CyberFair Project ID: 2349

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Stories From the Streets
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks
Bibliography: No bibliography page cited

School: Master's Academy and College
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

six students, ages 11 ans 12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 19, 2003. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2003

Classes and Teachers: Mrs Brenda Dyck

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our school, Master's Academy and College is based on a former Canadian military base (called Curry Barracks) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Soldiers were trained and housed on this base during the WW2 years and up until six years ago. Six years ago the base was dissolved and various parts of the property sold. My school, Master's Academy and College (a private school) purchased the former Curry Elementary school. The community has been redeveloped into a beautiful residential area called Garrison Woods. The development of the area has been in keeping with its' proud historical past and therefore the architecture and names of streets honor the military past of this area. In fact, beside our school is a museum (The Museum of the Regiments) that honors Canadian contributions to WW1, WW2 and other conflicts.

2. Summary of Our Project

Each one of the streets in our community is named after a wartime battle that Canadian soldiers of World War One participated in. The Grade Six CyberFair students from Master's Academy and College researched a number of these street names and created a web page sharing the historical background to the names chosen. For example one of the streets is called "Amien Crescent". This street was named for the "Battle of Amiens" that began on August 8, 1918. This was the first day of what war historians call "The Last Hundred Days.” The Canadian attack so surprised and disoriented the Germans that their commander-in-chief, General Ludendorff, said that August 8, 1918 was “the blackest day of the German Army in the history of the war.” Students will research their choice of battle, interview some of the experts at the Museum of the Regiments (next door to the school), write a report and then create a web page to house their information. There will be a main project web page and each of the "streets" will link off the main page.

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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Slide 5, 6 ans 7 of the following PowerPoint presentation:

5. Our Project Sound Bite

The CyberFair 2003 project not helped us to discover the proud history behind the streets surrounding our school. Not only did students learn how to research and create a web page, they were touched profoundly by what they learned about the brave soldiers who defended our country in World War One. I don't this learning will easily be forgotten.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

I created a web page to house the following information. I have also linked it to our project web site.

Alberta Content Standards Adressed:

Language Arts:

Information and Communication Technology Standards

What Skills Did You Learn

Click on the "What We Learned" link on the following web page:

What group concepts did you practice? Slide 8:

Has using the Internet for teaching and learning been more effective than traditional methods? Slide 9:

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

Infromation Tools and Techniques Used:

Slide 10:

Our schools is a well-eqipped technology environment. Our classroom contains nine networked computers. The Interent was one of our most valuable tools as it connected us to information, pictures and virtual fieldtrips that allowed us to include a wealth of knowledge on our web sites. It also provided us with experinces that moved us greatly. The students really enjoyed using the museum that is next door to the school. There is still something powerful about seeing exhibits first hand, talking to experts on the topic and holding that reference book in your hands.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

The Museum of the Regiments (next door to our school) welcomed our students enthusiastically. They spent part of a morning with us and even allowed us to take pictures for our web pages in the exhibit area. The librarian had pulled resource material off their shelves for our students and answered the students questions patiently. For further information:

Slide 11

You can read more about this on the following project link (click on Our Learning Process in Pictures link)

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Our project has impacted students, parents and the military museum in our community. The following Powerpoint will explain how our community has been impacted by our project:

Slide 12 and 13:

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

Our project made use of the volunteers at the museum of the Regiments. Mr Glenn, the librarian at the museum was our main connection. Mrs Dyck phoned the museum and asked if we could come to visit. He had a number of primary sources pulled from their library shelves when we got there and took us on a tour of the exhibits. We also contacted (by email) Canadian Veteran Affairs to ask permission to include the following piece of artwork on our project homepage:

They gave their permission enthusiastically and offered to let us use other pictures on the web site. We also contacted (by email) to ask permission to include a video snipit called "John McCrae's War" on our web site. They were prompt in giving us their permission to do so. Here is that film clip:

You can see our museum documented on the following picture presentation (have your speakers on):

Click on "Our Learning Process in Pictures" on the following web page:

We are very grateful for the assistance and generosity shown to us by these volunteers and helpers.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We made many discoveries. We have documented them on our Powerpoint presentation and our picture slide show: Powerpoint: Slides 14, 15, and 16

Pictures (turn on your speakers): Click on "Our Learning Process in Pictures.


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