What is the operation "Success Stories" version 2.0 ?
Why "Success Stories" ?
Who contributed to the version 2.0 of the "Success Stories" ?
What information can be found in the "Success Stories" ?
Under which forms are the "Success Stories" available ?
How can you obtain the "Success Stories" ?
The next mutation of the "Success Stories"
First statements about the use of the "Success Stories"
As a temporary conclusion ...
It is a collection, using a predefined electronic questionnaire, or Entry grid, of good practices and satisfactory uses of NTIC (new technologies of information and communication) in education. This collection has been put into concrete form in a data base.
The goals of this operation are numerous :
To begin with, the collaborators of the CPTIC (Pedagogical Computer Centre), as well as authors in different schools in Geneva, were requested to contribute. Then, the cantonal correspondents in Switzerland repeated the operation, and finally, the process was reproduced in more than a dozen countries thanks to national correspondents (contributions have already come from 12 countries : Japan, Israel, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Denmark, France, USA, Italy, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Switzerland).
The author of each description completes the Entry grid and enters :
In addition to the language of description, key-words (*) are then added, especially in relation to the contents of the 9 items listed above (see Examples of complete descriptions). The information of the above-mentioned categories that are marked with an asterisk (*) correspond to sectors which are automatically completed in 4 languages (French, German, Italian, English). A reference number is also added to each description (e.g. J022 for the 22nd "Success Story" from Japan, B004 -> the 4th Belgian story, CHFR019 -> the 19th story from Fribourg (Switzerland), etc.).
The process was imagined, at the outset, to stimulate the "dynamics of dissemination and exchange". That is why there are (or will be) several forms of "Success Stories", considering the various possible uses, and especially the various different means available to the users (equipment, help/support, etc.).
The "4th Dimension" version is the complete, original version ; it is even coupled with the "didacthèque" (a data base on 900 pedagogical products based on NTIC). These two applications (versions of July 95) operate with the software "4th Dimension", version 5.2.5 (Mac). The program and the data are compressed.
It is easy to imagine other versions with specific data base software such as Filemaker, ClarisWorks, etc. via the extractions (see below).
The "4th Dimension" Windows version is the complete, original version ; it is even coupled with the "didacthèque" (a data base on 900 pedagogical products based on NTIC). These two applications (versions of July 95) operate with the software "4th Dimension", Windows version (PC). The program and the data are compressed.
It is easy to imagine other versions with specific data base software such as Access, FileMaker, ClarisWorks, etc. via the extractions (see below).
The complete collection of the summaries of each description The present document is only an extract ; (see Examples of complete descriptions). However, every owner of the computerized version can make a personal print-out of the complete version, or of complete extracts of descriptions according to the chosen criterions (e.g. language, subject, public, etc.).
The collection of all the complete descriptions Every owner of the computerized version can make a personal print-out of the complete version, or of complete extracts of descriptions according to the chosen criterions (e.g. language, subject, public, etc.).
Lists extracted from the "Success Stories" Every owner of the computerized version can make a personal print-out of the complete version, or of complete extracts of descriptions according to the chosen criterions (e.g. language, subject, public, etc.).
Internet access A first version is at your disposal on the World Wide Web (W3) at the following address :
These extractions can be simply printed, or computerized.
All of the data base For the whole of the data (see Examples of complete descriptions), in order to integrate them into data base software, a convention will be needed to separate the descriptions and the different fields. This process will also enable the user interface to be adapted to different local conditions (language, environment, software, etc.). Please contact Bernard Vuilleumier at the CPTIC .
For a selection of the descriptions and/or part of the items Same process as described above, specifying the selection of descriptions (language, public...) and/or the items (title, authors, social aspects, etc.) (see Examples of complete descriptions).
The data base is free, but the work and the cost of distribution will be minimized in the following way :
In Geneva : please contact the collaborators of the CPTIC, delegates of the different institutions and services ;
In Switzerland : please contact the cantonal correspondents (primary and secondary teaching).
The magnetic medium must be supplied, as well as the package for the answer, and postage costs ;
Abroad : please contact the national correspondents. At present, the list is as follows :
To obtain the address of one or more of the above-mentioned people in relation to the operation "Success Stories", please write to R. Morel at the CPTIC or by e-mail :
Centre informatique pédagogique
Case postale 3144
CH-1211 Geneva 3
(Internet e-mail) : firstname.lastname@example.org
(X-400 e-mail) : C=CH ; A=ARCOM ; P=ETAT-GE ; O=GE-DIP ; OU=BAL ; S=MOREL-R
Fax : ++.41.22/388.33.01
You can find the Entry grid (void description) and the Examples of complete descriptions.
The input of data is made by the author (see Guidelines to contribute to the next version) and the system of posting PC and Mac diskettes, which worked very well for the first and second versions, is renewed for the third version.
For those who wish to send their contributions (files of descriptions, input by the author) via telecomputing, it would be advisable to contact R. Morel at the CPTIC to avoid surprises (exotic alphabets, suppression of accents, etc.). It would be preferable to proceed via the cantonal and national correspondents for authors living outside Geneva.
Within the framework of the European Project EUN Schoolnet WP15, a prototype is in the course of being developed as of September 1999. It shall integrate sofware resources, traning provision et the emergence of new teaching practice (the APPLAUSE model).
The goals established at the outset have been reached, and this project answers a need that is found everywhere.
Who has not met a colleague, a director, a parent or a decision maker who asked the following questions :
The "Success Stories" are also an instrument which has already been used to organise courses or reflection meetings (symposiums, forums), because they implicitly contain expert valuation at different levels.
The Work Group n.; 7 (that has worked on the versions of the "Didacthèque") of the CPTIC has contributed greatly both to the content and during the operation of the "Success Stories" in order to make the original concepts evolve towards a useful, user-friendly, sensible and realistic product with limited means.
This second version of Operation "Success Stories (version 2.0)" is grateful for the sponsorship of the institutions and persons listed (see Authors). Without their contribution and the National correspondents, the organisation of the competition for the participation to IFIP WCCE'95, would not have been possible. We would like to express here our deepest gratitude for their kind help.
Your remarks and suggestions after reading this document and/or using the data base "Success Stories" would be of great use to us. Thank you in advance for sending them to the CPTIC .
Enjoy your reading, and ... your discoveries !