Thursday, January 11, 2007

Teen Life Project

In English, we are going to begin an exciting project about being a teenager.

In this project you will choose an issue that you feel is important to your life and future, develop your understanding of it, and your understanding of international opinion about it, produce a digital representation of your understanding, and finally share and discuss your experiences with others. All this in six weeks.

We'll be working with grade seven and eight students from three other schools who are doing versions of this same project. Once school is in Canada, another in the United States, and the third is another international school in Malaysia!

The central questions, the ones your project answers, are:
  • 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)
You assignment is to produce a digital representation of your understanding of these issues. By digital, I mean that it has to be able to be put up on the internet. You could make a video that we would post to a site like YouTube for other students to watch. You might make a podcast - an mp3 file. You could create a photo essay - a collection of photographs and writing. Your creativity is the limit.

Along the way, you will create a network of people whose ideas will support the development of your understanding of your issue. These will be students from our school, the schools we are working with, and the general public.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Like the saying, a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. It's time to take that first step, which is to introduce yourself on your blog. Other students will use your introduction to connect with people who share similar interests. Here are some ideas to help get your introduction going.

Who are you? How old are you? What's your life like here in Cartagena? What issues are you interested in? You are introducing yourself to the group of students in other countries who will be working on this project with you.

1 comment:

katherine said...

Hey,
I'm from the "Teen Life Project" too. Are teacher has asked us to post comments on other peoples blogs about this project...im from Cananda i ahve lived here for about 5 years i moved here from Texas..big change. I think that this project is going to be good for us to meet other people and see what it is like in your country? Do you like where you live? I do because it is really nice here and we have really good schools and we have a lot of fun in school like how many schools get to do this with people around the world? Not very many...Well i better go and leave comments on other peoples blogs...keep up the good writing! :)