In the initial phase pupils should reflect and learn about
• The characteristics of each communication tool.
• When to use them.
• How to use them.
• Technical requirements.
• Advantages and drawbacks.
• Registering and getting an account for each of the internet tools to be used.
• Installing all the necessary software, subject to school software and firewall policy.
• Using a calendar to plan dates and times (for those activities that need to be done simultaneously) when each of the communication tools is going to be used.
• Planning communication activities with twinned schools for pupils both in pairs and for groups.Testing the tools:
In this phase, pupils will use each of the planned internet services: e mail, videoconferencing, chat, forum and news, collaborative environments and Internet calls (Skype). They will explore the options each offers.Final results:
A web site that shows all the activities undertaken. Some of these, like emails, can be shown in a page created for that purpose, others, like the forums, will be done from the web site itself. A good idea is creating a section were pupils give their opinion and comments on the tools used.Product
A web site. Other options could be a CD-ROM and/or DVD. Texts, images, sounds and videos can be collected here.