1. Description of Our Community
Gliwice is a big city located in the south of Poland. Our school is situated not from the city centre. 475 students attend to our school in school year 2008/09 and they learn in 23 classes. The building is more than 3600 m2 and is connected with the gym. We also have volleyball and Gliwice is situated in the south of Poland. It’s a big city. Our school is located not far handball pitch, as well big recreation area. There are 23 classrooms here including IT classroom, chemistry, physics biology and craft classrooms, gym and library with multimedia studio. We must also mention school canteen, cloakroom and psychologist’s office. Our school is equipped with 24 computers (all connected with internet), multimedia projector, printers, HF, TV and fully equipped classrooms.
2. Summary of Our Project
The purpose of our project was to present historical places in our city. We wanted people all over the world to get know about Poland and Gliwice, which is the place very important for history of Europe and world. This is a place where the World War II began! We also want to develop the regional identity of inhabitants of our city, especially children and teenagers.
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:not sure
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We joined the CyberFair project for the first time. The students involved in project were from different classes and they were supervised by different teachers. The first problem was to coordinate their work. Using email turned out to be the best solution, since it enabled fast exchange of ideas. Another problem was with finding people responsible for giving consent for usage of materials and photos on our website. We had also problem with very limited number of students – translators. Some of students resigned, so we had to find others to replace them in very short time.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
While working on project our students had to complete tasks different than tasks they meet at school. They also had opportunity to meet members of local authority and media. They used English in everyday situations. The project helped them to gain and reinforce both local and European identity.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our students learnt many useful skills such as searching for information and analysing it, cooperation in group, and responsibility for tasks. They also had opportunity to develop their language abilities and editorial skills both in English and Polish. They develop their abilities in using IT technology. Moreover, project integrated knowledge of different subjects such as history, geography, polish and English language.The project proved that our education system enables our students to gain many useful and practical abilities.