The World Ecitizens Project
Citizenship for the 21st century
The UnITy Project
The World Ecitizens project grew out of a project called UnITy,
which was originally funded by Domex. You will find references
to the UnITy project as you browse through the World Ecitizens
The overall aim of the UnITy website was to create a wider
and richer sense of identity for students in East London in
the six London boroughs covered by Domex.
Now the London students are joined by students and teachers
all over the world who are building a learning environment
where key participants come together
- to envision a sense of a shared future.
- to jointly create a sense of shared history
- to capture and share learning experiences
Teachers and students are collaborating within schools or
across the wider community and internationally. Students are
registered in London, across the UK and from Bangladesh and
China. It is hoped that in the next phase this web space will
provide a crucible for international understanding between
teachers and pupils.
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The development stage
The MirandaNet Fellowship in partnership with the Domex
project, has completed the development stage of a project
called Citizenship for Londoners which concentrates on the
wider new National Curriculum subject, Citizenship. www.domex-unity.net
This development stage was funded by the DfES, Domex, SRB,
the Creative Partnership and the EU programme Schoolscape@Future.
The development phase
From February to the end of April 2002: this phase focused
on the building of a framework for a managed learning environment
an ongoing web based work pack on Citizenship. Teachers
and students were actively engaged in developing resources
and creating citizenship presentations.
The pilot stage
From May 2002 March 2003 Domex participants have
been using the Citizenship resources for a variety of projects
from KS 1-4. All users can access Key Skills resources: the
core key skills of Application of Number, Communication and
Information Technology, and the wider key skills of Improving
Own Learning and Performance, Problem Solving and Working
with Others. Teachers have set up their own online classrooms,
with as many groups as are necessary to support differentiation.
Students have their own online portfolios, to save and develop
their work. A gallery is being designed so that the work can
be seen publically without revealing the pupils personal details.
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About UnITy: what it is and how
The UnITy project is a managed learning environment
that is based on a secure authenticated online community of
teachers, students and schools. Although there is open access
to the educational resources available in UnITy, Access to
the functionality of the environment requires users to register
for a user name and password.
The functionality allows the upload and sharing of study
material between members of the community. This includes the
upload of students' work for checking and marking by teachers.
Because the environment is web based any of these functions
can be performed at school, home or any other location.
Teachers perform searches by subject content or study group
to keep track of student progress. Discussion forum facilities
for teachers and students provide both peer-group and directed
interactivity and feedback. Teachers collaborate on curriculum
projects; share materials and teach across conventional boundaries.
Online tutorial facilities are provided for students, either
individually or as a group. Students can collaborate both
within their own school and across the wider community.
Links to external material can be easily incorporated into
the online pool of resources. Students are offered selected
citizenship web sites to explore in researching their projects.
Teachers can register themselves and their pupils by contacting
who will authenticate their status. We look forward to meeting
Click here to find
out more about the Domex involvement in this site.
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