|The time-line below shows
(in very broad and general terms) how the project
progressed and developed during its first year.
Information about the technologies used, the people involved, the way in which relationships were built up, and the technical problems overcome are available elsewhere on this site.
|Project Timeline Diagram - Jan '97 - Jun '98|
|Sponsors formulate outline for project, identify participating schools||Educational consultants begin work Sponsors select VC systems||Listserver / email and audio conference calls used to discuss ideas and plans. Consultants develop list of project and topic ideas and models.||Most lines and VC systems installed; initial contacts between partner schools Educational consultants and participating teachers develop individual project plans.||Some schools conduct 'Icebreaker' projects||Main project plans for spring term finalised||Main project activity||Tidying up, sign-off activities|
Individual project activities and schedules were designed and developed
by the participating teachers in conjunction with the educational consultants,
within the above time frames.
In the earlier stages of the project, the US and UK consultants worked mainly with the schools in their own countries, but 'cross border' management and support increased as the project developed.
Regular audio conference calls between all management and consultant staff took place regularly throughout the first year of the project, as did monthly audio conferences between all participating teachers and consultant staff.
Until January 1998, US schools also had regular audio conferences with Brooke Brummitt of GSN. (Please see acknowledgements.)
|This diagram shows the pattern of communications between all staff involved in the project during the first year.|