1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
During creating our Doors to diplomacy project we have used computers mainly to communicate between one another. This was very helpful as we live in different towns. But also things like telephone calls, instant messages, SMSs and e-mails seem to be irreplaceable. From technical point of view we have designed our site with software like: Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash, Autodesk AutoCAD, 3D Studio MAX. All of these programs have allowed us to build dynamic menus and 3D objects and models.
Our site has dedicated content management system written in PHP language and supported by MySQL database server. This made our site fully interactive.
Furthermore, our team gained knowledge from books, museums and interviews with artists from our region, which we have recorded on digital camera.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
While we were designing our page all students from our school were mentally involved into it. They encouraged us all the time and, from time to time, they gave us their opinions about what they liked and didn't like on the page. The site address has been put on the school Web page. It was also accessible for everyone.
In addition to that, we co-operated with the local newspaper ‘Przelom’. It propagated the site, its address and, of course, the issue. Reporters are going to interview us in the following week. And then more and more people will know about the page.
Beside, there is a community section. There everyone can express his feelings about the topical painting inserted on the page. More over, we may exchange our opinions about it with the others and say what we like or not on the picture and comment on the topical issue.
Day by day, there come more and more site visitors who like the page and encourage their pals to visit it regularly.
We're going to still improve the page. We hope it will help a lot of people to learn something new and interesting and find necessary pieces of information. In that case, we will meet many new people. They'll propagate the site address among their kith and kin.
In that ways the importance of diplomacy, international affairs and the art will widespread and increase among various people from various cultures.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
When we started our work on the project we weren't sure that it would be the best thing we've ever done. Although, thanks to the choice of the issue we learnt how to be more co-operative and work in group more fruitfully. The project isn't about differences among people but it talks about things which are common for everyone throughout the world and its history. Our Web page says that each of us isn't similar to the others but almost identical, so we wish it would be very helpful for the site visitors to get on better with people living in different countries. Also it'll widespread some new information about the art and its necessity in human life.
Moreover, when somebody visits the site he would inquire about famous philosophies, painters, sculptors or architects. There is more about important and original pieces of art, those well known and those just forgotten.
Our community section has also recently started working. Site visitors can express here their various opinions via Internet in part called ‘Your feelings'.
In essence, our site's shown necessary pieces of information about spiritual side of the art and allowed each of site visitors to say about their own opinion.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
To start with, we were helped by the school teachers and also our schoolmates. Mrs. Monika Likus and Mrs. Malgorzata Medela helped us with English language translation (checked essays and shorter notes). Our texts were also read by Polish language teacher Mrs. Blanka Baranska. They directed us what we should have added or outlined. Thanks to them we could have improved our site to the end.
However, all the time we asked other students about their opinions of the site and its shortcomings. But the most required and fussy advisor was our coach Mr. Robert Daszyk. He sometimes criticized our plans and he said his solution to the idea. Sometimes we followed his advice but on the other occasions we firmly defended our ideas.
Moreover, we thank the head teacher Mr. Janusz Makuch who helped us to receive necessary domain service. As well as teachers, we owed a big help to our schoolmates. Andrzej Pendrys and Slawek Drazkiewicz who created presentations which varied the site and made it more interesting.
Przelom also propagated the competition among local people. We really appreciate this. It made the issue more known.
Finally, we realized that without the efforts of people from our school and community, our Web site would have far less appeal and we cannot forget to thank them for the time that they have provided to us.