CyberFair Project ID: 4071

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: 'Choose life'
Category: 3. Business and Community Organizations

School: Liceum Ogólnoksztalcace Nr XVIII
    Wroclaw, Silesia, Poland

10 students, ages 16-18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 19, 2005. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2004

Classes and Teachers: Alicja Turska

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our project’s local community includes: the students and teachers of our school (approx. 800 people), candidates to school, graduates, our students’ parents and relatives, workers and managers of the firms we are describing in the project and workers of the firms we are going to describe in the nearest future, people whom we’ve helped to as Voluntary Servises (approx. 4000 people). We are planning to develop our project to help our students decide about their future and job. So, our “local community” is a group dynamically changing every year.

2. Summary of Our Project

This web site was created from the very beginning by the students who used PHP, MySQL and Flash to prepare it. The project competition 'Choose Life' was mainly realized for our students, basing on our own poll made by students. We are addressing it to their parents to candidates to school and for our local community. It informs them about successful firms from Wroclaw – a large city (650 000 people) in the South-West of Poland.

We prepared two presentations about our beautiful and interesting city for candidates living in the towns near Wroclaw, as well as for people visiting our web site. The sources of information were the firms, web-sites, books and dictionaries. The students have collected data, described it and discussed on the project pages. The work on the project took a few months resulting in friendly meetings, talks and events.

At the end of the work we feel satisfied of the well done job. It is a great experience for young people to continue such a wide task. More and more people are interested in it and there are students who want to continue the work during the next school year. Each of the described firms has its own sub-page where you can find the history achievements, an interview with a worker, photos (taken by the authors of the sub-page) and expectations from candidates. But there is another point of view – work and devote to the poor people, as a way of life. We’ve described our Voluntary Services at School works. We interviewed them to see how they organize their actions.

The authors gave their opinion of possibilities of being employed. The editors have worked out the introduction of the project: 'Is it worth learning...?' and formulated and conducted a survey among students of the fourth year examining the future students' and workers' opinions. The interesting results and conclusions are supported by diagrams. Anna Wrona has collected her observations and opinions in the article 'Work'. All the work has been completed in the last month. The project idea is very important for the country where the market economy rules have been functioning for quite a short time and problems and setbacks influence students' pessimistic assessment of their own situation and chances.

The students want to know the truth, they are eager to work on the project and that is why we can't say 'the end' today (19 March), we say ' this is the beginning'. And when is the end?

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:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

We have at school computers PC Pentium III, Pentium IV, equipped in HDD 40 GB, RAM 128 MB, colour screen CRT 15'. In a computer room we have scanner, an ink printer HP 920, CD-RW recorder

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The main obstacle is the lack of time. Students are at school from 8a.m. to 2.30 p.m. After dinner they do their homework and they study for the next day. The project is based on teamwork so there were problems to find some free time and get together. Several times the Web designer Michal happened to fall asleep by the computer because he was so tired but, as he says never on the keyboard. He likes watching Tokyo cam-on-line to relax. The students working on the project chose a list of the firms they found interesting but some firms didn't want to talk and one (JTT) went bankrupt. No one agreed to authorize the interview; we think they are concerned about losing of their job.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our project 'Choose Life' provoked asking and looking for answers to the questions: - Is learning important? - Am I thinking about my future? - What would I like to do? - Who am I going to be? - Do I really know my home city well? - How can I prepare to the future challenges? Thinking about these questions many hours and finding answers, contributed to their social and individual development. Students notice how important the problem is when they start asking adults. They try to answer the questions individually which is not easy. They learn how to sort out information, analyse it and prepare for publication. The art of translation requires good knowledge of English. So if they want to be journalists they must work hard on their qualities and skills. On the other hand, firms benefit from contacts with the school because they get free advertisement. Thanks to the presentation on the school page students and parents can get some information about their achievements.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

The project 'Choose Life' fulfills the requirements of the category no 3 'Business and organizations'. Making the project is more than the obligatory IT and English syllabus. The group of students who decided to work on the project faced more difficult demands. They wanted to do it as well as they could-on the highest level so it developed their abilities in the area of page designing, English translation of the text, contacting the companies, formulating questions for surveys and interviews.

