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World InfoZone

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World InfoZone contains information for all countries of the world.

1. Sommario progetto
Sommario: 

World InfoZone (WIZ), with its international perspective for education, is an invaluable, interactive resouce for schools and colleges and can be used to show students how, for better or for worse, all the world is connected.

World InfoZone was a finalist in the lifelong and informal learning category of the 2008 Stockholm Challenge Award for the best ICT projects for social and economic development, and is the brainchild of former London ICT teacher Teresa Read.

 

 

 

2. Paese (Città / Regione)
Stato: 
United Kingdom
Città: 
London
3. Nome dell'organizzazione che presenta il progetto
Organizzazione: 
World InfoZone
4. Tipo di organizzazione
Scegli tipo: 
Società
5. Coordinatore del progetto
Nome e Cognome: 
Teresa Read
E-Mail: 
teresa.read@worldinfozone.com
6. Website
Il sito web del progetto: 
http://www.worldinfozone.com
7. Selezionate la categoria di appartenenza del vostro progetto
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Fino a 29 anni
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro: 
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro
Creatività e Innovazione sociale: 
Creatività e Innovazione sociale
8. Da quando è funzionante il vostro progetto?
Da: 
01/01/2001
9. Obiettivi ed elementi di innovazione
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

To add an international perspective to education

To promote educational inclusion

To emphasize the value of cultural diversity

Twelve years ago World InfoZone (WIZ) was a school project designed to explore the UK's history and its links to other cultures. Now with its international perspective for education, it is an invaluable resource for schools and colleges.

Come, e con quali mezzi cerca di raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati: 

Information sharing is a key factor in the project. And with assistance and contributions from local people, teachers, students and government organizations, most of it collected using email and via video conferencing, it a worthy introduction to the 200 countries that are featured. Sifting through its wide range of information and photographs about topics that include the geography, environment, history, health, citizenship, and languages of each country, teachers and students will find it difficult to run out of project ideas.

Quali opportunità/problemi affronta: 

For example, students can check out Cuba's native reptiles (crocodiles, chameleons and iguanas), find out who is in and who is out of the European Union, trace the UK's links (and those of France and Portugal) to the African slave trade and colonisation. The feature on "African Origins", which explores our common ancestry, provides food for thought that is yet another reason for looking beyond our islands.

In addition to emphasising the value of cultural diversity, WIZ's Newslink feature provides daily news updates from all the countries and quizzes relating to information on the site tests students' powers of recall.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

Information sharing is a key factor in the project. And with assistance and contributions from local people, teachers, students and government organizations, most of it collected through using email and via video conferencing, it is a worthy introduction to the 200+ countries that are featured.

10. Risultati
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

World InfoZone is used extensively by educational institutions throughout the world. In the UK it is recommended at the highest level. Over 200 organizations and individuals worldwide have taken part in the project and made contributions.

In che misura risponde ai bisogni degli utenti: 

It is an interactive project which responds to requests and has built up a huge database of knowledge to be shared by students throughout the world.

Quanti utenti interagiscono con il progetto mensilmente e in quale modo: 

World InfoZone is in the top half a million websites worldwide. Preferred interaction is sharing information via email and the internet.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto contribuisce a migliorare l'educazione e la formazione dei giovani: 

World InfoZone has been awarded four certificates by the Stockholm Challenge for excellence in the use of ICT.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto ha ottimizzato la partecipazione di professionisti, ragazzi, giovani o altri soggetti: 

Professionals, children, youth and other stakeholders participate in various ways. Many professionals provide information and others use the information for a variety of educational purposes.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto favorisce l'uso delle nuove tecnologie da parte di professionisti, ragazzi e giovani per lo sviluppo culturale e didattico: 

World InfoZone is a very high profile site worldwide and its use of ICT was one of the forerunners of information sites on the internet.

Descrivete i criteri che usate per misurate i risultati raggiunti dal vostro progetto: 

The results are measured by the high rankings of the site in every country of the world.

11. Sostenibilità
Indicate la durata complessiva del progetto: 
Più di 6 anni
Indicate il costo di massima del vostro progetto (in Euro): 
Da 75.001 a 500.000
Come è finanziato il vostro progetto: 
Pubblicità
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
Si
12. Trasferibilità
Il progetto è stato replicato/adattato altrove: 
Si
Specifica: 

Various educational institutions use the World InfoZone information on their intranets.

Che cosa possono imparare altri soggetti dal vostro progetto: 

WIZ Around the World introduces different countries and cultures through studies compiled with the assistance of people in the individual countries. Communication is by email and the work is published on the World InfoZone website. The interactive nature of the compilation ensures up-to-date information, verified through relevant and reliable sources, including internet sources, within particular countries. A number of Features by students and teachers in various countries (Global Communication) add a personal slant to the factual information, making the work interesting and informative. WIZ aims to help students understand the world in which they live; in our "global village", understanding of one another’s history and culture is more and more important. Internal links are made to emphasize links with other countries as well as links with neighbouring countries. 

Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti: 
Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti.
13. Informazioni aggiuntive
Background: 

Since the original project started in 1997 information about the world in which we live has been built up steadily to form an encyclopedic study of countries throughout the world. WIZ aims to add an international perspective to education through the provision of information on topics such as world history and culture. World InfoZone’s Newslink allows users to access up-to-date news from all countries. The WIZ information emphasizes the value of cultural diversity. WIZ is concerned with lifelong learning and educational equity. Sharing information has always been a key factor in the project. Partnerships with people in countries throughout the world are an essential part of the project. Since 2005 the project has become financially sustainable (for the world country studies); revenue covers running costs. Voluntary work is also undertaken by the project manager and voluntary workers.

Ostacoli: 

As the site increased in size it has been a full-time job to update and develop material. The lack of funding has made this difficult but developing the skills needed to work on the project has been a priority. In February 2005, the site reached the World Traffic Rank of 174,656. This was achieved without any marketing and by voluntary work. The increase in users has given rise to a dramatic increase in bandwidth costs so it has been necessary to introduce Google Ads on the country pages. This has been done as discreetly as possible and advertisements are not used on all areas of the site.

Soluzioni: 

Interest from private travel related companies has produced funding overcoming the financial problems.

Future plans and wish list: 

Future plans include partnership with educational organizations.

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