1. Description of Our Team
Everyone one us has a special talent in web design and we have been in Mrs. Vlachakis' class for two years so it really was a natural process to choose each of our tasks. Dustin helped give each of our team members their specific tasks: Dustin H., 17, project manager, researcher and writer. Kyle E., 16, researcher, voices of characters, and writer. Zach B., 18, Animator & Coder. Chris M., 16, Animator & Coder.
2. Summary of Our Project
The team was created because we care about the environment and we were affected by the drought in Georgia last year. We wanted to help students all over Georgia and the world learn about water conservation. We also wanted to make sure we did not forget how hard it was to go through a drought and not have a readily available water supply. Georgia still has not recovered completely from its drought and it is vital for Georgians and others to realize that water is a limited precious resource and that people take it for granted. When we experienced a major drought in the state of Georgia we realized that we needed to make a site that would help everyone learn from our lack of preparedness for our drought.
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:4-6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Probably the hardest part about this project was that we had to stay on a deadline and on task. We had to keep up with the webpage and all our other class work. It has helped that we have Mrs. Vlachakis to motivate us to finish and keep us on schedule. The next obstacle was to learn all the extra coding and tools to create our animations. Mrs. Vlachakis was there to facilitate us but we did a lot of research and learning on our own. We especially worked hard at making our characters move, talk and in researching our information.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This site was created by the students of Mrs. Vlachakis' Sandy Creek High School Web Design class. Our mission is to spread the word to the future and present kids of Georgia, no the world about the consequences of a drought and how we can help conserve water.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The following are the Georgia Standards covered in our site and the technology standards listed are the standards covered while we created our site for Web Design. The standards included are listed for high school students but the content does cover standards in the lower grades. We have included a teacher resource section where our standards are listed and the standards it might match up to if a teacher were to decide to use the site in their classroom as a resource. SEV4 Grade: 9,10,11,12, Description: SEV4 Students will understand and describe availability, allocation and conservation of energy and other resources. Elements: Describe the need for informed decision making of resource utilization. (i.e. energy and water usage allocation, conservation, food and land, and long-term depletion) BCS-AWD-5 Grade: 9,10,11,12, Description: BCS-AWD-5 Students will examine and apply website testing, publishing, and maintenance concepts. Elements: a. Develop and apply a testing plan. b. Identify the steps and tools for publishing a web site. c. Discuss key issues in maintenance. BCS-AWD-9, Grade: 9,10,11,12,Description: BCS-AWD-9 Students will demonstrate advanced website development with HTML editors and scalable vector graphics programs. Elements: a. Identify and compare and contrast site development software. b. Use advanced features of site development software. c. Create animation using Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) programs. MKT-EM-7,Grade: 9,10,11,12, Description: MKT-EM-7 Students will plan an ad campaign for a website launch. Elements: a. Define the purpose of the website. b. Recognize the value of branding. c. Decide the best use of media for promoting a new website launch (TV/radio/print/direct). . Define and evaluate sticky content and dynamic content and the value these provide to e-marketers. . Discuss the use of online contests to promote a website. . Evaluate the use of banner ads. StandardMKT-EM-9, Grade: 9,10,11,12, Description: MKT-EM-9 Students will explore professional design and website development from a marketing perspective. Elements: a. Understand the importance of planning and designing prior to building a website (ease of use/navigation).b. Define ASCII and WYSIWYG. c. Choose appealing images for the website based on the target market. d. Distinguish between image/graphic files (i.e. jpg, tiff).