Tips for Successful Exchanges
General Communication Tips
- Time line for the project is clearly stated in
your announcement for collaboration. This includes:
- beginning and ending dates for this project
- when participants can join and how they will be notified
whether or not they have been selected to participate
- when registration for this project is closed
- when delivery of materials is due
- Set up a mailing list so participants can easily
communicate with each other
- check with your systems administrator to see if they
can create a temporary mailing list for your project
- or, use other web resources to set up a mailing list:
- you may want to set up a moderated mailing list so
you can keep communication focused on this project
- If possible, consider creating a unique email account
while you are hosting this project
- Send weekly email updates of the scheduled events
for this project
- Send personal "web postcards" to your
- thanking them for their participation
- if you are celebrating a milestone in your project
- for general holiday cheer
- suggested sites to use:
- Make sure that you meet your promised deadlines
- Don't fuss at your participants if they are unable
to fulfill their promised information exchange. They may
have a good reason why they are unable to.
Sharing Project Results
This is the culminating activity of your project.
Deciding how you will share the results of the project will
depend on how and what information is exchanged. Brainstorm
with your class to decide the following:
- What information do you want participating schools to
- How will this information be delievered to you?
- How will you share this information with all participants?
If you plan on publishing student work created by
other schools, make sure that your participating
classrooms have a publishing policy with parent and
student's permission to post their work.