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2012 Fall News and Projects

posted Aug 23, 2012, 5:15 PM by Bonnie Thurber   [ updated Sep 3, 2012, 5:54 AM ]

Hello iCollaboratory members!

Welcome to the 2012-13 school year in the iCollaboratory. 

We have many new and updated projects for you to choose from this year. The year-long list may be found at  Let us tell you about the ones this fall.

We are working hard to get all projects linked to Common Core Standards. You will find them in the beginning of each project.


Please tell your friends how to register:

1.  If you are an educator with an iCollaboratory account, send email to letting us know your class will be participating. We will send you information about creating student accounts and give you permission to do so. 

2.  Log in to the iCollaboratory.

a.  No account? If you are an educator, please create an account by going to .  If you are a student, your teacher should create your account.

3.  Scroll down the iCollaboratory start page, click Sponsored Projects. A new page opens.

4.  Select the project you wish to join, i.e. Scariest Stories and Fall Poetry.

5.  Click Yes to register. After you click Yes, the project page appears. 


We are starting in September with three NEW projects!

iVote: Learning about the 2012 U.S. Presidential Candidates
in the iCollaboratory is ready for you and your students to join!

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Have you ever wondered who would be elected if students could vote? 

Do your students know about the candidates that could become President of the United States?

In this project, students take a demographic survey, research presidential candidates, create political advertisements and participate in a mock election just a few days before the national presidential election. You can compare the student vote to the national vote! You’ll be able to see how students from various states voted, too.



  • September: You can join the project any time in September by taking the demographic survey and starting research.
  • October 7: Complete research about the candidates
  • October 14: Finish creating web posters
  • October 15-26: Study and comment on iCollaboratory student web posters
  • October 27-November 1:  Vote in our mock election
  • November 2: View results on or after November 2 

We look forward to seeing ALL your students in this project. The more students in the project, the better it will be!

The Moon Over Us 欢迎来到《我们上方的月亮》

The Moon Over Us is a collaboration with schools in Beijing. It will run from September 4 to October 7. After the first project we will be continuing with additional collaborations. The iCollaboratory,, is partnering with Global Hands-on Universe and GTTP.

们上方的月亮是一个与美国学校的合作项目。 它将从94日一直进行到107日。在第一个项目之后,我们将继续其他的合作。在这个项目中,iCollaboratory

In the project, students aged 10-16 and their teachers from around the world share information about the moon and discuss this information by commenting on each other’s web pages.

这个项目让学生学习关于月球在空中的运动。在这里,来自世界各地的学生和教师分享关于月球的信息, 并且在iCollaboratory网站上讨这些信息。

If you are interested in participating in the project, please email or



Activities in this project include:


  • September 4-10:  Teachers and students register for the project, take a survey about the moon, and view the results. 
  • September 10-17:  Students look at the website map to find where project participants are located.
  • September 17-26: Students learn about the moon and its distance from earth. They share this information in the Moodle forum attached to the project activity.
  • September 26-October 3:  Students take pictures of the moon once a night for 3-5 nights. September 30 is most important because that is the Chinese Autumn Festival.
  • October 3-11:  Students analyze pictures and compare alignment and create individual webpages to share knowledge, experience, photos, facts and stories about moon with other students in our Google domain. Chinese cannot use Google so there will be pointers to their site.
    103日至11日:分析你的照片。你照片中的月亮是什么月相?它与地球和太阳是如何排列的?你还知道关于你照片中月亮的什么事情?    创建你的网页来同其他学生分享你关于月亮的知识,经历,照片,事实和故事。
  • October 11-18: Students and teachers view and comment on webpages by other participating students. 
    October 19-26:  Students and teachers share what they have learned from this project by writing individual reflections and taking the final survey.


Scariest Stories and Fall Poetry

Whether it be a scary story or a fall poem, we encourage students to share their literary work and discuss it with one another. Students can use this project to develop their writing skills by sharing and discussing their narrated and/or illustrated (optional) writing in our online community.


The Scariest Stories project activities described below are designed to take about one hour a week in a school computer lab or on a set of classroom computers. Teachers should plan to spend an hour a week in addition to the computer time.  Students who get involved spend more time writing, sharing and discussing their stories.


  • October 1-7: The Scariest Survey: Students take an online Survey to learn about the other students who are participating, what they like to do on Halloween and what they are most scared of.
  • October 8-14: The Scariest Forum: After registering for the Project, students, as a class, select one link representing their collective ideas about a scary story, Halloween tradition, or local legend from their hometown or region for students in other regions to view. Teachers submit the selected link to the Scariest Stories Forum.  Please feel free to reply to other links with appropriate comments.
  • October 15-21: Write and Share Your Scariest Stories: Students use their iCollaboratory Sites accounts to write and share a scary story. The story may include text, illustrations and audio narration/sound effects (optional) or a very short video (optional). The stories can be written in any native language.
  • October 22-31Review and Discuss Stories: Students review the stories others have written and discuss them online by contributing comments at the end of each story. The comments can be written in any native language. Please also translate them into English.
  • November 1-7: Take a Final Survey and Write a Reflection. Students take a final survey to see if their ideas have changed. They write a reflection about what they have learned from the stories and comments of others and from their own writing and writing comments.


More information or help: or 847 331 4633 before 8:00 pm CT.

We look forward to seeing you in many projects this year!

The iCollaboratory Team,

Bonnie Thurber, Theresa Allen, Gayle Greenwald, Karen Ladendorf, Ruth Shunick and Linda Smentek

P. S. All projects from past years are also available. You need only to ask to have one made available for you.