1. Description of Our Community
We are a K-12 public magnet school with a focus on being global citizens and using the Paideia program for learning. We come from all over San Diego. We are a very small school that is like a close family for us.
2. Summary of Our Project
Every year our school selects a year-long theme for all of our research, field trips, and school-wide seminars. This year we chose local attractions and landmarks. All of us, K-12, participated with art work, writing, photographs, and observations. We (9th grade) were responsible for collecting, editing, researching, and creating our school web site. We had to learn how to convert our information into HTML format, which we did, thanks to Andy Jensen.
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
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Our school is a 1:1 learning environment, meaning that every student on our campus has access to either a netbook or an iPad, and a wireless internet connection. We often have server problems, so it can be difficult to complete our work in a timely fashion.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Our biggest problem was getting on and staying on our district server, which is very slow and doesn't always work. Also, Although we learned how to create Google Maps, we had to learn how to convert our data to KMZ files to use Google Earth and use a conversion program for HTML. This was the first web site that we (9th graders) had ever created, so there was a lot of learning going on!
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We are a school that focuses on being Global Cizitens, so participating in CyberFair is always very important to us. CyberFair gives us a yearly focus for every student at our school, K-12.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Creating our CyberFair project involved researching, writing, editing, and learning new and difficult (for us!) technology skills. Because we (9th graders) were the web masters, we were responsible for working with teachers and students from all grades, K-12.Working on this project was very difficult, but we learned to work together as a team and as a school and take pride in ourselves...and our city!