Distance Learning between German and Japanese School Classes Based on a Real Time Video Conference Environment.

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We have established an environment for German-Japanese school education projects using real time interactive audiovisual distance learning between remote classrooms. In periods of 8-12 weeks, two classes are dealing with the same subject matter, exchanging materials and results via e-mail and Internet. At 3 or 4 occasions the classes met on screens interacting in explaining programs handled and solutions found. Participants were elementary school children speaking their native languages, translated by interpreters on the topics of symmetries in rectangles and stripes. It has been done with lower secondary students speaking English on topics related to discovering, proving, and applying Pythagoras Theorem. Another project was dealing with students and the geometry of the globe. (Author) Reproductions supplied by EDRS are the best that can be made from the original document. EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES INFORMATION CENTER (ERIC) ocument has been reproduced as ceived from the person or organization originating it. Minor changes have been made to improve reproduction quality. Points of view or opinions stated in this document do not necessarily represent official OERI position or policy. ABSTRACT: We have established an environment for German-Japanese school education projects using real time interactive audiovisual distance learning between remote classrooms. In periods of 8-12 weeks, two classes are dealing with the same subject matter, exchanging materials and results via e-mail and Internet. At 3 or 4 occasions the classes met on screens interacting in explaining problems handled and solutions found Participants were elementary school children speaking their native languages, translated by interpreters on the topics of symmetries in rectangles and stripes. It has been done with lower secondary students speaking English on topics related to discovering, proving, and applying Pythagoras Theorem. Another project was dealing with sundials and the geometry of the globe. Background in society and education for the project: