1. Description of Our Community
St. Elizabeth Catholic School is located in the heart of Canada's capital, Ottawa. It is an inner city school serving a community diverse both in cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. We are a mini United Nations. The school through its commitment in preparing students for the global society encourages not only the mastery of the tools of information technology, but also promotes understanding, tolerance and respect for diverse cultures that make up the fabric of Canada. Our community in that sense embraces all of our country, all the people who have contributed to making Canada the country it is today.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our website will showcase Canadian heroes and heroines- past, present and future from various backgrounds, of different ages, professions and fields of endeavour. The project will encourage students in Canada to reflect upon the traits and characteristics of people who have made a difference, who have excelled in their field of endeavour or have made a contribution to the Canadian or global community. This website will not only be an educational resource for students to learn more about Canadian contributions or Canadian "greats", but it will also provide a multi-media electronic library of student?chosen role models who can inspire kids to all be heroes and heroines, to strive high and be the best they can be.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:4-6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
One of our greatest challenges in working on this project was learning how to work as a team. Imagine our frustration when some of our peers deleted and overwrote files so we had to do it over...or when we couldn't agree on colours for text and background for our pages...or when we couldn't get the computer to do what we wanted it to. We overcame these obstacles with teamwork and combining all our knowledge of computers to help each other.
We also had a hard time agreeing on what makes up a hero or a heroine. Many of us at first thought that heroes are those who perform heroic acts. But through discussion and lots of thinking we decided that the most broad definition of heroes should be used in our website.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Working together on a common goal, with everyone contributing to their best ability and at the end creating a website that can be shared by millions has been terrific for building friendships and community.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Curriculum outcomes/expectations from the Ontario curriculum which will be the foundation of this project.
· Social Studies-Develop Inquiry/Research Skills: through participation in an inquiry-based WebQuest students will locate/analyze/categorize/evaluate relevant information and significance of Canadian contributions to the global community through the use of a variety of primary sources (e.g., interviews, speakers) & secondary sources (e.g.print materials, videos, Internet,CD-ROMs) · Applying Concepts and Skills in various Contexts: the student-created "Gallery" through text and graphics will showcase Canadian men and women from various backgrounds who have made outstanding contributions to the global community through dance, sports, music, literature, art, science, and technology, humanitarism, peacekeeping, peacemaking. · Communication Skills: students will use computer programs to compile, organize and store the data they gather; to write reports electronically in which they present their findings through the creation of a multi-media website celebrating Canadian heroes and heroines · Group Skills: use constructive strategies in small group discussion to negotiate agreement in decision making and problem?solving activities (eg: collaboratively planning, designing; building a website) · Writing: organize information to convey a central idea, using well-developed paragraphs that focus on a main idea and give some relevant supporting details. this will be demonstrated on the website through the student-created "Gallery" where Canadian Heroes and Heroines are highlighted not only through factual information, but also through students' understandings of what constitutes heroism and greatness.