CyberFair Project ID: 5091

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Zabrze ABC-book
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks

School: Elementary School
    Zabrze, Silesia, Poland

7 students, ages 11-13 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on April 20, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): first time

Classes and Teachers: Ewa Widera, Anna Kolodziej

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Zabrze is quite young town. There are faw small riverso, for example Bytomka and Czarniawka. However first notes about this comes from XIII century. Zabrze is situated in the south of Poland, Central Europe. By our local community we understand all citizens of our Copernicus quarter of Zabrze. Nevertheless we live, learn in youngest quarter of town, we want to deeply and precisely get to know its fascinating history.

2. Summary of Our Project

Conventional picture of Silesia in common polish citizen is a gray-color picture, with coal groove on the horizon and dirty air. We want to break such vision by presenting interesting places, frequently didn’t known by local citizens and presenting our small country in more interesting colors. Yes, there are in near places much antiques coal mines that each Silesian citizen should be proud – the coal mining is inseparable part of our culture – nevertheless we are also can present wonderful constructions form XVII and XIX century. As example can be present beautiful neo-roman church from 1863-1866 years. The paragraphs of our project are decorated by photos and reproductions of old post cards. Owning them we can shortly present how our City was changes and we also with – citizens. The page is readable and clear, owning to that we can find interesting materials and information easily.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

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:2-3

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

While working on our project, we came across several problems. These were as follows: initially we met only two times a week, on early time 7:20. It was encumbrance because we are not very well awakened. The category chose was very time consuming. Each of us has another idea how to create project.Thanks to our teachers help we have solve general problems. Finding necessary materials was not a problem; however we had to contact many people to get their permission for using all of the materials and photographs on our web page. Not all pupils have got computers, so they worked only in school. Some pupils didn’t do their parts of project and other people had to write thats articles.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

A,B,C,...,Z is like Zabrze

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

Project fulfills assumptions of historical landmarks category. All skill and information that was achieved during project definitely overcome coursework and curriculum standards of elementary school. The pupils have to used and overcome a set of computer programs required to create a presentation. They learned intermediate level of HTML document description language. Pupils also additionally learned: how to work on text, document resources and sources, how to effective seek on Internet, students also improved their language skills and they have also found out a lot about the town's history. Using of the Internet has been very helpful because enables to obtain information quickly and easily. It also made possible to communicate with other people and verify received sources of information. Internet also enables work at home. All skills which pupils achieved during work on project will result in their future. Each of them will be able to distinguish the above standards skills required in elementary school.

Project Elements

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

To complete our Cyber Fair Project we used: 7PC in students homes, 6PC in school, PC at teachers' home, printers, digital camera, scanner, telephones, libraries, books, the Internet, museum as well as oral interviews. Most of the tools were available to us here at school.

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

They talked to the town's authorities and people who know the town's history. Many of the adults were also interviewed by our pupils. Parents appeared to be very helpful as well. Some of them helped us by working with their children at home. All engaged people were amazed that our students are researching and creating their own web

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

This project enable people to meet our town and region, the monuments and history. Many people have visited our project page that participates also in eduseek competition. Lots of them have contacted with us by email providing testimonial about our work.

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

We would like to thank members of 'Zabrze Lovers' Association' for providing photographs and information about historical streets and monuments in Zabrze. We are also very gratefull Mr Andrzej Karpinski for ability of his pictures presentation. Dariusz Guz for allow us to use his postcards and illustrations. Mrs Dorota Kluwa from school library for searching needed materials. We thank Ryszard Kipias and Andrzej Dutkiewicz for allowing materials. Here we present our teachers responsible for the project: Mrs Ewa Widera - an information technology teacher and the initiator of the project. She was responsible for the whole CyberFair project and the contacts with various institutions through electronic mail. She worked with the groups of students, checked their works and helped with all necessary problems. Thanks go to Ms Anna Kolodziej English teachers. They prepared and verified texts of publication.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Material gathered during project was used at history and biology lessons as supplemental of regional education. While conducting the research our students found out that very long time ago we have found information about Castle. Till know nobody knows precisely where and how it looks like. We only know its approximate location.


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