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Eighty teachers and educators from 28 ASEM countries attended the 6th Asia-Europe Classroom Network Conference in Kerkini, Serres Prefecture, Greece from 9 to 13 October 2006. During the Conference, twenty-five (25) AEC Project Groups were formed to develop their ideas for online collaborative learning projects. Seven (7) out of the twelve (12) AEC Projects completed from the last Conference in Beijing, China in September 2006 received much support to be continued. Please find below a list of all thirty-two AEC Projects:

All Ahoy
This project focuses on the journey of a group of seafarers from the Mediterranean to the Asian region during the 1400s. It is an interactive reality game that will involve Mathematics, simple Economics and History, and require students to use different types of intelligence.

Teachers will set up an online library for students to research the conditions of this period and for teachers to carve out the scenarios. Students can negotiate and collaborate with each other as how best to tackle the task or resolve the problem at hand using a forum (real time or via internet). At the end of the journey students will share with each other the outcomes of their journey on a common platform for all to view.
 
 
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Asia and Europe Money
The project gives students a good possibility to learn about the “currency geography”. There are still several countries which have recently become members of the EU but still have their own national currency. In this project the students will be studying the history, economy, language, and culture from the bank note of different countries from Asia & Europe. This project provides a good opportunity for students to learn more about national currency of the countries involved.

The project gives opportunities to use ICT as well as develop ICT skills in internet, electronic encyclopaedia, PowerPoint, e-mail, video conference between students and project supervisors of Asia & Europe, creation of project web-page, and discussion forum. The outcome of the project will be published in web-page and discussion forum.
 
 
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Building the Children's Online Geographical Atlas
Building the Children's Online Geographical Atlas would propose to encourage young people to consider, identify and share elements of the location and geography of their school surroundings with other partner schools. The aim is to build the young people's geographical atlas of significant landforms and landscapes, whether they be human, environmental or physical.
 
 
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Cultural Lessons Exemplars (CELEX)
This is a collaborative teaching strategy for teachers in Social Studies, Music, Arts, and Humanities wherein lessons on the eminent culture in the home school, and the community where students live, are integrated in one theme. The teachers will hold a meeting to make a plan of different activities. The activities enhance creative and critical thinking, communicating, producing and participating. Once the complex performances have been identified, developmentally appropriate “Performance Indicators” are defined for each level.
 
 
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Experience Exchange in Learning English as a Foreign Language
This project concentrates on discussion among the secondary school students relating to the advantages and difficulties of learning English. It includes introduction of secondary school students to each other, a software for learning English and English Olympic competitions, as well as English speaking exchanges organized during summer 2007 in Vietnam.

It aims to promote the awareness of the relationship among secondary school students from Asia and from Europe through an Asian-European classroom network, to further understand the importance of international projects, and to develop strategies together to improve students' English learning in the secondary schools of Asia and Europe.
 
 
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Flavours of the World
Aim of the project is to introduce cultural aspects of food across the world, and how local history and culture have been integrated into a nation's culinary heritage. The idea is to explore five recipes from the cuisine of the countries participating, and introduce the myths, customs, stories and history behind the special cuisine during different festivals.

An online recipe book with pictures, information, and myths linked to the cuisine will be created based on this information. Students will also provide information by doing individual work on local culture by interviewing locals, doing research and providing a background of the people to which the cuisine belongs.
 
 
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Food Taboos
Groups of 6-8 students from at least two AEC schools will fix a period of virtual homestay with focus on food taboos. The host (3-4 students from one school) will provide information on the different food taboos existing in their country. After the exchange of information, the host will select a particular food taboo to adopt, and will practise the adopted food taboo for 3 days. During the 3 days, the participants are required to keep a diary and reflection log to record their lifestyle changes and any possible emotional ups and downs.

Upon experiencing the lifestyle of adopting the chosen food taboo, the participants will then be able to understand better the physical, mental and emotional changes that their overseas partners live with. The participants will finally develop a mock dish of the forbidden food for their overseas partners in order for them to attempt to prepare the dish.
 
 
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Going Global Family
This project is about exploring family values and culture in Asia and Europe. Students will report about the uniqueness of the families and share it with other students from all around the world. The project will separate into weekly topics such as family activities, habits or celebrations to analyse the differences and similarities in the families, and to formulate family values and culture for Going Global Asia-Europe Family.

