After registering in Kidlink and check the rules for participation, you are ready to start:
- Introduce your class or group by creating a page with the name of your school, starting from this Kidspace page
- Divide your students in small teams working on the 6 suggested activities (there are 6 activities to each of the 3 questions)
- Each team has to create one or more pages where to put texts and pictures related to their work.
Phase #1 – Can you Find me?
You describe your city or town and include interesting facts about the place where you live.Think about the physical characteristics of your area as well as the unique qualities of the people who live there. You will compare your area to the places where your online friends live.
- Maps give us opportunities to show information about something. You could make a map of your area.
Find your latitude and longitude and GMT factor as well.
Are there famous natural landmarks or recreational places of interest in your area? Describe them and Take a picture of this place or draw by yourself
- Are there historical places of interest near the place where you live? Describe them and write why they are important to the history of your area. Take a picture of this place or draw by yourself
- Are there famous heroes from your area? Tell us who they are and why they are admired.
- Do you have museums or other exhibits for all to enjoy such as an aquarium? What kinds of museums do you have?
- At the end you can Make a Presentation/video with basic info about your school, town or country and write What do you like best about your area
Phase #2 – 2. Living Things where I Live
Now that we have found each other on the map and have learned a little about the cities and towns where our online friends live, let’s take a look around and see who and what live there! Which plants and animals? Show your online friends the answers They are probably very interested to learn about your area, too.
- How many people live in your country? Has the population of your area grown over the past 50 years or declined? Do you know the reason for the answer?
- Are there more older people or younger people? Are there many families with young children in your town or village? Do elderly grandparents live with their family or might we find them in nursing homes?
- How do people earn their living where you live? What are the main occupations of the parents of the students in your group? Is your area full of hard working farmers, industrial laborers, businessmen and women, scientists or academics? Do people work at home or elsewere?
- Is there a university in your area or close to you where young people can study for various jobs?
- How do the people in your area spend their free time? recreational activities, hobbies?
- What animals and plants are native to your region? Are there any endangered animals where you live? How are they protected? Take pictures of the habitat of plants and animals in your town. .
Phase #3 – The places where I learn
You will focus on your education, in a school, at home, or in your environment. You will describe a typical learning day and your feelings about school, education and what you feel educates you. You are encouraged to collect information from each other and to compare learning situations.
- How do you feel about your school? Do you like it? Does it give you the feeling that you are getting a good education?
- What hours of the day and what days of the week are you learning? How long is your school year? In what month does it start and what month does it end? Do you have homeworks every day?
- Draw a picture of the places where you learn. It can be your school, a room in your school, an outdoor place or any other place where we can learn.
- Is there some other activity in your school than formal learning? What is it? Are you participating?
- What do you learn outside school? Are some people around you that you learn from? Friends, parents, sisters, brothers, grandparents, neighbours?
At the end
Compare your answers with those of the other students who are participating in this project with you.
Make a list of questions that you would like to see answered such as:
Are students in school the same number of hours each day around the world?
Do some students have more time in school during the year than others?
Are there subjects in schools around the world that kids your age like best? What are these subjects?
Who does more homework, boys or girls?
Try to talk about these question through some Skype sessions with your partners