1. Description of Our Community
The community of Carlinville is considered to be one of the “100 Best Small Towns in America”. Among the 6,000 residents living in Carlinville we have a diverse ethnicity allowing the old and young to explore new and open worlds. Though small, it is a very busy, hard working, and big-hearted town where people try to better themselves and their community. The Carlinville School District is ranked among the highest in the area, and it is a national “Blue Ribbon” school. We have restored many of the old buildings that were once in the area, which makes a historical statement for all to enjoy. Some of Carlinville’s marks on the history books are stories of Abraham Lincoln visits and tales of the Underground Railroad. Even though Carlinville is a small community it was affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and was able to gather strength and help its nation. Many organizations and groups around the community set up fundraisers and memorials to help ease the pain of our nation. Many visitors to Carlinville find the town a friendly and safe place, and they often return to visit.
2. Summary of Our Project
As you walk through the streets of Carlinville you not only see a quiet, peaceful, loving town, but also many historical buildings and landmarks. Our Project is about Carlinville and its historical background. Carlinville is unique in its own way and it is a nice, safe place to live. It has many old buildings and although it is small it has many interesting things and places that make it distinctive and interesting. Our project tells about all the different locations in Carlinville and how they make Carlinville an historical and fascinating place to live. Our project also shows how helpful and kind our town is, not only during big tragedies like September 11, 2001 but constantly. On the September 11, 2001, upon hearing about the tragic events, many individuals and organizations reached out and did many activities to help our nation. Residents of Carlinville are always reaching out to help fellow Carlinville citizens and they are always ready and willing to give money, support or assistance to anyone in need of it. Our project shows how important our town is to us. We hope after seeing our project you can feel the same way about our town.
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:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
The team worked in a 30 computer lab using many different types of software to produce this project. Having a T-1 line and our own web server enables us to have an easier way of producing the pages.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We had to overcome many difficulties that made it hard for us to complete this project. We have been working on this project for 2 years now. Last year we were unable to complete it because of our computer systems crashing frequently. During one of the crashes some of our information was destroyed and was unable to be retrieved again. Some of our project had to be started over from the beginning. This year we have also had problems such as having difficulties putting our survey up on the Internet and the subject being changed because of the heartbreaking events of September 11, 2001. Because we were determined to complete the project we worked harder to produce a high-quality website. Another problem that we had to overcome is that we lost a couple of disks with a lot of our pictures on it. We had taken these pictures with a digital camera and it took a lot of our limited time to get them back. We are also a group of middle and high school students, therefore, our schedules are greatly different.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
At first CyberFair was just a fun project, but as we started to get information and began getting farther into the project we realized that it was also a learning experience. We never realized how much historical background our town truly has and how it contributed to the history of Illinois and the nation. Because we wanted to share our community, we tried to provide quality information that will encourage all to visit both in person and on the Internet.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We followed the National Educational Technology Standards for the middle and high school students. Our school has no issued requirements for computers at this time, but they will soon be added in the Illinois State Standards. Specific standards addressed were: Grades 6-8 5) Apply productivity/multimedia tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, group collaboration, and learning throughout the curriculum. 6) Design, develop, publish, and present products (e.g., web pages, videotapes) using technology resources that demonstrate and communicate curriculum concepts to audiences inside and outside the classroom. Grades 9-12 5) Use technology tools and resources for managing and communicating personal/professional information (e.g., finances, schedules, addresses, purchases, correspondence.) 8) Select and apply technology tools for research, information analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making in content learning. Curriculum guidelines for the middle and high schools involve the use of web tools and application software necessary to create the web pages. Reading and language, also used in all areas of curriculum are used as the pages are researched and developed.