A family builds in very local basis, but in the global era family has to expand their values and culture in order to correspond with the people around the world. It is interesting to analyse family values and culture facing global attitude.
 
 
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I Investigate My History - I Shape My Future
The project aims at involving secondary school students into actively investigating, comprehending, and debating the interconnectedness of the world, especially between Europe and Asia, in the different periods of our history until today. The objective is to realise that our world, in all its variety and apparent multiplicity, is based upon the constant contact, movement and exchange of people, ideas, products, institutions and ecologies across the continents.

Aim is for students to become engaged in the investigation of our past with their own research projects, exchange of ideas, and development of arguments with their local and international colleagues, and to realize that individual and group action does make a difference in our world and deep understanding of societal processes will allow the students to act upon it.
 
 
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iMyths, Beliefs and Legends (Cancelled)
Project aims to provide Asian and European students with an opportunity to discover the myths, beliefs and legends of their own country and culture and share their research and stories with one another, as well as to reflect upon the cultural differences and similarities between beginnings and endings, creation and destruction, mortals and immortals, life and death.

Finally this project produces a student-driven and designed web-site/page or link containing a variety of myths, beliefs and legends, covering Asian and Western ‘hemispheres'. It teaches to enjoy the experience of reading and listening to each other's stories, with an opportunity to evaluate the project overall.
 
 
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Insights into Foreign Schools
A school is/should be a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. This project aims at getting to know the code of conduct and dress code of the participating schools. Students are expected to translate their school rules and carry on a vibrant discussion on them. As we all know rules are essential in every community and they are ways of making life more pleasant, smooth and safe. It is believed that students have a genuine interest in finding out as much as possible about how foreign schools look like and function, in general and what their rules are, in particular.

By getting an insight into the different schools, and debating some issues such as the controversial school uniform topic students are expected to develop their debating skills and to exchange views in a way that leaves us all the wiser. Students will also be invited to reflect on some recent articles that address particular issues. All in all, school issues are expected to bring about a lively debate. Students will be expected to do some research work, express their views and reflect on others' views, conduct surveys and learn from each other.
 
 
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Junior Cartoonists
In today's world teaching via textbooks isn't enough for students. Hence instruction should be partly switched from documents to motion pictures that attract youngsters. This project is launched to support teenager's needs as well as to prompt their attention by using animation to pass on the stories.

Objective is to encourage youngsters to be good readers (using thinking skills, reading skills as well as creativity, to convert their attitude about reading textbooks and external reading and to foster them to make the reading text interesting. One aim is also to integrate the three subjects of English, Art and Computing into edutainment.
 
 
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Let's make Movies!
In this project students will make movies and exchange their products and ideas with each other. They can draw pictures for a n animation or they can choose taking pictures with digital camera or camcorder for normal actions. They can compose the scenes with software such as PPT, Flash, and Premiere, or make short moving pictures with their cell phone.

In the process of making movies, each teacher is going to exchange teaching plans and improve their technology-using skill s from the on-line learning community. Students and teachers can then exchange and share experiences and know-how with each other.
 
 
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Links in History
The aim of the project is the comparison and contrast of history through which to develop mutual understanding and tolerance of different cultures in terms of history, life, religion etc. The history of each particular country is recorded in a different way. According to what calendar? What is special about this particular history?

The objective is to find and describe 5 most important historical events of the given country and insert them in the calendar table. Then each country should refer to that event with what exactly happened in their country at that certain time or period, resulting into a focused view on the historical events of different countries from Asia and Europe.
 
 
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Local Industry & Enterprise
The aim of this project is to raise awareness about the social and environmental impact of industry and enterprise locally and globally as well as to create awareness among participants about the similarities and differences between industry and enterprise in the different regions of the world.

In the first phase of the project pupils will begin by relating to each other in a social forum in the virtual learning environment. In the research phase students will work in groups to learn more about industry and enterprise in their local area/country, which could involve site visits, interviews with local business/enterprise people, guest speakers into school, etc. Students in the different participating countries will be provided with a common reporting template which will allow students from different countries to make comparisons easily.
 
 
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Natural Disaster
This project focuses on a natural disaster like Earthquake-tsunami. The objective is for students to understand the work of earthquakes, the relationship between the earthquakes and tsunamis, to investigate and identify a local earthquake, and share knowledge and experience about earthquakes with other students in an online discussion.

