CyberFair Project ID: 4245

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Cosmopolitan Collaboration
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks

School: Southwest High School
    Green Bay, WI, United States

4 students, ages 15, 15, 15, 16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 17, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): This is the first year

Classes and Teachers: Mr. Jay Harris and Ms. Caryn Plinske

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Our project was a collaborative effort using a conglomerate of skills and knowledge meshed from each member of our team. Our team leader, Ryan Tincher, 15, plans to pursue a career in either business or law. Ryan is the Chief-of-Staff for our high school’s International Business Academy (IBA). He manages the day-to-day operations of the IBA like running a small, globally-oriented business. For Cosmopolitan Collaboration, Ryan researched citizen diplomacy, what it entails, and on which issues citizens can take a stance and/or take action. Chris Sherman, 16, would like to follow his talents in marketing or accounting. He researched cultural respect for the website. Nick Basche, 15, is the technology enthusiast. He worked on the design and layout of the web page and all technological aspects. Nick intends to… Finally, Matt Giguere, 15, conducted research on political corruption. His future plans center on… Jay Harris, our advisor from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, gave us advice on many of our questions and pointed us in the right direction with networking contacts and content information. He also helped us organize a booth at the February 2006 Citizen Diplomacy Summit. Caryn Plinske, the International Business Academy Advisor at our school, facilitated brainstorming sessions and guided our project through the plethora of phases entailed in the Doors to Diplomacy contest.

2. Summary of Our Project

Cosmopolitan Collaboration is a look at citizen diplomacy throughout the world, challenging ardous political attitudes around the world, and informing people of what's really happening in the world.

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:4-6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The first major hurdle that our team overcame was time constraints. With jobs and other after school activities it was difficult to find a time when all the whole group could meet to discuss what was happening with our project. However, once we were able to set a schedule, the website really started to blossom and take shape. We worked long hours to write the pages, doing lots of research.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Doors to Diplomacy has given our group a new look at world issues such as poverty and famine. The project has even inspired us to start a One chapter ( at our High School.

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

This project helped our team demonstrate our knowledge of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and the elements and techniques for effective web page design.

Project Elements

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

Our group mainly used the internet for research. We emailed out a small questionnaire to three countries (Albania, Serbia and Nepal), and we used Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 to build the layout for the site and update the content.

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

After reading about world poverty the group was stirred to start a One chapter along with Alex Tran, who the group met at the Citizen Diplomacy Summit they attended. As of now the group is currently in the beginning stages of starting the group.

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

This project will be able to show the community what they can do to help around our community and on an internationla level to help solve the problem of world famine, cultural disrespect, and political corruption.

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

Other teachers in our school were able to give our team advice regarding the content of our site. Two people who were able to help us with the content and design of our site quite a bit are Damian Murphy and Sara Bodenberg who both spoke at the Citizen Diplomacy Summit that we attended.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

One of the biggest surprises that our group noticed was the vast amount of things which are incorporated by Citizen Diplomacy. Also our group


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