1. Description of Our Community
Our Indian Community. It comprises of all type of people of different age group and different social, economic and cultural backgrounds. All the people of our community have a diverse thinking and a variety of opinions on all subject matters.
2. Summary of Our Project
The project is according to the theme, “Inspire and Unite” as we tend to inspire the communities all around the world about the unique features and traditions of Indian Weddings and show them our unique bonding, togetherness and our sense of fraternity followed by almost all Indian citizens. Indian weddings are one of those extraordinary features of India that greatly influences people worldwide. For Indians and especially people belonging to the Hindu community, these weddings are merely an event of family-friends get togetherness and of course the marriage of couples. In India weddings are said to be auspicious bonds of love tied firmly not only between the married couple but between the two families as well.
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):
We could not get to work daily on internet oriented computers which further delayed our project. The main reason behind all this was that only two proper functioning computers had internet and many times other school teachers were working on it for various purposes because of which all our internet related work delayed for several weeks. We could not work much at home as well.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We faced a number of problems in our project. First problem was internet and computer issues as we could not get internet oriented computers daily for our work where most of our work was internet related researching only. Second problem was that the team members were backing out again and again on seeing the work pressure and limited number of days. We actually wasted around a week on deciding just the team members our group would comprise of. Third problem we faced was that not all type of work was accepted by the team members voluntarily who mostly chose to work as per their convenience and this led to several disagreements within the group which delayed the project more. Out of the members that left, their work had to be re-divided among the team which put more pressure on the remaining members. Fourth problem we faced was our half yearly and annual examinations approaching due to which we could not give appropriate time to the project.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Cyber Fair has given the students and the school an amazing opportunity to participate in an international competition. Most of all, it has given the experience of thinking globally. Deciding a local community topic as per the theme and creating a web project was an all-new experience to us students. This competition has impacted the students in a very good way.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This project fit into the school and curriculum guidelines as it was entirely based on the ceremonial event of our local community i.e. Indian Weddings which is the common most event observed by all Indian community members. We learnt various skills and techniques related to many aspects. After the research we did, we came to know about various rituals and small events conducted in the weddings. After the surveys we conducted, we came to know about the views, opinions and comments of different age grouped members of our community on the topic we have focused upon. We learnt many software related things as well like website creation & HTML coding. It has definitely been more effective and efficient as Internet offered us a wide range of important information, cleared all our doubts and difficulties (minor & major), gave a variety of ideas and more exposure to all type of informative pieces about Indian Weddings.