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Meadowcreek team wins gold in global IT competition

Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen Email Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen
April 2017
Meadowcreek team wins gold in global IT competition

A team of students from Meadowcreek High School in Gwinnett County, led by teacher Mrs. Pintu Thaker, was a Gold Award finisher in the Global Virtual Classroom Mini Web Contest. Team members included Sukhmani Choudhry, Trung Bui, Nancy Chavez, Aljon Pineda (project leader), Dawson Truong, and Shaskia Voltaire.

Between September 5 and November 25, 2016, the students created a collaborative website on a topic of world interest (https://sites.google.com/a/gsbi.org/gvcm109/). Through working on their website, they shared their daily routines, hobbies, family customs, values, traditions, interesting aspects of their respective cities, cuisines, and myths or customs behind the special cuisine. They even prepared a dish from the other team to get an authentic taste of one another’s culture. And they shared activities performed for the betterment of society.

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 The theme of their project called “Mosaic” is precisely elucidated in this quote of President Jimmy Carter: “We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, and different dreams.”

 

In this competition, 16 schools from the United States, India, Africa, Russia, and Taiwan formed eight teams. Mrs. Thaker’s team was assigned by the Global Virtual Classroom to a team at St. Mark's Sr. Sec. Public School, Janakpuri, New Delhi. Mrs. Thaker—who has been recognized as 2016 – 2017"Star Teacher" by Meadowcreek and 2016 – 2017"Teacher of the Year" by the Rotary Club—communicated with Monika Uppal, a teacher from St. Mark's at least twice per week, daily if possible, even if students were not available. Assessment was based on Creativity/ Originality, Social Responsibility, Team Spirit, and Copyright Compliance.

The Global Virtual Classroom, founded in 2009, is a collection of free, online educational activities and resources. It aims to complement the efforts of governments and educators around the world to integrate technology into their classrooms and curricula and to link their schools to the Internet in educationally productive ways. This program builds bridges of communication between K-12 classrooms in countries and regions of the world.

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The India team.

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The US team.

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Mrs. Thaker, seen here at the Rotary Club, has been recognized as 2016 – 2017 "Star Teacher" by Meadowcreek and 2016 – 2017 "Teacher of the Year" by the Rotary Club.


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