1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
The tools we used in completing our project were the telephone, computers, digital and video cameras, and the Internet. The most important tool was the computers, we needed them to conduct the research on the Internet, to write and create our web pages, and to create our animations and video clips. We used the digital and video cameras to obtain many of the images used on our project site. We even were able to capture still images from our video camera footage to include on our web pages. All of the tools that we needed were available to us in our computer lab at our school. The software that we used the most was AppleWorks, Claris Home Page, iMovie, HyperStudio and the Internet browsers.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
Our students visited The Maui Ocean Center to learn more about the sea turtles. We worked with several Naturalists at the ocean center. Our students had already conducted some of their research and therefore were knowledgeable and were able to ask good questions. Our students were well mannered and represented our school well. We also worked with a local artist who shared more knowledge with our students. He appreciated the interest our students took in learning about the sea turtles.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Our project has not been up long enough for many members of the community to see it yet. However, we feel that it will help people understand more about the sea turtles and help to protect them from the nests found on the beach to the man-made dangers in the oceans.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
Our main helpers were the naturalists at The Maui Ocean Center and Dale Zarrella, a local artist. We also received valuable information from Dr. Steven Williams and Mr. George Balasz, who provided us with information on turtle nesting, particularly nesting habits on Maui. We were able to use the technology we had at the school and our teachers were able to show us how to do the tasks we needed to accomplish.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
We were surprised by some of the facts that we found. Living in Hawaii, our students thought that they knew a lot about turtles before starting this project, but they learned so much more. We were surprised to learn from Dale Zarrella that all turtles have thirteen plates on their shell, we had not found that fact anywhere else in our researching. However, in looking back at our sources, particularly looking at the images, we found that to be true. We were surprised at how easy it was to create a great project using the facts and the technology that we have available to us here at our school.