CyberFair Project ID: 4577

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Andrey Petrovich Kiselyov
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Voronezh Education Complex named after Kiselyov
    Voronezh, Voronezh Oblast, Russia

6 students, ages 14-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 16, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): have not participated

Classes and Teachers: Petrova N.P., Narzyaeva I.U., 9&10 classes

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

We have chosen our native city which is the center of the Central Black Soil Region of Russia. Voronezh is its name and it is a cultural, industrial and scientific center. We have concentrated on the sphere of education as we think that it influences future greatly. What our future is going to be depends much more on who by and what your kids are being taught now than what model of a car you have.

2. Summary of Our Project

Four years ago our Education Complex was named after A.P. Kiselyov for the achievements in teaching mathematics to students. Since then we have been doing our best to learn about the life of this great man and make it known to other people. E.g. every year Kiselyov conference dedicated to the studies of his textbooks and works in methodology is held at our school with great success. In our school there is a museum where you can read his books, look at the photos from his family album. We feel as if he were one of us – our teacher, the leader of Kiselyov Followers Fellowship. No wonder the students of the complex wish to show their attitude to his outstanding personality with the help of their works. We have caught at the oppotunity of participating in CyberFair project to send our peers the following message: you should choose your future career carefully and be dedicated to your choice. Remember the proverb: Every person is the smith of his/her happiness influencing the life and achievements of people near him/her as well. The more his/her personal success is the greater impact on the development of society he/she has as Kiselyov's work had. The creators of Soviet breakthrough into space were taught math to with the help of the text books and methods developed by A.P. Kiselyov.

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:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Time pressure was the most urgent of our problems. All of us think that we just had a little time to do this project from the beginning because we learned about the possibility to take part in the project only a month ago. In order to overcome the 'time pressure' problem, we have to make good use of every moment and arrange the procedure of work. We did our research continuously and we have learned lots from the research process concerning distributing tasks, arranging our time, cooperating. One of our greatest challenges in working on this project was learning how to work as a team. We overcame these obstacles with teamwork and combining all our knowledge of computers to help each other. Difficulties on designing the web pages were not so pressing. Sometimes we have problems on how to design the web pages. However, these problems were solved after we discussed them. The most serious problem was FTP failure the evening we were going to hang our site and we had to be very inventive to solve the problem.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our goal is to convince our community (and hopefully the world) that inspiring and uniting helps make this world a better place. The project has allowed our students to see that hard work , and dedication can inspire people changing their life. Working together on a common goal, with everyone contributing to their best ability and at the end creating a website that can be shared by millions makes a terrific ” hand-out” argument in favor of inspiring and uniting. After this activity, the students’ skills to use computer have improved. We have some reflections after this activity: We should make good use of our time if we have lots of things to do. We should complete the things step by step. We can't do things without planning in advance. If we do things without playnning, then we'll fail easily, or it'll cost much more time to finish the job.

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

We used - 6 IBM compatible PC; - video and digital still cameras as well as Olympus digital still camera; - digitizers and scanners Mustek 1200 CP; - computer software Microsoft Office, ACDSee, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Graphics Suite; - Voronezh State University Library, School Library; - books: 1. A.P. Kiselyov “Geometriya. Stereometriya”. St. Petersburg: “Specialnaya Literatura”, 1999. 2. A.P. Kiselyov “Sistematicheskii Kurs Arifmetiki” Oryol: “Orlovskii Gosudarstvennii Universitet”, 2002 3. F.S. Avdeev, T. K. Avdeeva “Andrey Petrovich Kiselyov”. Oryol: “Izdatelstvo Orlovskoi Gosudarstvennoi Teleradioveshtelnoi Kompanii”, 2002 - the School museum of A. P. Kiselyov; - oral interviews Bityutskaya, Larisa. Personal interview. January 17, 2006.

Project Elements

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

Creating each Web page we used HTML programming as well as the standard editor “Front Page”. While scanning the illustrations of E. Kiselyova’s canvasses we had to scan them by parts due to their large size and then we did a scrupulous job of matching them. All necessary tools are located in two computer rooms where we have computer classes. Entire tools and technologies were donated to our school in accordance with the state program of secondary schools computerization. Photoshop proved to be the most valuable tool for us because we had a lot of work connected with scanning and processing images. Besides to process text documents scanner and Word and Front Page editors were used.

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

The project allowed us to be ambassadors for our school participation in a CyberFair project. The community of students and Math teachers of the Voronezh Region has become aware and very proud of the work that the school students have done. Many have phoned to ask for our URL. The staff of Voronezh Teachers’ In-Service Institute and Voronezh State University came into our school and offered words of praise for the project. The friends from other cities admired the job our school has done share the materials about the outstanding teacher. We have shown it to many visitors coming into the school to participate in Regional Kiselyov Conference held on 11 of March 2006 and they were impressed with the quality of work of the students. It has been a very rewarding experience. Especially, taking into account that we had to work simultaneously at several pages to have problems with saving. Fortunately, we learned to deal with such problems.

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

We are sure that our project made a difference at least it influenced its creators much making them realize a lot of ideas and acquire skills necessary to cooperate with people. The site is sure to be helpful for the people of our community to learn both about their great countryman’s contribution in teaching Math and developing our community. Besides, other people around the world can make sure once again that hard working dedicated people achieve success making the world a better place. Thanks to our work we have established new relations with graduate students of Voronezh State University carrying out research in the field of teaching Mathematics and started cooperation.

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

The technical staff at our school board supported us by making sure the network was up and running and holding our hand when the technology wasn't cooperating. When it turned out that FTP just didn't function Lopushanskaya N.D., a deputy principal, did her best help us with hanging the site. We also thank our providers for fixing all those problems and giving space for our site.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Working at our project we clearly realized the truth of the following words: 'Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.' Peter Ferdinand Drucker.


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