1. Description of Our Community
Haarlem is the capital city of the provence Noord Holland. Haarlem is about 15 miles away from Amsterdam, the capital city of our country The Netherlands. About 140,000 people are living in Haarlem. It has many historical buildings and museums. The Grote Markt (Market) is the most famous part of Haarlem and some building are more than 1000 years old. Our school is in a 40 years old district: Schalkwijk. We have houses and apartment buildings. On our school, we have students from around 30 different nationalities. In grade 6 we have at this moment students from 7 different nationalities. Our school has two locations. We are from location Molenwijk. The other location is situated in Boerhaavewijk.
2. Summary of Our Project
With this project we are sharing the story of four brave Dutch women who rose above the oppression of the Nazis during WWII to fight for what was right, true, and just. The four women we tell you of helped many others and will always be remembered for their courage and strength. They are great examples for us to follow. They were leaders in how to stand up and help others. They are examples of how people try to survive under extremely difficult circumstances, telling the people around the world to Care 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:2-3
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
We use a stand-alone PC with ISDN connection (64K) to access the Internet. We do not have a Local Area Network. Hopefully we will have that for our school building next school year. We are trying to get more computers for the classrooms.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We enjoyed working on this project very much. One problem to overcome really was not too bad. We are students from an elementary school in The Netherlands and our native tongue is Dutch. English is a second language for us. We are learning quickly though and our teacher is very good with English and helped us with our grammar.
Another problem was access to computers. Our school has a limited number of computers. We teamed up and that problem was solved, because we took turns with working in teams on this project. All the students worked side by side, and submitted the Dutch versions of their report in time. Our Design Team used templates to do the Dutch version layout first. After that, the pages had to be translated and we copied the layout to the English version site.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Our city of Haarlem, The Netherlands is such a wonderful city with a great history. One important aspect of our city history is how we managed during the years 1940-1945 of World War II when our country was overtaken by the Nazis. There was a great movement of resistance by both men and women. We are highlighting four of the Dutch women with this project, showing how these women are examples to all of us even today on how to Care and Unite!
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The project fits into our required school guidelines. It supports cross-curricular activities such as: History, Geography, English language, Creative Process, Creative Awareness, Decision Making, Communication skills, Creative writing, critical thinking and cooperative learning. The research was intense and inspiring. The students worked hard on the researching and writing of this project. The Design Team learned how to create a web site and they will teach the other students the coming weeks.