1. Description of Our Community
Bandung is the capital of West Java, Indonesia which located at the altitude of 768. It is the second largest cities in Indonesia. Bandung is surrounded by the beautiful volcanic mountains which makes the climate mild and pleasant. The volcanic mountains make the lands fertile and support the growing tea plantations. The nice weather and the lovely scenery have been attracting a lot of people to come to Bandung for short staying, business, work, study or holiday. Bandung has been well known for the universities, apparel products and a great place for gastronomic adventure. It has a lot of magnificent historical buildings with European style and tourists’ facilities such as: cafes, restaurants, hotels and boutique shops. There are many activities can be done in the city or outside the city. The activities in the outskirts of the city are centred about the mountain resorts, adventure activities and outdoor sports. In the city, there are culinary activities as there are so many food varieties, shopping with many clothing outlets or just hanging around. Bandung people are famous of its hospitality. They are very welcome to the foreigners. Most of them work as the workers at government and private sectors, the other works as farmers or have their own business. They respect and still keep their original culture until now.
2. Summary of Our Project
Bandung is a lovely city with attractive panoramic beauty and magnificent heritage buildings. There are a lot of local attractions that can be found in Bandung such as, historical buildings, monuments, museums, galleries, theaters, ethnic restaurants, boutique shops, farming, plantation, rivers, forests, hiking trails, heritage areas, etc. All of the rich resources bring the advantages and disadvantages for the local people. The benefits that are most common are increased local incomes and employment, however, there are also negative impacts for economic, social and environmental sectors. The project is particularly focuses to identify and describe the unique local attractions that can be found in Bandung, then, the benefits of the local attractions to the local community, the disadvantages of the local attractions for the local community and the local government support to the local attraction maintenance is going to be investigated and discussed. The data will be collected through observation, reading and collecting references and interview.
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:2-3
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Our school has been using wireless internet facilities since 2008. The students and teachers are familiar with learning based on technology because all classrooms are facilitated by technology and the teachers always suggest the students to find references on internet.We also have participated at international online projects and collaborated with other countries through the media of technology.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
There were some challenges that we should face and overcome when we conducted the project. The first was to make the solid and full commitment team. The team members were from different classes because the project was an extracurricular activity. It was not easy to have one voice from different perspectives. The teachers also should have one view how to organize the students and how to commit to the job descriptions. The other challenge was the fund support from school. We did not have any financial support for the project from school, so the students and the teachers should find our own fund.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
It is a meaningful experience for the students and the teachers to participate in International Schools Cyber Fair. The students can have real life learning experience by conducting a research, interviewing, analyzing the data and reporting. It will enhance our school’s credit on the implementation of life skill learning and will be the pride of our community if we are the winner.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The cyberfair project is addressed to fulfill our curriculum structures: • X1: English is used as the media of instruction in teaching English, Math, science and technology • X2: The Topics which are discussed in English class shoud embrace the topics which have been learnt in Science Class and Technology • X3:Learning English should be fasilitated by technology, information and telecomunication • X4: Learning English should encompass cross cultural understanding • X5: Learning English should support the development of the students’ mutiple intelegencies The theme of our Cyber Fair project is Local attraction which is related to one of our standard competences of descriptive text for the seventh and eighth grade. The goal of the project is to make the students to become aware of the resources in the area in which they live. The students should identify some local placesthat might be interesting spots for visitors to their community to see. Students investigate and write articles on these locations to gain a better appreciation for what their own community has to offer and to create a power point presentation. The students also do the interview to the community near the tourism spots and make the report. The students and the teacher are expected to gain a new understanding on the local attractions and how the places can affect the community. The project team members also have new knowledge how to build a website to publish their work. The teachers have played an important role in the school community to establish an idea for teaching with technology and how to link the learning with real life. Teaching with technology will bring lot of benefits not only for teachers but also for students. The students will be more interested to actively engage in the learning process by using the method.