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VVP and the Common Core Standards
The Virtual Video Project has come to an end and I am so proud of the work we have accomplished. I would like to extend well-deserved congratulations to the youth and facilitators involved in this extraordinary summer learning program.
Throughout the program, we focused on skills that are transferrable to youth’s future career aspirations. These skills include public speaking, collaborating with peers to achieve a common goal, and supporting arguments and opinions with reputable sources. In addition, we assisted youth in working in creative capacities, such as using their imaginations to create an original storyline and using Second Life and digital media to bring this story to life.
In an effort to process through the work we have done, we asked youth guiding questions about their experiences with VVP. I would like to share of few of these responses:
“My participation in VVP has helped improved my research skills, my confidence and my global awareness. These skills will help me with my future goals by researching I can learn more about my options, the confidence will help me become more assertive and reach for want I want to achieve in life.” – Keisha
“My participation in VVP taught me some skills that will help me towards my goal of being in the medical field as either a nurse or physician assistant…In the profession I want to pursue, everyone has a responsibility and people rely on the job they do, and if they make a mistake everyone is affected. Since I want to be in the medical field a mistake can cost someone their life.” – Osariemen
“My goal later in life is to become a pastry chef and I can use the computer to design cakes to make my clients have an idea of what the cake is going to look like instead of drawing out the whole cake. Saves time :)!” – Shareece
“The skills I developed in VVP help with my understanding of team work and that you cannot always do things on your own. Sometimes you need that extra help to get that project down the right way…This film was made to inform all the people in the world about the crisis we all face because we are all one people no matter the race or place you were born. We all need to come together and shape the right and clean future for our next generations to come. ” – DJ
“I want people to learn from the film that climate change doesn’t just effect our environment and surroundings. It affects our health too and if we don’t do something about it soon we will not have a future generation. Meaning this generation will be gone soon.” – Brianna
“The biggest thing I took away from participating in VVP was knowing that technology can be used to bring awareness to a topic. With film, we didn't just lecture the audience with tons of information. Instead we created a story and used technology to its full potential to bring awareness to climate change.” – Javon
It is our hope that their time with VVP has given youth a firm foundation from which to achieve their life goals. In addition, through this summer learning program, we were able to reinforce the New York State Common Core Standards that youth learn during the academic school year. Specifically, youth interacted with the following NYS Common Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards:
- Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
- Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
- Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
- Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
- Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
- Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
- Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
- Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact ad collaborate with others.
- Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
- Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility ad accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
- Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
- Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Speaking and Listening
- Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
- Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
- Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
- Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to the ask, purpose, and audience.
- Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
- Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated and appropriate.
Through the use of these Common Core Standards during the summer months, we hope to strengthen, enrich and sharpen youth’s skills for the academic school year and beyond.
It has been a pleasure getting to know the youth and Global Kids staff members. I am excited to see the finished product on August 3rd!