I have had experience with Skype type videoconference sessions between international sites. So I am going to lay out how it might roll and again project goals and ideas for now and to continue after our pilot.
We are targeting the first such meet and greet session between our kids on the 19th of July.
This will be what we refer to as the "ice breaker" where kids working on the project at each site get to tell the others about who they are, where they live, a bit about their culture and their hopes for this project and working together on a great cause that is important for us all.
We recommend 1 or 2 students share the 5 minute intro from each site.
We start with Nairobi, then to NYC South Bronx, then to Bungoma site.
Choose students who are comfortable speaking for the group, and of course prepare them with an outline and what messages to tell the group. Of course they can read if they wish to. It will be very informal really just a nice way to begin to get to know one another and make friendships between our peoples.
Tell them to always speak slowly, clearly and a bit louder than normal so all can hear them. Hearing is more important than seeing in videoconferencing. Though seeing is great too.
OK here is how it should go for setting it up and then the first session:
Thursday the 18th - we test at the same hour 8:30 am New York City Time 3:30 pm Kenya time - test Skype connections, microphones, speakers, and camera/video.
Be thinking about not only camera on individuals who will be speaking but also if you want to show some other objects such as maps or hand drawn pictures, scenes out your window (if not too sunny, dark, or far away).
Session - approx - 45 minutes or less
Friday the 19th - the ice-breaker - 45 minutes or less
8:30 am USA - 3:30 pm Kenya - set up - calling and basic testing of network and systems
9:00 am USA - 4:00 pm Kenya - Nairobi starts (again 1 or 2 students presents for the class)
Students give names
Village or city
Geographic Region (where in Kenya? Where in Niarobi? Where in States and New York City? Where in Bungoma?
Mountain - Ocean side? Lake side?
Maybe - Google Earth your location or have other classes do so on another non-presentation computer
Team members (not a full list if big group - camera can point to other participants who can wave or come forward as a group to join the presenter(s), the go back
General age and interests of kids in your area of country/city
Maybe Research area for project your group may be doing (Johnny and Kenya teachers certainly guide this and if you have time decide before the 19th session - see below)
Ideas for our project name and teams - Bungoma, Nairobi and NYC!!
After Nairobi, NYC, and Bungoma give their initial presentations
Question and Answers (first Bungoma, then NYC, then Nairobi sites)
Have two prepared questions from each site for whichever other site you want to ask
And then if there is something that is out of your script for questions - feel free to ask it, but first ask your teacher
If time - each site students sing together a national or local traditional song
AGAIN PILOT AND PROJECT GOALS (Further ideas and planning for teachers):
Overall project goal for these two weeks is to come up together through sessions and blog postings (or in the next month) is to at least develop a basic outline of how you will together realistically try to save the rhino.
I have given you some ideas and I am sure you will have many great ones of your own.
Johnny, Herine and Bonnie - be thinking of what areas your students might each want to research to put together their part of the save the rhino report outline, some research they might want to do at this time to prepare themselves for the work ahead, and how you might divide up the tasks - could be -
Of course this does not at all need to get done during this session or even within the month (maybe a preliminary findings summary report), as there is alot of ground to cover on this complex topic.
But let's Skype, begin that research and report outline, begin to play OPEN's Saving the Black Rhino - Mkomazi game together and discuss!!
Current laws in Kenya, Tanzania, and some current international laws say by CITES or other international bodies such as IUCN
Current laws in South Africa (where biggest rhino populations that remain are, and where they are now most under threat)
Awesome new CITES report on illicit trade report....incredible resource
Also, IUCN Congress just met in 2012 in Korea, and discussed plight of wildlife maybe summary report on what their conclusions were (see link below)?
What are CITES next steps or next Congress - the agenda?
IUCN is looking for young generation participation - should your students try to participate in the next CITES congress with their knowledge and report?
IUCN 2012 - resolutions and recommendations
Short paper on rhino and elephants from IUCN 2012 Congress
Current laws in Vietnam and China?
How each country laws are enforced (if at all)
Weaknesses in law and enforcement (main loopholes)
Ideas for new laws and enforcement that might work better
New technologies and support such as drones or Internet tracing technologies? - who is doing what with this today? - crowdsourcing project in Kenya to buy and use drones (see article I post next)
How to stop or lessen bribery?
Choke points - how to better catch them at ports or airports (remember they are clever and use 3rd party countries to get to Vietnam and China likely - what might those intermediary ports/airports be?
Who are the middlemen/women?
Who makes what money in the distribution chain - from poacher shooting the rhino to the end of the chain - the villager buying the powder - thinking it is a cure for cancer, headache or hangover etc.?
2nd Session - EXACT DATE TO BE DETERMINED
Kenya two sites present - what has happened and what is happening today in Kenya related to the rhino (status report). Then discussion and question and answers from NYC and each site to other.
OK - THANK YOU FOR READING AND DIGESTING. FEEDBACK WELCOME.