1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
We used interviews, translators, computers, laptops, digital cameras, Internet, Web conferencing, AlphaSmarts, audio recorders, pens and pencils, CyberFair notebooks, dictionaries, bulletin boards, projector, speaker telephone, microphone, and speakers for our Web conference. Each one was important in there own way.
We got the laptops from the school, and we got the Internet from the school’s computer and from our computers at our house if we have Internet at our house. We got the digital cameras from some of the shops and some of the teachers brought them and we got them from our parents or we had our own ones and we used them. The computers and the laptops were bought by our school. The Web conference to teach us digital story telling and photo editing was sponsored by Global SchoolNet. --Luke
We also used a lot of software on the computers. We used Microsoft Word, iPhoto, Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Internet Explorer, Safari, AppleWorks, and FirstClass. --Frederik
The interviews were the most important because if we didn’t ask the questions then we couldn’t do anything and we couldn’t start are own Website to teach other kids about kids in Bangladesh. That’s why we took a fieldtrip to meet kids and ask questions to start our Website. We asked them about their life like happiness, sadness, plans for their future, and their hopes and dreams. We needed translators to help us talk to the kids at the Shishu Hospital. They were also very important. They were from school and our community. Students, teachers, and parents helped for translating Bangla and English. --HaYoung and Audrey
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
We introduced our selves and our project to the directors of the organizations we visited. We also wrote a lot of articles about our project in our class weekly news and the AIS/D Weekly News. We sent our Website’s address to our families and teachers and kids in other countries to share with them and ask for their suggestions.
We hung our work in the rotunda on bulletin boards so other people could see what we were doing. We made thank you cards for people who helped us and next we will be sending our Website to more people and organizations around the world, including Save the Children, UNICEF, and the Shishu Hospital. In March Ms. Dietz will share our Website at an international teachers’ conference in Turkey. In April we will be sharing our Website at an assembly for other grades and for our parents. --Grade 4 Students
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
There was a girl at the Shishu Hospital who shakes a lot. She shakes every couple of seconds. The doctors said there is something wrong with her mind. However, when I colored with her, she went a long time without shaking. The doctors and her mom were so surprised, because she had never gone that long without shaking. The doctors were so interested they want to know the information from her interview. And now they know she can go without shaking. I am so happy that she might be able to get better. I feel happy that we could help her and that we were useful. --Avita
Our 4th grade class will continue our connection with the Shishu Hospital. We will buy more things for the Shishu Hospital and we will visit the children again. Also, we might help them with advocacy efforts by helping them design brochures and funding the printing. The other grades will continue visiting their organizations, too. --4th Graders
We think people around the world need to know what happens to the kids in Bangladesh because people need to care about them so they can have better lives. We hope a lot of people see our Website. We will send the link to people all over the world. --Ishraq
People will learn new things about how kids in Bangladesh feel because there aren’t other places to find this information. We got our information by going on field trips and interviewing the kids. --Mee Ae
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
We collaborated with many people, like our classmates, teachers, parents, community members, and most importantly the kids of Bangladesh. We also asked kids in other countries for advice on our project.
Children We Interviewed
Families for Children: Akhi, Aleya, Any, Aunamika, Azufa, Hasina, Hassen, Jasmin, Kakoly, Mohammed, Mohammud, Monowara, Muran, Papia, Rifin, Shibli, Shima, Shohag and Smrity
Noorollah School: Almin, Banna, Dahlia, Mohammad, Rita, Rumi,
School of Hope: Jahid, Srabea, Sharmim, Shonhdon, Monir-ur-shing, Murun, Nimoo, Sumiakter, Yasmin
Shishu Hospital: Anamika, Fuad, Jibon, Kabir, Liza, Prangnorahim, Ridoy, Sajib, Salman, Shazeep, Sumaya, and Tuha
People Who Helped Us
Ms. Alden, Elementary Principal; Mr. Bayezid, Bearer; Mrs. Biswas, Families for Children Teacher; Ms. Chatterjee, Parent and Substitute Teacher; Ms. Cover, 6th Grade Social Studies and English Teacher; Ms. Delawara, Science Lab Teacher; Ms. Dietz, 4th Grade Teacher; Dr. Naila Khan, Director of the Child Development Center at the Shishu Hospital; Ms. Karim, 4th Grade Teacher; Ms. Leet, MS Counselor; Mr. Lewis, Digital Story Telling Presenter; Ms. Fisher, MS French Teacher; Mr. Galligan, P.E. Teacher; Ms. Gaskin, Registrar; Ms. Graham, AIS/D Art Teacher; Ms. Gresback, 2nd Grade Teacher; Mr. Haque, MS Math Teacher; Mr. Keulemans, P.E. Teacher; Mr. Khan, Technology Specialist; Ms. Masoud, Parent; Ms. Meisner, 5th Grade Teacher; Mr. Nixon, Computer Teacher; Ms. Orcutt, 5th Grade Teacher; Mr. Popinchalk, Superintendent; Mr. Roberts, Technology Coordinator; Professor Salim Sakvar, Director of the Dhaka Shishu Hospital; Mr. Sattar, Bearer Ms. Sattar, Parent; Mr. Sidhu, Parent; Ms. Streatfield, Parent; Ms. Sultana, Technology Specialist; Ms. Witte, 4th Grade Teacher
Visit our Bibliography Page at http://www.aisdhaka.net/CF05/Bibliography.html to find out how these people helped us.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
It surprised me that so many people helped us with our project. I learned that kids from Bangladesh doesn’t fell sad all the time they are happy while they are poor! --Frederik, Grade 4
I thought that all Bangladesh kids were sad. But when I saw them they were happy. And then I thought everyone would have a friend, but they did not. So I was sad. --Soo Yeon
I learned that the research is important. I thought that it would be like play and it would be easy, but it was not. --Shazeen
I learned that making a website is doing a lot of research. If you don’t have information, you can’t put it on the Internet. I learned a lot about computers, projectors, scanners and othe electronic stuff. I learned how to convert pictures too. Cyberfair is a lot of fun! --Marina
I learned that making a Website takes time and work. --Avita
I learned to make a Website and I learned how to scan pictures of CyberFair. I also learned how to interview kids in Bangladesh. And I learned how to write captions. --Meshan
I think that CyberFair is fun because you can also see other Websites that kids all over the world made. --Mary Joyce
Time, patience and hard work are worth a great project! --Avita
I was feeling proud of myself because I could speak Bangla, my second language. I felt scared when I saw all the needy children. It felt confusing which child needed their help. It must not be fair for them because some of them can die. --Mohammed
It surprised me that the Shishu Hospital was so clean organized. I thought it would have been a bit dirty because the lady said that it was a poor hospital and didn’t have much money, so I thought it would be dirty and unorganized, but it was very organized and clean. --Luke
I was surprised that the Shishu Hospital that we went to was the biggest children’s hospital in all of Bangladesh. --Mariko
It surprised me when I saw some pictures on the wall and one of them had its cheeks like ball and it was scary to look at. There was another picture that had his eye wider than the other one and I felt so sorry for them. There are some other things that surprised me. When I was walking through one of the rooms where the patients were I saw a baby so small and it made me feel lucky for myself and sad about the smallest baby I’ve seen. --Supriya
I was surprised that the Shishu hospital treats over 900 patients a day. Wow, I think that’s really amazing. --Jordan