Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassador & Student Hosts Project 

"I'm Going To Visit Your School, And

You're Going To Visit Mine"

Overview:

Students learn about other countries and other cities as they visit each other's schools and communities. In this project, students act as both "host" and "ambassador." As the host, they meet and spend time with visiting students, showing them their community.  As ambassador, they travel to the other school and learn about that country and its culture. In both cases, students must prepare in advance.

In these roles, students are representing their schools and their country. At the same time, they are learning about the culture of their "partner" schools, and expanding their global knowledge. In these roles, the students must do pre-visit learning and research. As ambassadors, they must find out what they can about the country they will visit to prepare for their journey. They may need to think about different currencies or distance measurement or climates. As hosts, they need to determine what they will show the visiting ambassador, which requires they make decisions about what is significant about their own school, community, or culture.

The outcome of this project is "global communication." Students reach across the miles to make new friends, develop new perspectives, and broaden their understanding of other cultures.

Directions:

1) Determine which group you will be in; teachers will help you

2) Use the timeline and determine the following with your group:

    • do research on your partner country or city
    • collaborate with your partners 
    • prepare information to represent your own school and country when the ambassador visits
    • decide what you will share with students in the partner school when you visit
    • decide what you would like to show students when you are host
    • decide what you would like to see when you are ambassador
    • decide what you need to know before you arrive at the other country
3) Scavenger Hunt - Do this first!
    • Use the school's WEB page for information
    • Answer the questions on the scavenger hunt posted by each school
4) Determine what differences there are in climate, currency, customs
    • calculate travel distances, airlines to use, routes to take, costs
    • decide on clothes you will need to take, based on climate
    • familiarize yourself with the currency; determine how you will do conversions
5) Find out more about the country you will visit:
    • sports, food, customs, family life, subjects taught in school, etc.
    • make a list, with your partners, of other things you need to learn about
6) Determine which "tools" you will use to do your project:
    • research - the Internet and search engines
    • Google Earth - locate the cities/schools
    • Google Maps - locate important sites
    • Docs - collaboration
    • Blogger - discussion 
    • Presentation mode - summarize what you've learned
    • iChat - talk in real time and "see" your partners

Links: 

Resources for Project:

Google Blogger - Login & discuss

Google Docs - Login and find your project by title

Google Notebook - Teacher sites to use for project 

Google Notebook - Student sites to use for project 

Custom Search Engines To Use:

  • Canada
  • California
  • New York 
  • Singapore

iPhoto Photocast - see photos of the other schools 

Google Presentation - use for final project with partners

Google Maps - find and locate places; use street view; map routes 

Google Map Gadgets - use to find out more information about each country

Google Earth - use to locate schools, places within countries, measure distances

WEB Resources: