Online Projects

The Global Thinking Project curriculum was organized into eight online project-based experiences designed for elementary through secondary schools.  The instructional materials are based on learning through inquiry and make use of cooperative learning as the core learning strategy.  The original GTP curriculum was published in English, Russian, Catalan, and Czech.

Three projects that are included here to give you an idea about the nature and instructional design of the GTP curriculum projects.  You are welcome to make use of the projects in any way you wish.  When you visit any one of the websites for these projects, you will find all of the activities, as well as online forms to give you an idea how these activities work.  In these projects, students study a problem locally, and then use the Internet to share results with others.  The projects are online, and can be used by teachers and citizens around the world. However, there is no support for the projects, but you have permission to use them at your local schools. 

Project Green Classroom

green classroom

In this project, students work together to complete 6 "Green" Investigations to assess the environmental quality of their classroom. Environmental sustainability is the underlying premise of the notion of green. 

Project Green Classroom invites students to assess the environment of your classroom by examining and monitoring a variety of indoor parameters. 

In Project Ozone, your students monitor ground-level ozone at your school, their home, or other designated sites.  They observe and make measurements of related variables such as temperature, humidity, and wind speed.  

In Project River Watch, you and your students investigate the quality of the water in a local river, stream or body of water. 

But what makes these projects interesting is that you can post your data on fillable webpages linked to the projects so that your data can be shared with others around the world.  You can also click on a link in each project to access all the data, and download the data into Microsoft Excell, or other similar programs for data analysis. 

Project Ozone Activities: There are five activities in Project Ozone.  In the first two, students find out about the differences between the "ozone shield or layer," and ground level ozone.  The the next two activities, your students monitor ground-level ozone in their community, and then share their data with other schools in a global study.  Finally, students develop a strategy for doing something about the problem associated with ground-level ozone, and the deterioration of the ozone in the stratosphere.