1. Description of Our Team
The three members of our team are Gary(18), Billy(17), and Nandish(18). We have known each other for several years and decided to joined to do this project because of our knowledge and love for all things technological. The opportunity to create a website appealed to us and allowed us to flex a mental muscle that we have not used in a long time. We decided not to take a stance on any subject until after we have done extensive research to form an unbiased view on some of the issues surrounding the future of the United States in regards to the environment, each one of us tackling a different subject. Nandish researched alternative energies, Gary was responsible for global warming, and Billy did recycling. Our instructor, Mrs. Laur, was a constant presence during this project, constantly encouraging us to think critically and preform at a level higher than our natural abilities.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project explores the myths and facts regarding our environment policies, and to determine if any of the claims made by politicians and the opinions of the general public are accurate.
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:not sure
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Aside from errors in the creation of the website, there was no severe technical issues that we had to overcome. Most obstacles were minor or insignificant and did not impede the completion of this project. Resources were easy to find and the students had significant time in class as well as outside of class to complete the project.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Our participation in Doors to Diplomacy allowed the class to further explore areas of their own interest in order to gain a better understanding of policy making and international diplomacy in an effort to raise awareness in our school and ultimately, our community.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
the current unit in our AP United States Government and Politics class is Public Policy, which stressed the influences of various factors, such as interest groups, elections, and political parties. Doors to Diplomacy deals directly with public policy, so entering the contest is a natural fit. The contest was an excellent way to demonstrate what the students learned during the chapter on how policies are made and how exactly the different factors effect them. The integration of technology into our classrooms helped make research easier and allowed for a more interactive experience instead of the old 'read the textbook and take notes' approach.