1. Description of Our Community
Our community refers to our school community. We have 2053 students, 42 classrooms and 2 computer labs. Our school is nearby a residential area and some shops. Most of the students are not from a rich family background, but their parents are very enthusiastic in helping the schools development by donating money to school and organizing charity activities.
2. Summary of Our Project
We decided to make a core project on Business and Community Organizations. The community organizations are the Board of Governor, Parents and Teachers Association, Alumni Society, Headmaster, teachers and students. Firstly, the project introduces our education system and smart school. We would like to introduce how the local community helps to build our school, the activities that they had organize to collect donation. We started our project by end of January. With the helps from our coaches, we performed many researches on the title using various sources, which includes online searching on the Internet, newspapers, magazines, books and others. In order to have a better understanding the Board of Governor, Parents and Teachers Association, Alumni Society, we had an interview session with them. We feel very happy because we learn many from this project, such as, we learn how to collaborative to each other and we know that there are many people are caring our school.
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:4-6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
The school has two computer lab consists of 100 networked PCs, a joint effort between the school and TMEduTech (M) Sdn Bhd, a local company which helps the school to implement the Smart School concepts strongly encouraged by the government. TMEduTech stationed the computer teachers and managed the lab for our school. As the IT co-ordinator for the school, they help the school to obtain the sponsorship from the local ISP company, MIMOS Berhad with a 64kbps leased line under Smart Learning Education Program. Our dedicated computer teachers, headmaster, PTA (Parent Teacher Association) members and the MIMOS officer in-charged, Mr Kim Ng have always encouraged us to participate in any collaborative projects. Our computer lessons emphasize on project-based activities, as they believes in the teaching, which leads to help the students to earn a life-long learning skills.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Language – Our school is Chinese primary school with Mandarin as the main communication language. We faced language difficulties when conducting interview with the education officers. Usually, we used to write in Mandarin and our computer teachers helps use to translate to English. We used many methods to improve our English. We flip through the dictionary and the Chinese to English software to write our content. We also seek help from our computer teachers, parents, brothers and sisters.
Internet Searching and Interpretation Skills – We faced problem in searching information that is related to smart school and the history of the local community because there are few web sites that provide such information.
Time – We start our project on the end of January, and there is school holiday on February, we face the problem of limited time. Due to this reason we cannot interview other schools, furthermore, we don’t have the transport to go to others school. So, we do the planning first, we follow the schedule to do our project. But we do our best, and we feel very happy we can finish our project in the short period.
Interviewing – We faced the problem of making appointment with our Board of Governor, Parents and Teachers Association, Alumni Society, Headmaster because they are very busy with their works. Luckily, they still some times to talk to us and this helps us to complete our project. But we still feel very regret that we cannot interview some of them.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The whole project is so meaningful to the students as it helps them to realize the importance of English language, reading and writing skills to express their thoughts. The students also realized how important it is to enhance their general knowledge. As for the school community, it helps to make them realized that the students need more participation and exposure to expand their talents especially in technology side. These project also let students know that there are many people whom are very enthusiastic or warm-hearted to help their school to become better and better.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
In our school, computer lesson is one of the core subjects in our syllabus. This computer lesson is project-based, which emphasize on smart learning approach. The project-based activities involve a research and presentation. The 6-year lesson consists of 12 levels. We learn MS FrontPage in level 12. After completion of the project, the students has to come up to present the projects done. Through the participation of the CyberFair project, we have gained a hand-on experience in constructing a web site includes the homepage designing skill. These can help us to do better in our future school projects.
As the normal school syllabus only allows us to learn things theoretically from textbook. We seldom use Internet to look for more information other than the textbook. So we found that there is much more resourceful information can be found on Internet. We cannot fully depend on our textbook only. We also realized that we could go to the Internet for more information if the textbook is not descriptive enough.
From this project, we also learned many interviewing skills, we learn how to communicate with other and we also learned how to do the research in different way which is cannot learn from class room. Besides, we learn many new software in short period, we feel very happy. The software are Microsoft Image Composer, Microsoft GIF Animator, Flash 4.0 and Anfy 1.4.5. The We found the Anfy 1.4.5 program in Internet, and the program is freeware, we feel very happy because the program is user-friendly and we can make our web site more attractive.