CyberFair Project ID: 1969

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: EDSA. One nation, With one voice
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks
Bibliography: No bibliography page cited

School: Jubilee Christian Academy
    Quezon City, N/A, Philippines

9 students, ages from 15 to 17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 27, 2002. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2002

Classes and Teachers: Ms. Ave Kay Balubar, Mr. Menguin and JCA Cyberfair Team

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

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our community has no bounds. We see any peace-loving and caring individual that wants to contribute in letting others know the value of peace and caring as a part of our community. Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike, we share the same hope and vision for a better government. The people in our community want a better government because they want the youth to inherit a country that instills trust and confidence to its citizens. However, our government has deteriorated through the years because of the graft and corruption that has almost become institutionalized. Because of this, people went to EDSA because it gave the people a flicker of hope for better governance in our country. It is the unifying factor for the people who have different ideas but shared the same goal. The unity did not stop at EDSA, in fact, many countries also tried to unite for a common cause after EDSA like the Tianamen Square Uprising and the fall of the Berlin Wall. This is the most important; the fact that through EDSA, the people have shared to the other people in our community in other parts of the world a peaceful solution for a big problem.

2. Summary of Our Project

In this site, you can see EDSA as our topic because we have personally seen something in EDSA, something that we would like to share to the whole world, which is our united vision of peace and caring. We saw EDSA as more than just a historical landmark that had been the site of bloodless revolutions that molded and greatly influenced the Filipino nation. It has a purpose not only to unite our nation but the whole world through spreading its purpose on the Internet. And in this site we included some of our experiences in EDSA, because we are proud to be a part of this memorable and important historical event. We are proud to have our voice as part of the voices that caused a change.

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

We knew from the very start that making this site wouldn't be an easy one for us as we also had our share of problems, one of which is our schedule. You see, we are senior students in our school and we had tons of things to do like making a research paper, a physics project, our yearbook and some of us are even participants to a theatrical presentation that our school presented on the night of its 35th anniversary! So you could just imagine how the academic requirements and the extra-curricular activities took a heavy toll on our schedule. Another problem, although a lesser one, is the place where we would make our project. We are grateful to the school and to our computer teacher for allowing us to use the computer room and its facilities (computers, scanners, printers and of course, the reliable chalkboard) but we could only use the computer room on a limited time and the problem of where we would continue making the website would always come up. But no matter how big the obstacle may seem, our determination as well as the support from our community was overwhelming, so overwhelming in fact, that we could not have finished the site without them (like finding those articles, making those essays, finding people who know more about EDSA and documenting their experiences at EDSA). Thanks guys!

5. Our Project Sound Bite

"One Nation with One Voice"--Participating in Cyberfair has made it possible for us to share how EDSA, our chosen historical landmark, had made a difference in our lives and aiming for a common cause--Peace and Unity-- it had made us proud citizens of our nation.

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

On the academic front, our group gained significant knowledge in different disciplines like history, computers, proper essay writing and the art of proper interviewing, with the last one not included in the curriculum of our school. In researching for the information that we needed, we found the Internet useful but it was lacking a "human" touch (just a bunch of words thrown in that makes sense, without the sincerity) which is why we decided to limit the use of internet in gathering our needed info and instead write our own! We also found it more fulfilling making our own. We also learned while making the site to unleash our creative side. It was not an easy task, though, as we struggled in the early stages of the design, doing a lot of revisions with the design (especially in the flash intro) before finally settling on the one you are seeing right now (These revisions also taught us the value of patience). Most importantly, we learned while making the site and talking with each other what the real essence of EDSA is all about and how we, as the heirs to our land, would be able to contribute to the growth of our country and how we, in our own little ways, would be able to prevent another EDSA. We also realized that we, the youth, have the power to make this country a better one and it is how we use our power that shall determine the ultimate fate of our country.

Project Elements

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

We used a lot in our site, with the computer being the most important of course! The other tools and technologies that we used were cameras, a scanner, and internet access. Then the list of the softwares that we used includes Adobe Photoshop for photo editing, Macromedia Flash for making our intro movie, Microsoft Frontpage for the page layout, and Microsoft Word for our documents. Another tool that we found handy is the cellphone. We couldn't have contacted each other during our coverage of the EDSA anniversary if not for the cellphone. We got more information that we need from last year's newspapers and magazines. It's really very tiring to dig through old newspapers and magazines to find them, but it's really worth it. Encyclopedias and webpages containing pertinent information about EDSA were also of good help. Another important source of information (and inspiration) are the various essays and stories of their experiences that some of our community members submitted to us to help us in our site's vision. You know who you are. Thank you very much.

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

Communication and spreading of information nowadays can be really easier, faster, and cheaper than the old days. Anyone today can be ambassadors to anyone in any part of the world through the internet. Through our site in the internet we would like to share a vision to everyone around the world. Our vision of peace and caring can also influence other people by seeing it at work. In that way, anyone who became part of our community anywhere can share it with other people so much like a computer virus spreading through the internet. Through other members of our boundless community, we act as ambassadors in our project not just online.

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

Just like what EDSA did to our nation. It gave us one voice, something that we can share to others, to the world for a change. Other members of our community were encouraged to participate and were given a chance to have their voices be included with the other member's voices. Dedicating the website project to one of our country's most memorable historical landmark, the EDSA, people old and young alike had felt the appreciation for the landmark once again and their innermost struggle for peace through unity had been reborn. EDSA had played a big part in our lives, it brought with it the memory of united people fighting for peace and unity in the country. Because of this project, people had been talking about EDSA and its history once more as they share their personal experiences during the historical event. Being proud citizens of our country, we glimpsed back to our nation's historical events, and told it to the world with pride.

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

Our community gave us a lot. Many Articles, information, and essays about EDSA came from them including pictures and personal experiences of those who have been to the EDSA revolution. There is a part in our site just specifically for them and their contributions to us. We called it "Our Voice". A very important part of our site comes really from them. With their help, we can share to the whole world the essence of EDSA together with our community's purpose.


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