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In order to help create an engaging and successful project from both a student and teacher perspective, over 60 JK-Grade 8 classes from across the country will take the entire project for a test drive during the 6 week period from Oct 17th to Nov 30th, 2016.

Pilot project classes will be paired with another class elsewhere in Canada, matching the grade level and Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities wherever possible. (Classes will not be paired during the actual project.)

Please contact Verena Roberts (Learning with Technology Specialist, Rocky View Schools) vroberts@rockyview.ab.ca if you wish to participate in the pilot project OR the project which will run January 1- June 30, 2017.

More information for schools outside of Rocky View can be found on the AKGTC website: https://akgtcanada.com/

We are Seeking Classes:
* Classes from all grades, JK-8
* Approximately 2 remote/Indigenous and 2 mainstream classes per province plus additional classes from heavily populated areas
* Classes from different kinds of school systems in Canada
* Classes from both Anglophone and Francophone communities, as well as from First Nations, Inuit, Metis, and heavily New Canadian communities.

We are Seeking Teachers:
1 – Knowledge and skill in connected learning is not required! We actually NEED teachers who are new to online learning to test our support systems!
2 – Interest or areas of expertise which would be an asset, but also not required – student voice, design thinking, inter-cultural relations

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Each class in the pilot project will be asked to:
1. Explore age-appropriate activities dealing with Canadian cultural stereotypes
* Possible activity suggestions will be provided, such as:
— documenting preconceived ideas about themselves and children living in different communities across Canada
— creating a pre- and post- project video of preconceived ideas
— student and family surveys and interviews, etc.

2. Create and post digital artifacts introducing their home community to the project website map
– we are asking each class to be responsible for investigating and introducing their school catchment area
– once posted, class artifacts will remain for the duration of the project, but you can make further revisions and additions until June 30th 2017.

3. Connect your class with at least one other pilot project class across Canada with a focus on inter-cultural connections and collaborative learning
* Potential activity suggestions will be provided, such as:
— Mystery Skype to determine location
— Skype or Google hangout for whole group introductions
— student lessons about local items, skills, events, etc.
— student collaborations online to create works such as a story, art piece, poem, read aloud, mystery quiz, online game, etc.
— collaborative inquiry by student-pairs into shared interests, investigate and take action on a shared environmental concern, etc.
— age-appropriate discussions of cultural stereotypes and issues
— collaborate on project improvements (see #4)

4. Incorporate reflection and Feedback:
a) Student voice: students will be asked to design improvements on the structure of the project and intercultural activities of the project. With very young grades, this may occur in a much simpler form. Potential activity suggestions will be provided.
b) Teacher feedback: teachers will be asked to provide their own input and suggestions to help improve the project.

In addition to these 4 activities, students will also be invited to participate on a purely volunteer basis to help design, create, and select items for the project such as:
> an official project logo
> promotional graphics and videos
> invitations to participate
> instructional videos
> student activities
> student e-badges and certificates