The final aim is to create resources which can be forwarded to the local officials. We can share the information and raise awareness regarding these disasters, so that we can better prepare for them in the future.
 
 
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School Events
Every country has its own unique things. Likewise every school in each country has interesting and exciting events happening in their school every year ( e.g. festival s , field tri ps, trips abroad and exchange student programs ). These events are usually posted on their respective internet sites and they can be easily shared via the internet. In this respect participants in each country have a good opportunity to exchange information about their school events and their traditional culture. The main objective is to expose ourselves and our cultures in order to have a greater understanding of each other as Asians and Europeans.
 
 
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The Book of Our Multicoloured Dreams and Dreamers
Dreams and hopes play an important role in life. They provide us a vision for our future and help us make decisions about how we want to live our lives. They give us hope, and they inspire us. Most of students will refer to fairy tales as dreams and it would be nice to let students share the favourite fairy tales of their childhood. In order to help students to succeed at their dreams, teachers involved in the project will let them talk and compare successful dreamers in the history of their own countries who they admire, research and write biographies about them and how they were successful in promoting their dreams.

The next step will let students reflect the reality when a dream can become a nightmare for us and/or for people where we suffer or let people suffer and live in a state of fear. If all the people were inspired with positive goals at an early age, they would be building a better world.
 
 
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The Silk Road
The Silk Road led through many countries which should be described, for example for their geographical features and their historical background. The hardship of travelling could also be described. By staying in foreign countries, by buying and selling goods the travellers experienced new things: foreign people, foreign languages, unknown fabrics, unknown food etc. and the local people experienced unknown things as well. This refers to both, the West and the East.

Through this project the students will learn facts about foreign countries, and learn that staying in a foreign country means experiencing and respecting a foreign culture. They will learn that for centuries different countries and people have influenced each other. Methods for this project would include descriptions, maps, fictional diaries, dialogues and letters.
 
 
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Understanding other Cultures via the Internet (UCI)
This project is about introducing different cultures for students from other countries. Focusing on our student communities, who have been able to access the Internet with greater efficiency than the past, our goal is to do more than just offer information. Thus far students already have access to the basic tenants of many cultures much like what can be found in an encyclopaedia or other books. This, we feel, is limited and can be much improved so that these same students can develop some higher understanding and internalise the information, and that is why this project was created.
 
 
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V.O.C.A.L: Caves Exploration
In this project, teachers and students from selected schools in Malaysia and interested countries both in Asia and Europe will be gathered for a 5-day cave expedition mentored by experts in the relevant fields related to caves. This project will be carried out in both Asia (Malaysia) and Europe, where as many interested schools as possible will have the opportunities to join the cave expeditions.

The project evolves around the V.O.C.A.L concept which is the acronym for voluntarism, caring and loving spirits. VOCAL is the guiding principle for all the projects to be carried out in the future, focusing on environmental issues. The participants will be developing the spirit of caring and loving towards environment and nature through the projects and expeditions carried out.
 
 
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Weblink Q
Knowledge/Skills are not only learned inside the four corners of the wall but also outdoors. The aim of the project is to promote interaction and participation with other people via Internet. The opportunity to share the teaching and learning materials will help students as well as the teachers to enhance their knowledge on how students/teachers from other countries teach and learn.

Online quizzes competition will be a good proposal for the students to evaluate their understanding on the materials from the website. Teachers and students from other schools can use the materials to teach and learn in their own classrooms, making the teaching and learning more interesting.
 
 
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When Nature Calls
The restroom, toilet, commode, porcelain throne or simply the loo. No matter what we call it, it is a device which is so dear to us, because we need it everyday. Other than serving the community by meeting our basic needs, restrooms also encompass technological marvels based on the facilities available today. Upon closer observations, it allows us to expand our knowledge and understanding of the culture of a particular country or city based on the way the restrooms are being managed.

Through this project, participants will get to know what it is like to be in a differently-structured restroom with the exchange of experiences and information with their overseas partners. Students will also actively participate in the discussions and develop new initiatives or ideas to improve on the current layout, structures and facilities of restrooms.
 
 
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Young Diplomats
This project will try to establish the link between different kinds of celebrations in Asia and Europe. It will help to know and understand better the spirit of cultural manners and bring students from Asia and Europe closer to each other through the process of self presentation and studying different traditions. It will help the students to understand better their own traditions and historical/cultural roots as well.

