US Collaborating Schools China Project Overview. Education is at the “ next ” frontier where the problems are complex and the solutions are new and many. Motivate Students : Globally aware Creative Collaborative Problem solvers Critical thinkers Communicators 教育是 “ 未来 ” 的前沿，
US Collaborating SchoolsChina Project Overview
Education is at the “next” frontier where the problems are complex and the solutions are new and many.
Motivate Students :
Introduction Week – How to Use the ePals website.
Module 1 – Sharing Cultures
Special Session – Thanksgiving (Chinese classes only)
Module 2 – Culture Cuisine
Session 8 (23DEC-27DEC)
Required equipment for all classes
1. Computer and Projector – for course curriculum PPT delivery.
Post all emails and PPTs to the workspace.
Posting/Sharing student work
Session 1 – Overview
Introductory Class – How to: Teachers and Students Use the ePals Tools.
Sharing Cultures Module 1 Week 1
1. ebooks – show one or both
1. Write Introductory email and share with your ePals partner class.
2. Contact ePals (Catherine Channell firstname.lastname@example.org let her know the schedules for the Skype sessions.
Sharing Cultures Module 1 Week 2
1. Receive Introductory Email from partner ePals class.
2. Create Sharing Cultures PPT slides to share with partner ePals class.
1. Create Sharing Cultures PPT to share with partner class.
2. Share PPT in Workspace.
Session 5 – Overview
Culture CuisineModule 2 Week 1
1. Receive Sharing Cultures PPT from ePals partner class.
2. Create Email to send to ePals partner class.
1. Create email and send to ePals partner class.
Session 7 – Overview
Culture Cuisine/Music and Dance Module 2 Week 2
1. Receive Email from ePals partner class.
2. Create Culture CuisinePPT to share with ePals partner class.
1. Create Culture Cuisine PPT to share with ePals partner class.
Understanding how cuisine is part of our culture.
Pre- and Post-Course Student, Teacher, and Parent Questionnaires
1. Teacher Pre-Course
2. Student Questionnaire – Pre-Course (Session 1) and Post (Session 7)
3. Parent Survey – Post Course (Session 7)
We are collecting information from China and US students, teachers and parents before and after participation in the course.
Writing a Friendly Email –
What is a friendly email?
A friendly email is a class-to-class note.
It builds a written conversation with your ePals partner class.
Include in a friendly email:
Friendly Email Template:
Greeting: Greet your ePals and express your excitement about receiving your ePals’ letter.
Class Update: Share what is happening in your class. Don’t forget to make it conversational by asking your ePals questions too. Answer any questions your ePals asked about your class.
Information and Questions about the Cultural Topic: Share your thoughts about the topic of study as it relates to your culture. Ask your ePals questions to learn about their culture.
Closing: Wrap up your letter. Thank your ePals for the letter you received.
Our Photos: Describe any photos you have attached.
Class Name _________________________________
Skype Sessions – Face-to-Face Communication.
The Skype sessions are very exciting.
Because of the time difference between China and America
Scheduling Skype Sessions
Email your partner teacher and schedule BOTH Skype Sessions.
Scheduling Skype sessions is one of the most challenging activities of the Sharing Cultures collaboration. To accommodate both classes, it may require a before school or after school meeting.
1. Ask your partner teacher what time and day their scheduled class meets.
2. Ask your partner teacher what time school begins and ends.
3. Ask when the students can be available (before or after school). Many Chinese schools have early morning, afternoon and evening study sessions. Most Chinese students either live at school or in the general area of the school.
4. Ask for at least three alternative times AND give the Chinese partner teacher at least three options when your class is available.
5. If necessary, notify the parents that this school activity will take place outside of school hours because of the time difference with China. Send a note home with your students explaining when the Skype Session is scheduled.
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