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My tech project

Linking Our Local Community

Goals of Project

To The Middle East

Using Tools of Technology

Students will create an online town hall meeting with the potential of an international audience!

Students will use their own research and that of their peers to form their own opinons about what the U.S. policy should be in regard to occupying Afghanistan.

Students will see themselves part of a world community, available to them through vehicles of technology

Students will perform community service

Students will use technology as tools for learning and communicating.


Professor Frank BryanTown Meeting SpecialistPolicial Science ProfessorUniversity of Vermont (click here to go to his site)

Rethink Afghanistan Documentary

Masha HamiltonAuthor and JournalistFounder of the Afghan Women's Writing ProjectBrooklyn, New York(click here to go to her site)

Grains of Sand Docuemtary:

Town Meeting Online Resource:

UStream: A live interactive broadcast platform that enables anyone with an Internet connection and a camera to engage their audience in a meaningful, immediate way. (click here to enter site)

Pennies for Peace Project(click here for link)

Operation International Children(click here to enter site)

This project will require students to address all 6 of the National Education Technology Standards. I know I have been encouraged to be more specific, but I believe all will be addressed due to the transforming nature of this project.(click here to view the standards)

This project primarily addresses the following VT Standard, along with many more:H&SS7-8:16 Students examine how different societies address issues of human interdependence by…•Analyzing a current or historic issue related to human, rights, and explaining how the values of the time or place influenced the issue (e.g. Kosovo, China, Vietnam). i•Analyzing how shared values and beliefs can maintain a subculture (e.g., political parties, religious groups). i•Describing the purposes and functions of governmental and nongovernmental international organizations (e.g., the United Nations, NATO, International Red Cross, Amnesty International).•After examining issues from more than one perspective, defining and defending the rights and needs of others in the community, nation, and world (e.g. AIDS in Africa; One Child Policy in China; nuclear waste disposal). i•Analyze differences and similarities among people that arise from factors such as cultural, ethnic, racial, economic, and religious diversity, and describe their costs and benefits. i•Citing examples, both past and present, of how diversity has led to change. (e.g., immigration of Cubans into Miami). i•Identifying examples of interdependence among states and nations (e.g., transportation systems).•Analyzing behaviors that foster global cooperation among groups and governments (e.g., lowering trade barriers).•Explaining conditions, actions, and motivations that contribute to tensions and/or conflict within and among individuals, communities, and nations (e.g., investigating the relationship between poverty and conflict). i•Explaining ways in which conflicts can be resolved peacefully (e.g., assimilation /separatism; affirmative action; diplomacy).

The Standards Addressed

Video interview with Greg Mortenson, co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute , founder of Pennies For Peace and author of 'Three Cups of Tea' and 'Stones into Schools'

Videos from the Central Asia Institute

Skype: To communicate with our "experts" (click to enter site)

Voicethread: To be used by students to get feedback on the accuracy of their research and presentations from "experts and their peers. Click to link to site.

Google earth: To see the places we are studying. (click here to link to site)

Facebook: To find and communicate with human resources.


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