1. Description of Our Team
Our team is made of 4 students, 3 girls and a boy: Bianca-16, Veronica-16, Georgiana-17 and Alex-18. We all attend the same high school in Radauti, Romania and we have decided to take up the challenge of a “Doors to Diplomacy” project because it seemed like a highly exciting venture. The subject we selected – “Plea for a Healthy Life” is definitely among the most important issues of the modern world and we consider that everyone should be informed about what a crucial role diet plays in maintaining a long, healthy life. Working in a team means using the great skills that everyone of us has and that is what we did: Veronica did most of the research, collected the materials and put them together, Bianca and Georgiana made the English version and Alex designed the website. Together we also surveyed a number of 125 people, both students and citizens of our town, and we drew the conclusions. On the other hand, our adult coaches have been: Ms. Loredana Circiu and Ms. Corina Ionescu who have each helped us with books, ideas, guidance, and checking our final drafts.
2. Summary of Our Project
“Plea for a Healthy Life” is a project aimed at presenting the general context of eating habits nowadays. We have tried to include a short history of diet, the main components of people’s eating habits, the pluses and minuses of a vegetarian diet and also of a diet based on meat, and we have attempted at making people aware that food is a global problem because agriculture and animal breeding are the World’s oldest occupations. Moreover nowadays countries are marching towards a process of food globalization and we feel it is our duty and responsibility to draw attention and suggest solutions with a view to improving life quality and to protecting our environment. It is a global problem that must be solved locally.
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
As enjoyable as working for this project has been, we must admit that there have been drawbacks but fortunately we managed to overcome them. Firstly our school schedule is so tight that at times it has been a real problem to try to work on the project without neglecting our school duties. Secondly there have been internet connection problems. Thirdly the research process called on huge effort due to the countless and very varied resources that had to be analyzed in a short time. Last but not least there have been problems with designing the website. With a lot of patience and luck we have managed to find solutions and we worked in a team.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Our project will draw our mates attention to the big problems their diet could represent if they are not very cautious and if they live to eat instead of eating to live.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our project is closely to the school curriculum used in our Biology classes. It is also a source of information for fellow students and even teachers of other subjects. By working in a team we acquired and perfected cooperation skills. It has also offered us a broad understanding of international relationships and of the impact of globalization on food. As for the methods and discoveries used we have relied mostly on traditional means (books, questionnaires, magazines) without forgetting the Internet which has also provided us with information. To show how computers can improve the teaching process you can view our video containing real class practice.