1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
The students were particularly more excited with content than with form or steel and plastic but were visibly thilled to see what the new web, graphics, and animation applications could do with the basic text and images of raw information. They've realised to a great deal how in today's world of fast-paced development in technology, the face value of information could significantly depend on creative packaging and presentation.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
The students have become spokespersons for the Santhali community they wanted to highlight, and have in the process promoted the school's openness and active support towards dynamic approaches to socially-relevant education, as well as roadtested the new Constructivist leaning of the Indian CBSE Curriculum.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
The project has showed how the academe is no longer just concerned about ideas, and how students are not just preoccupied with simply arming themselves answers to questions in term exams. With education making itself relevant to the common man's life, sustainable development has ceased to become simply a likelihood. Until however we get both soft, and hard -copy feedback, it would be difficult to assess the impact of the project on the community at large.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
While almost everybody pitched in some help, it was the NGO workers who have helped the students fine-tune their project strategies. Contacts and relatives abroad have been particularly helpful in testing page download speeds. May all their tribe increase(no pun intended).
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
The students had a front-row view of how perceived human incapacity in dealing with seemingly hopeless situations could get blurred dramatically given the right set of social conditions or impetus. Sita, Pano, Sumi, Dipali, and Krishna's transformation from seemingly naive village girls into firebrands calling the entire community to action was a case in point.