1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Within the course of doing research to gather information, our team traveled to four of the other islands (Oahu, Maui, Molokai, and the Big Island) where we managed to interact with people local to the islands. We have been fortunate to have a lot of community support. Our local Kauai Economic Development Board funded our travels throughout the year.
Doing personal interviews, visiting historical landmarks and sites, experiencing the variety of community lifestyles was a valuable learning opportunity.
The team did preliminary research using books and other printed material, including information already on the Internet to build our knowledge base. Meeting and interviewing different people around the islands, we relied on laptop computers, digital cameras a video camera and the traditional fall-back of pencil and paper to record our adventures.
We've listed the number of software we used on our site, to see what we learned to use and how much time we invested in this project, go to: http://library.thinkquest.org/J0111103/frames.html
scrolling on the bottom of the page, we have a "banner" of sorts.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
The source of most of the information we based our project around came from people we met who either experienced the events we chose to share about or are living out the values we decided to focus on.
The team has become Aloha Ambassadors in many ways. As we've shared what our vision is, to spread aloha around the world, we have in turn recieved so much aloha from everyone we've been fortunate to meet up with. People have been so cooperative and willing to share, and very supportive of our endeavors.
Whether by email, snail mail, telephone, or in person, as we approached people we were always greeted warmly. I believe that in itself reflects the aloha spirit we've tried so hard to share, and having our students experience that aloha has been the biggest reward.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
We have included a message board on our website. Reviewing the many comments left there by visitors, we are seeing that our project is indeed making an impact. Local people are appreciating our paradise home more, people far away enjoy experiencing the beauty of islands even from afar, and more importantly, the comments from former residents have had the most impact because it "hits home" with them...fond memories of island living are invoked which to us is a good indication that we've managed to share via the web what we live here, Aloha.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
We have a long list of people we'd like to acknowledge, and we have on our website: http://library.thinkquest.org/J0111103/credits/acknowledgements.html
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
We originally started working on this project to enter in the ThinkQuest Junior competition, which is a web based competition. Our team placed among the finalists.