CyberFair Project ID: 4377

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: CKMS EAST Class Claymation
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
    Lihue, Hawaii, USA

3 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 17, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2001-2002, 2002-2003, and 2005-2006

Classes and Teachers: Mrs. Leah Aiwohi

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

In our local community, all of the people and businesses are kind and helpful. Whenever we need help on a project, our community will be willing to help in whatever way they can.

For our project, we asked a few people in our community for information. The people that we asked were our registrar, Mrs. Mizuo and our last principal, Mrs. Matsuoka. We asked both of them when the fifth grade orientations were so that we have a definite deadline for our project.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our project is a CKMS EAST Class Claymation that promotes our class, Advanced Technology to troubled fifth graders who wants a class that deals with technology to solve real-world problems.

We are doing this project because throughout the years CKMS had EAST, there has been an average of 31 students each year. We would like to increase this number a little because in the CKMS EAST program, there are two sixth grade classes with 23 students, and one seventh and eighth grade class combined with a total of 13. If this number of students increased, then it would be easier for groups to do more things because the group will increase with students as well. There will be more projects going on and different programs that are used, which I think, will be fun and interesting to learn.

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

One of our biggest problems that we had to overcome was to promote this class to the fifth graders. At first, we did not know how we were going to do it, but we came across Claymation animation. All we have to do now is wait until next year to see if our project really worked.

Another problem that we had to overcome was trying to get the audio match the pictures of our animation. We worked hard on it for about two months and then it finally came out the way that we wanted it to.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our participation in International Schools CyberFair meant to the students by knowing how to manage our time better and knowing how to use different programs that we did not use before to create our webpage.

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

For our project, we had to meet some of our Hawaii Standards. These standards were from Career and Tech Education, Fine Arts, Language Arts, Math, and Science. We did our goal and met them all.

This project fit our class by promoting this CKMS EAST. We thought that this class could use more students and by promoting this class, it most likely will. In addition, our facilitator asked us to answer some questions about our class since our project involves our EAST class. We were able to answer them with hardly any problems at all. I think while doing this project, we were able to learn more about this class and this room.

We learned new skills, and one of them was to work better as a team. We each do not hesitate to do something that could help our teammates out. We actually enjoy helping others and always wait until there is something that we could do to help. We also learned how to use different technology equipment better. When doing this project, we used many different programs such as Photo Vista, Adobe Image Ready, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier, and Macromedia Fireworks.

We discovered that it is important to manage your time wisely. We learned this because since we did not finish this project right away, we had to work quicker and more accurate. When we do work now, we try to do it as quick as possible.

We did not have much research for this project. We looked at the Claymation website, there we found out how to do Claymation animation. We also used the National EAST and CKMS EAST website. We found out what happened in the previous years of EAST and how it improved.

These sites were:

Project Elements

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

When doing this project, we used various tools and technology equipment. These were: 1. Photo Vista- make the setting 2. Modeling clay- make the characters and computer 3. A digital camera (camera mode)- taking the pictures for our animation 4. Adobe Photoshop- to make more slides such as the beginning, end, and some websites that we visited. 5. Adobe Image Ready- to put the animation together 6. A digital camera (video mode)- to record our voices 7. Adobe Premier- to put the audio and animation together, making this our finished product 8. Macromedia Fireworks- to make our CKMS EAST Class Claymation website 9. Telephone and e-mail- to contact Mrs. Mizuo and Mrs. Matsuoka to find out when the fifth grade orientations are

These tools and technology helped us get this project done. Without any of these, I would not know what else to use. I think that these tools and technology were easy to use and fun to work with.

We got most of our tools and technology by Mrs. Aiwohi, our facilitator. She allowed us to borrow her camera, clay, and computers to work on this project. She properly taught us how to use these equipments.

Adobe Image Ready has been very helpful to our project. This program put together our main part of our project, our animation. In addition, the clay has been helpful too. Without the clay, we would not have a Claymation animation. Overall, I think that all of these programs and equipment been helpful in their own way.

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

In all of our CKMS EAST classes, we all have acted like ambassadors. In each of our projects, we contacted somebody for information. In our case, we called our registrar, Mrs. Mizuo and e-mailed our last principal, Mrs. Matsuoka. We asked both of them when the fifth grade orientations were. They both did not respond right away, but later did. We did not have to contact many people, but when we go out to promote this project to the upcoming sixth graders who will be attending CKMS, we will actually talk to about 50-70 students at once.

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

Our project will make a difference in the community. This will help troubled fifth graders who want a class that deals with technology. This little animation will show them that this class is not only a class that deals with technology, but is a class that deals with technology to solve real-world problems. This animation will also be good for students who want to be more confident in talking in front of people, learn more self-directed learning, teamwork, collaboration, and growth in them.

Throughout our website, I think that people will learn about CKMS EAST. This website will tell parents and students what the expatiations are in this class and what we do here. I think that fifth graders will want to join this class, because I think that our animation gives some information about this class and I think that it is fun to watch clay animations.

We did not have this website up for long, so we do not have any feedback from other people. I think that this will help give parents an idea on what their child has signed up, for their elective. We also put the CKMS EAST website on our site, so that parents know what is happening and what fundraisers are going on. I think that our website will help alot of people.

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

In our project, we did not get much information from people. All we got from was our registrar, Mrs. Mizuo and our last principal, Mrs. Matsuoka. We asked them when the fifth grade orientations were. When we finished our project, we will share it to the upcoming sixth graders who will attend Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School. I think that there will be at least 50-70 students at each school. This will be many students, but will get the message across them.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We did learn that it is important to work as a team. Without team members, the work doubles and will have no one to rely on to help get a project finished. At first, I do not think that we worked together that well. Now after a while on working on this project, I think teamwork has grown a lot.

We learned how to manage time better. We had to break down our times and had to make sure that we had enough time to do it. At most times, we met our deadlines, and other times were about a day late. Not only do we manage our time here, but also we do manage time in other classes. When we have lots of homework, we would have to manage time to finish them on time and completed.

This class has taught us many things besides technology and I think that this is important in everyday life.


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