|Students from the Louisiana State University Laboratory School High School prepare for their Peace Project.
The Peace Project focuses on global
collaboration between the multimedia
class at Louisiana State University
Laboratory School High School and
Odori High School in Japan. Interactions using
Microsoft SkyDrive, Skype, PowerPoint, Word,
Bing translator, Bing Maps, and video/audio
editing software are used to engage students
regarding cross-cultural understanding, while
developing technology skills.
Students work collaboratively to create
digital media projects to communicate with
Odori High School about specific historical
events, literature written from different
perspectives, traditional art, sustainable
living, and everyday culture that is of
interest to students. After learning about
the other culture, students collaborate to
identify common issues among the cultures
and decide how to best communicate their
message regarding the issue. The Louisiana
school utilizes Skype, Outlook email, and
SkyDrive to share ideas and files with
students at Odori High School.
Through the exchange of ideas, students
analyze the similarities, recognize the differences,
and begin to develop a global point of view.
Students exhibited their desire to
practice their communication, culture, and
technology skills by organizing a trip to
Japan for an immersion in the real world. To
inspire students to travel abroad is a sign of a
successful educational experience.
The Peace Project is from Jennifer Bevill,
LSU Laboratory School (Baton Rouge, LA),
winner of the 2012 Microsoft Partners in
Learning US Forum.