Schools put photo-reportages of national holidays to a website, and the selected ‘international ambassadors' of each school, collaborating with the embassies, will make multimedia presentations of the different celebrations for one publishing, as well as conduct actual celebrations at the school.
 
 
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Existing AEC Projects to be further developed:
Cultural Fiction
This project is intended to be a virtual book club, where the participating countries take part of each others most celebrated modern literary genres or authors. Students are encouraged to look for strong literary connections to the local area where their school is situated. Each school thus makes a selection from its country's or local area's most appreciated genres or authors and chooses novels, short stories or extracts from books that have been translated into English. The participating students in each school then continue by reading a selection of the literature proposed by another country and as a follow-up discuss online their impressions of cultural issues acquired by this literature.

The emphasis, however, is on understanding different cultures from books and not primarily a literary analysis.
 
 
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Cultural Kaleidoscope 2007
One of the AEC Award winning projects at the 6th AEC-NET Conference, the Cultural Kaleidoscope involves the bringing together of students from schools from schools in both Asia and Europe for a one-week conference in Kuala Lumpur from 4 to 10 March 2007. Each school will identify 5 participating students and will be accompanied by one teacher. During this week, students will learn more about the Malaysian culture as well as other cultures through various special activities held in the school during this week. They will also learn some local craftwork and learn to play some traditional games. During this conference, students will collaborate in mixed groups to produce work, which shows the integration of their various cultures. Their final work will be displayed in all schools.
 
 
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Local Traditions and Ceremonies
- Traditional Forms of Theatre

One of the AEC Award winning projects at the 6th AEC-NET Conference, the Local Traditions and Ceremonies aims to provide Asian and European students with an opportunity to discover the traditions and ceremonies that are significant in their countries. This time, the project will focus on the traditioanl forms of theatre in Asia and Europe. Students will be able to investigate the historic framework of traditional theatre in their country. They will be encouraged to investigate whatever a traditional performance consists of, such as context; set and decoration; public audience and social status; making of figures / properties; costume; music; profile of the characters / protagonists etc.
 
 
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Mastering Media - The Sequel
One of the AEC Award winning projects at the 6th AEC-NET Conference. This project is aimed at mainly senior high school students (16-19-year-olds). Young people spend a lot of their free time watching movies, as was revealed in our survey from last year. Are films just ‘chewing gum for the eyes' or are young people equipped to interpret and analyse the messages they are sent through this entertaining medium? Young people need to learn how to access, analyse, and evaluate media more effectively. Most importantly, they need to be guided to be critical about the information overload surrounding them, not just print but visual messages, too, since in today's virtual reality and computer simulations "seeing is not believing".

Today's technologies frequently make it difficult for us to discern illusion from reality, fact from fiction. Responsible citizens need to possess the ability to question the accuracy and authenticity of information in all its forms. The students will see some films from new cultures, instead of the overflow of mass produced Hollywood films. Students are then given tools to analyse films and to spot national stereotypes and how not to let them guide their thinking and interpretation. Analysing a globally popular film together will help students identify the values and ideologies these films try to persuade them to buy into. The teachers will then provide the worksheets and instructions to guide students through the project tasks.
 
 
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Mosaic
The main aim with this project is for the students to learn about other countries, cultures and how young people - like themselves - live in other countries. The students will share information about themselves such as everyday life, hobbies, family life and the area and town they live in. But they will also have to describe their own country, its history, geography etc. In return the students will receive the same information from the other countries. By receiving these pieces of information about other young people, their lives and country, the students can put the pieces together and form a whole picture – like MOSAIC.
 
 
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Peace Project 2007
This project allows for students to share their opinions on what Peace means to them, in the wake of all the turmoil in the world. It will remind them that Peace should never be simply taken for granted in the rapidly changing global world.
 
 
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The World in a Book
One of the shortlisted projects for the AEC Award in 2006, this project consists of reading activities to be carried out in tandem: the students of two classes of different nationalities share the experience of reading and analysing a literary work written in English and developing its main issues. The books can be of any literary genre. The students should be interested in the book to be chosen, the issues it contains and in collaborating with foreign students through online discussions in order to exchange opinions and ideas about all the relevant elements of the book. They would then find the most effective procedures to negotiate and mediate with the foreign students with the aim of producing common assignments and webpages concerning both the analysis of the book and the personal development of the topics the students are mainly interested in. Their findings would be collated and published on their project website.
 
 
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