1. Description of Our Team
There are 4 students in our team.They are Bahrom, Tolkun, Tahir, Azat. Last year 2011 we participated in the project Doors to Diplomacy, but we couldn't passed registration. We choose title for our website ' culture in Kyrgyzstan', where we describe traditions and customs and about musical instruments in different nations which live in our country. This project give us to realize our dreams and show our computer skills. Our school compitions were help to complete our project. There were compitions devoting to the muslim holiday 'Nooruz' where showed national costums , traditions, dishes. Also IT help us to disighn our website. We got more information. We thanks to the teachers of English Kaldanova Roza and Shahribonum.
2. Summary of Our Project
The website try to show our old traditions which given from one generatio to next the generation. Our duty to keep this traditions so that they in the ending of disappearing. we collect this information of tradition from old men who try keep in their sociaty and teach youth for that. we believe that focusing our website on Cultural Diplomacy with customs and traditions makes the site germane and meaningful. We also believe that culture is too often dismissed as a vehicle for peace; Cultural Diplomacy is a process that takes time; it is no quick fix, more nuanced, and more cordial understanding between nations. It is the first step towards mutual understanding, and by extension, the first step towards lasting peace.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
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:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Our computer and Internet access was constant throughout the duration of the project. There were no issues in getting online at any point in order to do research or connect with each other. Online communication and the virtual sharing of files were the most common ways through which we worked together early on. Towards the end of the competition, we worked at one another’s houses or in the public library so that we were even more in sync.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The toughest challenges we faced came during our research period. It was very, very hard to find documentation of the traditions we wished to chronicle on our website. we went to our grandparents they told us about the history of different traditions and culture of nations. Also we were looking for the musicians who like to play in national music intruments. It was interesting to know more new about our traditions and customs and national instruments. They helped us more we thanked them for their help. With the help of them our website were completed with fresh news. We also had to face the technical challenges posed by web design. The website proved to be recalcitrant and uncooperative at times, but with a little tinkering and a little assistance from the Help menu, everything worked! There were certainly frustrations, but overcoming the glitches and hiccups made the experience all the more satisfying.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Doors to Diplomacy has taught my students what it means to investigate a topic, dive head first into a subject and contact experts in the field without being shy. The competition has shown them how to use their abilities in practice. After this project they can show themselves in other sphere.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Because our website deals with Traditions and Culture, our website strives to address content standards as outlined in the National Standards for Arts Education. We delve into the four basic traditions, customs, music and art. The project fit into required district curriculum guidelines in that it demanded 21st century competencies—we had to master the use of information, media and technology so that we could properly communicate with others, build the website, embed video, sound, add images onto the site, and properly store all of our research digitally. We also had to decide what was the healthiest, most appealing balance of media on the webpage and, in that way, tap into our advertising and design skills. We learned how to work well with each other and to split up work according to our strengths; we also came to better understand the meaning of culture, the role of the arts in culture, and the power of the Internet as a channel through which to share culture. Finally, we realized that our school doesn’t emphasize broad based understanding of culture enough, that people don’t really know what the word means and trivialize it; culture, the very root of identity, is serious business! It is not a diversion!