Doors to Diplomacy Project ID: 7257

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Economy of Viet Nam
Category: 3. Trade/International Economics

School: Thai Nguyen High School for Gifted Students
    Thai Nguyen, Thai Nguyen, Vietnam

4 students, ages 16-18 worked together to complete this Doors to Diplomacy project on March 9, 2012. They have participated in Doors to Diplomacy in the following year(s): 2012

Classes and Teachers: Phung Van Huy, Nguyen Thi Cam Van, Nguyen Dang Tri, Tran Duong Quang, Trinh Hoang Minh, Nguyen Hoang Minh

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Phung Van Huy (20/11/1988): He is working for Thai Nguyen University as a lecturer and an instructor of English. He is also working as a regional coordinator for Global Connections Exchange Vietnam (GCE Viet Nam) Nguyen Thi Cam Van (03/02/1992): She is a student at Keystone College. Her majors are Bachelor of Science, Business, Finance, and Marketing. She is also the Co-founder at Friends Across Boundaries from June 2011 - Present (10 months), a project creating networks between young American and young Vietnamese while Americans learn Vietnameseculture, Vietnamese have chance to practice their English. Nguyen Dang Tri (T-Dog) (31/08/1995): He is studying in Physics class in Thai Nguyen High School for Gifted. Tri is the team leader of our project. Although his major is physics and his interest is nuclear physics, he chose to do the project in International Economic. Tran Duong Quang (Q-Big) (26/02/1995): He is studying Mathematics in Thai Nguyen High School for Gifted. He takes care of the digital and soundtrack part in our project. His job is excellent and professional. Trinh Hoang Minh (Minh Shock) (03/03/1995): He is studying Mathematics in Thai Nguyen High School for Gifted. He plays as a supporter in our project. He contributes useful ideas about the layout and the content of our website. Nguyen Hoang Minh (or Minh Study) (08/08/1995). He is studying in Luong Ngoc Quyen High School. He is the one designing and programming our website, which means without him the website wouldn’t exist.

2. Summary of Our Project

Diplomacy plays an important role to take Viet Nam to a higher position in the international arena, especially in the world markets. With strategic diplomatic policies, Vietnam has walked confidently on the path to prosperity. We worked on this project in order to provide and let other know about how Vietnam has used diplomacy as a tool to serve it economic interest.

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:none

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):

We don't have problems with intenet connections.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The two main problems we had to face during our project were the sources of information to finish the project and the technical obstacles. Because we didn't live during this period so we don't know anything about this period and how to describe this period clearly. In addition, we haven't designed any website before so we had to delay for 4 days to figure out how to design the layout of our website. During our project, the information team had to phone and send emails to some people asking them for permissions to have interviews with them to collect information. The technology team had to went to some IT academy to learn techniques and improve their designing skills.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Learning by doing

6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

Our project is assigned to simple mission to bring knowledge and information about Vietnam’s economy and the effecting of diplomacy to it. All data in our project is absolutely correct so our project supported students who were interested in history and especially Vietnam’s history and wanted to know more. Also some required coursework about diplomacy or economy of Vietnam in our school needed our project as a source of information and documents to finish them.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your Doors to Diplomacy project?

- Computers: We used them to create our website, research information, communication… - Software & sites: + Adobe Photoshop CS5: to edit images. + Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.1: to design and program our website. + Skype: to contact with our teachers and team members. + Microsoft Word: to collect and store documents. + GlobalSCAPE CuteFTP 8 Professional: to upload our website. + Sony Vegas Pro 10: to edit video + : to store our website. + : register hosting. - Camera: to take pictures and capture video. - Source of Videos:

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your Doors to Diplomacy project both on-line and in person.

During the process of making our Doors to Diplomacy project, we usually had some offline meetings with our team members and teachers to discuss about our project. The meeting was hold in our school club so we put on a sign: “Doors to Diplomacy project” to get attention from other students. If they stop by and curious about our project, we will describe it shortly and quickly for them and then give them information sheets for more details. Besides publishing our website on Internet, we also promoted it by our Facebook accounts so acquaintances can take a preview look at it and comment to upgrade our website.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

We presented our project in our school to show other students what we were doing and asked them for advises. Other students helped us out a lot without a single complaint. For people outside our school, we posted the link on our Facebook accounts so they can in that way find our webpage and the information on it. Hopefully they will open their mind for the topic and get interested in this topic.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

Through our project, the people in our school gained knowledge about Vietnam’s economy. They volunteered to help us to find, collect and arrange documents. Some students even introduced us to their grandparents so we could interview them for information. When our website was online, they previewed it and gave us comments to improve the website.


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