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Staten Island Ferry

Let's take the ferry!

You keep on visiting the wonderful city of New York and your next stop is at the Staten Island Ferry. Maybe the most amazing thing about the Staten Island Ferry is that it's free. It runs 24 hours every day of the year and has become not simply an efficient means of public transport but a tourist destination in itself.

The ferry ride runs between Manhattan and Staten Island and it takes about 25 minutes. The ride offers good views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline. At this stage, you have to continue with your first entry at the site of the English-speaking cities.

At the end of the session, you will have:

  • read and answered some activities about Staten Island Ferry. 
  • started doing some research on your Google Site project.
  • opened your Learning Diary and started writing your first post of this project.

Before getting on the ferry, you have to obtain certain information about it. In order to do so, you must check its official website and answer these questions:  

  • Schedules: Are cars, motorcycles and trucks allowed on the ferry? 
  • Current Vessels: How many different current vessels (boats) are there? What are their names? 
  • Terminals: What are the names of both terminals of the Staten Island ferry? 
  • Get there: Which means of transport can you use to get to the Staten Island ferry?  
  • FAQ & Tips: Is it possible to stay on the ferry for a round-trip?  

Remember that the Staten Island Ferry must be part of the route at your Google Sites map.

Continue with your posts on Twitter (#taskbiography and #projectnewyork). Would you like to take the Staten Island ferry? Can you find out something you can visit in that part of New York, in Staten Island? Tweet, using the hashtag, what you would like to visit there. In order to help you, you can visit the official Staten Island tourism web and choose the place you would like to go the most. 

Who was born in New York?

As you have already seen, New Yorkers use the ferry to go from one neighbourhood in the city to another. It is possible that you already know some people who were born in New York. Let's take a look to a list with the biographies of some of the most famous and interesting people who have one thing in common: they were born in New York City.   

Meet all this people and choose who is your favourite New Yorker. Did you know him/her before? Why have you chosen that person? What about his/her job?  

Send a tweet with the link of the page of the biography of the famous New Yorker telling why do you like him/her. Remember to use the project hashtags: #taskbiography and #projectnewyork.

As a result of this activity, you have to create a glossary where you can add the jobs all these people have. You have to upload this list to your personal blog

In order to create the glossary you can use a pair of online tools:

When you finish, you can share your link through Twitter using the hashtags of this project: #taskbiography and #projectnewyork.

Your challenge: New York. Here we go!

Challenge Step 2: Getting to know what is required and starting with the research

At this stage, once you have set up your teams and created your Google Site, you have to continue with the entry of one of the biggest cities in the world, New York, for the English-speaking cities challenge. 

The city of New York is the largest city in New York State. Even though New York is the biggest city, the capital city of this state is the city of Albany. This is one of the fifty States that exist in The United States. 

As you have seen in this section, the United States is made of 50 different States. Each one of them has its own flag and its own capital city. 


The minimum requirements that your group has to fulfill in order to pass this challenge successfully include:

  • the map of the city from Google Maps with the route of the ten steps we have in our tour of the city.
  • one video about tourism in the city,
  • some text about what tourists can do in the city,
  • And two links to printable guides, leaflets, brochures, and so forth.

In order to complete the challenge, you are suggested to look up some websites:

These are the suggested websites where you can obtain a lot of information for your challenge. But you can add some more in.

In order to produce the best possible design of this challenge, you have to take into account the 'Rubric for assessing the design of a digital site'.

Learning diary

Learning Diary. Step 1: Start your blog-portfolio and use it to answer the different questions of the different activities.

One of activities you have to do is a "Learning Diary". You can do it by opening a blog. In this blog, you have to answer, explain reflect on the different proposals you will get through in every project.

In this first post, answer the previous questions about the environment and share the link of your post through Twitter using the hashtags of the project: #taskbiography #projectnewyork.

If you have already opened up a blog in another project, just add these reflections in another page. Remember that creativity is going to be really important in developing the project.

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