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International Teen Life Project

Purpose

 

 

The purpose of this project is to have teenagers from different locations around the globe exchange their thoughts and perceptions of what their lives are like. By viewing, reading, and listening to the perspectives of others from around the globe, they will gain a greater perception of the similarities and differences of people's lives around the world. I DO NOT want to do an international project where kids learn about the holidays, foods, etc, of another nation. I presume we have all been through enough of these already. I am looking to dig deeper, to have kids dig, read, write, etc. I want them to explore issues, and work intensely to gain a clearer understanding of concerns that people have in a global world.

 

 

Participants

 

 

There are four participants in this project:

 

 

Name Location Email Skype Blog
Jamie Hide Grade 7 English and Social Studies

 

Cartagena, Colombia
jamiehide@gmail.com jamiehide  classroom: mrhide7.blogspot.com
Clarence Fisher Grade 7/ 8 Teacher

 

Snow Lake, MB. Canada
glassbeed@gmail.com glassbeed professional: remoteaccess.typepad.com

 

classroom: mr-fisher.edublogs.org
LeeAnn Baber Grade 8 CompTech and Art Teacher
Virginia, U.S.A.

 

 

 

lbaber@rockingham.k12.va.us lbaber my blog 

 

student's blog 

 


Kim Cofino

 

Middle School 6-8

 

IT integration specialist

 

Mont'Kiara International School

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
mscofino@gmail.com mscofino professional: mscofino.edublogs.org

 

classroom: msit.edublogs.org

 

community: techinthemiddle.edublogs.org

 

 

Central Framing Questions

 

 

- What are the central issues and concerns that people my age, in my place, have about their lives, about their futures, or about the issues that are facing their nation and the world?

 

- How do I relate to these issues?

 

- How are these issues similar and different from other people my age in different places around the world?

 

- What is it like to be ____ (your age) in ____________ (your state or country)?

 

 

Ideas - Not knowing for sure if older versions can be revised, I created a duplicate front page called a version and made some suggestions there. I did not want to change the layout for Ideas till approved by all of you.~Lee

 

 

- We need to design a project that is loose enough that everyone can relate to in their own place, but which is tight enough that the products produced, and the ongoing discussions that occur over time, can be related to each other.

 

 

Stage 1: Relating to Each Other: The kids will get to know each other in a more intense way through reading each others blogs, posting photos, possible Skype calls. This will get them familiar with each other, the issues they are discussing, and the perspectives of kids in each nation.

 

 

Stage 2: Groups in each place will design and construct a final representation showcasing their understanding of these issues. ideas for final projects may be documentary movies, a series of podcasts, or photo essays. These will be posted to a central location (if possible) to allow the kids to view, listen to, and watch each other's ideas. (i like this! ~lee)

 

 

Stage 3: Students in each place will spend time with the final representations created by the students in other classes. They will post reflections on similarities and differences, things they find that are interesting and / or surprising. If possible, a final connection to sum up these findings will be arranged. If not possible, then final reflections can be posted on blogs, in video form, or recorded in audio for download by other classes.

 

 

Timeline

 

 

Stage 1: 2 weeks. Beginning the middle of January and concluding at the end of the month.

 

Begins on January 22nd and ends on February 2nd. We need to come up with a scheduled time for a Skype call or to plan for a video / podcast exchange.

 

 

Stage 2: 3 weeks

 

February 5th - February 23rd This is three weeks.

 

 

Stage 3: Reflection: Kids view what others have done, reflect on similarities and differences. possible Skype call needs to be dated and organized. February 26th - March 2nd.

 

 

I believe that a shorter, more focused, intense timeline is better, allowing the kids to focus their learning and their energy on this project and so that is doesn't get lost in other classroom activities. (agreed! ~lee)

 

 

These are large, overview timelines. Smaller scale timelines will need to be built. For example, if we decide to do a Skype call, an exchange of podcasts, etc. these will need to be set within these larger ideas.(i use google calendars for this purpose. any new calendar apps out there? ~lee)

 

 

I've set up a Google calendar for planning purposes:

 

 

 

http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=ne0e9b2ttfsog1p1dujnnpisvg%40group.calendar.google.com

 

 

Uploads

 

 

Any ideas about uploading final projects? We have a class Flickr account that we can use and I was wondering about just using YouTube for videos. Any other thoughts and / or suggestions? ~Clarence~

 

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