1. Description of Our Community
Quezon City is one of the cities in the National Capital Region, Philippines with a land area of 160 sq km. It consists of 142 barangays under four congressional districts. Quezon City is a rapidly growing, busy city, hailed as the information and communication technology capital of the Philippines. Claret School of Quezon City is located at the heart of Quezon City, Philippines. It is just two blocks away from Quezon City Hall and the Quezon Memorial Circle. It is an exclusive school for boys with a student population of around 4000 from pre-school, elementary up to high school. Aside from the regular academic offerings, it offers a lot of extra-curricular activities for the students to choose from. They can participate in the activities during and after school hours. Among the popular activities is taekwondo. Here at Claret School Coach Igor Mella of the Philippine Taekwondo team together with the three women champions of the 2009 SEA games and World Championship Games meet every Saturday to train young aspirants and produce new champions in taekwondo.
2. Summary of Our Project
Taekwondo although not as popular as basketball in this country is fast gaining ground among kids and teenagers. Today, the Philippines ranks in the top 10% in international meets. What used to be a male dominated sport, you will now find girls from other schools joining our own students training at our rubberized covered court in the afternoon and evening during weekdays and as well as on Saturdays. What further boosted its popularity was when three of Claret School's female coaches participated and won in international competitions including the Poomsae World Championship in India. Our team will try to learn more about the sport Taekwondo and the men and women in this sport particularly those in our school.
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
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
We used computers both in school and at home. Work was done in the High School computer laboratory. Claret School has been wired to the internet since 1999. Our school has four computer laboratories, with 50 workstations in each lab where there is Internet access with speed of 1 GBS. Each computer laboratory is equipped with IBM computer units, 2.4GHz, 256MB of RAM, with PLDT DSL as our Internet Provider
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We had our fair share of problems. We had numerous other extra-curricular activities, in and out of school and we were also very busy with our academic requirements. Our meetings were rare and the times that we had to conduct the interviews also conflicted with other equally important activities. Talk about juggling time and place – that’s what we actually had to do. We were very time-constrained with this CyberFair project. Still, things eventually fell into place and our website finally materialized. We had to believe in ourselves and each other. Each contributed his part and as a result of commitment and a united effort, our website was born.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We hope that through this website we will help people, especially Pinoys at home and abroad learn that boxing and basketball are not the only sports that Filipinos excel in. Our men and women are up there with the best also in the field of taekwondo. We pay especially these women tribute for making us Filipinos proud to be Pinoys. Through them and through our work, we hope to make Filipinos and people around the globe realize the strength of character Filipinos have and how talented Filipinos are.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The International Schools Cyberfair project integrates very well in our curriculum particularly in Language and Arts, Reading, Social Studies, computer Education and Values Education. No other projects could match the number of subjects integrated in this single Cyberfair project. We learn not just computer skills on how to build a website but more important is that we learn life skills that we can use in our daily lives. Among them: We learn how to collaborate and work as a team with our project mates. We developed self confidence by interviewing people who can contribute in the improvement of our projects. Asking them for helpful tips and sound advice made us feel more skillful and confident. The use of Internet could not replace actual traditional methods because the teacher is readily available for consultation and advice. Furthermore our teachers have a heart. They are caring and loving teachers just like our parents. However, with the help of the Internet, it opens our minds for endless resources, fresh ideas and current trends and practices that we can adapt or innovate in the course of designing our project.