The following are examples of post-secondary programs working with P-12 schools in creative uses of the Internet to connect classrooms globally.
Based at the University of Michigan School of Education, the Interactive Communications and Simulations (ICS) project is a compilation of educational telecommunications exercises. Using accessible telecommunications, students can spend part of every school day in a "global classroom." ICS projects have been designed to help teachers teach, mostly by encouraging active learning, learning through design, and providing flexibility so that teachers can integrate the on-line and classroom experiences. All of its projects link participating students with teams of university student mentors, whose role is to support and challenge the students in their endeavors.
A small group of educators at the University of Michigan forms the core of ICS. Working closely with classroom teachers, it provides a range of student-centered activities that have challenged young people around the world. While the projects are carefully designed to foster unique student learning opportunities, they also allow teachers the flexibility to meet existing curricular objectives.
- Age Levels: K-12 grades
- Timeline/Schedule: Most programs run late September through December and again February through April.
- Webpage: http://ics.soe.umich.edu/
- Contact: telephone (734) 763-5950, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register online or sign up for their mailing list.
- Supporting Organization: Interactive Communications and Simulations group at The University of Michigan
- Language(s) of Communication: English and Japanese
“The ICONS Project's mission is to advance learning by designing and delivering dynamic role-play simulations for students and professionals worldwide. The interactive online simulations immerse participants in the roles of decision-makers tasked with resolving contentious issues. ICONS simulation exercises feature engaging content, peer collaboration tools, and active learning through its online simulation interface, ICONSnet. No software is necessary to participate in this initiative of the University of Maryland. Register for one of the distributed simulations which happen every fall to be involved in a collaborative simulation with another school internationally. The research library is rich with resources for students to prepare for the internationally-focused simulations.