CyberFair Project ID: 1815

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Canadian Red Cross in Toronto
Category: 3. Business and Community Organizations
Bibliography: No bibliography page cited

School: St. Andrew's Junior High School
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2 students, ages from 12 to 14 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 7, 2002. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2001

Classes and Teachers: Mr. Urs Bill

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site: http://N/A

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Toronto is a big, bustling city nestled in the heart of the Great Lakes region of southern Ontario, Canada. A community is like a family. It provides support, protection, and help to all its members. Our community of two and a half million people is an essential part of our daily lives. Here in Toronto, where there is a sense of togetherness in the hearts of every citizen.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our project is about the Canadian Red Cross, and its work in Toronto. In this project we talk about the different things it does, such as first aid training, blood services, food banks, clothing banks, and many more. We tell people about the ways the Red Cross can help them.

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

In order to provide a detailed account of the services offered by the Canadian Red Cross, we had to find information from various sources. These include pamphlets and brochures, books, magazines, and people. At times, this was difficult because some resources were limited. In addition, we had to learn how to use the webpage construction application properly.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

This was a chance to inform the world about our community and the Canadian Red Cross. This opportunity has taught us many things about computers, webpage construction, and the Red Cross itself.

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

The CyberFair project gave us a chance to extend the skills we learned in our computer class. We learned to use various tools to make a website, such as Claris Homepage, and we also acquired new researching skills. We believe that the Internet is an essential tool for education. It is like a library ready at your fingertips. Using the Internet has helped us greatly in our journey of learning.

Project Elements

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

To complete this project we used a variety of tools and resources. This list includes libraries, books, newspapers, pamphlets, brochures, oral interviews, scanners, telephones and computers. These tools helped us get the information needed to complete our website. We found that our most valuable tools were the ones that helped us the most, and they were the pamphlets and brochures provided by the Canadian Red Cross. Also, the computers and scanners that we used were vital to making the final product.

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

As ambassadors for our CyberFair project, we often found ourselves head over heels, running back and forth and gathering information from various people. Although it was a strenuous task, we did find the experience to be very rewarding. We spoke to many people, through the telephone, and in person. Through talking with new friends at the Canadian Red Cross, we learned a great deal about this organization, how it helps our city, and most of all, the importance of people helping one another.

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

We feel that by creating this project and putting it on the Internet, we hope to influence the world to do good by seeing what the Red Cross has done and continues to do. Our intent was to inform the public of our community and the services Red Cross provides. Many people aided in the construction of this site, and friendships and bonds have been built. We enjoyed making this project and have learned much. The sense of accomplishment is great, and we hope people will profit from reading our information.

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

Our project would not have succeeded without the generous help and assistance given by our friends in the community. Some of our younger friends have drawn pictures for us to contribute to this endeavor and to display the sense of togetherness the community gives. Thank you also to the Flemingdon Park Red Cross Branch who provided us with much of the information used here. Of course, nothing would be possible without our loving parents who guide us and without our teachers who make learning fun. Thank you all!

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

In a big city such as Toronto, one would think that there is some alienation between people. During the past few months, however, we learned that even in this fast-paced, technological world of today, Toronto still retains its integrity as a warm and hospitable community. We received a lot of generous support from everyone at school, at home, and at the Canadian Red Cross. Without their help, we would never have gotten this far.


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