1. Description of Our Community
Folsom is a charter city located within Sacramento County, having a population of around 70,000. It is a small community but consisting of diverse cultures and religions. The population of Folsom has grown steadily over the past years due to its fun, peaceful, and family oriented quality. It has been voted as the best places in America to live, work, and play, in many a magazines. Ours is a small Islamic school located in the heart of Folsom. It is an activity center for the Muslim community, and holds the power to represent Islam in a peaceful way.
2. Summary of Our Project
The Folsom Attractions project aims to showcase to the world that our city has a story to tell. It has a rich history with colorful attractions for one and all. Folsom was made famous worldwide by Johnny Cash's 'Folsom Prison Blues' song, and so the historic Folsom Prison is the highlight of our project. Folsom has a number of exciting attractions like the American River, Folsom dam, Historic district and many more. So we have featured each for everyone to experience the fascinating city of Folsom.
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: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 completed this project as part of the ComputerClub at the school. All students got their own laptop to work afterschool.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We had problem coordinating with each other since some students had to work individually during the winter break in December. We also had problems sustaining the interest level, as this was an on going project. We tried to overcome the problems by creating teams for individual WebPages and also appointing team leads who kept up the morale and interest level.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Cyberfair helped us to view our city as a book with exciting chapters that displayed colors of modernism along with hues of its rich heritage. Now we view our city as an awe- inspiring attraction. Cyberfair gave us the opportunity to get involved, take action, and research our way through the beautiful attractions in Folsom.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Cyberfair helped us cover many content standards. Firstly we were able to develop a central idea by following the different stages of the writing process. Since each of us developed individual WebPages we were able to focus and organize on the research process. We were able to draw information from various sources, analyze it, and draw the most important ideas. We participated in the community activities and showed mutual respect for each other. Most importantly we were able to use technology for communicative and collaborative work. By far the Internet was the most significant productive tool for our website.