1. Description of Our Community
Farmington is a small town with over 16,000 residents according to the census in 2012. Farmington is located about 72 miles due South of St. Louis, Missouri. We are part of St. Francois County. Farmington was voted one of the Top 100 Best Small Towns, by Livability, 2016. The landmarks include buildings to mines to families rich in history and excellence. One of them is our school, St Paul Lutheran School. It has been around for 140 years. Although Farmington is small, we are expanding rapidly. Our school has over 300 students in K-8.
2. Summary of Our Project
In order to know where we are going sometimes we need to see where we have been. Our project allowed us to unite and understand the rich history of our town, Farmington and her historical landmarks. Our own school has been an integral part of our community for over 140 years. Our website acted as an invitation to celebrate the past and welcome our future in and out of our hallways.
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: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
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We were short on time as we started in late January but we were focused. The students communicated via text, Google Classroom, and email to ensure editing and deadlines were met. Scheduling time to meet with community members proved to be difficult but we were grateful for flexibility. Our public relations team did a fantastic job of communicating and representing the class well.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
In order to know where we are going sometimes, we need to see where we have been.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Most standards of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) NETS (National Educational Technology Standards for Students standards http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students/nets-student-standards-2007.aspx are met by this CyberFair project. We continue to learn, navigate and share digitally. This challenges us to gather information and connect with people. A sense of pride unfolded as we researched our school's history and the legacy that St. Paul lends to its community.