1. Description of Our Community
Our community is the multi-faceted expatriate communities within the city of Prague. Our 24 students in Grade 7 alone are drawn from at least 12 different nations. The students have many strengths, however, for a high proportion of them, English is not their first language, which is why we have tried to reach out to their peers using a variety of media the feel more comfortable with.
2. Summary of Our Project
The premise is what if... What if a single student decides to take action to become more environmentally friendly; wastes less energy, recycles more etc - and tells their friends - what if they do the same, what impact would that have on their families and communities?
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
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
A high proportion of our students speak English as a second language, although we are an English-medium international school. It was therefore easier for them to communicate through using other media.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The project has given us the opportunity to use different media to highlight environmental issues across our school through the use of the surveys and our other projects. We hope the games and our other work will have a greater impact.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The project fits into our web design unit for Grade 7. Students had to design page layouts, cascading stylesheets and graphical buttons - the final design for the site was a combination of several students' work. Students also created surveys using the forms from Google apps for education, and used the spreadsheet tools to create charts of the data and attempted to analyse them. Students also worked with Scratch to create simple games to fit in with the theme and used photostory to create slideshows.