Congratulations on finding a partner! Before you start any project, it is crucial that you plan the project together. Planning includes:
- Having an aim for the project.
- What will your students learn through this project?
- What do you and your class wants to achieve through this partnership? What are the learning outcomes, and how will you know that you have achieved them?
- What will the students produce or create? What materials or websites will they use?
Please note that there are many project outlines on Schools Online, so if you are new to a project, or need some ideas, you are more than welcome to follow these.
You are advised to discuss with your partner the project timeframe before requesting a project space. It would be a good idea to have an initial plan at this stage. How will you prepare your students before collaborating with partners and what will be the first activity? These type of things could be developed at this stage.
At this stage you should also agree on a timeline. For example, when will the resources related to stage 1 be ready by? Think about practical things as well - perhaps you only have access to a computer room once a week, and you need it on a certain day, or are working to a tight schedule. No matter what the reason, it is important to agree on all this beforehand and produce a timeline plan for the project to avoid any confusion later.
You are also strongly advised to develop a communication plan before starting the project. What are the different ways can you communicate? For example, email, mobile, school telephone, school email etc. Do you have your partner contact details in your communication plan? Have you tried them? Having a plan like this to begin with will help reduce the risk of having an inactive partnership.