CyberFair Project ID: 5010

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks

School: Gimnasium no 3
    Bedzin, woj. slaskie, Poland

5 students, ages 14-15 yaers worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 9, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): -

Classes and Teachers: Elzbieta Krawczyk, Izabela Tumas, Aldona Stodolkiewicz, Kamil Szyc

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

City of Bedzin is situated in southern part of Poland in Silesian Upland. Through the city flows Black Przemsza River. Bedzin belongs to Silesian administrations but historically it has not much to do with Silesia. Bedzin, as well as nearby Sosnowiec or Dabrowa Górnicza, is a part of Zaglebie Dabrowskie. Bedzin is a district city and there are 60 thousand citizens. There are many Primary, Grammar, Secondary and professional Secondary schools. Our school is on Krakowska street in pre-war, old building. Before war there was Jewish gymnasium for men. Nowadays, it's a modern school with two computer laboratories, extensive library with multimedia centre. The school exists for 7 years, previously in that building there was a Primary School No. 5. There are 12 classes with 267 learners who are taught by 27 teachers. There are numerous extra lessons which learners attend very willingly. We consider our students to be local society, as well as their parents, all people connected with our gymnasium. In more general meaning it would be all citizens of our city and it's them to whom we address our website

2. Summary of Our Project

Main goal of the project is promotion of our city - Bedzin. It is a small city in the South of Poland. Because no major historical events took place here, it is known only locally. It's a pity because we have reasons to be proud of it. There are great pre-war historical buildings, many churches; we even have a palace from the first half on XVIII century. It is a baroque-classical building, so it is a view to behold. But our greatest pride is the castle. It's worth mentioning that not every city has one. We, with complete responsibility, can announce that the castle is still standing, as it has been for seven centuries. There is a great view from the castle bastion so we recommend starting your adventure with Bedzin there or visiting our website. You can find information about history, historical buildings and legends (which we have quite a few). Most of articles have been supported with photos, both contemporary and archival. Website is clear and comprehensive; it allows browsing freely for information which you need.

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:4-6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Our main problem was limited time - too late we have decided to join the project. We were rushing in our work. We were meeting every day during breaks and after lessons. Lot of trouble gave us a lack of Polish font on our website. It took us a lot of time to set things right.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Learning the history of our own city, delving into details so far unknown, noticing unnoticeable aspects. Being aware citizen of our city.

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

Our project meets the requirements of Historical Places category. Information and news we found during our work are part of regional education. While working on the project students learned to analyze and order acquired materials and select gathered information. During the first phase our work involved mainly group meetings where we decided upon aims, discussed problems, assigned material to particular people. Our work proceeded in defined way - learner knew what and how he had to do, analyze, and process information. Learners creating webpage cooperated, contacted each other and teachers, made decisions concerning appearance, setup and content. Thanks to the internet we were able to gather materials much faster, get the information we needed and contact each other. During work on the project learners' skills have been positively verified. Newly aquired knowledge exceeded educational requirements, both in informatics and regional education. Learners have become more inquiring in their pursuit for information. With more easiness they made contacts with people that helped us with gathering information. Working on the project was so interesting that in learners heads ideas for new undertakings were born.

Project Elements

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

During our work on the project we used: a. 4 computers in our library with access to the Internet b. our own personal computers - all learners and teachers involved in the project have computers with access to Internet. c. Phone d. Digital camera e. Dictaphone f. Tape recorder g. Scanner h. Printer All graphical elements on our website has been made in Adobe Photoshop 7, articles and other content have been processed in MS Word and whole website has been created using PHP and HTML technologies and it is based upon MySQL database. In edition and writing we used script called HTMLArea. Thanks to Total Commander we were able to send our files to server. As far as internet browsing is concerned we used IE and Mozzila Firefox. We visited public library and Museum. Materials were gathering from different sources, from the Internet,from following books and magazines: 'Dziennik Zachodni', 'Aktualnoœci Bedzinskie', Balinski Waldemar: Kardynal Jean Marie Lustiger; Bedzin; Bedzin, Czeladz, Wojkowice (plan miasta); Blaszczyk Wlodzimierz: Bedzin przez wieki; Daab Aleksandra, Malinowski Jerzy: Samuel Cygler: grafik, malarz; Hoeftmann Wojciech: Bedzin dawniej i dziœ; Kantor-Mirski Marian: Królewskie miasto Bedzin; Kmiotek Dariusz: Zamek bedzinski na starych widokówkach; Komander Piotr: Bedzin: panorama miasta; Krajniewski Jaroslaw: Bedzinskie spacery; Krajniewski Jaroslaw: Na tropach legend; Krajniewski Jaroslaw: Zamek w Bedzinie: przewodnik; Krawczyk Jaroslaw: Bedzin na starych mapach i pocztówkach; Muzeum Zaglebia w Bedzinie: Zamek i zespól palacowo-parkowy: informator; Podania i legendy bedzinskie; Przemsza- Zielinski Jan: Przeslawne królewskie miasto Bedzin; Rozpiatkowski Pawel: Parafia Swietej Trójcy w Bedzinie; Stadnik Waclaw: Niech przemówia kamienie: przyczynki do historii Bedzina; Stadnik Waclaw, Daab Aleksandra, Byrczek Jakub: Muzeum Zaglebia w Bedzinie (folder); Szydlowski Adam: Synagoga Mizrachi; Wygodzki Stanislaw: Basy; Zydzi w Zaglebiu. Zyli wsród nas, mieszkali i zgineli; Zydzi w Zaglebiu Dabrowskim i okolicy.

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

During work on the project learners visited Mieroszewskich Palace and the Castle. They took part in meting with curator of Museum of Zaglebie, Jaroslaw Krajniewski. It was a walk through Bedzin, a lesson conducted in an unusual way. Museum Director and his workers become very interested in our project. Learners also made contact with Grzegorz Pienkowski, Grammar school No.4 teacher, who informed them about Jewish society, living in our city till the end of War World II and afterwards. They also asked for help librarians from District Public Library in Bedzin. Who very willingly made accessibly needed materials and shared their knowledge. All learners of our school have been informed about the project and through them their parents.About the project local authorities have been informed as well as local press. Lot of people helped us and our project became very popular.

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

While deciding upon topic of our project we were aware that our city, bearing in mind its size, is somewhere between small and medium among all cities of Poland. WE think that local people underestimate this place, they are not aware of historical aspect of the city which they are living in, they lack the knowledge about places they visit every day and those are not attractive for them in any way. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. The fact, that our learners took part in competition and decided to make a website about historical places of Bedzin, will contribute-we hope- to increasing interesting in topic of our work. To make long story short, we hope it will 'disenchant' for the people of this ancient city buildings which are here for ages as well as for decades, places where history has been made. We hope it will contribute to better understanding and loving our local homeland.

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

Whole school society was engaged in our undertaking, everyone very willingly browsed our website sharing their ideas with us. It contributed to greater integration of environment. We would like to give our thanks to: Mrs. Elzbieta Krawczyk - project coordinator who supervised all works, Ms Izabela Tumas who checked and revised all written articles, corrected mistakes and as a school librarian she provided us with necessary literature. Mr. Kamil Szyc who did his best to translate this website to English and provided us with photos of Bedzin, and Mrs. Agata Durbacz for preparation of materials to chapter about history of Bedzin and sharing her private photos of the city, Mr. Jaroslaw Krajniewski for his unusual lesson of history, workers of District Public Library, for the preparation of materials needed for our project, Mr Grzegorz Pienkowski for sharing with us archival photos of Bedzin and Mateusz Kobus for designing our webpage.


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