After quite a few months worth of work, the Edgehill-Euro 08 project is ready to hit the ground, and hopefully start running. It's a bit of an odd one, no surprise of course to those of you who know me. But why describe it when I can let Carlos do the work.
So, in short...
- The project will (hopefully) include 16 North Devon year 5 classes.
- In November, when the qualification process ends, we'll hold a "televised" draw to decide which country each class will be representing.
- From September to December, teachers will receive INSET on blogging, podcasting, flashmeeting, Web 2.0 tools and probably lots more!
- From January to June, the classes will be involved in monthly projects. Working independently they will investigate certain elements of their specified country- be it geographical features, traditional music, dance, theatre, art, food, history etc. At the end of the month, each class will create either a podcast or a vodcast to explain their findings to the other classes- allowing all of the pupils to find out details about these 16 European nations.
- During the course of each month, each class will be adding thoughts, photos, whatever they constructively like to their class blog.
- The British Council are keen for the classes to be able to develop eTwins- ICT links with a class in the respective country, a link which could be maintained through e-mail, Skype, Flashmeeting or however suits best!
- The University of Exeter are actively looking into providing monthly linguistic support for the classes, another insight into the culture.
- Teachers will be fully supported by www.edgehill-euro08.wikispaces.com , a wiki designed to aid mutual collaboration and support.
- And, crucially, in June, they all get to come to Edgehill for a day's 5-a-side football and netball, followed by prizes for the sports, but also for the best blogs, best podcasts and vodcasts, best imagination and innovation and any other prizes I can think of!
Phew!!!! I've asked around a few select people for ideas and advice, about additions / alterations / suggestions, and I really would welcome them all. I've started recruiting local schools, and had quite a positive reaction so far, but it's quite a daunting concept in an area where the Web 2.0 hasn't fully arrived yet. But I'll let you know how it goes!!