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Languages, IT and Science: Canadian-French joint project on students cooperation via Skype

Anjuli Ahooja and Jean-Luc Richter, two physics teachers from Canada and France, met during the Science on Stage Europe festival 2015 in London and shortly after that agreed on a special joint project: With fifty four students from College J.J.Waltz, Alsace, France, and Appleby College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada, they initiated an international students collaboration project using OneNote Class Notebook, PowerPoint, and Skype. The aim of the project was to learn about various methods of production of electrical energy in Canada and France. Via class to class skype sessions in school the 'digital' exchange students communicated e.g. about their private consumption of power while cooking meals or playing computer games and after that analysed the results regarding also the costs and the ecological impact in each country. As a final task the students had to create a PowerPoint presentation including all the documents they had already produced: OneNote personal presentation, Excel files with appliance costs related to power, duration and energy cost, how energy was produced in both countries and a feedback on the project. 

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Canadian-French follow-up project born at the Science on Stage festival 2015

As first part of a follow-up project born at Science on Stage London 2015 Festival, Anjuli Ahooja, from the Appleby College in Ontario, Canada, and Jean-Luc Richter, from the College J.J.Waltz in Alsace, France, both physics teacher, initiated a class to class skype session in school that took place on Tuesday 6 October 2015. 28 students from each country presented themselves, in english and french, shortly telling about their hobbies and favorite teaching subjects. With the « magic » of skype, they where able to shorten the 6400 km distance between their two classrooms.

After choosing pairs of students and setting up a collaborative work environement using Microsoft OneOne, the students will work on the concept of electrical power and energy. As the electrical infrastructure is very different in France and in Canada, the students will learn how this difference affects the electrical appliance and their cost of use. The students will focus on two main fields of study: cooking and leisure.

By studying for e.g. how much energy is used to cook a traditional family meal in France and in Canada, the students will gain knowledge about differences in the traditions of both countries and learn to better take account of electrical energy to minimize the waste of energy and the ecological impact of this use. Furthermore the students will hava a look at how the energy is produced in both countries and analyse how this can affect the CO2 emissions, an interesting introduction to the COP21 which will take place this winter in Paris.

As most students nowadays spend a lot of time playing video games, the study of energy used for leisure will make a connection on how the differences in electric AC frequency affect the refreshment of the pictures on TV connected game devices. This study will be extended to the relation of the number of images per seconds related to the human eye perception, as both countries students have to study the optical function of the eye.

The common project work will start in December and in the meantime, students will communicate using skype and social networks to better know each others.