|Title||The Asia Europe Classroom Network – Interesting international projects for Irish Teachers|
Ms Angela Rickard/
The ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet) is for teachers and pupils throughout the two continents to meet on-line and share work on curricular based Online Collaborations. You can find out more on the ASEF ClassNet website where it is possible to propose a new Online Collaboration, join an existing Online Collaboration or sign up to the mailing list and be kept up to date.
Ireland has been involved in this initiative for a good many years. Schools such as Sligo Grammar School, the Marist College in Dundalk and St. Michael’s Holy Faith in Finglas, to name but three, have run successful Online Collaborations over the years.
Since 2005 the Education Department in NUI Maynooth has been involved as a partner with the Department of Education and Science, the National Centre for Technology in Education and more recently the Second Level Support Service under the LCVP (Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme) to develop and promote Online Collaborations each year.
The ASEF ClassNet holds an annual conference, alternating between Europe and Asia. Coordinating schools can present new Online Collaborations and recruit participants at the conference. The ASEF ClassNet covers the local costs of attending. Outstanding Online Collaborations are given an award each year. Our Local Traditions and Ceremonies Online Collaboration (involving Sligo Grammar School) was one of the winning Online Collaborations for 2005. (If you have a Google account you can view an article about the Online Collaboration presented at the 2008 Teaching and Learning Conference of the International Association of Scientific Knowledge).
In 2006 we introduced the Local Industry and Enterprise Online Collaboration based on Moodle software. Our principal aim was to embed the Online Collaboration within an examinable subject – in this case the LCVP. The Local Industry and Enterprise Online Collaboration like all other ASEF ClassNet Online Collaboration aims to get students (16 to 18 years old) to communicate in a safe on-line environment and to promote inter-cultural links between Asian and European schools through curricular work. In it students first talk to each other about themselves, their schools, and their regions and they are encouraged to research a topic such as one of the following:
Irish schools involved in the Online Collaboration to date include Malahide Community School, Kilkenny College, Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton, Loreto College, Crumlin , Moate Community School, North Presentation Secondary School in Cork, Woodford College in Galway and Salesian College in Celbridge. The Online Collaboration’s development over the past three years has also resulted in a growing number of international schools becoming involved and we hope to build on this success.
Relationships between schools have been established and the Online Collaborations are an interesting way to fulfil the recommendations of the Department of Education and Science that schools embed ICT in the curriculum, develop pupils’ social skills and enhance links with international partners in particular with Asian schools.
In the coming academic year we will focus on Green enterprises and the new Online Collaboration is entitled CyberGreen… More about this soon.
Original article published here.