1. Description of Our Community
John Muir School is located in the Clairemont community of San Diego City. San Diego City is divided into several smaller communities, many of which John Muir students come from: North Park, City Heights, South Park, Kearny Mesa, Emerald Hills, Linda Vista, South East, Spring Valley, Hillcrest, University City, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Mira Mar, and others. The majority of our students are bussed in from all of these neighborhood communities, creating an accurate representation of the greater San Diego population.
2. Summary of Our Project
Muir has a focus on environment. This year our Cyberfair project shares pictures, informations, and interviews from and about the various San Diego plant species and the biomes they belong to.
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:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The greatest technical obstacle to Cyberfair was understanding the format, possessing the technical skills, and motivating students to do their best in creating the website. Assembling all related student work throughout the year, complete with citations, etc., is a daunting task and takes multiple students and teachers contributions. Cyberfair is truly a holistic educational experience.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The diversity of San Diego's flora is representative of our diverse student body. We represent every major religion, race, ethnic group, etc. found in the San Diego region. In spite of these differences, we unite in a common purpose on a daily basis as students and faculty. This school year, we participated in several field trips, paideia seminars, and class room activities concerning the native plants found in and around San Diego County. We learned a great deal about the terrific diversity of San Diego plants, collaborated across curricular themes, and worked with students across age/grades.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Cyberfair participation has helped to create a sort of cross-age and cross-curricular appreciation for what other grade levels are producing throughout the school year. We are in constant amazement of the quality and quantity of work produced from Kindergarten to 12th grade.