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Learn Internet Projects by Doing (LIP) - LIP 6 LION (Live Online)

Learn Internet Projects by Doing (LIP) is a teacher-in-service training course for Finnish teachers, organized by OPEKO, the National Centre for Professional Development in Education OPEKO Finland. Participants carry out partner projects with their colleagues abroad during LIP training courses. The LIP training model has been developed in cooperation of OPEKO and COMPACT, the Comenius 3 network in Tampere Finland since 2002.

LIP 6 Live Online is the newest course of teacher-in-service training "Learn Internet Projects by Doing". The 1st on-site seminar of the course takes place September 27-28, 2007 and the international partner projects are carried out in the school-year 2007-08. The course is organised in cooperation of OPEKO, the National Center for Professional Development in Education, and the Comenius 3 network COMP@CT. The course is coached by Mr Ilpo Halonen, senior lecturer, M.A.
The new thing of the course is the use of live online sessions as part of the partner projects with foreign colleagues and with their student groups. LIP 6 Live Online is the 6th course with an e-journalistic approach to project-based learning. The LIP 1 was organised in 2002-03.
There is a live online room for 50 participants integrated into eJournals where LIP 6 LION participants work. Live sessions have proved to be very useful. They have been used e.g. in contacts with Indian teachers. Visits of Finnish and Dutch teachers to India have been prepared in the live online room of eJournals.
The course LIP 6 Live Online has the ambitious aim at training some teachers even as moderators of live online sessions. The next on-site seminars have scheduled on November 21, 2007 and January 28-29, 2008.
What, where, when?

Preparation of the next LIP teacher-in-service training course starts as early as at the beginning of the school-year 2006-07. LIP 6 LION is the first LIP training for teachers consisting not only of asynchronous collaboration but also of live online sessions, live speech and possibly video by webcameras. The content of the course is eJournalism, i.e. creative journalistic activities of children and teenagers on the web. They can write, draw, sing, take photos and videos, and publish their products either on Intranets or in public on the Internet using eJournals in both cases. The children work under guidance of their teachers. Teams of two or more teachers are free to cooperate in the Internet on their own. If you want to take part please give your information in the form LIP 6 Live Online 2007.

Who and how?

The Finnish course participants learn to make international projects in LIP 6 Live Online seminars in Tampere Finland, and they help their colleagues abroad in project making. There are live online sessions of teachers and students in addition to asynchronous collaboration. The course will be arranged by the Finnish National Centre of Professional Development in Education OPEKO, and it belongs to projects of COMP@CT WWW. It it is free of charge for both the Finnish participants and their foreign partners. The course is only virtual collaboration on the Internet, and there is no travelling included for the foreign partners.

How to inform that you are interested?

Teachers in Finland fill in the application form in the Internet. Foreign partners who would like to attend to the LIP course via the Internet please use the form mentioned above or send an email to the course leader .


Thosw who would like to be partners in the LIP 6 LION course fill in LIP 6 Live Online form to attend to pilot sessions in autumn 2006 where the use of live online rooms is shown in a practical way. The course participants are introduced in the EJournal LIP 6 Live Online which is the common tool of information and communication between attendants, as well as the gateway to live online rooms. The same eJournal is the central tool of information and communication as the course itself starts in January 2007.

Does the course cost?

The course is paid by the Educational Board. It is free for course participants and for their project partners.

What is the target of the course?

The LIP training format is part of eJournalism, a holistic approach to eLearning. Teachers engage in methods of networked collaboration and of international partner projects, to improve their own teaching and to make it more and more communicative. The authenticity of communication adds motivation. One learns a lot beside the foreign language: pupils learn cross-cultural understanding, better skills of information and communication technology (ICT) and of distant learning in written and oral environments both synchronously and asynchronously.

How does one work in the seminars?

In the first f2f seminar the Finnish participants are instructed to use the eJournal, the most adequate tool for partner projects in the Internet. At the same time they start their partner projects. Participants learn to know about project making in the Internet and about working in the net with their pupils. They participate in live online sessions between the seminars. The further seminars, either one or two, include checking how projects are proceeding, and giving more advice how to continue. Completing the project and its evaluation are also treated in the last f2f seminar. The participants discuss the project method and learn more about it. They also evaluate how the LIP course was run and what it meant for their own work. Foreign partners are informed and instructed by the Finnish participants, which strengthens their adopting project methods.

