CHECK IT OUT!!

Our Group Wiki - http://whs-haiti.wikispaces.com/Group+wiki-helping+haiti
Our Fundraising page - http://www.mercycorps.org/fundraising/WhsHelpsHaiti
Our Youtube Video -
http://youtube.com/watch?v=mFBLIxUJgis

TERM 1



Week 1
- Met Research Project class.
- Made a group for project consisting of Chris, Rohan, Onn, Ben, Anel, Darren and I.
- Relief teacher gave us a worksheet to evaluate our types/methods of researching

Week 2
- Decided on research project. We decided to make a project aimed towards helping the victims in Haiti.
- Ms.McInnes told us the DLSOPE method of researching which stands for Defining, Locating, Selecting, Organising, Presenting, Evaluating
- Visited Wikispaces and created own page for research project.
- Visited Ms. McInnes' moodle page for information on RBL.

Week 3
- Learnt how to use WonderWheel on Google.
- Given assessment sheets to see what is being graded.
- Ms.McInnes showed us a useful site located on the school's intranet called "Student Web 2". It tells us how to use the DLSOPE method and techniques which can be used while researching. http://172.27.143.10/student_addins/Studentweb2/index.htm
- Group members Chris and Darren taught the class the basics of using Web Inspiration. Ms.McInnes explained how useful brainstorming and discussing ideas on a concept map can be.
Link to web inspiration: http://www.mywebspiration.com

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Screenshot of our concept map for Haiti. Created by Chris Chau

Week 4
- We finalised our jobs for our research project :
Our jobs are:
Information on Haiti and the incident - Rohan Kotwal
Video planning - Onn Tang and Chris Chau
Fund raising oranising - Ben Delalovic
Fundraising site and donation - Vuong Nguyen
Surveys/interviewing people - Anel Delibasic
Creating and managing our group wiki - Darren Chan


- Constructed a fundraising page on MercyCorps.com aiming to get people to donate money to help the Haiti victims.
Our fundraising page is :http://www.mercycorps.org/fundraising/whshelpshaiti
- Advertised our fundraising page on Facebook to advertise our project and hopefully get donaters
- Listened to Mr. Noble give an explaination on how to effectively do a investigation and what steps need to be done.
- Ms. McInnes gave us a worksheet referring to Bloom's Taxonomy to help us learn the six levels of learning.
- We chose our research question to be "Can any human support the Haiti victims?".
- Darren constructed our group wikispaces page to show the work of all our members.
Our Group Wiki - http://whs-haiti.wikispaces.com/Group+wiki-helping+haiti

Week 5
- Our group constructed a set of questions to ask our interviewee, Medecins Sans Frontieres Australia.
- We contacted the music and dance teachers to see if they can help us in a fundraiser.
- A proposal was started to introduce our fundraising ideas to Ms Edwards/Ms Bond.

Week 6
- Our group began to contact people from different sections to get our fundraising ideas going. The people we have began to contact are Medecins Sans Frontieres Australia, Woodville High School teachers and students who could assist us.
- Plans for our video project have began. Our aim is to promote our support for Haiti and to show people how they can donate to help the victims.
- Further research has been done. We have looked at articles on EBSCO Host to help us find facts and details of what the victims need.
- Chris Chau has updated our concept map to display what our ideas and jobs are within the group.

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Week 7
- Ms. Mcinnes showed us a useful website that taught us how to find out if a website is credible or not.
Five things that I learnt from the tutorial of determining if a website is credible are:
  • It has to have a qualified author with a publication date
  • You have to ask yourself Why? How? When? Who? What? in order to assist yourself in determining if the website is credible
  • Analyse the page and see if the information biased or does it push a specific perspective? Does the site contain advertising? and If there are ads, is there any conflict of interest between them and the content?
  • Is it clear when the information was published? When was it last updated? If there are links to other websites, do they work?
  • Is the site easy to navigate? Are there obvious signs of errors or typos? Can factual information be verified using other sources?
    The tutorial can be found here : http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/webevaluation/

- We have received contact back from Medecins Sans Frontieres Australia saying that a representative will be contacting us soon.
- On Friday Onn and Rohan visited Ms.Sykes and discussed the fundraising plans. After the discussion they came up with the conclusion that we might have to change some of the ideas we brainstormed because some of our fund raising ideas would be difficult to arrange. The Fundraising ideas our group came up with are :
  • Concert-dance and music
  • Raffle & ribbons
  • Catering- muffin/cookies/ sausage sizzle
  • Car wash
  • Delivering service

Week 8
- Prepared all work to get marked for term 1's assessment. Ms.Mcinnes kindly listed all the items which needed to be handed in on the wiki's homepage so that all students are well aware of what is being assessed.
- Continued to use EBSCO Host to find recent articles regarding events in Haiti and fundraising events around the world supporting Haiti.
- UPDATE ON FUNDRAISING IDEAS
Our current fundraising ideas are:
The concert - Dance:yes. Drama:yes. Music:maybe. Make sure that we book the hall.
Raffle - We buy an iPod and maybe get other people to donate items.
Car Wash - Make sure that everyone agrees with the idea.
Wristbands - Unclear if we will purchase the wristbands.

Once Medecins Sans Frontieres Australia provide us with a representative we will be interviewing them to obtain valuable information for our research project.

