1. Description of Our Community
Warrandyte is our local community, which has a small township of approximately 14,000 people living around the Yarra River on the north eastern outskirts of Melbourne. Originally settled as a pastoral district, the population grew when gold was discovered in the 1850's. Warrandyte is a suburb of the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Because of the town's history and relative isolation from the suburbs of Melbourne, the people of Warrandyte are a very 'close' community. Our Community is also our wider community of Melbourne, Victoria and Australia. It consists of many leaders, lots of different people and groups that give us information, help us and give us guidance, take us on tours and help us to look after our natural surroundings. Our Community is our native animals, State Parks, Rivers and many special features. Our Community is a great place in which to live.
2. Summary of Our Project
Prep -6 have been studying our environment for their integrated topics, this term, which is part of the Study of Society and Environment Curriculum. Students have gathered information about our environment and endangered animals. Preps looked at our Environment and recycling. Grade 1 and 2 classes focused on the Endangered native animals to our area, what has happened to them and how we can help them to come back to our State Parks so that in the future we will have a wonderful environment. Students visited the Healesville Sanctuary where we looked at Australian Native animals in their natural habitat. We learnt about why some of the animals have become endangered and how we can help them. We took photos and recorded video with digital cameras, we interviewed Rangers and emailed people. Grade 3 and 4 focused on the Environment and Conservation of our Environment. Students researched information and looked at how we can improve our environment for the future generations. Grades 5 and 6 added some great digital videos and Flash movies to some of our web pages and made fabulous interactive quizzes made in Hot Potato. We focused on report writing in English and writing speeches for our CyberFair Launch.
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:4-6
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):
We have 4 computer laboratories with 20 Computers and a data projector in each laboratory to share skills and completed projects. In all the classrooms we have mini computer labs. All computers in the school are networked to the Internet and Intranet. Every classroom has their own Internet address and Email is sent and received regularly from around the world. We have an ISDN link to the Internet.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We found that the time line for Australian schools was difficult this year, particularly the Grade 5 and 6 students because they had excursions and school camp in March, which only left them a few weeks to make their pages interactive puzzles and Flash movies. We were able to use the project as the final presentation of our Term One topics.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
It was a great project, which involved such a huge number of grades. Everyone in the school both teachers and children united to really think about how we can improve our environment so that in the future we will still be able to enjoy this wonderful place. We all learnt together and helped each other, which was really fun. The Grade 5 and 6 students added some wonderful movies made in Flash and interactive quizzes which really made the entire Cyberfair such a great team project. It is a great way to show our community off to the rest of the world. We made constant use of our data projectors to share our work and to demonstrate skills we had learnt. We loved launching our Project to the School Community at night when we all make a speech and show off our wonderful project using a data projector in our Multi Purpose room.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This project was integrated into our curriculum area, Studies of Society and the Environment, English, Maths, Art and Information Technology, where we were developing an understanding of our Environment. The Preps learnt about recycling and making our environment more sustainable. The Grade One and Two’s Integrated topic was Endangered animals – How can we help? We looked at our local environment. We also looked at the people who help and care for the environment and the people who use the environment for pleasure and work. The Grade 3 and 4 were studying the Environment and Conservation of our Environment. We researched information and looked at how we can improve our environment for the future generations. We learnt more about conservation, recycling, pollution, drought, forests, floods, bushfires and caring for State and National Parks. Grade 5 and 6 focused on making multi media quizzes and acquiring new ICT skills particularly in the use of Flash. Team work played an important part of the project; working with partners or within groups but also working on a whole school project where we considered the needs of different groups for computer use and shared information which was more suited to another group’s web page. We all had an excellent insight into sharing information around the World Wide Web and how to develop a Web page and send email, which is a part of Information Technology. We learnt lots about making Web pages. We enjoyed talking with people in our community. In English we focused on researching skills, writing reports and speeches. In Maths we did lots of work about maps.