International ICT Seagulls Project starts its “15th PROUD YEAR”. Within 15 years, we also developed Leading Seagulls and Community Seagulls. The following section will give the needed information concerning the projects of the year 2018. I wish a very fruitful and successful project season with intensive participation and a great collaboration.
PROJECT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
We aim at training innovative, contemporary and qualified generations who are;
- good at using the Internet, social media and ICT technology efficiently and effectively,
- aware of the importance of collaboration (=İmece) and team spirit,
- skilful in determining and solving their own problems and also the problems of the community,
- knowledgeable about research rules and ethics,
- visionary, brave and hardworking enough to implement the strategies developed for the problem areas,
- sensitive enough to the problems of own community, environment, cultural diversity and self-improvement,
- Well-trained and creative in sharing their project steps on an innovative PowerPoint presentation, web page and/or Blog.
Through this Project;
- Awareness will be created upon the K-12 level student-teacher circles (teams)/university circles, community circles including NGOs and local authorities related to;
- Human dignity, cultural sensitivity and tolerance,
- Cultural sensitivity and tolerance,
- Sustainability in various areas,
- Gaining a historical perspective about the studies issues,
- Team spirit through “World Bank 2005 Turkey’s Creative Development Ideas” AWARDED “İmece Circles” methodology,
- Quality focused issues and tools,
- Technological & Environmental literacy,
- Creativity: Original and authentic design info,
- Time, meeting, conflict, stress and portfolio management,
- Ethics, especially respecting the copyrights of others,
- Communication skills & Problem-solving skills,
- The necessity of feeding “Mind-Body and Spirit” in a positive way.
- Young generations will be motivated to be more creative, productive and investigative whatever they study on.
- All generations_young and old_ will be able to come to the same platform to solve the common problems.
- Participants will develop a positive attitude towards the importance of sharing the results of their projects at a very extraordinary style_ using their imagination to fly towards the beyond of limits just like; “The Seagull Jonathan Livingstone”; not only at national but also at international platforms.
This year, we proposed seven main themes in order to enlarge the project areas to give more freedom to the student teams. They are as follows:
1. THINKING LIKE A LEADER: The team members look at a problem issue with the glasses of the greatest leader of their own country, such as Ataturk, Gandhi, Mandela, etc. and they try to find solutions as if they were him/her. To do that, team members should be well aware of the principles of their leader.
2. ACTING AS AN ENVIRO-LOVER: The team members work on an environmental problem and try to find solutions. Their main question must be: “How can we make the life of our planet longer?”
3.LOOKING ETHICALLY: Teams might focus on Information Technologies (IT), Ethics and Safety.
4. LOOKING/ACTING WITH LOVE: We witness many conflicts, violence, humiliation and terrorism around us. How can we look at them with dignity, peace, love and tolerance and find solutions accordingly?
5. EMPHATIC LOOK: Projects for the disabled people conducted with empathy.
6. SENSITIVITY towards the gender issues.
7. YOUR OWN PROBLEM, in your own environment.
OUR SLOGAN: The Young and the Experienced: Hand-in-hand for peace, quality and dignity!
Project circles will study based upon the PDCA Mindset (Plan-Do-Check-Act) using quality tools and following the İmece Circles (SQC) steps. They will use the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) at a maximum rate. If there is limited Internet access, you can use your cellular phones. It was proved after a 14-year experience that the project adds a lot knowledge and skills students, which contribute to character development of the young. They gain and improve the philosophy of lifelong learning and team spirit. It is worth of noting that, those outcomes are approved not only in the national level but also at the international platforms. We are proud of having students’ imece circles (SQCs) from India, Nepal, United States of America, United Kingdom, South Africa and Sri Lanka in addition to Turkish schools.
The Project is open to all age groups starting from preschool education to universities. The circles study on their problem areas approximately for 6 months based upon Multiple Intelligences approach of Gardner and produce songs, drawings, caricatures, skits, documentary films, photographs, etc. Then, they share all the steps and the products through four media. They are:
- Web page design,
- Web+Blog design,
- PPT presentation.
In order to participate in the Project, sending the Registration Form to Dr. (Mrs.) Hayal Köksal is the only prerequisite. In order to take part in the project, technology must not form an obstacle for the team. The internet connection and PCs (Or Cellular Phones) should be accessible for the circle members. Each project member is advised to have an e-mail account. It is also recommended to include the parents of the students and the community members around the project school to the project cycle as team members.
At the School Administration level:
- As is known, the team, which completes the Project following the rules, is regarded as a “WINNER”. The school administration of winner is presented a plate (momentum) and all the team members get e-Certificates. This project does not have a financial award. The biggest award is considered as internalizing; Team spirit, Critical thinking skills, Continuous Improvement Philosophy (Kaizen), Communication skills, Leadership skills and gaining reputation at national and international platforms. Following the announcement of results, participants get the chance of attending the ICSQCC .
At the Team Level:
- Identification of the project topic (problem area) with the participation of students.
- Conducting a detailed research (Literature review) related to the problem area.
- Drawing of the “Road Map” of the project by using quality tools, such as; brainstorming, fishbone diagram, matrix, etc.
- Determination of the strategies and tactics after the main and root causes of the problem.
- Implementation of the strategies to bring solution to the problem.
- Collecting and analyzing the data related to the problem.
- Measuring the success rate of the change and sharing all the outcomes through various ways (web page, Blog or PPT).
- After drawing the Road map of the project, it must be approved by the general coordinator of the Project who is Dr. Köksal.
- Assessment steps will be shared in time.2018 ICT Seagulls Projects will be assessed in two phases after getting the approval from the General coordinator who is Dr. Hayal Köksal. Assessment Approval will be given based upon following the rules and timing.
In the year 2018, national and/or international circles will work in the following age and school groups:
1. K-12 graders as; (ICT Seagulls)
2. University students and lecturers (Leading Seagulls)
3. Disabled and/or gifted adults and/or students (Challenged Seagulls)
4. Local authorities, NGOs, companies and families (Community Seagulls).
- Volunteer Team registers to the Project by sending the Registration Form to the General Coordinator of the Project who is namely; Dr. Hayal Köksal through fax (+90 212 341 26 02) or e-mail (email@example.com) to participate in the Project. The Form must be asked from Dr. Köksal.
- After the approval of Dr. Köksal the team leader is informed about the Approval and a training seminar might be either given by Dr. Köksal or is sent through PowerPoints. All the team members and the leading teachers start their project journey after getting the detailed information about the steps.Projects must follow the PDCA Mindset (Plan, Do, Check, Act) steps as follows:
This project is supported by the Association for Innovative Collaboration (YİMEDER), World Council for Total Quality and Excellence in Education, “CMS-Lucknow/ India” and also the “Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies”.
1. PEER ASSESSMENT: All the circles from all participating countries will assess the other projects (excluding theirs).
2. JURY ASSESSMENT: The jury members will assess all the projects based on five criteria. Each year, the assessment criteria show differences depending on the age groups.
The registration period for the Project is between 1st June 2017 and 1st March 2018. Good luck.
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