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50 ways to use Mission:Explore in school – 1/50 > School linking

October 20, 2011

This is the first of 50 different ways that schools and educators can make use of Mission:Explore. Most of these posts will be practical examples of things that you can easily do using the website.


The basic steps of linking with another school look something like this..

1. Connect with someone from another school.

2. Agree common learning objectives and a plan.

3. Run a project or programme and sustain the relationship.

4. Monitor and evaluate progress to inform next practice.

Of course, in reality making and maintaining a sustainable school link can be highly challenging, especially when it’s across wide geographical, social, cultural, pedagogical, curricular and personal distances and differences.

One way to start overcoming these challenges is to have an agreed  programme of study with clearly agreed activities that are set out in advance.

Challenging pupils across two schools to complete one of the rewards on Mission:Explore can not only provide common understanding and focus, but also a sense of either joint team spirit or competition depending on how you pitch it to your pupils.

The nature of the missions that can be done ‘anywhere’ will mean that your pupils will create stories, maps and drawings that represent their respective communities and these can in turn be compared and contrasted.

As an example, take a look at the fantastic work being done by Vanessa Fuery on her blog that uses Mission:Explore as she and her pupils explore the islands of Islay and Jura in Scotland. Depending on where in the world you are, the maps, cross-sections and guides will look very different to what her pupils have created.

So, why not link with another school and choose some missions to work on together? Who knows what you will discover..


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