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Elite Scholars students travel world through technology

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 World Trade Center Volunteer Global Ambassador Amanda Brown visited students at the Elite Scholars Academy, Tuesday. to discuss the “Whereosity Plan.” Students will connect with Brown through e-mail and webcam as she visits several foreigns countries.

Special photo World Trade Center Volunteer Global Ambassador Amanda Brown visited students at the Elite Scholars Academy, Tuesday. to discuss the “Whereosity Plan.” Students will connect with Brown through e-mail and webcam as she visits several foreigns countries.

Students at Elite Scholars Academy Charter School in Clayton County, have been selected to travel around the world –– virtually –– through the “Amanda's Big World Adventure.”

They will make the trip with Amanda Brown, World Trade Center Atlanta Volunteer Global Ambassador.

Students will be connected with Brown through e-mail, Skype and webcam, as she visits the countries of China, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, and Nepal. Brown titled this portion of the program as the "Whereosity Plan."

The journey is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Jan. 17.

“It will give [students], who follow my adventure, an opportunity to learn even more about cultures, and help to break down some of the existing barriers,” said Brown. “What I am seeking to accomplish goes beyond the typical trade mission, travel show, and trade magazine.”

She said she will be exploring each country, taking in-depth views into the cultures and exposing true-life details and experiences to the students.

“This year, we have not been able to Skype with other countries as we did last year, but I think we have something in comparison that will give us the same experience, if not better," said Kweku Omowale, the Elite Scholars teacher who is coordinating participation in the project.

Omowale said every country Brown will visit is related to the sixth-grade and seventh-grade advanced placement world history standards and curriculum, as well as his students' future study abroad trip sites.

“Our students will help in the planning and researching of cities or towns she's in, and tell her to check out a specific restaurant, cultural site, take a picture of a specific thing, or ask a question of a local person,” Omowale said.

Brown said she will be based in each country three months at a time, and will be living with local families, meeting local residents, and working and volunteering. “[I will] really [be] taking the time to get to know and understand the people of each country and its culture.”

Omowale said students will turn this experience into an in-depth world history, geography project to use as a primary resource and an interactive notebook for a grade.

“Not only would this enhance our students in world history and geography, but the exposure to the world and technology will support the need for the collaboration of technology in the classroom," he said.