1. Description of Our Community
We consider our schools to be our communities. Students spend most of their time in schools, not only learning academic disciplines but also disciplines of life and whereas we find ourselves in predicaments where students are tempted to stray from making good choices, we’d like to do our part in keeping our community a comfortable one where everyone can feel safe.
Students in the Middle School years are exposed to a range of situations where outside pressures may dissuade them from standing their ground and continuing to make good choices. We feel the student population needs to be reminded about the dangers and consequences of substance abuse and addictions.
Building the DARE Kauai website will help in reinforcing the lessons students learn in 3rd and again in 5th grade from DARE officers that instruct classes about drug awareness. We’re extending our community beyond the boundaries of four-walled classrooms so that even from home or elsewhere, students’ learnings can still be reinforced.
2. Summary of Our Project
Kauai, the oldest of the 8 major Hawaiian islands takes pride in the many natural splendors surrounding its people, however, we also find ourselves amidst many serious societal scenery, specifically the drug environment. Our class is building a partnership with our local police department in creating a website to promote the Drug Awareness and Resistance Education program already implemented by the police department. Our focus will be to reinforce the teachings about drug use/effects and promote positive choices.
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:1
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Probably the biggest challenge this year was working with the range of experiences the students started the class with, technology-wise. Some had some computer time at their previous school, but was unfamiliar with browsers and working with graphics. And I also had students who're accomplished web builders. Although they all started at different levels, I'm so pleased to see so much growth in their technological abilities since the beginning.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Service-Learning in action!
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The criteria set up in the Advanced Technology class these students are part of was designed to help students meet Hawaii Technology Standards more appropriate to the high school level.
The students have incorporated Service-Learning in their technology class, applying the technology they're learning to a real-world need.
Students have begun to realize that in different ways, they can contribute to building up a community and maintaining the standards of behavior within a community.
The Internet has been such a useful tool because not only has it been a research option for the students, but it has become the platform for their learning and sharing about what they're learning.