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Fifty-five teachers and educators from close to 16 ASEM countries gathered in September 2002 in Tampere for the 2nd International Teachers' Conference. During the Conference, nine AEC Project Groups were formed to develop their ideas for online collaborative learning projects.

In addition, three of the five AEC Project Groups would be further developed to include more interesting themes and topics to involve more students.

You will find a list of all the twelve AEC Projects below.

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E-World
This project consists of developing and exchanging between schools in Asia and Europe scenarios, simulation games or simple case studies. Students from the participating schools will provide interpretations and solutions to be exchanged and compared for differences and similarities. In the process, they will learn more about the problems faced by different societies and cultures. In addition, they will also discover the different approaches to solve these problems.
 
 
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Face 2 Face
Students from Helsinki Business College, Kemi-Tornio Vocational College in Finland and Garden International School in Malaysia will plan to visit each other during the course of the project (October to June). In preparation for these visits they will communicate with each other and also share various aspects of their culture through the web besides planning a suitable itinerary for the visit.
 
 
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Handshakes All Around the World
- A Virtual Homestay

The host (groups of students from each participating school) will plan a detailed 6-day (Monday to Saturday) itinerary/programme for students from the rest of the participating schools, and provide photos and detailed descriptions and information pertaining to the itinerary on the ICT platform.
 
 
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Let’s Do the Same Lesson
The teachers involved in this project, will produce a uniform instruction material in order to conduct a common lesson among the participating schools. The subjects that have been chosen are: English, Computer Science, History, and Physics. The specific topic of the subjects will be finalised during the preparation stage. Students from 15 to 16 years old of each school will be involved in this learning process. ICT will be the core tool to disseminate information to the students. An assessment procedure that includes writing tests as well as students' opinion polling (questionnaire) will be used in order to evaluate the whole collaborative process.
 
 
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Living in a Multicultural World
Creating a learning environment for cultural studies, based on student and products collected on web pages, dealing with minority in distant countries. Work is based on authentic cultural material collected by the students and teachers. The project is integrated into the curriculum of participating schools. geography, arts and sciences, etc. On the website, students and teachers from various countries will be able to select from a list of project proposals or offer their own.
 
 
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Merging Melodies
"Merging Melodies" looks at sharing traditional music between the participating countries. The countries will exchange information on the background of traditional music, information on traditional instruments, traditional pieces of music (instrumental and voice) and send simple traditional instruments to other countries. The participating schools will record their own traditional music and also learn about traditional music from the partner countries. All information will be reflected on a website. An end product of a music CD will also be produced between all the schools.
 
 
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Ndolalak and Hambo
The project deals with culture in its various forms in Indonesia (Java) and Sweden. Students will be allowed to exchange descriptions of the main elements of their own cultures: everyday life and customs, religious traditions and ceremonies, craft (especially wooden and textile handicrafts), folk-art, folk-music, folk-dancing, and regional literature (especially tales and poems brought from one generation to another by oral tradition).
 
 
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The Multicultural Exchanger - A Newspaper Online
"The Multicultural Exchanger - A Newspaper Online" is intended to be an interactive means of sharing and exchanging information and news between all the partners involved on the Internet. Its purpose is to facilitate a cohesive gathering point for both students and teachers from Asia and Europe to "publish" news on the World Wide Web on many themes and topics, not only in English but also in each participating country's mother tongue, as well as in another international communication language, such as French. The trilingual version is intended to expand the target audience.
 
 
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Women All Over the World
The project started in 1997 as a European School Project (ESP) with the following project description: “Female students have to become more active in using the Internet and other infotechnology. There is a need to portray women as good examples for younger women in society. The project core is to collect and publish on webpages information on women who have had influenced the society in various ways in each country. Questions will be put to the participants to compare similarities and/or differences. In the meantime, webpages about women of diffferent countries, different questionnaires about the situation of women in different countries, and a documentation about women rights in Germany, a questionnaire of grandmothers in Sweden, Germany and Portugal would be found on the internet.
 
 
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Existing AEC Projects to be further developed:
Cultural Fusion
The project aims to raise awareness of the different cultures and to learn more about the cultures of participating countries, especially from the perspective of the teenager. Students will use ICT skills in their research and presentation of their project. ICT will also be the mode of communication with participating members of different countries. Topics will be discussed that foster curiosity, creativity and initiative. The agreed upon topics include : Home, School and Leisure. The participating countries will post the materials they collect on (AEC) web pages preferably in the form of a diary, including pictures and video clips wherever possible. A forum or bulletin board / video conference / web chat are possible modes opened for exchange and clarification of information between participating countries. Based on the exchange and working on a given budget, students propose a 5-day itinerary as hosts of a cultural and educational visit by members of participating countries. Thereafter, an actual or virtual visit takes place.
 
 
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Halo-Halo to Mooncake
To follow-up on the Halo-Halo to Mooncake project, each participating country would collate and produce a page or pages of a calendar in book or other format. The front and back covers will show the title HaloHalo calendar 2004 with information/graphics on the AEC and ASEF and names of the schools who participated in the Halo-Halo project, and those who are responsible for the calendar design.
 
 
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Nuclear Energy
It was an interdisciplinary project which encompassed the disciplines of geography, English, Swedish, Science and History, discussing three main discussion groups/forums for discussions: 1) Was the USA justified in dropping the atomic bombs on Japan? 2) Should my country set up a nuclear power station to meet the increasing energy demands? 3) Which alternative energy source has the greatest potential of being developed and harnessed in the country where you live?

Skills such as argumentative writing and ethical issues were used. Additional topics to be discussed under the “Nuclear Energy” project include:
1) Day in life of students
2) Sports section
3) Music
 
 
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