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Presentation of the Thinkquest online collaboration platform for schools, including shared projects and competitions.

Presentation of the Thinkquest online collaboration platform for schools, including shared projects and competitions.

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    • 1. <Insert Picture Here> Developing 21st Century Skills through Online Collaboration Lynne Gill Programme Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa
    • 2. Oracle Education Foundation • Independent charitable organisation funded by Oracle • Dedicated to helping students develop 21st Century skills • Provides ThinkQuest as a free service to primary and secondary schools – 405,000 students/teachers in 43 countries – Partners with 63 non-profit or government organisations
    • 3. ThinkQuest • Protected, online learning platform • Enables teachers to integrate learning projects into curriculum and students to develop 21st century skills • Includes: – Project environment – Competition space – ThinkQuest Library – Professional development
    • 4. Base Content Slide • First-level bullet – Second-level bullet • Third-level bullet – Fourth-level bullet • Fifth-level bullet Benefits Develop 21st century skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, communication, creativity, technology, self-direction, and cross-cultural understanding
    • 5. Base Content Slide • First-level bullet – Second-level bullet • Third-level bullet – Fourth-level bullet • Fifth-level bullet Learning Projects Integrate learning projects into your classroom curriculum. Choose a topic, assign students, invite teachers, and collaborate with members around the world.
    • 6. Base Content Slide • First-level bullet – Second-level bullet • Third-level bullet – Fourth-level bullet • Fifth-level bullet Competition A space for students to participate in technology contests. Eligible entries are published in the ThinkQuest Library. Website: Students build educational websites on topics of choice Narrative: Students publish ideas on issues of global importance
    • 7. Example of Title Extending to Two Lines • First-level bullet – Second-level bullet • Third-level bullet – Fourth-level bullet • Fifth-level bullet
    • 8. Base Content Slide • First-level bullet – Second-level bullet • Third-level bullet – Fourth-level bullet • Fifth-level bullet Library An award-winning resource containing 7,000+ student projects. An opportunity for students to publish their work online to be viewed by millions.
    • 9. Base Content Slide • First-level bullet – Second-level bullet • Third-level bullet – Fourth-level bullet • Fifth-level bullet Professional Development - Curriculum Offerings  Instructor-led seminar for new users  Self-paced tutorial for the competition  Project learning methodology for the classroom
    • 10. Program Example Project Example: “The Bee Project” • Cross-cultural collaboration in UK, USA, Australia and Germany – Students study the importance of bees and research the impact of bee colonies on the human food chain – Project aligns to Science, ICT and Language studies and includes hands on activities • Benefits – Uses technology to heighten awareness around Green issues – Enables teachers to embed cross-cultural project activities into standard curriculum
    • 11. Program Example Collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth in Romania • Country-wide adoption of ThinkQuest – 3,600 teachers received professional development – Hosted the first Project Learning Institute in Europe – 17,000 students use ThinkQuest in their daily curriculum • Benefits – Builds 21st Century skills with real world relevance – Enables teachers to embed technology into the curriculum – Assists Ministry in creating a virtual learning network
    • 12. Lessons Learned - What Works • Multi–Stakeholder Partnerships are critical to success • School Principal support of ICT and 21st century skills • Teacher Professional Development • Ambassadors • Students enjoy a challenge of Competitions – 18,000 students participated in the competitions – showcase work on websites
    • 13. Lessons Learned - The Challenges • Infrastructure and Access • Curriculum Overload • Promoting Benefits to Teachers • Disconnect between Policy and Practice