CyberFair Project ID: 4721

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: De La Salle Zobel Social Action Office
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: De La Salle Zobel Santiago Zobel School
    Muntinlupa City, National Capital Region, Philippines

38 students, ages 14 to 15 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 28, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Classes and Teachers: Mr. Dennis Patino and the Freshmen C class

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

De La Salle Zobel School is an educational institution for both boys and girls. In our community we don’t only enjoy school and strive to do our best but we also have the passion to serve and help others. The Social Action Office serves as our link to the outside world. We are taught to reach out and extend a helping a hand, to give back what we’ve received, to serve a greater cause. They help us take what we’ve learned beyond the campus grounds and into the hearts of others who are in need. These experiences are very fulfilling and only require some time and a passion to serve the people that have had rockier roads than we have. In our community, you will see children ages 9 all the way to 18 participating in outreaches and other similar projects. But actually it’s not only the students who love to help but also the teachers. Our teachers have involved themselves in activities like house building, tutoring, and even clearing out wrecked areas. Basically our community works as one to promote projects that everyone will benefit from and to assist those who are in need.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our entry is about the Social Action Office of De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, which aims to build a strong collaborative partnership between DLSZ and partner communities. We believe that we have a lot of people who are willing to serve and volunteer but they are lost without a guide on how and where to begin. We also believe that there are good hearted individuals who are unaware of the realities that somewhere out there, kids are suffering and adults are making do with what they have in dire situations and that if they find out about these situations, they would be more than willing to help. The SAO is just what we all seek. They are the guide that will lead us and help us lead in turn. The programs they make don’t only include outreaches for every batch (which is the case in almost all private schools) but also extra curricular activities wherein we can all help in our own little or big way. Our website’s aim is to make this organization known more by summarizing and explaining what it is all about and by giving a brief history and background on its programs and the people behind them.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 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

In anything a person will do, there will always be problems and difficulties. Well with us we had a hard time with collecting information at first because at the time of info gathering we had a lot of requirements to submit and finish, we had deadlines to meet and all sorts of obstacles to go through such as hectic schedules and organizing meetings, our thoughts and ideas but thank God we had no difficulties in terms of technical obstacles were concerned. I believe that we got through all these difficulties mainly because of the endless support our wonderful teachers were giving and the perseverance and dedication each student showed in this making this project.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We all feel a sense of achievement and fulfillment in knowing that we have contributed to the awareness of one of the organizations in the community whose aim is to spread fellowship and service to our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

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

We made sure that the site contains useful information in a plain and easy to understand format. Further, the content including the images come from within the community. We can truly say that this project is ours 100 percent.

We worked on the project collaboratively. Each task was assigned to a specific group of people to work on. The project leaders made sure that all tasks are completed on time. Further, each member of the group were reminded that the success of this project depends on the cooperation of everybody.

Adults provided us help and guidance needed to grasp all the ideas in this project. Sir Pat's, our teacher in our computer class, is always there to provide assistance.

Students have the tools that enable us to help make a change through collaboration and communications using modern tools such as the Internet. We have the ability to influence and attract others to join in our cause.

Modern tools such as web sites, interactive animations, forums, chat, instant messaging, online photo publishing, and other similar technologies enable us to learn more efficiently. Teachers and students get to interact more even outside the campus. Lessons and handouts are made available for download without any hassle. Online quizzes and reviewers are readily available for students to be taken anywhere using any personal computer with internet connection. Students and teachers can share and discuss lessons online.

This web project is a requirement for the Computer Science class.

Project Elements

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

The students made use of personal computers to create web pages. Internet instant messaging was very useful in communicating outside the campus especially when it comes to online conferencing. Most of the information gathered were taken from oral interviews and handouts or manuals from the resource persons. Digital cameras were used to take pictures of the subjects featured in the gallery. Most were also collections of the resource persons. The equipment used were mostly owned by the school. Some were personal properties of students. The most helpful technology in this web project is the Internet. Communications through the internet using email, instant messaging, video conferencing, web publishing, and chat enabled the students to easily plan, discuss, and exchange information for the project.

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

The students went to the resource persons on their own and requested information through personal interviews. The purpose of the interviews were explained by the students and were understood clearly by the staff concerned. Prior to the personal interviews, the teacher informed the office concerned about the project. The students were the ones who requested and conducted the interview. The subject of this year's project is the Social Action Office. This particular office has been requesting for a website of their own for years now. Their wish has been granted by the web project team composed of the students in the Freshmen C class.

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

The website helped the Social Action Office to disseminate and inform more people what is happening in the said office, how, where, and when they can help. The site serves as a portal or online meeting place where important information about outreach activities, contact persons, and programs are disseminated. It serves as a proof that people can be inspired and unite to give a helping hand in making this world or at least part of it a better one.

After seeing the site, other offices such as the Christian Ministry Office (CMO), requested the team to feature their department in next year's web project.

People realized that the internet is a better and cheap way of informing people compared to print media. Next time, use of paper will be less since 98% of the community is online.

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

Most of the help came from our teacher, Mr. Patino. He talked us through and told us what is expected in this web project. Morever, for us to take this seriously, he made this web project a requirement in his computer science class. Moreover, the previous winners served also as our guide.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

The students never thought that publishing online can be this easy. They used to think that serious online publishing is only for internet professionals.


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