1. Description of Our Community
Our city Zory is situated in the South of Poland in Upper Silesia, in the middle of Europe. The local people, known as the Silesians, have inhabited Zory for centuries. Zory is a town since XIII century. Here, in former ages, lived together peaceably Poles, Germany, Jews. However since 70’s of XX age the new community create indigenous inhabitants (Silesian) and Poles, which came from different sides of country to work in the neighbouring coal-pits. The number of townies raised tenfold.
2. Summary of Our Project
Zory is a town with the rich cultural life. In the calendar of entertainments are two important for inhabitants feasts.
The most important feast, solemn celebrated is Fire Day, officiated 11th May. We celebrate it since upon 300 years in remembrance the largest fire, which destroyed the settlement. The main part of celebrating this feast is big imploring procession with torches in order to protect the town from following fires.
The second feast of inhabitants of town Zory is Fair of Wladyslaw. It happens at the last weekend of June on the ground of the housing estate Ksiecia Wladyslawa. It is one of first of burgh built for comers – the workers of new pits. Name of burgh commemorates prince Wladyslaw Opolczyk, which in 1272 granted municipal laws to the town Zory. Fair of Wladyslaw is organized like mediaeval fairs.
This project shows the photo essays from these solemnities, history and interesting places in the town.
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
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
One of the two fully equipped computer classrooms was won by our school in all - Polish contest “Superschool”.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The biggest problem was epidemic of flu. Everyone who was needed was sick!
5. Our Project Sound Bite
At project worked twelve pupils. Our project is about days, which unite and this project united persons who worked at this, too.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our students learnt many new skills for this project: how to use graphics to enhance communication, how to work with the text, to document resources and sources used, how to conduct an effective search on the Internet, how to carry out a long-term work and how to combine individual efforts to create a large group project. The students also improved their language skills. Speaking, listening, and writing in English language were all important components of this project. They have also found out a lot about the town's history, culture and traditions by searching the historical sources. Younger students learnt how to use the digital camera, how to record short films and how to create the web sites.
Using of the Internet has been very helpful to us because enabled us to obtain needed information quickly and easily, made it possible to continue work at home in the evenings, even at weekends.