1. Description of Our Community
Our selected local community are craftsmen who create a beauty with the help of needles i.e, people who produce traditional Uzbek skullcaps; researchers, secondary schoolchildren and teachers and ordinary people from our neighborhood.
2. Summary of Our Project
We are Andijan Access Microscholarship program students. With the help of our teachers we participated in GlobalSchoolNet.org International Schools CyberFair. The theme for International Schools CyberFair 2012 is 'Dream and Unite!' As Eleanor Roosevelt stated “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” We also tried to dream and unite our local community with the global community with our project work named “Creating the beauty with needles”. Our selected local communities were craftsmen who created a beauty with the help of needles i.e, people who produce traditional Uzbek skullcaps, a researcher, secondary schoolchildren and teachers and ordinary people from our neighborhood. In our web site we want to tell about Uzbek head wear, skullcap. While working on this project we improved our English, we developed our IT skills and gained new skills such as sewing, decorating, working with cameras, interviewing and communicating with different people. We enjoy such kind of learning. It was easy and task-based. We had a goal and we tried to do our best to reach our goal.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
We don't have an internet access in our classroom but we use our teachers' laptops. We knew that to participate in this project we had to have an internet access but we didn't want to waste time. We wanted to try it.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
As we told before we didn't have an internet access in our classroom. But we can use our teachers' laptops and modems. During this project we had a lot of technical problems: laptops, electricity and lack of knowledge of IT skills. Before registering in this project our teachers organize IT lessons for us in internet cafe.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Our participation in this project is the sign that we exist, we can dream and be together with the world!
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our project addresses local crafts; producing Uzbek traditional skullcaps. According to our education standards we have lots of themes connecting with future jobs and professions for the 9th grade students. Our students are at the age of choosing future professions so we think that this project can be helpful for them. 2 girls from our access classes learnt to sew flowers, to decorate the skullcap during this project. It means that they can have a part time job and support their families. While doing this project we learnt how to do survey among people, we did survey in our classes but we never practise it in real life. You should be sociable and talkative. We learnt how to communicate with different people. We learnt lots of interesting facts about our traditional skullcap and we learnt the process of producing it. We understood why old people say to create the beauty with needles. When we had Power Point Presentations at schools first we were afraid and nervous, then we got confidence and now we aren't afraid of doing presentation before large group. With our presentations we made clear to our audience that we should learn our culture and tradition in order to survive and to give those things to our future generation. We are proud of ourselves that we also put our share in this job. We think we proved that the Internet is the most effective and necessary way to join all people around the world. The Internet gave a chance for us to say the world about our culture, tradition and life of style. Learning with internet is so amusing and exciting. Most people say the internet spoils the children nowadays. We are against to this. We discovered to learn with internet is more interesting, funnier and easier.