, shellfish and reptiles. Open the following links and look for information concerning the animals living in the sea : 1 fish, 2 fish, 3 mammal, 4 mammal, 5 mollusc, 6 mollusc, 7 shellfish, 8 shellfish and 9 reptile, 10 reptile.
Then, the students are invited to write a short text about animals living in the sea and the progress made by men to clean the rivers : 8/9 lines = 120 words in accordance with the charter. Think positive.
Insert these 8/9 lines of comments in the COMMUNICATION AREA of your virtual class.
OCTOBER 2009 : STEP 4. WORKING TOGETHER BY CONDUCTING A SMALL SURVEY : TRANSLATE THE QUESTIONNAIRE FROM ENGLISH TO YOUR OWN LANGUAGE.
Best before November 10th
The students will be given a short questionnaire concerning sustainable sea :
They will translate this questionnaire from English to their own language (= step 4) with a view to conducting a survey in their own country (= step 5).
Then they will collate all the results from the other countries (= step 6).
They will then be able to write a collaborative report concerning the results (= step 8). One report in each virtual class.
NOVEMBER 2009 : STEP 5. WORKING TOGETHER BY CONDUCTING A SMALL SURVEY : QUESTION PEOPLE.
Best before November 20th
The teacher will make photocopies of the questionnaire : each student will question 2 people in this survey.
Here are the questionnaires in the different languages which, if you like, you can download, print and put on the classroom wall. They are ready to be used in Step 10 for the presentation of the final report :
NOVEMBER 2009 : STEP 6. WORKING TOGETHER BY CONDUCTING A SMALL SURVEY : RESULT OF THE SURVEY.
Best before November 26th
The students ask their teacher to send the results of their survey to be inserted on an excel page.
DECEMBER 2009 : STEP 7. WHILE WAITING FOR THE RESULTS : PRESENT ONE DAY IN A TOWN.
Best before December 19th
While waiting for the results of the survey (STEP 6 excel page) coming from all the countries, the students will imagine one day in an English speaking town. The subject for the present schoolyear is NEW YORK USA. (On the map, click on street view).
Open a browser and search for information concerning what you will do in the morning, in the afternoon, where you will have dinner in the evening (Time square ?) and what you will eat, what you will do at night and in which hotel you will finally sleep.
Students will write a text (6/10 lines = 100/150 words) to be included in the communication area of their virtual class.
Insert the text in the COMMUNICATION AREA of your virtual class.
JANUARY 2010 : IF YOUR COUNTRY'S EDUCATION SYSTEM IS A MEMBER OF ETWINNING, you can declare yourself as a partner. Here are the steps to join the eTwinning project partners' list :
1. First, every teacher register with eTwinning.
2. The project manager requests to add you as an eTwinning contact.
3. Open your eTwinning desktop and accept to be a contact.
4. The project manager requests that you join the eTwinning project.
5. Open eTwinning again and accept to join.
6. Open your eTwinning desktop and ask for an eTwinning quality label.
JANUARY 2010 : STEP 8. PUPILS WRITE THE COLLABORATIVE REPORT.
Best before January 29th
PRESENTING THE INTERNATIONAL-SCALE OPINION POLL.
Each virtual class prepares a report of their activities. They write this presentation of work in the native language of their country respecting the charter of good conduct :
1. PRESENTING THE TOPIC OF THE OPINION POLL.
2. PRESENTING THE RESULTS OF THE OPINION POLL + GRAPHS.
3. ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF THE RESULTS.
4. Explain why this pluridisciplinary V2CL project is good training for your professional career development.
Overall size: 150 lines of text in Arial 12 + annexes.
ANNEXES : QUESTIONNAIRE IN THE NATIVE LANGUAGE OF EACH GIVEN COUNTRY + COPY OF THE EXCEL TABLE PRESENTING THE FIGURES + COPY OF TEXTS APPEARING IN THE COMMUNICATION AREA OF YOUR VIRTUAL CLASS.
- Paper copy in ring-bound file form with page numbering, including the names of all members of each work group.
- Slide show. Français
YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND ME A REPORT FIRSTPAGE.
JANUARY 2010 : STEP 9. WORKING TOGETHER : THE INTERNATIONAL REPORT.
Best before February 16th
Each group of students prepares a 6/10 lines = 100/150 words report to be included in the communication area of their virtual class. In this report they will outline the conclusions they have drawn from the survey.
The text and the idea must be in accordance with the charter (ex : no political opinions).
Insert the text in the COMMUNICATION AREA of your virtual class.
FEBRUARY 2010 : STEP 10. PRESENTING THE COLLABORATIVE REPORT.
Best before March 27th
The students present their report written in their native language to their school authorities and wherever possible to the media such as newspapers, televisions, radios, magazines and authorities to get labels and diplomas.
MARCH 2010 : STEP 11. SAYING GOOD BYE.
Students will say good bye to their partners in their COMMUNICATION AREA.
We are going to teach our students a new way in collaborative work. We expect a lot from this working scheme. It will enable students from different countries to become aware of the benefit of practising and using the English language. They will discover different cultures and develop their communicative skills by using the Internet and by commenting on photographs.
Students are going to develop their skills in computing by taking part in the management of a web collaborative area. It is the way of working and communicating in the business world, which is underlined in this project.
V2CL makes students learn together
Description : V2CL Virtual Classes and Collaborative Learning - web 2.0 ESPACES NUMERIQUES DE TRAVAIL du Lycée l' Oiselet à Bourgoin-Jallieu France - Académie de Grenoble - Projet pédagogique expérimental - TNi TBi Tableau Numérique Interactif - Les nouvelles technologies de l'information et de la communication permettent d'ouvrir la classe sur l'extérieur, sur d'autres cultures, pour travailler autrement et coopérer - What will school be like in 2010 ? - La pédagogie électronique - La numérisation de l'enseignement - Virtual Classes - Classes Virtuelles - Virtuelle Klassen - Clases Virtuales - VLEs : Virtual learning environments - ENT : Environnements numériques de travail - Plate forme de communication - Espace numérique de travail - Digital workplaces - Section Européenne - European Quality Label eTwinning Brussels + European labeled for innovative projects in language teaching and learning ( label européen des langues ) + Multilingual Learner award winner Stockholm + Nets d'Or @ l'Ecole award winner Paris + Netdays Europe labeled project Brussels - TICE - ICT Information and Communication Technology - European Schoolnet eTwinning - Insight EUN.org Brussels School Innovation Peer2Peer - CLIL : Content and Language Integrated Learning - Il n'est pas possible d'envoyer toutes les classes d'un établissement scolaire en voyage à l'étranger, le projet eTwinning-V2CL permet aux élèves de faire connaissance et de travailler, via l'Internet, avec de très nombreux élèves étrangers - eTwinning School partnerships in Europe Partenariats scolaires en Europe -V2CL eTwinning = 15 pays, 30 lycées et 60 classes virtuelles - 15 countries, 30 schools and 60 virtual classes