Doors to Diplomacy Project ID: 6828

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Global Humanities
Category: 2. Promotion of Peace and Democracy: Social Issues

School: Sioux Falls New Technology High School
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States

4 students, ages 15 worked together to complete this Doors to Diplomacy project on March 28, 2011. They have participated in Doors to Diplomacy in the following year(s):

Classes and Teachers: Siera, Zane, Nathan, Tianna,

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

All four of us joined together in a class project that would potentially teach us more about diplomacy and all of the benefits it promotes. But along the way, all of us learned it was much more than that. We discovered important things that were taking place outside our country that we weren’t completely informed about. Siera, 15, was our driving force, keeping us focused completely and keeping us interested. With our short amount of time, having her as our group leader helped considerably. She is credited for the following pages: Conflict in Libya, Libya’s rights, and the Spanish vocabulary we included. Zane, 15, our technological super whiz, had the skill with the computer and website building. He’s credited for the Spanish quiz, and Locations page. We all learned from him and gained new abilities with codes and different website hosts. Nathan, 15, was our fact checker and the one who kept us glued together. He’s credited for the Foreign workers and African Mercenaries pages, as well as the flash player on the Spanish quiz. He constantly had us citing work, and making sure all our information was in order. Nathan was a huge part of the project. Tianna, 15, was the reviser of all our questions and stories. She checked grammar as well as polished our work to make it sound professional and ready for being turned in. She’s credited with the creation of the bibliography page, as well as the page on Muammar El-Gaddafi. Our coaches, Mrs. Ross and Mr. Townsend of New Tech High school, gave us workshops and structured time for our project. They kept us on the dotted timeline, without stressing us out. We appreciate all of their work, and everything they’ve done for us.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our group believed that it was more than important for our community, and the people in it, to become more aware about the struggles and situations in Libya. We wished for the chance to get the word out around places in the area of America, because we felt there wasn’t enough being done. This project is mainly based on the troubles the country of Libya is facing, and the contributing factors to what is happening there. We offer as many facts as we can, and give you the option to choose your own opinion. Each of us agreed thoroughly that this would be the best idea for democracy and human rights, because the issue falls under both categories. It is our hope that we manage to make at least a small difference, by making this more public to people around us, especially kids our age. If we can make a change, then we’ve accomplished what we set out to do.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Our main issue was getting to the things we need when we had to deal with Fortigaurd, which made it difficult to get the things we wanted linked, and placed, on the website. We solved this problem by replacing mostly everything with resources that could be accessed by school computers. With that, we only had to deal with absences, but dealt with that by just having group member’s work from home when able. Otherwise, our group was able to go through this project with minimal problems or issues.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Participating in this project, we believe, has really brought out the best in us. We were all captured by the story, and felt the need to shed light on the subject, as much as we could. Whatever the outcome may be, Zane, Nathan, Siera and I, are all very glad to have gotten the opportunity to partake in this and we are thankful for what knowledge we’ve gained.

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

In this project, we covered Global Humanities. We researched several different topics about the troubles in Libya and their human rights being taken away. We also covered Spanish content by making a Spanish review game and vocabulary list. In addition, we have a button that turns everything to Spanish for those who may not be able to read English. In order for us to graduate high school we have to take a semester of Global Humanities and a year of Spanish. So with that said, this project helped us reach some of those goals. Most of my group did not know how to use most of the software for Weebly but with practice and patience, we finally got the hang of it.

Project Elements

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

We used the website creator Weebly. Our main reason for using this website is because we were more comfortable with it and we can add any Flash videos that we published without using a convertor. HP Compaq LE1711 was the only computer that we could use at school while doing our project. Our interview videos on Libya came from YouTube. Flash Professional was one of the software’s that we used to create our ‘bug’ video which carried different Spanish words in and out. This software has to be one of the most important software’s that we used because it captures peoples attention and it teaches people our Spanish vocabulary. Along with that, we used Google maps to show the area that we are talking about, which you can view on the Location tab of our website.

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

As a group, we each perceive ourselves as ambassadors with what we are working on. Each of us wants to use this website as a diplomatic way to raise awareness by informing and educating on the subject we’ve chosen. We’re all hoping that people will continue to visit our website, and look through the information we’ve provided. Maybe, in the future, we can continue to add more information on the situation as it develops. So far, from what we’ve tried, the people we’ve showed our site have been impressed. We think that if the website was developed more and more, we could actually use it in a professional setting. By getting the word out about this problem in Libya, we feel as if we are representing not only America, but the American generation of teenagers that care and want to make a difference.

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

Our hopes are that our website brings awareness to Libya’s struggles. My group’s involvement in this project has strengthened the relationship between our school and the community by sharing our knowledge and allowing the public to access a website that is simple, but educational. We discussed our topic with outside community members, and we realize that it brings interesting conversation and a lot more people are concerned than we had originally thought. We believe that our website is appealing enough to teach social studies/global issue classes all throughout our society and is a great resource to use if you want to get involved.

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

We still have yet to draw in community members for help and volunteering, but we’re hoping with this website and the attention it may bring, that people will be willing to contribute to our cause. The issue taking role in Libya has become a significant problem for several countries, and if our community is willing to hear us out, people can learn how to be of assistance to help out with this problem. Each member of our team helped with the website in a constructive way. In order to complete this website we all had to make personal pages that provided different information on our topic, along with photos and video’s. We each made a biography about ourselves and we experimented with new technology such as flash player. We would also like to thank our teachers for sharing this opportunity with us and our parents for giving us valuable feedback.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We as a group learned a great deal about Libya and its people. It has helped us understand recent news, human rights, along with the actual significance of diplomacy. This project has really opened our eyes to the global issues, by giving us a greater understanding of what is actually happening. During this project we were able to make several connections. The people of Libya are having a revolt similar the Egyptians revolt and the fall of Saddam Hussein because they are attempting to free themselves.

This was a great experience and definitely one of our favorite projects we’ve done this entire school year.


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