What does one do in the Internet?

Partner projects are carried out mostly in an asynchronous collaboration. The Finnish colleagues work in teams in eJournals, and they have one or more foreign partners in each journal. Partners should organize their lessons so that there will be time for pupils to write and publish their articles in the eJournal. In the beginning, participants instruct their students to work in an independent way in the eJournal. Online sessions in the computer lab are needed for giving the instructions.
After pupils know how to work in the eJournal it is advisable to work in an asynchronous way. Drafts of texts can be written and corrected on paper. After that pupils turn their texts and images digital off-line. Only some online time is needed for their publishing in the Internet. Knowing how to publish articles pupils can work whenever they wish and wherever they wish doing their project tasks. Then one computer with the Internet access is enough, and no computer labs are needed.
Live online sessions are organised for teachers involved in projects, and for groups of students who collaborate in the Internet. Group sessions can be arranged either in computer labs or individually noticing the time zones of different countries.

When do you carry out your project?

Partner projects are started in the first seminar, and the projects are carried out during the course and after that. In addition to live online meetings participants use email and, possibly, the eJournal message tool - both for intern messages andfor e-mail - to communicate to each other. The LIP course is tutored by the course leader who is available for the participants and for their partners.

Who are the partners?

The Finnish participants carry out their own partner project each, together with one or more foreign colleagues. NB! Foreign partners do not take part in the f2f seminars, but only in the collaboration in the Internet.

How are the partnerships created?

Participants of the course and their foreign partners are chosen among the attendants of pilot sessions in the autumn 2006. In addition to them also teachers who know how to attend to live online sessions are eligible for the course LIP 6 LION starting in January 2007.

What information should the participants give to the course leader?

The course leader absolutely needs the following information:
1) in which foreign language the project will be made
2) knowledge about the pupils/students engaged in the project
- how many persons are there in the participating group
- how old are the learners
- for how many years have they learned the foreign language in which they make the project
- how long should the project last,
- has the participant got a partner whom he/she would like to recommend
3) the e-mail address which is used constantly during the project
In addition, it would be important to know what kind of experience the colleague has about partner projects so far. All wishes and proposals of participants and of their partners are welcome, of course.

When do projects start in the practice?

Pilot sessions start in August 2006, and there will be repetitive sessions throughout the autumn 2006. Participants should be chosen by December 31, 2006. Projects will be started from the first seminar in January 2007 on.

Who are contact persons?

Contact persons in organizational matters are Heidi-Maria Listo, tel. +358-3-2543643 , and in content matters Ilpo Halonen, tel. +358503460015 .

What should the participants know before the course?
  • Basic use of computers
  • Browsing in the Internet
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Attendance to live online sessions
If you have experience about partner projects before

Teachers who have made partner projects before can attend to this course, and they should be ready to occasionally assist others during the course. The course is useful for them also supposing they do not yet know the eJournal, the new innovative Internet tool which is used in this course. Foreign colleagues who commit to be project partners are mostly experienced persons in project making, and one can learn many new things also from them.

Where can I find more information?

The first course Learn Internet Projects by Doing (LIP) was performed in cooperation of the National Teacher-in-Service Training Center OPEKO, the European Schools Project (ESP) and COMPACT, the Comenius 3 -network. It took place in Tampere from November 2002 to March 2003. There were two more LIP courses for language teachers 2003-04, and LIP 4 Enterprise for teachers enthusiastic about entrepreneurship in 2004-05, in collaboration with the expert Dr Liisa Remes. LIP 5 Primary in 2005-06 was a training course for teachers of basic comprehensive schools, grades 1-9.

What kind of projects in the Internet?

