Exchanges in Action

Two high school classrooms from Maryland, USA and Mexico, came together during the Fall of 2014 to create a project that enlightened their students about poverty.  Together, they shared a private Google Community where their students could communicate, post research and report their findings. Through photography, self-reflection questions, surveys and written essays, students explored how poverty connects to their schools, communities and lives.  Students were able to make reflective statements about the sources of poverty and its existence within their own cultures. Students in Mexico visited areas of their communities that experienced poverty and spoke with people who were affected. US students conducted research into the Food Desert, to discover trends in the fight against hunger.

Slideshow examples from students photography and research

Research articles and photographs:

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Written student reflections and essays:

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