TEN YEAR HISTORY OF ICT USE FOR
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROJECTS IN
EBS in 1999
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P. Why ICP
In Asian areas English
use and English presentations will become more valuable in the knowledge-based
society of the 21st century. By
giving young people opportunities of ICP, I believe they will learn and use
English naturally in their daily life for the communication with their friends
in other Asian countries. Since ICT
infrastructures are improving day by day, they should be encouraged to use the
improved infrastructures not only in their classrooms but also internationally,
Q. History of ICPs We Organized
2.1 Phase1 See You in
We promoted technically basic internet exchanges between
The second year of participation in the 100-School Networking Project.
Preparation for g
Symposium; Educational Revolution
by Dr. Chen from
help by Chuo Nippo Press in
Preparation for the next project.
gAsian School Exchange Projecth held in
Ms. Sylvia Li from
Presentation at INETf97.
Presentation at APNG..
gAsian School Exchange Projecth in
International Symposium in
Presentation at European
Schools Project in
Chen and Ms. Li at APRICOT@
gWorld Youth Meetingh with
The 4th g
Asia Session Coordination with
gWorld Youth Meetingh with students from
Presentation at INETf99.@APNG
The 5th g
The 3nd gWorld Youth Meetingh
The 6th g
Exchange Projecth in
The 4th gWorld Youth Meetingh
The 7th g
Exchange Projecth in
2.2 Phase 2 Let's Have More Schools Involved (1997)
2.3 Phase 3 Let's Go on a Camp (1998)
We had a camp in
2.4 Phase 4 Conference in
Asian School Exchange Project in
Goal of the Exchange in
ETo visit Korea, the closest but far foreign country
ETo experience home stay and have family-based exchanges
ETo go to the city of Seoul and see the difference between the Korea that@they study in Japan and the Korea that they will actually experience
The opening ceremony was held with about
100 people including the students and the teachers from
Presentations by Japanese Students
One of the following presentations
was gKorean Words in
Presentation by Korean Students
The Korean students gave
their presentation in their beautiful traditional costume, gchima-chogorih.
They proudly introduced the nature and history of
All of the twenty Japanese students homestayed in
brought Uiro Cake, special sweets of
gMy host father spoke to me a lot, but I didn't understand his Korean. It was a shame.h
host family lives in an apartment house and it is very big. They were very much pleased
with the souvenirs I brought from
gBefore I visited my
host family I
thought that I would get a cold reception from
them due to the past
Joint Presentation after Visiting Sightseeing Areas
For and at the joint presentations the students from
About Understanding Different Cultures
The Japanese students experienced real
3 Word Youth Meeting@(Started in 1999 and now going on)
A Typical International Exchange Project Via the Internet, Multimedia and English
The Internet, computer skills and English are indispensable communication tools for the survival and prosperity of young people in the world. This is why we have been holding WYM (World Youth Meeting). The participants get good opportunities to meet and become friends with people from all over the world. They use the communication tools mentioned above to exchange information, ideas, opinions and feelings cross-and-inter-culturally.
3.1 AIMS of WYM
E The students use the communication tools; the Internet, multimedia and English.
E They learn that they can overcome the wall of English as they use the other communication tools.
E To change the role of English from the means of academic evaluation to that of very effective communication tool.
E To help the students learn the Internet skills needed in the coming age of information technology.
The students have better understanding of the cultures and
societies of their country
E The students understand that they need to establish their identity in this global society as well as a well-balanced world view.
E The students enhance their abilities to learn from other people, cultures and societies.
The projects are implemented under the following basic procedure.
3.2 Before the Event
E Communication through the Internet and Multimedia
The students share questionnaires with regard to the theme of WYM each year. They send their photos and 5-6 lines of comments in English by email to know each other.
ESample English Generator System
To help the students to send emails in English, we have developed ethe Sample English Generator Systemf with which they can find useful English sample sentences. If they put some key words in the Web page, they can get several English model sentences they need from the system. For example, when you put a key word ggreetingsh, there appear several sentences for greeting. There are over 5,000 sentences available in this system.
3.3 Face to Face Collaboration
Communication via the Internet makes the students feel close to each other with email exchanges, pictures on the Web, motion self-introduction files, and a lot of other data shared.
After coming to
3.4 More Communication through the Internet
After the event the participants share their products for feedback. They put pictures of their activities onto the Web and show their PowerPoint presentation files in their English classes or in other subject classes at school
in each country.
3.5 Big results
Participating students inside and outside
Ifve heard some teachers are now using the files at their English communication courses even in universities.
3.6 The Internet Use for Communication
Mailing ListEEEone for the teachers and the other for the students.
Web PagesEEE for self-introduction, school introduction, and sharing information of in-process products for presentation files.
Real Time Communication Tool EEE developing motivation for further learning in the future.
Participants from OverseasEEE Papua New Guinea, Germany, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, US, Finland, US, England, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, etc.
3.7 The Past Themes of WYM
1999@gDo You Know My Country?h
2000@hMisconception to Understandingh
2001@gEnglish Learning Supported by the Interneth
2002 gCommunication with the Interneth
2003 gLetfs Try English Presentations; Environmental Problems and Social Welfareh
To set up ICPs as annual events
We have to pay attention to annual school plans of participating schools, if we want to set this kind of project as an annual event, especially for the face-to-face meetings.
To use systematically such basic ICT tools as WWW, E-mail, real time communication, etc.
After 10 year experiences, we found some effective ways to communicate before and after the face-to-face events. With the Internet we could focus on the activities. Also digital photos on Websites worked very effectively for the students when they needed to break through the wall of English.
To start and CHERISH international relations
Keeping good relations means keeping good attention to the other side of people. Continuous email exchanges are fundamental in maintaining good international relations.
To raise studentsf awareness of lifelong learning via ICPs
ICPs have proved that the participants, especially young people, realize the importance and necessity of lifelong learning through their ICP activities. They recognize that there are different viewpoints, outlooks and values and they can enjoy the diversity if they continue to learn for lifelong.
To show concrete models of ICPs to participating teachers or teachers who will participate in ICPs
We should, for example, prepare edited videos which can show our activities vividly to new comers, or potential WYM participants. They will understand the whole procedure of WYM and what they are expected to contribute to their own WYM.
To use the previous digital ICP products for the next ICP activities
We can learn a lot from the past for the future. Good sampling from the previous digital ICP products is quite helpful for future ICPs. This means that, while preparing for and carrying out a WYM, we had better keep a god digital record of it for our future WYMs.
Makoto Kageto (http://www.kageto.jp) is an associate professor and full-time
faculty member at
Member of MEXT Internet Steering Committee