Narod Network Project



Narod Network Project

Primarily concerned with children’s education, the Narod Network Project was aimed to introduce information technology to expand educational networks, their potential, and bridge Armenian communities worldwide. The Narod Network Project provided students and educators in Armenia with the means to share their rich cultural heritage and gain the perspective of their peers in other parts of the world.

Through use of information and telecommunication technologies, the Narod Network Project trained students and teachers in the area of information technology, encouraged the use of internet informational resources and linked Armenian students worldwide through their native Armenian language to explore their commonalities and differences.

This initiative helped bridge the gap between the Armenian Diaspora, Armenia, and the world, ultimately creating a virtual educational community.

With the training and assistance of the Narod Network Project staff, students and teachers across the globe logged on to the Project once a week through the bilingual Narod Institute website at www.narod.org. Once logged on, a series of programmatic activities with varied educational themes would link them to a wealth of information and resources. The flow of activities naturally immersed the students in a collaborative learning environment where they developed communication, teamwork, and problem solving skills.

The activities were designed to be thought provoking, promote creativity and have relevance to the day-to-day experiences of the participants. Children were challenged with tasks involving varied themes such as the environment, arts, cultural heritage, respective lifestyles, and differences and similarities. The outcome of each activity was then posted for public viewing in Armenian and English on the website.

The Narod Institute’s geographically dispersed staff of educators, trainers, and technical support professionals supported the Narod Network Project during its three-year existence. The project was led by the Director of the Institute, Marie Lou Papazian.

Accomplishments

Overview ’00 ’99 ’98


By creating a critical mass of interconnected schools in Armenia and the Diaspora, the Narod Network Project achieved the following:

  • Engaged students and teachers from around the world in collaborative and resource sharing activities
  • Provided students and teachers with intellectual and technological resources and training.
  • Strengthened awareness of cultural heritage by linking young Armenians with their global peers.
  • Created a forum for the exchange of ideas and the development of educational programs over the internet
  • Equipped schools and trained staff and students on the effective use of information and telecommunication technologies.
  • Developed and conducted a sequence of three to four different educational activities every year.
  • Ensured the continuity of the effort by making the website available to both participants and to the general public.
  • Secured funding for the project.
  • Hired and managed a team of professionals in the different areas of the project (consultants, educators, web developers, technology experts, coordinators, trainer, etc,) in the Diaspora and in Armenia.

2000

  • In its third and final year, the Narod Network Project expanded into a large scale rollout engaging seventy schools worldwide.
  • The Cafesjian Family Foundation, the Lincy Foundation, and Ani & Narod Memorial Foundation, Inc made funding for the Narod Network Project 2000 possible.

1999

  • With a successful pilot program under its belt, the Narod Institute launched a second experiment in the school year 1998-1999 that connected thirty schools from eight countries adding Cyprus, Australia, and Argentina to the list.
  • Narod Network Project 99 received funding from the Ani & Narod Memorial Foundation along with the vital support of the Manoogian-Simone Foundation. Additional project sponsors included the Armenian Relief Society of North America, the Armenian National Educations Committee (ANEC) of the Armenian Prelacy, and Mr.& Mrs. Ralph Tufenkian.
  • The Narod Institute launched the “Sponsor-A-School” program where donations were specifically earmarked for a particular school. These donations covered the connection costs.

1998

  • The Narod Institute launched the Narod Network Project Pilot linking 10 Armenian schools from Armenia, Lebanon, France, Canada and the United States.
  • The first ever internet video conference between Armenian students in Armenia, France, and the United States was conducted by the Narod Institute using live video and voice, a chat session in Armenian, and the use of a whiteboard to dynamically share and interact with images and drawing tools.

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