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Sixty-Eight teachers and educators from 14 ASEM countries attended the 3rd International Teachers’ Conference in Bogor, Indonesia from 28 September – 2 October 2003. During the conference, seven AEC Project Groups were formed to develop their ideas for online collaborative learning projects.

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

Please find below a list of all eleven AEC Projects:


A local Sacred Building
The cultural and religious background of the country concerned where the student participants from the two region will find out and learn about traditional way of building (materials, shapes, meaning of little details) as well as the function of sacred buildings, their role in their members’ lives and the works of art.
 
 
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A Long Journey, A Global Story
Each class - divided into smaller groups - will prepare a continuation of the story until some climax or turning-point of the plot. This story will be transmitted to the next project group via internet web platform. The story should be published both in English and mother tongue. After each step there will be a chance to discus the writings, ask questions, give interpretations using the web platform (chat room). There will be an evaluation at the end of the project. The subjects include Mother Tongue, Literature, English, Geography, Social Sciences, Art, Drama. The possible aspects to involve are making the stories a book. Print and design of the book: cover, illustrations, text design as well as dramatizing the text.
 
 
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Culture Cybercards
Cultural Cybercards aims to provide a forum for students' creativity and cultural curiosity. The immediate goal is to create a website which will become a gathering point for students from Europe and Asia;a website where students' creativity will find a venue, and where pride and curiosity about one's own heritage and culture will find its flowering in a deep seated interest and curiosity about other people and their culture;a cyberplace where geographical boundaries are non existent and cultural differences melt in warm explorations of each other's innate similarities and shared experiences. It will serve as a vehicle of experience for students, and allow them to make connections and commence sustained dialogue with one another.

Thirty to forty students from participating schools will develop and design electronic greeting cards utilizing each country's idiosyncratic / cultural symbols / icons and native language (with universal language translations) for use in interpersonal web communications for a period of ten months for the pilot.
 
 
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Culture Ambassador
Students act as Culture Ambassadors for other countries, promoting them to their own school mates. The main focus of the promotion is the lifestyle of a teenager in the other country. Through ICT exchange, the ambassadors gather information about how a teenager in the other country lives as well as his hobbies, beliefs, problems etc. Based on the information gathered, they produce promotional materials* to distribute /promote to the rest of the school. From this promotion, students from the school can sign up to be e-pals with students from the other school. Pre- and post-project surveys are conducted to measure the effectiveness of the promotion.
*Possible type of materials: Brochures, posters, or assembly presentations etc.
 
 
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Peace Project
In recent years, contrary to our hopes, we have come to see more and more disastrous events around the world and feel depressed about it. But some how or other, we easily forget these things as soon as the media broadcasts change. The reason is clear: the trouble always seems to be somewhere else, far away from us. Of course, not getting involved in warfare itself is a blessing, though it can merely be ignorance about disasters. But our history has taught us that such ignorance can bring about another disaster. As educators, we should focus on peace matters, as nothing can be taught without a peaceful environment. To avoid disasters, the students as well as teachers, will think about the meaning of peace, or how precious and blessed it is to be able to live in peace. This is the main purpose of the project. Concrete objectives will be as follows and further activities will be discussed among participants at the conference. or results of the activity will be on web page arranged by participants.

First, each school will select their own materials and send them to the other schools. Second, each participant will think about the materials they select. Third, each participant will write their comments on the material they receive from the other schools, and hopefully an exchange of ideas and questions will evolve. To motivate students to be involved in the project, they will make peace crafts or something similar to pray for our peace, and send these to the other schools. The process and results of the project will be on a web page arranged by participants.
 
 
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Science Beyond the Classroom
Science Beyond the Classroom is a pioneering intervention for high school students in science. The lined-up activities for this project would try to prove that with the proper intervention in the teaching-learning process would bring positive effects on student’s learning, motivation and attitudes. In particular, the intervention is designed to involve and empower selected high school students, ages varying from 14-18 years old from Asian and European schools to plan, design, and develop programs that would primarily stress the application of science knowledge and life skills to the environmental demands of their localities. The whole project is highlighted with the maximization of information and communications technology as a means of linking among the partner schools.
 
 
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The Students’ Online Magazine
An online publication where students from many countries exchange and collaboration articles on this magazine. Better understanding and better appreciation of the diversity of the culture of the present world.
 
 
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Existing AEC Projects to be further developed:
Face-2-Face 2004
Pupils will take part in a Homestay programme for a period of about 10 days. Prior to the actual visit, they will communicate with each other by means of e-mail and a forum set up on an ICT Platform. Information of their own country will also be available (as urls) and students are encouraged to ask questions. Students will also plan an itinerary for their guests, to include cultural experiences.

Collaborative work may include designing the webpage together, writing and illustrating stories or poems, creating new games based on traditional games of both countries, artwork to be made into postcards. For the time being, Sweden has volunteered as hosts for a group of 10 students from Malaysia. Hopefully, the return visit can take place later in the year.
 
 
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Handshakes All Around the World
- A Virtual Homestay

Groups of 6-8 students with a pair from each participating schools (3-4 schools) will fix a period of a week of homestay. The host (pair from one school) will plan a week-long programme for students from the rest of the participating schools. The programme could include:

1. Cultural and festive occasions happening during that period
2. School routines, events and highlights or/and an academic/curriculum area for discussion
3. Food
4. Leisure activities
5. Places of interest
6. Meeting each other's family and friends

An internet-based platform for the exchange to take place will be used for students to interact, post pictures, journal accounts, share video clip, forum discussion, live chat etc with each other.
 
 
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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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Ndolalak and Hambo
The project deals with culture in various forms in Indonesia and in Sweden. The title refers to the names of two dances that may symbolize culture life in the two regions/countries.

The students in Sweden and Indonesia will work together with the studies on the main elements of culture life in Java, Indonesia and in the province of Halsingland (Bollnas), Sweden. For example the project will focus on students’ traditional folkdances that can foster the cultural exchange to a certain extent and enhance the students awareness of their ancestors’ traditional value through a simple performance of folkdances. The main topics of the students studies will be:

- Religious traditions and ceremonies and their impact in everyday life.(Oct- Dec/Jan)
- Traditions (among other things folkdance-traditions) (Feb-March/April)
- Traditional literature (April–May/June)
- Craft (Oct-June)

The students will themselves exchange the facts, discuss it and produce the result of their cooperation during the project year! The concept may change over time depending on the students’ decisions!
 
 
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