Here are our interview questions:

1. How are you associated with the Haiti crisis?

2. How has your association benefited victims?

3. Who is assisting your organisation?

4. What can people do to help your organisation?

5. How long will you be there for?

6. What qualifications do you need to do to be part of this organisation?

7. Is there any way that we can help other than money?

8. How long do you think when the crisis will be over?

9. What are your thoughts about the crisis?

10. Will Haiti ever be the same?



During the term I created a few posters and banners for the group. Here is a sample of the images i created:

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Term 2


Week 1
- Finalising fundraising plans
- Planned our term, and decided what needs to be done
- Holding raffle, and a concert in Week 5 Tuesday. Wrist band plan scrapped due to money issues

Week 2
- Reassessing plans for the term
- Confirming concert and raffle with teachers and students
- Contacting Ms Edwards for sponsorship of raffle prize

Week 3
- Surveyed students to estimate possible outcome of tickets sold from raffle
- Interview with Ms Edwards for sponsorship
- Email to Medecins Sans Frontieres Australia as no one has replied for our interview questions
- Printed concert and raffle ticket advertisements and stuck around the school.

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Week 4
- Bought raffle tickets to sell
- Began selling raffle tickets to teachers and student. $143 has been raised in three days
- Videos for youtube commercial have been recorded and are in the process of being editted
- Presentation draft has been written

Week 5
- This week we are finalising the events for the raffle and concert
- In six days we have raised $241 and are still selling tickets
- Here is a basic graph of our earnings:
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- The concert was a success. Great amount of people attended and performances were excellent.
- We have raised $400 for Haiti altogether and we are now planning to get it donated to our Mercy Corps fundraising page.

Here is our final donations graph:


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Week 6
- The group I are now finalising our presentation for next week.
- We have arranged to meet at Darren's house on the the weekends to make a video that will help us with our presentation.
- I am editting the presentation video using the footage I have recorded
- Presentation video has been complete and speech is being written

Week 7
- Finalising video and speech for presentation on Tuesday
- Presentation has been complete and overall good marks were given by the students
- We have finally received a reply back from a primary source. Jack Reynolds from Free the Kids was kind enough to answer our interview questions.

Here is his answers:

1) We started our project (caring for orphaned/abused/abandoned
children) in Haiti in 1999. We statred with only 12 children and several teenagers
to help. My brother-in-law (Fr. Marc Boisvert) went to Haiti at that time after
visiting earlier and seeing the great poverty and need to help, especially the
children. We are located 120 miles from Port-au-Prince the capital where the
earthquake was most devastating. We have grown substanilially in 11 years. Before
the earthquake we had 675 children in our village. The government brought more
children to us after the quake and today we have 810. We also have 200 Haitian
employees working and some living at our facility.

2). We have received more children whose parents were killed.

3). We are a private organization. By that I mean we are not a large international
agency such as World Vision. But, in my opinion, we are much more effective because
we do not have a large staff in the U.S. Only 2 people. Our organization in the
States is called FreeTheKids.org. We exist only to support Pwoje Espwa in Haiti.
We receive funds from groups (Rotary Club, etc.) churches (of all denominations) and
mostly from individuals.

4. The best way to help is to support us financially. 96% of all funds go directly
to support the children, the school, the clinic etc.

5. We started our project in 1998. We plan to be serving the children of Haiti for
as long as the need is there.

6. To be a volunteer at Espwa in Haiti, an application needs to be submitted. One
of the requirements is the ability to speak French -- hopefully Creole. The
children and staff (except for Fr. Marc) do not speak English.

7. There is really no other way to help. Shipping fees and customs fees are
extremely high. And by purchasing locally we help the economy.

8,9,10. I believe Haiti will be in crisis for the next 20 years. If any tropical
storms hit Haiti this summer, it will be devastating. There are 1.5 million
homeless living in tents which will not survive flooding. Our project is one of the
most successful in Haiti. With funding we would like to implement our model to
other sections of the country. It's very difficult when 60% of the population is
illiterate. Two things need to be established for the county to move forward -- a
good educational system and enforcement of the rule of law. Right now the UN has
9000 troops in country. They will have to be there for a long time until a security
system can be established.

- As part of our evaluation, each person had to evaluate themselves using the six coloured hats.
This is what I've done:

Six Colours, Six Hats

Red Hat - Emotions
The emotions I felt during the research project were happiness, stress, joy, concern and anxiousness.

Yellow Hat – Good Points
I believe that our topic was really worth doing because my group learnt a lot of skills in the process and we raised a great amount of money for the Haiti victims. Our fundraisers worked well due to good organisation and efficient communication with staff and students. We were able to raise $400 for Mercy Corps and plan to donate it to them through the school.

Black Hat – Bad Points
Some bad points to our project was that we weren’t able to hold all of our fundraising ideas due to lack of time or financial reasons. Another problem was that an assembly was held right before our concert which made it very hard for us to setup our equipment quickly.

Green Hat – Creativity
We came up with many creative ideas for our fundraiser such as raffle, carwash, wristbands, badges, concert, and chocolates. We weren’t able to work out the problem of not being able to hold all the ideas because we had limited time to organise.

White Hat – Information
Before we started our fundraising, we needed to find background information for our topic. To assist us we had 4 guiding questions, these questions helped us gather our information in an efficient manner.

Blue Hat – Organisation of thinking
I believe the choices we made for our topic were really good as we came out with a great end result. Our decisions and thinking methods enabled us to efficiently work the staff and students which brang out a positive atmosphere to the school