1. Description of Our Community
Our community is New Castle. We are surrounded by the cities of Wilmington, Bear, Middle Town, and Newark. We live in the State of Delaware and New Castle is our county. We are surrounded by water to the East, and New Jersey to the Northeast, then Pennsylvania to the North with Maryland to West and South. We are located in the United States of America. Which has Canada to the North, Mexico to the south and Atlantic Ocean to the East with the Pacific Ocean to the West. We are located on the continent of North America. Out of all of the land in our country the one place we truly can call our community is the town of New Castle.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our Cyber Fair project is focused on the theme Inspire and Unite. We chose to do our project on the historic places of Old New Castle, Delaware. We want to preserve the past to move into our future. Each person on our team has created a web page for each historic site. While they are all important we chose to display only six of them. In each of these historic places you will find variations of the history of a particular place including pictures and some fun facts. These pages display the importance of how the past is our future and how we as participators will inspire and unite.
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
There were many problems we had to over come over the course of making this webpage. We unfortunately has to use cameras that were disposable and it took a long time to get them developed and onto the computer. We had to develop them onto a disk, which was more difficult, but helped out a lot. Also, getting everyone to meet at the same time was a challenge. We all had different things to do everyday and sometimes we could not make the time. We finally set on one date that we would meet every week and we checked with all our teachers to make sure it was okay. Another difficulty was the commitment of some of our students. We have a few people in our club that did not feel like coming or doing the work so we needed to reason with them. Our teacher was reasonable and flexible with time. She would have them come during the day, after school, and on her free time. In Conclusion, we spent a lot of our time working together trying to achieve our goal of completing our website.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
While participating in the Cyber Fair competition it has meant many things to us. We have made our school feel very proud of us because we are the first students to participate from our school. We also feel very accomplished as students by finishing this project. The project compelled us to relate the past to what the future may behold. To us it is very important to preserve our past. This is what are future will hold for us as the “Delawareans” of Old New Castle. Our community members are also proud that students have taken an interest and initiative to relate New Castle’s past to the future. In general the Cyber Fair project of 2007 has had a great impact on the participants from George Read Middle School as we plan to “INSPIRE AND UNITE”.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The International Schools CyberFair project was a unique and diverse project that challenged students to meet all of the state curriculum standards in the State of Delaware. http://www.doe.k12.de.us/programs/pcs/4bta.shtml)
The students met as a group and worked collaboratively to construct a web page describing the future of historic New Castle, Delaware. Students were able to complete a complex project that required a long commitment through out the 2006-2007 school year.
Although this is our first entry in the CyberFair competition, the students met the challenge with diligence and enthusiasm. Each of the students took pride in completing their web page and was eager to add new ideas and concepts to the final product. The experience of using multiple sources of technology was an effective way to immerse the student’s into the specifics of using web page software. Overall,the combination of technology and real life experience enriched their point of view and enhanced the history told through their experience and research.