1. Description of Our Team
Four students aged 12-15 Nini, Nino, Kate and Goga worked together on this Doors to Diplomacy project. We were enthusiastic and very motivated to complete the job successfully. We made a decision to choose this topic together as we consider the disability problem very actual in the whole world. While thinking on the project topic we came acroos the question in the list: 'How people with disability problems are treated in your country?' As it is the world problem and as we are the part of the world, we decided to describe how our Geogian People care about disabled people, what our attitude is toward them and how we can share our experience through diplomacy. There is the center of disabled people near our school and we see and meet them almost every day. Sometimes we visit the center and talk with them, so we know their problems and disires. Every memeber of our team participated in planning and designing the project, we shared our ideas and experiences. Our teachers Inga and Gvantsa helped us to set realistic goals and to complete the project in an organized way. While we were involved in searching the information they gave us istructions. It was a great experience for us.
2. Summary of Our Project
We've chosen the category 'Health and Environmental Awareness Issues' because we found the task of this project very interesting. The task is to produce website that teaches about how countries can work together to promote better healcare access. How they can share their knowledge and experience to other nations. The question: 'How people with disability problems are treated in your country?' appeared a challenge for us, because the problem of disabled people is very actual not only in our country but all over the world and every country tries to find the solution and help them to become an equal part of our society. So we decided to share our experience to out friends and to show them how disabled people are cared in our country. We want to play our roles as diplomats and with the help of this website we’d like to inform the rest of the world about the current state of disabled people. And to make people think how we can help to improve their current condition. Our wish is to help and love these people. We don’t want to care only about ourselves and ignore the people who need our help. We should try to have more opportunity to meet people whose lives differ from our ones. Through compassion we can love and help these people. We have to take into consideration their problems and act appropriately. Consideration is priceless respect for life. Showing the problems of disability through the internet is a mission and great responsibility. As technology provides a huge opportunity to inform people to different places, In this way people all over the world can see what we have done. Being in one country doesn’t mean you can not help those outside so thanks to the internet we have a power to influence at an international scale. With the help of our website we want to inform and share our ideas with the society about disability in the world and how we can help them to improve their life conditions. We can turn our experience into a life lesson.
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:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Sometimes we had problems with low internet connection in the school building that's why we had to work at home individualy and then shere our information or resources with the help of skype. But it didn't hurt our work.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The main proplem we faced was working with a limited amount of time. We had problems with a low internet connection in the school building. We had to work at home separately. It was difificult so we used memory cards and skype to share information and complete the project. We gethered information in different languages so sometimes we had difficulties with the translation, but our coaches helped us to solve this problem. Another problem we had to overcome was to learn to create and publish the website. We had to learn how to use new software which was cgellenging, but with the help of our volunteer teacher from Poland everything went well. Thanks to him. In any case working on the project was a great pleasure for us.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Social attitude towards disabled people in different countries was an exellent topic to research and we enjoyed working together. While working on this project we were able to learn more about global and local problems of disability, tried to find the ways to solve them and share our experience to our on-line friends. This project has also created opportunities for students to get involved in a campaign that can really make a difference in the world!
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
All the activities and researches made by us to complete the project fitted our school curriculum in many ways. While working on the project we improved all the four skills : writing, reading, speaking and listening which are the main goals of our educational standard. We used several different kinds of ways to get useful information about disability and the problems that disabled people face and then using this information we managed to create our project website. The working process was long and very interesting. It gave us a brilliant chance and helped us to improve many useful skills. As a group we’ve learned how to work together as a team, listen to other people’s ideas and take into consideration their points of view , how to plan the appropriate activities to reach the goal. We’ve learnt effective communication, cooperation, observation, assessment, project management, giving each other positive feedback. How to use technology in planning and desihnind the web project.So we all learnt what it means to work in a team and what are the skills needed for it. These skills to group work will help us greatly when we have other project to work on. We’ve learnt researching useful information and relying on each other to share our project responsibilities. We learned some techniques about the internet, how the internet can be a great communication tool to find information on the web and then use it appropriately. It was a great advantage for us, as we received up to date information. In addition we’ve learnt how to create and publish website and use it purposefully. Working on the project is something different from working on our school subjects. It requires creativity to deal with the tasks. So critical thinking and creative thinking are two very useful skills that have been improved during process of building our web- project. And what is the most important thing. The project helped us to be more responsible , cooperative and purposeful students.