Secondary students ranging from grades 8-11 in India and Mexico, collaborated on a project about the impact of environmental pollution and conservation of within their countries. This exchange consisted of three phases that students needed to follow for the duration of the exchange.
During phase one, students introduced themselves to one another through email and were put into small groups within their own classrooms for the project. These groups consisted of two or three students. The teachers designed a simple worksheet to get students to think about self and their communities.
In phase two, students were asked to collaborate together in research. Students were asked to research the amount of energy and pollution that is used in their native country. Questions that were asked “What type of energy is used in your community? How much energy is used in your country?” and then students were to create an analysis of the information they received. With this information, students made a Google document and joined a Facebook group to discuss collaboratively what they thought were new ways to help their countries conserve energy and reduce pollution. Throughout the exchange, the teachers also arranged Skype meetings for the students to have a discussion in a video conference to show what each group would like to do for their communities in conserving energy and reducing pollution.
In the last phase, phase three, students made posters in Piktochart to distribute throughout their communities and share with their class on Facebook. In this phase of the project, students were eager to share the information they knew about pollution and energy conservation that they wanted to share within their communities and around the world. Students designed campaigns within their communities to raise awareness and promote conservation.