CyberFair Project ID: 3741

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Multimedia and Visual Arts school website
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Multimedia and Visual Arts School
    San Diego, CA, USA

10 students, ages 14-18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 17, 2005. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 0

Classes and Teachers: Gail Lake, ROP Website Design

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our school is located in the community of City Heights in east San Diego. It is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods of San Diego. City Heights is currently undergoing a renaissance in new construction, community services and pride; mixing cultures, languages, and architecture.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our project was created for the staff, students, and parents of the Multimedia and Visual Arts School (MVAS) at Crawford Educational Complex. As one of the new small schools in the San Diego school district, we didn’t have a website that would help promote what we are as a school and tell people who are interested in the school about what we offer. We were able come up with a site with the little amount of time we had that effectively portrayed the main focuses of MVAS’s curriculum. Moreover, we were also capable of offering a clean, sleek, and professional looking site that is unlike most school websites in terms of design and the overall look and feel. In retrospect, in the process of learning throughout this course, we were able to aid the community by offering a professional website that reflects MVAS, what we have to offer, and what a great school we are.

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:1

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The main problem was the issue of time. We wanted to have a website completed by the end of the first semester. To compensate for the time constraint, students came into the lab during lunch and their Advisory period.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

From Darris Cooper: 'Wow, it’s crazy to be able to say I helped to create a website! is a prime example of what hard work and dedication is. I think that our group worked great together!'

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

Standards: Using information technology to assist in gathering, analyzing, organizing and presenting information. Develop and maintain a schedule of work activities. Participate in the establishment and operation of self-directed work teams. Design a product to meet an identified need.

The skills we learned from this project are how to communicate with the client and among the students working on the project.

We also learned the technical skills required to complete the site (Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Fireworks).

This project meets the class requirement for Service Learning, which is an integral part of the curriculum. Students were able to connect their learning to a real-world project, helping their community while they learn.

Project Elements

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

Information tools: Computer, digital camera, scanner, telephone, Internet research Software: Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Photoshop, Word

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

Students who worked on this website spoke at an assembly and showed the website to the students. Students also promoted the site within the community via bulletins and reports to the media.

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

We learned a lot from this project but the #1 thing we learned is to keep your clients happy. In our case our clients was our school. I feel that our site is REALLY effective because we went from nothing to a very informative and attractive site. Now our students and people everywhere can get the information that they need anywhere in the world on what’s going on at MVAS! It is a beneficial aid to parent, staff and the community. No matter what you do there is always room for improvement, but for students who have had no prior experience with web design to help build a web site is truly amazing. Overall this has been a great learning experience.

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

Thanks to the staff and the students of MVAS.


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