They learn to rely one on another in the different tasks, without instructions from the teacher. They learn to team work, one of them organized progress in actions as project’s manager Data analysis during the work on the project enabled to state that the traditional teaching methods, graduate from University or Economy Academy gives chances for the satisfaction at work. The modern company cannot function without the contact with the world via Internet. Internet is a very important tool in education because enables students to get the information in a short time, motivating them to bigger efforts. This CyberFair project is a great work, design, research and data analysis took much longer than we expected but the whole team worked hard to close it in term.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

We used in this project the following equipment and technologies: -computers PC Pentium III, Pentium IV, equipped with HDD 20 GB, RAM 128MB, colour screen CRT 15'. -scanner, -ink printer HP 920, -CD recorder -digital camera -Software: Windows 98, Windows XP, MS Office 2000, Photoshop 7.0 Trial, IE 6.0, Mozilla, Netscape, Web editor 'Pajaczek', MS Paint, Winamp 5.02, PHP5, MysQL, Flash MX Trial. -regional newspapers 'Slowo Polskie', 'Gazeta Wyborcza' -interviews -e-mail -internet -FTP service on the school server -telephones Without using the above tools the project wouldn't be created in the present form. Communication through e-mail and FTP on the school server was available because of the access to the internet. Editors were working individually creating their works at home and made it available for further processing and correcting by other people. Remote controlled computer enabled the total control of the project that is published on the internet. Essential computer programs were bought by the school authority.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

Students were also ambassadors and completed the tasks: they were given the liability letter that was signed by the school headmaster. They were meeting with the company representatives on the previously agreed day. They have interested where and how they can help poor people in our community. They made many new contacts. Students used e-mail when authorizing the interviews. Ambassador's duty - it's new role for the students but they were very satisfied doing this. The representatives of different companies even declared help for the future organization of the trips or trainings. What will the impression of the project be like? Now, it is too early to answer this question because the project will be available on the internet on 19 March, when the given document will be sent.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

The influence on the people of the region:

-Project 'Choose Life'changed the students approach towards their future, studies or profession. -School should focus more on skills development of individual students, which will be essential in their future profession -The presentation worked out by the students in XVIII Liceum Ogólnoksztalcace is legible, easy to navigate, visually attractive. It presents the difficult topics using simple words. - People of the region can get information getting job in the companies if they have appropriate qualification. - People all around the world can find out that Poland is in Europe and in the Lower Silesia there is a city called Wroclaw and our school. On the page is the link to the English version of the town page - -Students haven't decided what to do after graduation yet; now they have the opportunity to use the information published on the page of the Project -Students who participate in the Cyber Fair 2005 competition have much more knowledge about work and the situation on the job market; they can work in the task team and individually as well. -students working on the project are more reliable and in the the near future they will be reliable workers too - Thanks to this project our students, parents and teachers became more integrated.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

We didn’t have any serious problems – the students and teachers at school helped us and wished to win. The last three weeks of the work on project were generally the involvement of the English and Polish language teachers. The correction was crucial, especially of the English translation. Computer programs that translate Polish into English still lack perfection. We are truly grateful for help to the following the teachers: Danuta Klichta, Iga Klosowska, Celina Kusek, Beata Peciak, Elzbieta Szczawinska, Karina Mrozicka, Agnieszka Zakrzewska, Helena Walulik, Anastazja Zyromska. We want to thank the headmistress - Mrs Elzbieta Wachowska-Karaskiewicz for help and support during our work.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

There are many surprises and discoveries: (a) our second experience with the competition CyberFair; selection of the category 'Business and organizations' seemed us attractive (b) the lesson of building personal relationships with people in our community is very useful (c) very important students' skill - ability to formulate their opinions (d) the realization time – full of discussions, ideas , wise solutions of problems (e) majority of companies agreed on giving information about their business and our students were always welcomed (f)we found new friends at school and in the city (g) the students found possibilities and prospects offered to them by the local business (h)the students may choose their job concerned to help poor and unhappy people (i)the students found the beauty of Wroclaw which we may not notice in the everyday life (j) I am nicely surprised to have professionally organized Help Service of the CyberFair competition

Thank you for your attention I recommend our competition project 'Choose Life' Alicja Turska


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