1. Description of Our Community
Cannelton is a small and very historical town located on the banks of the Ohio River in southern Indiana. It has a rich heritage which dates back to 1837 with the founding of the American Cannel Coal Company. It now has about 2000 residents, many of whom have lived here all of their lives. Cannelton has seen many hardships and many triumphs throughout the years yet it is still going strong. Cannelton residents want to keep our town alive and prosperous, as well as preserve its heritage.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project, 'Rivertown U.S. A.', shares the river history of our town, Cannelton, Indiana. We are using our floodwall mural, which highlights important events in the founding or our town, to show that not only does Cannelton have a unique past it has a bright future. We look forward to sharing our river town history with you!
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:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
At our school we have a T1 line to the Internet. In our classroom we have five computers connected to the Internet. We have had internet access at our school for eight years now. About 50% of our students have Internet access at home.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We enjoyed working on this project very much and we found our main problem was a shortage of time to work at school on it so many of us worked on the research at home in order to finish our site. We had a lot of information to sort through such as newspaper articles and old photographs loaned to us by our county historian. Again, this was fun but very time consuming. We managed with the help and support of our school, parents, and community members. We also created a timeline early on so that we would be sure to get the necessary tasks finished on time.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
While working on our project we found a new respect for our town and its people. We are proud of our town's history and are happy that through Global School Net's CyberFair we are able to share that history with the world.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Rivertown U.S.A. is about our community's river history. Indiana Social Studies standards for grades 3-4 are a study of Indiana history and of community (Standard 1, 2, 5). Language Arts standards are also addressed including vocabulary and concept development (Standard 1), reading comprehension (Standard 2), writing for meaning and clarity (Standard 3),and the transcribing made editing for mistakes a must (Standard 4 and 6). Along with this, our students presented this project in front of many audiences, including our school board and community members, as well as judges at the district Media Fair. This gave them a chance to work on Language Arts Standard 7 on speaking skills - oral presentations. The students learned how to work as a team, as well as collaborating and communicating with other people from the community. The students had to learn more about using educational technology tools, such as the keyboard, and how to use programs like Microsoft Windows and Works. This project addressed the National Educational Technology Standards for Grades 3-5 were addressed as students researched, wrote, and created this web site.