What is Project Indus?
Simply put, Project Indus is a platform for intercultural project sharing. This means that when students log on, they have access to stories about the lives of their peers all over the world. They will be able to discuss different topics with a global community, and share their own stories. They can do so in any creative means possible: write a text about an average day in their school, a photo collage of the town they live in, or a recipe video of a local dish. Topics can range from simple ones, to more complex ones, e.g. religion, or how their city or country deals with environmental issues.
The Project Indus platform will foster an active, self-sustaining global community of students who safely sharing created content relevant to themselves and their cultural stories. Our community will inspire kids to reach out and learn about each other, while exposing them to differing perspectives and teaching them how to come to a place of understanding. Students can learn about the world using content created by peers around the world and engage with them in conversation, instead of using pre-curated content from a book.
The platform is built on on the principles of project-based learning, community building and the endless possibilities of intercultural communication.
How Does It Work?
New users will sign in and create an anonymous profile indicating their educational interests and personal background (e.g. home country, age etc.). Users can then access our homepage which will function as a showcase page for the most popular projects of that day. It will be updated continuously so that students have direct access to the most recent and most active conversation threads.
Project Indus allows each user to contribute content of their own according to themes, i.e. family or food culture. Students can use these themes as well to search the platform for the content of their interest, e.g. music in Bangladesh.
Teachers will have access to a forum where they can organize collaboration projects with other Project Indus teachers.
Because Project Indus works on a global scale, users can transcend geographical barriers and truly explore the lives of children and families in parts of the world that would otherwise have been closed off.
One of the principles Project Indus is built on is interactivity, so users are able to give other individuals feedback, either through liking content or engaging in a discussion in the comment section with the original uploader or other members. The platform is built to inspire socialization by rewarding active community members with a point and level system. Users can earn points both by uploading content and giving feedback.
Project Indus wants to foster two kinds of communities: one for students and one for teachers and educators. We will therefore also provide a page only for teachers, where Project Indus will provide guidelines on how to use the website and ideas for engaging lesson plans.
What will it look like?
Look and feel might change.
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