There's no better way to learn than by talking to people. Even if you're not a reporter, everyone needs good interviewing skills, whether it's to find the answer to a question or to get a job. Interviewing isn't something you can just rush into, however. Kids need preparation, practice and coaching.
In this project, learners do a survey and create a spreadsheet using the data. Keep in mind that you could also do a survey project just with pen and paper, or you could have the group take photos to illustrate their findings and build a Web page with the results.
Journal writing is an activity that follows the same pattern every day; only the topic changes. The idea is to get kids thinking about an important concept that will be used in other projects and activities that day—in this case, the Internet. Each day, you'll give them instructions for things to write or draw in their individual and group journals, then ask them to share the results with the class.
Description: Six high school children in the CIAO (Community Information Agents Online) program spent 6 weeks in Summer, 2000 learning video publishing for the net. This project goals were to help high school students become decision makers who influence community leaders to respond to their ideas for change. The youth built Web sites for the Urban Gardens program, the Neighborhood Roundtable and two library branches. Partners in the project included the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Information and the Kellogg Foundation.