New to secondary school, no friends, very shy and not talkative. Then this concept will help you. Through being creative, students from different years will be able to work as a team in order to create a presentation that will need to impress.
A whole secondary school will take part in a project that will last two days, this could either be done at the start of the calender year or near the end of the calender year. Different years will collaborate with each other in order to make the perfect presentation, where they will present to the teachers and a university guess professor. The presentation will be based on one topic for example a product that can be used while you are on a train. The presentation can be about a product or a project as long as it is based on the topic. This can also be done on a larger scale by having students from schools up and down the country coming together to take part.
The students will all be split into different groups containing different age groups, nationalities and etc. By using this system each group will contain people who do not know each other, this will then allow students to build relationships. Through building relationships students will also have a friend to talk to after the project when everybody goes back to a school timetable. During the process the students will break barriers such as talking to someone in a different year group, communicating with others and many more.
After being put into groups, students will then follow their groups to start creating ideas. Teamwork is key as each person will have to choose one idea that the group will develop into a presentation. On the second day of this project the groups will have time to practice mock up presentations before the real one in the afternoon. They will be using school facilities that will enable them to be more creative for example laser cutter, wood models, foam models, PC and etc.
Presentation time, the teachers will be the judges who will listen to all the presentations, provide feedback on the good points and what could have been improved. All the presentations will be streamed live on YouTube where the parents, other schools and teachers will be able to watch and comment on the ideas. As the judges are still giving feedback they will have a tablet linked to the stream where they can also give feedback to the students on what the online audience have said. When the presentations are finished a electronic copy will be created so that the students, teachers and parents can download or buy as a DVD from the school.
At the end of the day taking part is the reward as the students would have all made friends and improve their skills.