ERIC Number: ED368342
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan-31
Reference Count: N/A
Global Communications: Kids-92.
Mizell, Al P.; And Others
KidLink is a project that began in 1991 with the goal of putting children from around the world in touch with one another, largely through computer telecommunications. The Kids-91 project and its successor, Kids-92, introduced children to global communication on the KidLink network. Kids-91 posed four questions to children, asking them to describe themselves and their aspirations, as well as their hopes for the world's future. KIDS-91 received responses from 2,600 children in 31 countries. In its first year, KidLink had six different activities for teachers and students, and children had four different electronic discussion forums: (1) KIDCAFE, for any subjects they chose; (2) RESPONSE, originally responses to the four descriptive questions, and today a database of information about children; (3) KIDPEACE, a discussion about war and peace which was later closed to avoid politicizing the network; and (4) KIDS-ACT, a forum for discussing shaping the future. While adults were not allowed to join the children's discussions, children did have access to the two adult forums, KIDS-91 (background information and exchanges) and KIDPLAN (the planning room for the project). Guidelines are suggested for teachers who want to interest their students in KidLink, and some examples are given from the experiences of participating teachers. (SLD)
Descriptors: Children, Communication (Thought Transfer), Computer Networks, Cultural Awareness, Discussion Groups, Electronic Mail, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Information Dissemination, Intercultural Programs, International Studies, Telecommunications, World Views
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Global Studies; KIDLINK Project (Electronic Mail)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Florida Educational Technology Conference (12th, Tampa, FL, January 31, 1992).