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Teamwork in a secondary school!

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.

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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.

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

In order to test this I'll plan to use a single class with teachers, parents and have a mock up version in order to see if people are willing to work together and creatively. Another way can be handing out letters at the end of a school day and the people who want to test the project they can turn up.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

Schools around the world will not need a large amount of equipment as the project can be done without filming, streaming and etc. Having the facilities and someone that will be willing to give up their own time to help students creatively confident and assess peoples creativity is key for this project. Being from the UK and attending a secondary school, I believe that two days at the start of the term will not have an impact on students. If people disagree then instead of the start of term people around the world can have this project done on the weekend.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

I'll listen to all the comments to try to improve the concept even further. I would like to have feedback from secondary school teachers on how to make the project fit within the school budget without forcing a lot of money as most of equipment will be from the school themselves. Any improvements and suggestions from the OpenIDEO community will also great.


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Good Idea. I think to gain general confidence as a person you need to be comfortable around people you do or don't know. Once you have that general confidence in yourself to stand up speak up and get your ideas across, I believe then your creativity will then prosper. Also being in a group it allows you to draw from group members ideas and thoughts process, to benefit your own creativity

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I agree as I participated in something similar and being put into groups with people you don't know, there's a sense of you have to perform and be involved to get the full experience.

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