Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can there be more than 4-6 students from the school?

Answer: It is preferred that the number of students per school does not exceed 6.

Q. In case a student leaves or withdraws from the project can another student replace him/her?

Answer: It is strongly recommended that a replacement is not made as it will limit the learning experience of the new students as he/she would be starting in the middle of the project; he/she would be missing out on certain stages of the project, the discussions, group bonding sessions etc. Along with that, it can also adversely impact group dynamics.

Q. Is it necessary that the project coordinator should be from the same branch he/she is heading or any person from the administration heading any class level could be the project coordinator?

Answer: For schools in Pakistan: a project coordinator can be any member of the teaching staff for the selected project class set or a member of the school leadership team. For international schools:  a member of the teaching staff will be the project coordinator.

Q. Sometimes the time set for each stage is not accomplished by one group which hinders completion of the project on time. Who will set these time specifications, including starting and completion of each STAGE of the project? 

Answer: The project coordinators of the paired schools will coordinate and decide the tentative timelines for each stage before the project starts. They can change the timelines as per need as the project progresses. However, the submission date for the final project outcome will not change.

Q. Will students receive a Certificate of Participation?

Answer: Yes, all students will receive a certificate of participation.

Q. Will the final outcome be submitted individually by each school group or in collaboration with a paired school group?

Answer: In collaboration with the paired schools, as it will be one final outcome per project. The paired schools will be submitting one final outcome.

Q. Keeping the month of Ramazan and Eid in mind, kindly review the final project submission date to avoid clashing with Eid holidays.?

Answer: The final outcome date has been extended to 5th June 2020.

Keeping the month of Ramazan and Eid in mind, kindly review the final project submission date to avoid clashing with Eid holidays.

Q. Are the project coordinators supposed to provide evidence of all mentioned stages of the project?

Answer: Project coordinators can gather evidence for their own record but they do not need to provide evidence of the stages, however, Project Coordinators will be responsible for ensuring that students are engaging in the project, at each stage.

Q. Will the final outcome be based 100% on students’ personal reflection or can they use or integrate with research-based images and material as well?

Answer: The final outcome will be based on research, collaborative discussions, and reflection. As per the guidelines, the groups can decide how they want to present the final outcome, for example, should it be in the form of a video, documentary, photo album, etc.

Q. Where do schools submit the student names and the agreement form?

Answer: Project coordinators need to maintain a list of participating students and get the agreement form signed by all the participating students after sharing the content of the form with them. Schools will maintain a record of all signed agreements.

Q. Will there be any regular attendance and the official time for these online sessions?

Answer: This will be collectively agreed by the students and project coordinators of the paired schools.

Q. Is the presence of a project coordinator mandatory for every activity done by students?

Answer: All the online collaborations and meetings have to be conducted under the supervision of the project coordinator.

Q. Schools will be provided with a driving question or will they have to make an anticipated driving question?

Answer: There are questions within the themes that can be used as the driving question.

Q. How will real-life experiences provided during the lockdown?

Answer: Students are not required to visit public places. All the project work will be done from home. They will learn from each other’s experiences and insights, as well as research and readings.

Q. How much time of the day will be Utilise for collaboration? Will it be on a daily basis? 

Answer: This will be collectively agreed by the students and project coordinators of the paired schools.

Q. Will the final projects of all participating schools be showcased in the virtual exhibition or just of the selected ones?

Answer: All final projects will be displayed in the virtual exhibition.

Q. Is there any software specified to use for the video making?

Answer: Groups can use any video making software as long as it is approved by the school, adheres to the E-Safety Guidelines and supervised by the project coordinator.

Q. Will students also be the part of group meetings or will the project coordinator guide them on the procedure?

Answer: The group meetings will be for the students under the supervision of the project coordinator.

Q. Will students work on projects from home or school?

Answer: Students will work on the projects from their homes, using online collaboration tools.

Q. Can individual students take part in the projects?

Answer: Individual students cannot take part in the project. This is a group project.

Q. Can a school have more than one project coordinator?

Answer: It is strongly recommended that one project coordinator is identified per school and that selected person’s details are shared in the entry form for ease of communication and coordination.

Q. How is the final project expected to be presented?

Answer: Final Project can be in any form (video, documentary, presentation, anthology etc.) Group members will decide how they want to present their final outcome.

Q. How will the meetings be managed if 16 people are being engaged, and everyone needs to be part of the task? Will there be a time limit set?

Answer: The project coordinators decide how to manage the time and student engagement.

