1. Description of Our Team
We are a team of four creative young individuals: Vadim (17), Anastasia(16),Diana (16) and Ekaterina( 15). When we learnt about this project and it’s theme, we decided to take part in this project because we are interested in a problem of the Internet influence on youth. So we divided the work by topic. Vadim collected the information on Online Games, Anastasia did the research on Social Networks, Diana took Instant Massaging and Ekaterina studied the ways for a young person to be safe and secure on the Internet. Our coaches Mikhail Bukhtoyarov and Anna Bukhtoyarova helped us to organise our team and develop the strategy of making our project completed. They directed our energy on track.
2. Summary of Our Project
There are a lot of discussions about benefits and harmful aspects of the Internet now. We think that this issue is burning. And so the Internet becomes one of the most essential parts of people’s life. Our purpose is to learn more about this problem and to share our thoughts and obtained data from the research in that people around the world participated. We would like to explain young generation how to use computer and the Internet in a right way and how to protect themselves from a negative influence of network activity. INTERnet is an international network so it unites people all over the world. We think that this problem directly relates to the modern society and influences everybody. Internet becomes very powerful means of establishing diplomatic relations.
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:more than 6
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
When we started searching for materials on the topic it turned out that there are a lot of different resources. But we were not be able to find any of them presenting the answers of young people from different parts of the world to the SAME questions. And moreover Russian scientists are just starting the research of the influence of the Internet. So we decided to do our own research. But as it was our first real experience we didn't know much about the research methods. So we had to study materials on them a lot and even conducted a 'trail research' on the other topic just to train ourselves.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The Internet is more than technology. It is an important part of our lives. This digital world is designed for communication, sharing ideas, playing games, getting information of any kind. The Internet is an easy way to reach other places and people. It has no borders. That is why we think it is becoming more important for diplomacy. The Internet brings diplomacy to everyone. To every house and every person.It is a Door to Diplomacy.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our content meet the standards of mostly two school disciplines: Information Technology (in terms of studying the Internet as a tool) and Human-Society Interaction (in terms of studying people’s group behavour) But most of the content is based on more advanced level of studying these issues that it is supposed according to the school curriculum.Working on the project we learned the following skills: - Using scientific method to conduct a research (interviews, questionnaires, polls, document analysis), - Networking to find the potential recipients to collect data, - Understanding official documents, - Implementing CMS Joomla to create a project web site. To be able to cover huge amount of work we needed to divide responsibilities and to follow the leader. We definitely know much more about this topic now than before the project as we “extracted” that knowledge from our own research. In this research the Internet was both an object and a tool of our research. We usually use the Internet a lot to learn more about People, but during the project we tried to do the opposite: to learn more about the Internet through People’s opinions about it.