How to do the Horizon Project 2008

A guide for teachers

Join our websites

  • Join Horizon Wiki

Join this wiki by signing into wiki spaces and clicking "Join this Site. After you join, send an e-mail to Vicki letting her know that you need to be promoted to administrator status (make sure you tell her your userID). This allows you to promote your students.
  • Join Horizon Ning

Join the Ning, by going to the site - and joining the space, again, let us know and we'll promote you to administrator. Make sure to put up your information and feel free to upload photos or an introduction about yourself. (We'll all need to have ours up before we bring the students on.)
  • Join the Google Group

Ask to join the google group and set your e-mail preferences. We recommend you NOT do the digest but subscribe to all e-mails to facilitate troubleshooting of issues. PLEASE read the e-mails that come through here and only use them for private issues between teachers.
  • Join the Airset

You will get an invitation, join this site! This is where we coordinate our calendars. If you want these reminders to come to you in your time, set your time zone in preferences, then all of the calendars we use for horizon will be translated into your time zone. Hint: When setting up a meeting, always pick LOCAL TIME. Also, airset will synch with outlook!

Add your classes to Airset

After you've set up your preferences, add all of the times that you are in class onto the calendar. (You can set up a recurring appointment if it is the same time, then you can delete those that will not happen.) Make sure you pick a color that is not being used on the calendar. This will help us create synchronous times to interact and make effective use of the elluminate room. (Put it in your local time.) Start it on April 1st. Only put the days you are IN class!
  • Join Delicious

After joining, familiarize yourself with the tagging standards so that you will understand how this will work.

Complete the Research Forms

All students must complete the forms so that we may complete the research accompanying this project. If they do not complete it, they may participate, however may NOT complete ANY surveys that will help us measure the results of the project.

Update Information

  • Wiki Information

Add hyperlinks to your blog (if one), your school, your school logo, and confirm the number of students on the project to our classrooms page. Also add information to the Home page, including a clock for time zone recognition

  • Prepare Students

What you do in the weeks leading up to the project is up to you.

Pre-Horizon Project Lesson Plans (Share yours here:)

Here are the most important skills:
  • Do students know how to use wikispaces?
    (editing, discussions, embedding widgets, embedding video -- Most of us have our own wikis to work on. You could create a sandbox wiki on wikispaces for the students to experiment with
  • Do students know how to capture video?
  • Do students know how to edit video?
    (We use the free movie maker or imovie. It is also highly suggested that you have a copy or two of Quicktime Pro to enable conversion.)
  • Do students know how to upload?
    (pictures, video to youtube or teacher tube)
  • Do students have their own e-mail?
  • Have you discussed the use of creative commons images and citing sources?
  • Are students aware of essential netiquette -
    eg Checking e-mail daily; replying to e-mails in a timely fashion; checking Ning for activity
  • Do students know how to use an RSS Reader?
    (Vicki teaches NetVibes, Julie teaches Bloglinesor iGoogle)

Skills and Attitudes


This project expects that all students will develop ability with multimedia and online communication tools. These skills can be gained while working on the project however during the intense 3-4 weeks of the official project time is short therefore try to build up skills beforehand leading up to the official starting and collaboration time.

Suggested skills