1. Description of Our Community
Our Project is a compilation of environmental projects taking place across the district and residential community. Wading River is located on the eastern north shore of Long Island, NY. We are in a suburban area on the edge of a rural community. While our district is located in this community, we are a Special Act school district which means that our students come from suburban and urban areas across Long Island and most students reside in the compus residential center.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our website is a joint effort of environmental recycling efforts within our school and in our community as well as general recycling efforts and needs.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:2-3
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 Apple and PC computers, Flip cameras, and digital cameras. iWeb for website design.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Problems with time constraints, losing data, need to promote student interest, loss of staff and need to increase our computer and research skills.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
the experience of participating in the Cyberfair has shown that though we are a small school with limited resources, we can come together to learn to compete on an international level as well as help ourselves and our community.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Research and media skills are a part of the NYS state school standards and curriculum. This project supported this by requiring students to integrate and evaluate content in diverse formats in ELA, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics. Supporting standards for reading informational text by determining central ideas, citing textual evidence, inferencing, determining an author's point of view, compare and contrasting evidence as wellas evaluating claims, and discovering new vocabulary. Establish writing styles and producing clear written works to support claims and organize ideas, and using the Internet to collaborate, produce andpublish works. The students and staff worked together to research and build their knowledge of recycling and environmental issues both locally and globally. The new skills we learned were how to develop a website, how to use Flip cameras, various Web 2.0 skills, how to collaborate, cooperate, organize and manage our time, abilities, and resources.