CyberFair Project ID: 4499

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Echo of the drying sea
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Scondary School #1
    Termez, Surkhandarya, Uzbekistan

4 students, ages 16-18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 27, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): N/A

Classes and Teachers: Nigora Abdulkhaeva, Farhod Sharipov, Farhod S, Sherzod E, Mavluda H, Shahnoza A

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Our team consist of 4 students. They are Farhod S 11th grade, Sherzod E 11th grade, Mavluda H 11th grade and Shahnoza A 9th grade. This web site was created by Farhod, he wants to be a great web designer in the future. Now he is working hard on learning web design. He also organized poster contest. Sherzod worked on “Efforts” section of this web site, and conducted research. He has a excellent leadership skills. Whole research process of the project was organized by Mavluda. She is very initiative and likes to help others. Interview conducted by her. Shahnoza, the youngest students of our team, she is 15, has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages. She helped us with all work. She know English language well that’s why many materials translated by her. Our English teacher Nigora worked on every detail of the project. She directed us on right way, and we could understand all the issues of the project. Farhod S, administrator of Educational Computer Class, helped us with all works. He assisted to conduct forum and gave us consultations on realization of the school program. His excellent supervising skills directed us to right way and we could realize our project successfully. Working on project we understood that united we can break all the stereotypes.

2. Summary of Our Project

The problems of the Aral Sea are among the worst in the world. Now most of the efforts and action to save Aral Sea are stopped. With this project we want to tell all that this problem not only of the Central Asian countries but also problem of the whole world.

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:1

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

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):

There are more then 1500 students study at our school but we have only 10 computers with Windows XP and with internet access at Educational Computer Class. Connection speed of internet is 30-35 Kbit/sec. We are using internet for the past 3 years at school.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The first problem we had with research on the topic “Global problem. Aral Sea.” We had very huge materials about Aral Sea problems and we had to make it brief to put it on web site. We spent many weeks on it, and finally we could make it brief and understandable. It was our first experience of conducting such research.

Second problem that we meet was conducting interview. First we couldn’t find persons to interview. Then we found that that person is away from the city, we had to wait for him 3 weeks.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

To make aware people about Aral Sea problem and taking action to save Aral Sea made us proud for our project. We hope after visiting our web site and seeing our project people will support actions directed to save Aral Sea

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

Project “Echo of the drying sea” meets school curriculum guidelines, and the 9-11 grade classes were able to learn new skills in many areas of our curriculum. Geography class helped us to gather and brief materials, English language class to translate and analyze, Informatics to find information and develop web site. Generally speaking, the class was able to understand children problems and solve it locally and globally.

We learned to establish relationships with organizations and schools, to work in partnership on some issues, and practiced analyzing, organizing and detailing. Project gave us a chance to unite teachers, students and community members together to work on this issue. Being a team we learned how to work together, respect and understand each other, help and support others.

Project Elements

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

We used 3 computers with internet connection, telephones to contact teachers, directors of the schools and libraries, to get information. Digital camera to take photos of students, scanner, books, resources of libraries, dictionaries and to conduct presentation

Following computer software used by us: Adobe Photoshop, Word, FTP, Front Page and Total Commander

All these tools are used in Educational Computer Class of the school. And all these tools were very valuable for us, because if there weren’t any of these tools, we couldn’t realize our project as we hoped.

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

During the research we were in the libraries, and while being there we made announcements of our project. After announcements many interested people were expressed their willingness to know about our project, and helped to us with finding information. We promised them to bring posters of our project and make presentations at libraries in March to aware them with actions.

We will put project web site into, this is a web site of Global Connections and Exchange- Uzbekistan program which bring together 40 schools (our school one of them) in Uzbekistan and other partner schools in the world.

In addition, we are planning to conduct presentation at schools #12, #8, and #10.

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

Our project made outreaches to our community our first priority. If we could make a difference in our community, then our efforts would have been worth while. Therefore, since the beginning of our project we worked to involve our community and share our web site with as many people as possible. Our purpose was to convey the importance of international compassion. Visitors to our web site have not only learned about Aral Sea issues, but how to evaluate current diplomatic conditions. Throughout this project we have continued to create relationships with teachers, administrators, community leaders, and students. Other schools and teachers throughout the state have seen our web site along with businesses, community groups, family members, and college professors among others.

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

- Karim Safarov, employee of Saving Environment Committee for interview

- Zaynab opa, director of our school for helping us with realization of the project

- Sabina Karimova, teacher of 5th graders , for pictures of Aral Sea

- Hamdam Choriev, geography teacher for helping us with research

- Shuhrat Barotaliev, informatics teacher for helping to create a web site

WE thank all who interested to our project, helped and supported us during the realization of our project.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

During the realization of our project we have gained new skills which will help us in realizing other projects in the future and there were many discoveries and surprises.

We have learned to research! Before we were doing small researches for classes, but this time we have made enormous research and worked on very huge materials. While researching, we gained new skills like analyzing, planning, writing and thinking creatively. Our biggest surprise was when we found out that World Bank stopped programs directed to solve Aral Sea issues


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