1. Description of Our Community
Oak Park is a small, quiet community in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. This village is known for its social, political, econimic, and religious diversity and for its beautiful trees. Oak Park is, however, struggling with environmental issues.
2. Summary of Our Project
Oak Park, like every urban community has many things affecting the environment. Some of these are beyond local control, some are not. We believe that an informed and educated community can solve some of the environmental problems facing our village.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Access is through our local cable company. All 4 students also have home access.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Since students are in a technology class that deals with web development, the greatest challenge was to get them to concentrate on content, rather than design. The final solution was to give them a content deadline (tied to course grade) and tell them nothing else would count. Then let them add the design elements.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
An individual who cares is an magnet for more individuals, who bring together the community, and the world. These students have learned that and will continue to be active members of their community as they have already been catalysts within their own school.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This project perfectly fits our course goals and State of Illinois goals. The goals are listed here: http://www.op97.org/lab/stand.html We have also discovered that the principal is open to new ideas and willing to support students who have a well thought out plan of how to make improvements for the betterment of the community.