The course leader wil find out partners for projects. Ideally, projects are tailored up to the need of partners. If the learner groups are beginners or not advanced in a foreign language, projects can follow the format of The Image/Das Bild/L`Image , developed by the European Schools Project. Relatively similar learner groups of the same foreign language collaborate in the Internet to advance their language skills, their cultural knowledge and their technological know-how. In case of more advanced learners other project models are adopted in collaboration. Other possible formats are e.g. IWE, (Tandem), WebQuests, Threaded Discussions, MUD/MOO/MUSH, Active Worlds and Webzine (e-magazine).
Partners come e.g. from a project platform of an international virtual community who organizes partner projects such as European Schoolnet, MyEurope, European Schools Project, IEARN , Kidlink and Dafnord (German language). All of these virtual communities also have partner exchange sites where to find more partners for collaboration. If you wish to check the sites in the web, you will find them easily by using a search engine.

What kind of tasks is the foreign partner responsible for?

If partners agree, they can continue practically for the whole school year to perform the project. Partners should be able to foresee how much working time it takes to carry out the project they have agreed on, so that there is enough time for project activities, such as informing the own educational institution about the project, discussing the project with the partners, discussing the project in the learner group, making the project materials with the learner group, publishing the articles in the eJournal, commenting on the articles of others, discussing the outcomes in the learner group, asking for help and getting instructions from the course leader etc.
Live online sessions also need a certain amount of time. Participants should calculate in advance how much time and effort they can put on the LIP 6 LION project, and keep their partners informed all time, especailly in cases of possible mishaps.

Can I do my very personal project?

Individual Internet projects can be designed, up to the skills level of the participant, in cooperation with the course leader and the project partner. Basically, all projects are unique and differ from each other.

How are the projects present in the Internet?

The participants are advised to work in the eJournal, the innovative and user-friendly virtual environment e.g. for partner projects. It enables both making and editing of project results and also publishing them in the Internet. Live online rooms integrated into eJournals enhance collaboration. Other ways of publishing material on the web can also taken into use according to the needs.

What advantage do the foreign partners have from the course?

The foreign colleagues are teachers who are interested in eLearning. Cooperation in the framework of this course offers them more than just standard projects. They learn some more about supervising eLearning and about e-moderating networked collaboration. They get all advice and instructions given to the participants.They learn to know eJournalism, the implementation of e-journalistic activities. The foreign partners also get instructions about the technique of the eJournal, and they can even take part in publishing project results if they have time and motivation to learn it.
Live online sessions will greatly contribute to their knowledge.

How about foreign languages taught less in Finnish schools?

There have been teachers of English, German, French, Swedish and Russian participating in LIP training, and they have been able to work in eJournals of respective languages.
We try to find ways to offer LIP training to all teachers, not depending on the language. For example, if teachers of primary schools are involved, young pupils can collaborate more in issues such as illustration, photographing, singing or videoing in order to compensate the lack of sufficient skills in foreign languages.

What kind of results are expected?

The evaluation of the course is based on the fact that participants should be encouraged to be networked and organized with their domestic and foreign colleagues, so as to collaborate with them. Completing the course, all participants should be more competent in their Internet skills than before. And they should be better motivated to carry out partner projects in the Internet also in future. The evaluations of the participants have been very positive indeed :-).

Where to sign up?

Foreign partners send their messages to the address mailto: If there was a national coordinator of some virtual community who sent information about this course to you, it would be O.K. to send your mail also to him or her. This does not cause any extra work as you can send the same information as a copy to your national colleague.

What information is needed?

The foreign partners will get the facts about the Finnish participants in WWW as soon as possible. After that partner contacts can be organized. The dominant project language is English. But there is e.g. a great variety of language teachers in the Finnish group, mostly teachers of English, German, Swedish, French, Spanish, Italian or Russian who participate in LIP training. The Finnish participants will tell the course leader in what language they want to perform their project, at what level of language skills their learners are, how old the learners are and what is the size of the learner group. After getting to know this foreign partners can choose who they wish to collaborate with. The eJournal LIP 6 LION will be the central information source.

Can foreign partners get an official certificate about participation?

OPEKO, the National Centre of Professional Development in Education, can give out a certificate to online partners of LIP 6 LION where the new standards of their competence in educational ICT are stated. The certificate will prove that they have performed the collaborative project together with their Finnish partners in the Internet.

More questions?

If you have more questions, don't hesitate to send an email to the course leader.
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