Exchange is designed to encourage the development of reading and writing skills
while integrating Internet technology into the classroom curriculum. Classrooms
from a variety of schools worldwide are paired together; the students in each
classroom are split into groups, each of which designs an original picture of
a monster. The students must then write a description of the monster. The partnered
classes then exchange their descriptions via e-mail and the Internet. These students
are then challenged to use reading comprehension skills to read the descriptions
and translate them into a monster picture. The true challenge involves creating
a redrawn picture as close to the original picture as possible without looking
at the original and using only the written description of the monster.
descriptions, original monster pictures, and redrawn monster pictures are scanned
and uploaded to the Internet using the browser-based Monster Gallery Builder.
The Monster Gallery Builder is entirely form-based and does not require the teacher
or student to know any HTML code.
Monster Galleries are then published, and feedback is provided via e-mail.