1. Description of Our Community
Our Project is a compilation of local attractions across the our 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 campus residential center. The students working on this project are part of our Life Skills class.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our Project is a compilation of local attractions across the our district and residential community. Wading River is located on the eastern north shore of Long Island, NY. There are various attractions both man-made and natural, ranging from sports, parks and unique sites.
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:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Along with desktops in the classroom for research, we used Apple laptops to design the website. iPads and iPods were used to take photos.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Barriers we had to overcome were there was no Internet access in the Life Skills classroom, so we had to find an open classroom where the Internet worked. We have limited laptops so there was some difficulty in scheduling time to use them. Finding information on some of the attractions was limited or difficult to research. It took a substantial amount of time and patience to enter the information.
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. It also help us develop better research skills, ability to work together, and find some interesting areas in our community.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
New York State Alternate Learning Standards MST Standard 2 Information Systems: Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
MST Standard 5: Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.
MST Standard 7: Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.
ELA Standard 1: Students will read, write, listen and speak for information and understanding.
ELA Standard 3: Students will read, write, listen and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.
ELA Standard 4: Students will read, write, listen and speak for social interaction.
SS: Standard 1: Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.
SS: Standard 3: Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live - local, national, and global - including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth's surface.
The Arts: Standard 1: Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.
The Arts: Standard 2: Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.
The Arts: Standard 4: Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn shape the divers cultures of past and present society.