Q. Will all communication be done during meetings? Can information be shared through others mediums separately?

Answer: It is up to groups and project coordinator to decide how to manage the collaboration and which online tools to use, whether through meetings or other ways of collaborating.

Q. Who will be compiling the main video? (students or teachers)

Answer: Students will compile the final outcome, which can be a video, but any medium can be used.

Q. Can the students of different classes within a class set be grouped together? (for example students from classes 6, 7 & 8 in one group)

Answer: Yes.

Q. How many groups can the schools form?

Answer: One group in each school for a project.

Q. How will students and coordinator be kept updated about resources, content, material and progress of the project?

Answer: The resources, content, materials for the project can be found on the website and in the project outline document. The progress of the project is the responsibility of the project coordinator.

Q. Do we first work individually as schools and then connect with partner schools?

Answer: All project stages are to be done and completed, collectively online with all School teams and Project Coordinators present. As all projects are developed on the PBL (problem-based learning) and CBL (connections-based learning) model, they require community building strategies, giving agency through voice and choice to students, and collaboratively identifying and solving real life problems. Therefore it is highly recommended that all communications and activities i.e. readings, discussions and decision-making are done when the entire group is present online.

Q. When do we meet with partner schools online and for how long should the sessions be?

Answer: Due to the unique nature of this project and given the different geographical locations and time zones for each group, it is recommended that the Project Coordinators mutually number and duration of sessions they would like to conduct within a week with all the students. It is therefore also recommended that Project Coordinators exchange contact details with each other prior to beginning the project and mutually decide on the timings, duration and number of sessions per week before commencement of the project.

Q. How will students observe birds and habitat during the restrictions imposed due to Pandemic?

Answer: Students are not required to make any observations in public places. All the observations and activities will be done at their own houses (gardens, balconies etc)

Q. Are the project coordinators supposed to post only their own material in the twitter account or they can use any other resource for maximising the tweets?

Answer: Awareness-raising resources and materials collected by students can also be shared but the project coordinator will have to verify and authenticate them. Project’s progress over different stages can be shared. Photographs and videos of the students cannot be shared without parental consent.

Q. Will the final outcome be integrated with outcomes of previous project activities also like stage 4 recordings, Stage 3 PowerPoint etc?

Answer: It is up to the group to decide what they would like to include in their final outcome.

Q. How can the schools access the website and mention resources other than videos such as the declaration of human rights, dignity images, what dignity means to me etc, digital agreement etc?

Answer: Click here to find dignity project resources.

Q. Stages 1 & 2 cover the discussion and analysis of the ‘Dignity’ project, in which an agreed decision is made on the project. In stage 3, after the resource pack is given, does the stage 1 & 2 communication start again?

Answer: In stage 3, the resource pack includes statements where students have to reflect on Dignity and its role in their lives. This is different from stage 1 as now they will reflect and apply to real life examples.

Q. In stage 4, two major activities have been divided into 3 steps, where the discussion has already been done in the start but then sharing through a tool is also mentioned. If it’s already been discussed, then sharing via a tool becomes a little more extra work.

Answer: The activities all revolve around looking at images that represent dignity and discussing these images. The steps break down this process for more clarity and understanding.

Q. If we divide the stages into sub tasks, won’t there be little time left for the main video making? (i.e. if each stage takes an average of a week)

Answer: Each stage does not need to be done weekly. Some activities can be done individually and then the discussions take place following completion of activities, e.g. research, reading etc. The group decides what will be covered/completed on a weekly basis. Some activities can be completed in pairs. It is up to the groups and coordinators to manage the time and logistics.

Q. Can social media platforms be used for communication?

Answer: Students are not required to use social media for this project. All correspondence will be under the supervision of the two Schools’ Project Coordinators and may use either Google Meet, Zoom or Skype depending on the agreed platform.

Q. What are the formats for creating the Virtual Heterotopia Museum? 

Answer: Students are required to work on four different cultural exchange activities from the Suggested Ideas and Themes list. These activities may be in the form of paintings, drawings, collages, photographs, videos etc. Students will then choose the final layout of their project and upload on either the online platform mentioned below or create a PowerPoint. They may put their project on the following: 

https://www.classtools.net/3D/

Or

They may download and edit the PowerPoint Virtual Museum Templates from the website below

http://christykeeler.com/EducationalVirtualMuseums.html

The PowerPoints, website or chosen medium will be submitted to the Corporate Head Office through ‘WeTransfer’ or email. We will then create a virtual exhibition of all the projects collected from all the participating schools.