1. Description of Our Team
When our teachers rolled out this project they had us fill out a note card that had two peoples names that we wanted to work with. Then the teachers parried us with one person that we wanted to work with and 2 other people. Our group contains Monica, Emily, Travis and David. Emily, Monica and Travis are 14 years old, David is 15 years old. When we were dividing up the task we went by our strengths, David is good at Technology so he made the flash videos. Travis strength is figuring out problems so when we had a problem he was the one to go to. Emily is a great writer so she helped us all write our parts of the project. Monica’s strength is making sure we are going in the right direction in the project because of this she was the rubric checker. We each did a leader in politics and the arts, this helped us divide up the work so we could be more efficient in getting the project done. We had tons of help from Mr. Townsend who was always there to bounce ideas off and was willing to have us interview him.
2. Summary of Our Project
The main purpose of the Doors to Diplomacy Web Project is to show you the connection between leadership and diplomacy. When we first found out about this project we thought that we could show this connection well because our group considers them selves a leader. If we can find out more about diplomacy we could use that in our leadership roles. In our website we put in different leaders in politics and music and then we showed the connection between them and diplomacy. We thought that this would be a good way to show kids around the world that the leaders today also use diplomacy. In addition to make us more unique we added a Spanish component and we have interactive games and polls.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Our very first barrier was deciding what website builder we should use. There are a lot of good website builders out there and it was hard to narrow it down to find out what one we wanted. To narrow it down, we made a list of pros and cons. Weebly had the most pros so we decided to use that. We wanted to import a video to or website but Weebly doesn’t allow you to import a video, so went though next steps. We figured out that we could put it on YouTube and then put it on the website, we could make it into a Movie Maker and link it onto the website or we could try to put it into Adobe Flash and then put it on the website. Our group decided that we would put it on YouTube and then put it on our website.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Our participation in the Doors to Diplomacy has opened our minds to how much diplomacy is happening around the world. We all just thought it was something that Presidents and Prime Ministers did but we came to the realization that we can do it too.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Since we are in a Spanish Global Issues class we decided to add in a Spanish component so Spanish people could understand what our website is talking about. In addition people who want to learn how to speak Spanish can learn select words through our website. As a group we learned how to work together, listen to other people’s ideas, and reaching out to the community to better the world. We demonstrate the relationships among local, regional, national, and global issues. To show this we wrote about leaders from all over the world and showed a problem that that leader is facing and then we brought it back to the community by interview people from Sioux Falls. Through out this project we found ourselves thinking of other people more, reflecting on our leadership, and what we could do to make us leaders in diplomacy.