Rio Session Report for August 13th, 1996, second session
Joyce Burtch, Recorder
Moderator: Epi Sepulveda
Isamu Shimazaki, Japan, Manager Japanese Language Forum
Claus Berg, Denmark, Manager KIDLEADER
Lars-Erik Nilsson, Sweden, Manager KIDCAFE
Patti Weeg, USA, Manager KIDPROJ
Isamu Shimazaki, Manager of Japanese Language Forum
reported that in 1993, there were not enough computers, time for
Internet and language barriers. There were many Japanese speaking
students all over the world, but they couldn't use language letters, so
they relied on faxed pictures to communicate without English.
He spoke of a project done with his school in Tokyo and another
school in Nebraska, USA. Both schools were named "Lincoln". In this
project, a cooperative story and drawings about a travelling kangaroo was
written and drawn by students at both schools and exchanged over fax.
The project was very successful and is being repeated this year with a
story called "Frog Tricks Toad".
In 1994, exchanges of color fax took place, adding to the texture
and richness of drawings being exchanged. In 1995, a picutre drawn by
Japanese students and a story written by Delmar Elementary School in Maryland
was put on a t-shirt for all the kids who participated in the the project.
The project between Isamu's Rinkan Elementary School and Delmar Elementary
School can be seen here:
Also, in 1995, the Japanese governement tried to pilot 100 school networking
projects. This was a 2 year project and next year's goals are not clear.
There are many other language speaking families in Japan and parents
are now working so links with other languages can be increased.
Claus Berg, Manager of KIDLEADER
reported that there has been 2000 messages a year for the past three
years but this year messages are down due to other language lists and
other KIDLINK areas being opened. Subscribers to the KIDLEADER lists are
at 702 - with North America at 440, Sweden at 48, Japan at 24, Canada at
22, Norway at 20, Iceland at 19. However, these figures can be
misleading as subscribers can be more than one person.
What KIDLEADER is now:
Participants see this list as a place for information, excellent
curriculum ideas, introductions, requests for help, and basically, a
friendly area to get to know each other.
Summary: KIDLEADER is a place to keep informed about what's going on
- Recently a question was put out on how to deal with the response
message and batched messages
- Proposals about dealing with responses came in
- Proposals about ideas in general
- Hurricane Bertha news was abundant
Lars-Erik Nilsson, Manager of KIDCAFE
reported that during 1996, the discussion focused on insufficient
control due to the number of subscribers and an inability to reach people
to give them information. It seems, whatever is done, there is still too
many messages, still too many inappropriate messages and too many
What has been done:
Areas under KIDCAFE now are:
- KIDCAFE-COORD list has been started to aid in reaching people
- KIDCAFE-SCHOOL has been started for moderator exchange
- Registrations of schools is now possible which also cuts down
down on the need for moderators
- Teachers are now moderating
KIDCAFE-COORD, KIDCAFE-INDIVIDUAL, KIDCAFE-SCHOOLS, KIDCAFE-TOPICS,
KIDCAFE and KIDQUERY had a variety of topics under discussion this year:
dating, animals, music groups, religion, and abortion to name a few.
- Cafeteam: workload
- KIDCAFE-COORD: Subscriptions
- KIDCAFE-INDIVIDUAL: amount of messages, unanswered messages
- KIDCAFE-TOPICS: flaming
- There is a steady stream of new subscribers
- Allows individual participation
- Reputation as a safe place
- Easy way to find a keypal
- There is fairly good support
Patti Weeg, Manager KIDPROJ
works with Grant Dougall and Jan Dalton.
Goals of KIDPROJ:
- Wants to encourage global dialog (10-15 yr. olds) not just in messages
but through KIDPROJECT also
- Provide projects that will cross curricular areas
- Assist project moderators
- Support dialog among adults participating in KIDPROJ-COORD
- The past 3 years, the multi-cultural calendar has been growing and
now wants to have kids talking to each other about their holidays
- Now on the WWW is the "Parade of Projects". i.e. Antarctic Adventure,
Math Pen Pals (with many subtopics within), the 100th Day of School,
Through Our Eyes, Inventions, Shipwreck, and Landmarks.
Statistics for KIDPROJ
- 34 countries are subscribed with 591 subscriptions. USA has the highest
number of subscribers, followed by Canada.
- There are 109 subscribers to KIDPROJ-COORD.
Looking Ahead to the Future and long-term goals:
- Gain additional KIDPROJECT assistants
- Increase country participation
- Develop more multi-language projects
- Develop additional support of teachers through KIDPROJ-COORD
- Improve the quality of participation
* Patti's parting comment was: We all see Christ Redemptor statue on the
mountain with his arms outstretched. What he is really saying is the same
thing as I am for the KIDPROJ list. I want more and I want everyone! :-)
respectfully submitted by:
Patricia A. Weeg
KIDLINK Annual Celebration Coordinator
KIDLINK Rotary Contact Manager
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