1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
The software tools that we used were: - Microsoft Windows XP to run the computers - Adobe Photoshop Elements to process the photographs - Macromedia Dreamweaver MX to create and upload the web pages - Adobe Premiere to capture, edit and save the videos The hardware we used included: - Sony digital video camera - Canon digital video camera - Nikon digital still camera - Canon digital still camera The software Photoshop and Dreamweaver were licenced by the Province of Ontario Ministry of Education. All the other tools were provided by Athens District High School.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
The students have acted as excellent ambassadors of their school and their class in 3 different situations.
On the field trip to the plowing match the students interacted with a large number of people including the exhibitors, the farmers who were plowing, the judges, the helicopter pilot and other visitors. The students explained their project to many people. Often they had to answer questions about their project, their equipment and their interest in farming.
On their return to school the students acted as ambassadors in our local community. They shared their experience in the project with their family, their class mates and their community. Other teachers at the school have drawn from the students’ experience at the plowing match in their other classes.
The result of the students work has been shared with the committee that is organizing next year’s International Plowing Match. The organizers were so impressed with this Virtual Trip to the International Plowing Match that they want to involve students in more projects next year.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
This project has only been online from a few weeks. It has already had a significant positive impact within the community. The students have shared their work with family and community members. The web site is proving to be an excellent tool for sharing the virtual experience of the field trip. It has also allow the students to learn more about farming and rural life and share this knowledge with their community.
There has been a very positive reaction to the project from the committee who is organizing next fall’s International Plowing Match which is being held very close to Athens District High School. A very close relationship has developed between the school and the committee. The virtual field trip web site had a significant impact on the committee. They have had their eyes opened to the potential of hi-tech student projects centered around the International Plowing Match. A number of new projects are in the works. The team of Athens students will be back next year to do much more in-depth documentation of the event.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
There are just far too many people who helped in some way with this project to start to name them all. Hundreds of people at the International Plowing Match co-operated with the students and assisted in many ways to make the project successful. These include the exhibitors, demonstrators, farmers, plowmen, judges, and other visitors. Every little bit helped.
The Athens students would especially like to thank the Education Committee of the International Plowing Match 2007 for their wonderful reaction to their site and the opportunity to take this project to a higher level next year.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Some of the students who do not live on a farm learned that farming is interesting. They did not expect the field trip and project to be nearly as interesting as it turned out to be.
The whole team learned the importance of sharing high standards for their work.