1. Description of Our Community
Let us present a small Siberian town Uzhur that is located more than 300 kilometers from Krasnoyarsk, the biggest city of the region. The main industry here is agricultural products that are distributed all over the region. The best dairy and meat products are made here. The town is by the federal way connecting regional capital Krasnoyarsk with the area of beautiful lakes. A lot of people driving through the city in summer to get to them. The city is developing but at the same time keeping a lot of traditions from the past. We are in the middle of Siberia and Siberia is the heart of Russia.
2. Summary of Our Project
When we are ask people to think of something related to Siberia they almost always say “Cold!” Siberia is famous for cold weather though in summer it can be really hot. We are Siberian children and we love winter! We want to prove to the world that cold and snow can be a lot of fun. Games, sports and New year traditions are very important for our culture. This project is devoted to Russian Winter Fun. You will love cold and snow!
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:4-6
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
For all of the students except one it was the first website, the first group project, the first research they have ever done! They had to learn a lot of basic computer and web literacy skills. They had to work with a lot of new technologies. They started to become not just users but developers. They also had to come up with the design ideas to overcome their limited skills.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Siberia means “cold” for many people around the world. Cold is something scary for many of them. But we do not agree! Snow and cold can be a lot of fun! These are the essential parts of Russian culture and Siberian character. We would like to tell you about winter as a part of our life and culture. Let’s play with snow together!
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
As it was the first project for the students who are under 12 except one the idea was to develop basic research and web design skills. They learned how to collect and process information, how to cite the sources properly, how to visualize the information. All these skills are on great demand for the curricula of the more senior grades. But the real discovery for them was the fact that the Internet is not just for communication and entertainment, but also something to be used for learning new information. The students started gaining skills of sorting and evaluating the information based on particular criteria.