1. Description of Our Community
We are a magnet K-12 school in San Diego. Our student are bussed from all areas of the city. Our focus is humanistic studies. We have honored John Muir by studying the environment since our school was founded in the 1970's.
2. Summary of Our Project
We asked these questions from GlobalSchoolhouse in September: How can we think globally and act locally? How can we make the best use of our limited resources? What projects are addressing local issues in San Diego today? What more needs to be done? What are the futures of our environment--possible, probable, preventable, and preferred?
Then each class kept the questions in mind as we did assignments and planned field trips. We collected our answers all year, and various students participated as possible in the environmental activities of our area.
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:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
5. Our Project Sound Bite
CyberFair gave us a school-wide focus as we moved into our new campus this year. We created organic gardens, participated in water monitoring, learned about local animals, and visited many parts of our county. We also participated in science fair and the iEARN International Daffodil and Tulip Project.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
CyberFair helped us reach standards in science and in reading and writing. This year we also made new gains in visual literacy, as students noticed the importance of their graphics and images. Much of the written work was completed in English, science, AVID, library, and elementary classes as part of lessons to meet standards.
This year many more students are practicing scanning and website posting. We also did more interviews than we had done in the past. Our students now routinely consult print and nonprint resources. Our parents and students definitely became activists during this projects, contributing to and lobbying for animal diversity, recycling, and responsible food production.