1. Description of Our Team
Our group is made up of four girls. Hailey (15), Hikari (14), Winnie (14), and Erica (15). We joined together because we all had different aspects to contribute to the group. We all are leaders and are hard workers so we got things done very fast. Hailey was the main website maker, as Hikari, Erica, and Winnie did more of the research and Citing. In the end, all the jobs got done. Amy Brill was our adult coach, she is our Language Arts teacher and helped us meet deadlines, stay focused, and catch mistakes we made. She told us when we needed to have things done by to keep on track, and also helped set up an editing process for us.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our Doors to Diplomacy project is about Education in Leadership. It is about how all children in the world should be able to have an chance at getting a good education. This site explains that children should not be put into hard labor, they should have protection, health, and happiness.
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
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
We had a very good connection to the internet almost all the time, each one of us also has their own laptop.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Our group was not that bad at being a group other than communicating. At first, we were a little confused at what we were doing. When we finally met up, we discussed about each individuals' job. In the end, we all knew what we were doing and got our tasks done. There was actually a moment when late at night, one of the members got a message from another member that there was a whole list of things to do that we did not do. We ended up pulling it all together and actually made a very productive, creative website. This whole time, we were very busy in our own individual schedules which meant that we did not have any time to meet up. Erica, she had play practice, Hikari had play practice as well, Hailey had sports and I had rock climbing. It was very hard to know what our roles in the group were but we managed to write on each others' walls and pass on messages for each other.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The girls knew that I had prior knowledge to UNICEF, so they trusted me with the description about UNICEF. Growing up, learning about poverty everywhere in the world, I was very experienced with filling up the knowledge part of the website. International schools usually care about global issues so they try their best to educate their kids on poverty. I know the severity of not having an education so we all try our best to experience and appreciate our education. They don't want the next generation to create a barrier of ignorance towards the situations of poverty. I tried emphasizing the severeness of poverty.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our Doors to Diplomacy project addressed the lack of education many kids in China are receiving due to poverty. We learned about the whole poverty circle and how it never ends, the only way to break through it is by getting an education. The internet is probably more effective than traditional methods since we have a teenage audience base. Although we did struggle trying to use the internet in a country where a VPN must be available to access many sites, we overcame it. The issue of nearby poverty and how education can help stop it, fit into our social studies requirement for a paper on wrong in the world which we must right. We got to experience the real life situation together as a group, and become closer together while shedding a few tears. To represent Shanghai Community International School, getting the whole community involved into helping find this missing puzzle piece, was really an amazing thing we all feel proud about.