Pedagogical Innovation and Creativity
This project is based on the experience of Eratosthenes, curator of the library of Alexandria, that 2200 years ago, calculated in a simple way, the circumference of the Earth by comparing two shadows.
The calculation requires partners situated all over the planet.
Nothing new: everybody should know, since two millennia that the result is 40 000 km
The interest is the combination of a very simple experiment with ICT and web 2.0 tools
The project is a part of the operation "La Main à la Pâte" created by Georges Charpak (Nobel Prize)
supported by Institut National de la Recherche Pédagogique and the Académie des sciences
is integrated in the curriculum of all partners schools.
CYCLE DES APPROFONDISSEMENTS - PROGRAMME DU CE2, DU CM1 ET DU CM2
Lower secondary school
CLASSE DE CINQUIÈME
Collaboration Between Partner Schools
This project is based on a scientific collaboration : We need the measurements of all the partner schools to obtain the final result.
The human collaboration is also important. More than experiment results, students exchanged through videos and videoconferences about their countries, schools , habits ... After 5 years, the partners teachers of the core network became now friends
Creative Use of ICT
The main events of the project were the Elluminate videoconferences.
Each school prepared slides for the presentation of their country, city, school, measurement, and calculation.
They were presented by students during the videoconference.
At the same time, those videoconferences gathered students from 4 continents.
30th March (1pm UTC) : 12 schools (India, Slovenia, France, Italy, Malta, Tunisa, Argentina, Panama, Canada)
22nd June (1pm UTC) : 12 schools (Vietnam, India, Slovenia, France, Portugal, Italy, Morocco, Argentina, Canada)
Sustainability and Transferability
The Eratosthenes eTwinning projects started with eTwinning.
Since 2005, 49 eTwinning schools participated to those projects
Results and Benefits
During this project, the European eTwinners could exchange with partners all over the world, meet them on line through videoconferences, and travel hundreds of times, circling around the World.
During the year 2010 we had 3 main measurements events:
March equinox : 11 classes - 8 countries
June solstice : 21 classes - 10 countries
September equinox : 10 classes - 8 countries