What is the best way to choose an Online Project?
First, it is important to find a project that appeals to you and
your students. Second, you need to gauge honestly how much time,
money, resources and energy you have to devote. Most projects
provide protocols which outline what will be required and what the
proposed deadlines will be. A contact person for the project can be
very helpful in discussing what will be required and when, and in
answering questions about the protocol. If it is important to you
and your students that the project "work" pretty much as planned,
choose one of the more established projects. However, if you crave
adventure and are ready to take on some of the responsibility for
planning and carrying out a grassroots operation, that can be
rewarding. It will teach you and your class a lot about scientific
research and collaboration. Word of mouth is the best advertizement.
If you know a teacher who has done online projects, he or she can
probably recommend one to suit your needs. In the discussion area
which follows, we can share our experiences and recommendations.