Examples of collaborative projects

This page contains a number of examples of projects including both current projects you can join and those that have now been completed. The page has been organised under either 'Current projects' or 'Completed projects with those suitable for upper primary or integrated programmes grouped together with subject specific secondary level examples below that. As many projects use USA grades for levelling, you can find a guide to average ages for each grade on the Finding collaborative partners page.

Current projects
Completed projects

Current projects

Range of ages
Global education projects spreadsheet
This spreadsheet lists projects advertised by teachers through the Global Education Ning. You can also add your projects to the database by filling in this form. There are projects for all ages - both primary and secondary.

Upper primary/ Integrated Yr9/10

Secondary level

The Four Nations project
Terry Godwaldt, Director of Programming at The Centre for Global Education in Edmonton, Canada has offered an open invitation to New Zealand Secondary Schools to participate in the Four Nations Classroom initiative. Countries are put into groups of four and rotate through each of their partners between September and December. With their partners, they make their way through an established curriculum while working on a series of cross cultural collaborations. Contact Terry directly for further information on this initiative at terry.godwaldt@epsb.ca

Completed projects

Range of ages
Best practices section of TIGed - variety of time periods
See examples collected by TIGed staff within the TIGed section of the website.

Upper primary/ Integrated Yr9/10
Around the world with 80 schools - March to June 09
This project was based around the tool Skype. Each classroom involved in the project set up times to talk with other schools through Skype on a range of pre-set topics. While many younger classes were involved, this is still included as an example that you could use in upper primary and gives examples of guidelines and how to manage a project.

Comparing hemispheres - Dec 07
In this simple information sharing project, classes from two different hemispheres (one in NZ and one in New York) investigate questions related to being on opposite sides of the world such as seasons, shadows, gravity etc. The children work in teams to find out the required information and post to the appropriate wiki page with teams in the other class doing the same. There is a conclusions page where they bring their learning together.

1001 Flat World Tales - June 09 (but is repeated each year - you can register interest on the wiki)

The students need to draft pieces of writing to save the human race from Alien invaders - the Alien King must stay interested in the writing for the human race to stay alive. Students post their stories on the wiki so that students in other schools involved in the project can give constructive feedback to make the stories better (feedback is in the "discussion" tab above each story). Students are marked both on their own story and the quality of the feedback they give to other students. Participating teachers give feedback on the fourth draft and those considered good enough at the end are formally published.

Secondary level
Brand project - Sept 2006
This project was set up in a TIG virtual classroom. Upper secondary students (17 and 18 yr olds) were asked to explore the concept of branding and how perception of different brands effected them.

Horizons project - March to June 2008
Students worked in teams looking at different future trends for technology and how these are likely to impact on our communities. This was quite a high end and complex project with students asked to use media created for them from other teams involved in the project within their final presentations.

Environmental projects
Waterworld project - water pollution and conservation
GoAPE - Community of teachers who teacher environmental science. The community also has a GoAPE wiki and a GoAPE blog with discussion points for students to contribute to.

Social sciences projects
Expedition Lit trips - Combine historical information on historical expeditions with literature in these projects

Science projects
FuturEnergia projects
Online tele-collaborative classroom projects
Solar oven cooking project
Vernal ponds project - monitoring water levels in ponds to see impact on pond eco-system.
Human Genetics Project - investigation into dominant traits

General projects
iearn projects
Starter kits for international collaboration

Flint River Project