1. Description of Our Community
Our school is located in the community of City Heights in east San Diego. It is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods of San Diego. City Heights is currently undergoing a renaissance in new construction, community services and pride; mixing cultures, languages, and architecture.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project was created for the staff, students, and parents of the Multimedia and Visual Arts School (MVAS) at Crawford Educational Complex. As one of the new small schools in the San Diego school district, we didn’t have a website that would help promote what we are as a school and tell people who are interested in the school about what we offer. We were able come up with a site with the little amount of time we had that effectively portrayed the main focuses of MVAS’s curriculum. Moreover, we were also capable of offering a clean, sleek, and professional looking site that is unlike most school websites in terms of design and the overall look and feel. In retrospect, in the process of learning throughout this course, we were able to aid the community by offering a professional website that reflects MVAS, what we have to offer, and what a great school we are.
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:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The main problem was the issue of time. We wanted to have a website completed by the end of the first semester. To compensate for the time constraint, students came into the lab during lunch and their Advisory period.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
From Darris Cooper: 'Wow, it’s crazy to be able to say I helped to create a website! MVAShigh.com is a prime example of what hard work and dedication is. I think that our group worked great together!'
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Standards: Using information technology to assist in gathering, analyzing, organizing and presenting information. Develop and maintain a schedule of work activities. Participate in the establishment and operation of self-directed work teams. Design a product to meet an identified need.
The skills we learned from this project are how to communicate with the client and among the students working on the project.
We also learned the technical skills required to complete the site (Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Fireworks).
This project meets the class requirement for Service Learning, which is an integral part of the curriculum. Students were able to connect their learning to a real-world project, helping their community while they learn.