International Editorial Team – a new project stage


Dear friends,

some days ago I made a little evaluation of the Editorial Office’s (EO’s) website traffic, that means I compared the monthly numbers of visits on our teamwork platform. Sure, there were some external users among the visitors, but considering the countries we can say that the major part were members. More than 12.000 visits within less than 6 months: This is not so bad for an international school project. But we should not close our eyes to the fact that after a peak of 5239 visits in December 2009 the traffic afterwards has decreased significantly: 1001 visits in February 2010:  

In this early stage important processes took place: Our members become acquainted with one another, they made friends and interviewed one another about the life in other countries. (It would be interesting to analyse the rich results of this phase!) Some brave members published their first blogs. The first exchange meetings took place – with excellent contributions of the periods before the meetings as well of course of the meetings. (Some teams are still proving noble abstinence, but that may be changed soon.)

The EO traffic development seems to show however, that now the time has come to enter a new project stage, the phase of the more-than-bilateral = the international editorial teamwork! If it is the aim of this Comenius project to understand how to do intercultural cooperation under the best conditions, we will have to experience and to exchange our experiences in order to find together some principles of good intercultural communication and cooperation – preparing ourselves this way for the challenges of the future!

The IET (International Editorial Team) stage does not prevent us from continuing the bilateral exchange activities, quite the opposite: It enables us to widen our bilateral projects! So, please, let us debate during our exchange meetings on this subject and let us develop concrete IET projects!

It does not correspond to the philosophy of this project that each school team creates his own things apart (= without cooperating with the others) and in the end we put all together. This is not intercultural, because the students of different countries would not have created anything together. The IET challenge is to design projects whose realisation would be impossible without mutual help! That means: The way to obtain a good (!) project result is more important than the result itself! From my point of view there are some criteria absolutely to respect:

  • The IET work must be completely practicable on the EO (of course except sending huge datas for video projects on CD or DVD for example).
  • In 1 IET at least 3 different schools should participate with at least 2 students from each participating school team.
  • The general topical framework should always be: “Do You Understand Me?”
  • The IET members should not only work side by side, but the realisation of the specific product should require mutual help!
  • Each IET has to make a timetable (who has to do what until when by which means etc.?)
  • Each IET publishes regular progress reports on its group wire, strictly respecting the “netiquette”
  • Periodically each IET makes an auto-evaluation using a general IET-evaluation form (which will be presented later), that has to be prepared together and then put as an automatic form on the EO for everybody’s use.
  • Aside from new subtopics, those which arise from implemented exchange activities should be used, continued, combined as well, for example “Immigration and Integration”.

Here you will find the IET project form and 1 example. We are hopeful to add some other examples shortly. Please, use your imagination and develop a new IET project!  

Best regards, LT

5 Responses to “International Editorial Team – a new project stage”

  1. That should be discussed, dear Natalija. – I think, that nobody could prevent a certain group of members from different schools to form an IET. So invitations are possible. Nevertheless the IETs should be open for every interested member.

  2. it is an interesting suggestion for the next project stage. let’s see what we can do together. but there is one question. how should we decide which schools should be our partners? should we choose them or it should be common agreement?