The 'Another Place' Team
The 'Another Place' team were brought together with the aim of creating an unbiased website to inform you about Asylum Seekers. The team is made up of four friends who equally share a desire to inform the general public of correct information about asylum seekers and what they unexpectedly face in this world.
Dan: Hi, my name is Dan and I was editor and writer of our Thinkquest team. I was also a main researcher in the group and went over the teams written work to check for errors and change vocabulary. I conducted the interview between the asylum seeker we befriended. For a lot of the competition, I also had the difficult task of assigning roles to my fellow competitors. The subject of the website, asylum seekers, was one that I did not really know much about before the start of this immense project. However, it was a whole world of knowledge I am now eternally grateful I know the truth about. I have really enjoyed the Thinkquest experience and would like to thank my teacher, Mrs Seath, for encouraging us to go for this great competition.
Vincent: The whole project was a great experience. From the composing of the pages to the research, it was a great thing to do. Especially with the subject being so interesting and important it really couldn't be any better. At first, the choice of subject (Asylum Seekers) was questioned by one or two of our group, but it was not long into the initial research that we all agreed that this subject was probably the best we could be making a website about. As a whole, I feel the group has learnt a lot about making websites and Asylum Seekers themselves. I, for one, knew very little about them, and really had no intention of ever doing so. I have enjoyed the project immensely and despite a few setbacks, I feel we are on course to really make a difference.
Joe: Hi, my names Joe and I have thoroughly enjoyed the Thinkquest challenge as I thought it was a fantastic experience. The team came together with such enthusiasm and I was fascinated as every week, we saw our website grow in front of our eyes. All of us have now become attached to the topic and our ears and eyes now see the outside world with what we would class as an unbiased viewpoint. I would definitely do the Thinkquest challenge again and would strongly recommend it to anyone else who is thinking of participating.
Patrick: What a competition! This challenge proved an incredible way to captivate a group of teenagers minds into a topic from a world we would never have even thought of experiencing. We began the project with the top prize in our sights. We have ended with that knowledge that – win or lose – we have taken more from this challenge than any other team in the competition. Our viewpoints on an adult and extremely culturally diverse topic have been altered with the extreme lengths of research that we conducted.
Alice: I joined the team late as an impartial proof reader to spot any mistakes or errors on the website. The team were very supportive in welcoming me and help me work collaboratively amongst them.
Mrs Seath: As one of the ICT teachers at Sacred Heart Catholic College. She was first involved with the Think Quest competition as a judge in 2005. Following this involvement she was invited to meet some of the British Finalists in London. I was amazed at the standard and professionalism of the websites submitted. I wanted to see if I could encourage a group of students from my school, to have a go at creating a website covering a global topic. The experience of working with the pupils has been tremendous leading to independent learning. We did have quite a few problems one of which was to learn a new software application as the resources in school where not compatible with those of Think Quest. This led to a problem solving approach, which proved to be very successful as there was a real sense of achievement when the website started to come together. I have enjoyed this experience and have certainly appreciated the effort and hard work the pupils have put into their websites.