1. Description of Our Team
Mr. Ahearn selected these students based on work ethic and attitude. They were interested in the world and Mr. Ahearn conducted once a week classes on the topics they would be researching.
2. Summary of Our Project
Each student selected a nation, each in a different continent. The studentsnwerentold to research demographics, tourist attractions, famous people, and find a connection to their hometown. This research was submitted, reviewed, and placed on the site.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20
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:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Students brought in wireless-enabled computers in order to work on this due to the lack of wired computers in the school. Students used a two laptops and two tablet PCs to conduct all of the research on this project.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
There was no funding for this project, and very limited internet access. If the students did not bring in their computers, they had to share or use Mr. Ahearn's iPad.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
These students learned things about other nations that they would not have been exposed to until their junior and senior years of high school. This early exposure to international relations creates a much more global perspective for these young citizens.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The standards fit were the MA geography standards from grade 6 along with world history standards from the high school frameworks. Students used this project as the basis of a weekly enrichment class in addition to their social studies curriculum. Students were taught the elements of economics, international relations, and the basis to contemporary world cultures. Due to the lack of Internet in the school, the students conducted the entire class in a small portion of their science classroom instead of their social studies classroom.