Aims of the activity:
  • To establish communication between students in two schools in geographically disparate locations
  • To investigate the collaboration topic

Link to Learner Profile, ToK and international mindedness:

Link to Curriculum:
Strand 1: Social and Ethical Considerations> Intellectual Property, Globalization and cultural diversity
Strand 2: Home and Leisure
Strand 3: Software, Internet, Multimedia/digital media

Topics the students could investigate:
  • explain methods of software piracy
  • explain methods of music and video piracy
  • compare rules in each school regarding the downloading and use of software, multimedia/digital media
  • compare laws in each country for piracy in each country
  • discuss reasons for piracy
  • evaluate solutions to address issues related to piracy

Length of activity: spans two weeks approximately

Suggested step-by-step process
  1. The ITGS teachers discuss with their Network Managers any issues that may restrict the scope of the collaboration topic.
  2. Two ITGS teachers from geographically disparate locations connect through a forum, such as the OCC.
  3. Teachers discuss with their classes issues relating to digital citizenship.
  4. The class in each school discuss the topics above at a general level for their own country and research additional information and use social bookmarking (i.e. Delicious, Diigo) and RSS feeds.
  5. The teachers pair up one student in Teacher A's ITGS class with a student in Teacher B's ITGS class to create a team.
  6. The teachers collaborate and allocate one topic to each team (i.e. one team may research methods for software piracy) to research. Teachers provide guiding questions for each team to enable them to research their topic in more depth. Students may add further questions.
  7. A wiki is set up by the teachers that will be used for communicating and collecting information. Students to post their findings to this wiki. The agreed guidelines for the wiki are added by the teacher.
  8. Students connect with their team using the wiki and discuss the topic.
  9. Teachers provide students with a template page to assist them to create the content for the wiki
  10. Teachers provide a mechanism to ensure the members of the team contribute equally.
  11. Students communicate with their teams using the discussion tab feature of wiki on their topic.
  12. The team collaborates to create a presentation in a wiki
  13. The students present their findings to their respective classes (celebrate).
  14. Teachers and students evaluate the activities according to pre-determined rubrics.

Acknowledgment for the concepts found in "7 Steps to a Flat Classroom" to Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis, co-founders of Flat Classroom™ Projects

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