1. Description of Our Community
Cannelton is a small and very historical town located on the banks of the Ohio River in southern Indiana. It has a rich heritage which dates back to 1837 with the founding of the American Cannel Coal Company. It now has about 2000 residents, many of whom have lived here all of their lives. Cannelton has seen many hardships and many triumphs throughout the years yet it is still going strong. This year marks Cannelton's 175th year! Cannelton residents want to keep our town alive and prosperous, as well as preserve its heritage.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project is devoted to the memory of the passengers of the ill-fated Northwest Flight 710 which came to rest in a field outside of Cannelton, Indiana on March 17, 1960. Cannelton and the surrounding community of Perry County have worked very hard to keep the memory of those who perished alive and also to keep alive how the community came together then, to build a memorial, and on the 50th anniversary.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
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
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
One obstacle was finding time to work on the project. We met twice a week after school for several weeks to complete this project. Another obstacle was when we had technical difficulties with our laptop keyboard. We were lucky that our school booster club gave us a new laptop, and we were able to complete our project then.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Participating in the International Schools Cyberfair has given us a feeling of real ownership in our learning. Cyberfair has given us the opportunity to share what we have learned about our community with people around the world.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This project fit into our curriculum well. We worked on many language arts standards such as reading and writing in creating the website. We used these language arts skills also in the interview process. We worked cooperatively, researching the plane crash itself, and the cause. We organized the information we found and presented it in an easy to understand and comprehensive way on our website. We found out that working together can make any job easier, especially when we had so much information to sort through. Everyone had jobs to do and we worked together to help each other complete them. We feel using the Internet for learning has been highly effective for many reasons. Two of them are the Internet gave us many up-to-date, reliable resources and it gives us a way to publish our work so we can share it with the rest of the world. Creating the website itself met our language arts standards and also gave us skills in working with word processing, webpage building, researching on the Internet, photograph editing, and allowed us to use creativity skills in design. All of these are lifelong skills that will help us in the future. We feel we play a strong role in our school community when we share our learning with others online.