1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Our project was completed using Macintosh computers. The two models used were 5400’s and iMacs. The equipment we used included a digital video camera, still digital cameras, and scanners. The software we used included ClarisWorks, HyperStudio, iMovie, Claris HomePage, QuickTime Pro and QuickTime VR Authoring Studio. We gathered our information from the Internet, from resource books, from pamphlets provided by the Sanctuary and from information shared with us during our visit there. Our most valuable resource in creating this project was the help we received from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. They were wonderful to work with and were a wealth of information.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
Our students, in creating this project, had an opportunity to tour the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. While there they listened to and talked with the sanctuary liaison, instructors and volunteers. They also had a chance to interact with visitors to the sanctuary while we were there. Once our project is placed on our website, our students will be able to share their knowledge and their accomplishments with their classes, families and the community.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
This project taught our students about the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Even though the sanctuary has been operating for several years, many of our students were not even aware that it existed. Once our project is posted, other classes in our school will be aware of this resource in our community. Our website is visited on a regular basis by members of our local and extended community. Through this project, schools globally will learn about the sanctuary and the importance of protecting our environment. We have created a wonderful relationship with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and hope that our project will help to promote the great work that they do there.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
There are several groups of people that volunteered their time and expertise in helping us to create our project. Our parents volunteered their time in chaperoning our field trip. Our school librarian assisted our students in doing their research. The volunteers at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary shared their time and their knowledge as they conducted the various activities during our field trip. Technical expertise came from Bob Lew, Apple Computers; Patrick Lee and Keith Murayama, Audio Visual Company; and Paul Stanley of Hawaii State Department of Education Teleschool.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Even though our students thought that they knew a lot about the species we researched, especially the humpback whales, they all discovered facts that they did not know. In our project we share some of the facts that we found the most interesting. Our students were constantly surprised by what they could create using technology. Their expressions the first time they viewed their completed claymation animations, or the QuickTime VR or heard their voices read a story page on their web page, was priceless.