1. Description of Our Community
We chose to explain the industrial landscape evolution in Vic and Gurb from its origins to the present. According to the different industrial revolutions we are anticipating how it will be in the future. This area has experienced different evolutions in a few square kilometres but all this has influenced either the community or the economical lifestyle.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our local community is located in La Plana de Vic, Osona (one hour from Barcelona city). Our local community was created as a municipality in 1820. It includes four old rural parishes: Sant Andreu de Gurb, Sant Julià de Sassorba, Sant Cristòfol de Vespella and Sant Esteve de Granollers de la Plana. Gurb has grown during recent years even more than other municipalities in the region. Our community is in a privileged geographical situation with a new network of access road communication.
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:4-6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
We usually work in cooperative teams and an individual laptop for each member. Our college has a dedicated Internet connection using optical fibre. We used many image edition softwares and other resources, but we had never created a webpage before.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Our barriers that we found doing this project was that we couldn’t speak with the other members of other classes in the groups, this was the biggest problem because for every thing we didn’t understood or we wanted to ask something, we just couldn’t and it was really frustrating so we met outside the school. Other problem we faced was that we had many difficulties to access to the archives. In Arxiu Comarcal d’Osona we weren’t allowed to go as students and our teacher had to went to look up for the files. In Arxiu de Gurb they are changing the archivist and now it is closed. We overcome it thanks to Gurb’s Town Hall employers, who provide us the internal collection of pictures and maps. And at last, the Arxiu de Vic had a lot of work with a symposium and we didn’t visit the physical place, but they answered our questions by e-mail. The last problem we faced was that we couldn’t distribute correctly the work and the teachers had to help us and say what we had to do.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This project gives us a lot of knowledge about how were Vic and Gurb in XIX and XX centuries, how are they now, and how they will be in 50 years. It made us aware about the strong changes suffered by the cities during the last 200 years. We divided the work in groups, where each one was in charge of working on different aspects. The main sections were: historical maps, old photos, interviews, timeline and news. It was a great opportunity to study the local history through primary sources, like archives of historical manuscripts, oral interviews and family memories of some of our students.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our content curriculum standards involve to analyze the relationship among the rise of industrialization and small scale rural-to-urban migration. Know the effects of industrialization on living and working conditions. Describe the changing landscape, including the growth of cities linked by industry and trade. Finally, to think how will be the future (about the possible future and the probable future). The curriculum guidelines of Catalonia include establishing the industrial characteristics that distinguish our community from others such as textile and meat factories, road infrastructures (for example, the main road between Barcelona and the Pyrenees). Understand the concepts of continuity and change. And, finally, increase the vision of our community to explain it to the world. We usually work in a cooperative teams with individual laptops. We are a new High school (eight years old) that use the Internet for teaching and learning from the beginning. We use edition programs and other resources, but we have never created a website. For that, this project is a great opportunity to learn new skills based on the webpage development. In a new industrial era where the digital technologies dominate the world, the students must be competents in this area.