1. Description of Our Team
Our team consisted of Chelsea, Ariel, Nick, and Alex. We joined together to do this project because three of us took a class called international relations taught by our coach. We read a book called Half the Sky in the class and our coach suggested that we make a website about women's issues for the Doors to Diplomacy Project. Ariel, Nick, and Alex made interactive maps, researched information, and made movies as class projects based on the book. Chelsea joined the team because she is good at making movies and she was interested in the project. She made a movie about human trafficking by herself.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project is about issues impacting women around the world. The project focuses on four major areas; human trafficking, access to education, gender equality in the workforce, and political participation.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:2-3
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Our team had very few barriers to overcome. We all have internet access with high speed connections at home. One problem we encountered was that the school blocked the wix.com website so we could not work on the project during school time. This made it much more difficult to coordinate time and work together as a group.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Reading the book Half the Sky in class and completing this project has definitely opened our eyes to the issues women face in most of the world. Most of the problems we describe in the website are not evident in the United States therefore they are not issues that we think about on a daily basis. Two of our members are also males and we think it helped them understand in some small part how women are treated in the world.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Researching and compiling this website supported many major national content standards. This website helped us understand time, continuity, and change as it is related to the struggle for women's rights. We were able to see how women's rights have developed in Europe and North America and how it is still developing around the world. This website also helped us understand global connections because it talks about human rights, healthcare, and political awareness. In addition this project was directly related to our school curriculum in international relations because one aspect of international relations is to study global social issues.