CyberFair Project ID: 5145

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Global San Diego
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: John Muir School
    San Diego, California, USA

219 students, ages 5-18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2008. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Classes and Teachers: Susan, Willie, Lindsay, Colleen, Hope, Monica, Stacey, Joy, Chet, Simone, Lusia, Joan, Vince, Patti, Jason, Anne

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our community is made up of people of different ethnicities. San Diego has a big military community. Tijuana is our sister city because there are people going over there ever day and a lot of companies are moving to Mexico to do business, but there is problem with immigration and the border. We have community activities for every holiday. We have community pools, and there is a community youth centers for people to hang out at instead of getting in trouble. In San Diego everyone has the same opportunity to learn at school. Everyone has the ability and chance to get scholarships and or a good job. San Diego is a good place to live the American Dream because they are many job opportunities, beaches, and types of food. There are also a lot of friendly people of all ethnicities.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our topic is 'Global San Diego'. We report on ethnicities in our area--including immigration, families, neighborhoods, churches, festivals, and schools. We include foods, arts, housing, organizations and businesses that deal with with specific ethnicities, San Diego census statistics, and more. We determine how these groups can best work together for a peaceful and productive future.

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:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

This year we had the special challenge of working on all our schoolwork during city disasters and major construction. We have experienced fires, floods, noisy bulldozers, and the promise of new and better things next year.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our project shows kids in other countries how it is to live in San Diego.

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

Teachers at Muir planned CyberFair 2008 during the summer of 2007. Each teacher adapted one of their standard lessons to the theme of ethnicities in San Diego and submitted the student work for this project. Students also met research and technology standards with their work on this project. The school year becomes more interesting when some of our daily work is focused on a theme and presented as CyberFair. The best part now for us is the evaluation of the CyberFairs from other schools, because we want to learn about other places.

Project Elements

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

We used school computers for research, video and digital still cameras at the San Diego Multicultural Fair and other places, scanners and PAINT for drawings, and teleconferencing with partners in Florida and Ghana. We studied books from our library, visited exhibits at the Mingei Museum and the Museum of Man, and did interviews with families this year.

One great new thing we studied was photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts. Students went there during the intersession and learned about how to frame a photo, and then they made bird's eye view and other special angles and effects for the CyberFair photos. One of those photos is the picture of the feet on our banner, done by an eighth grader.

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

Students including myself act like ambassadors for our school. We try to behave in the most kind and respectful way. We do community services and e-pals to connect with people in San Diego and other foreign places such as Russia. We represent our school as a global school since we are. We do Cyberfair and other websites to create friends in other places in Europe, Asia, and Africa. We are student ambassadors.

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

CyberFair is a chance to learn about other cultures and other ethnicities. To me CyberFair means to look at other peoples' lives. CyberFair is a chance to express your feelings for your culture.

It also gives all people a chance to see what an interesting culture other people have. So CyberFair lets you know what it's like in other places in the world.

In CyberFair we learn about other cultures, and we learn respect. I think CyberFair helps not only kids, but adults realize how many different ethnicities are in just San Diego. I guess it brings us all closer together.

Cyberfair is a place where you can be yourself and not someone else, a place where you can display art and drawings of your own. CYBERFAIR IS US!

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

I asked my parents and grandparents and neighbors lots of questions. It is a really good feeling to know you are showing others something.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

When doing the Cyberfair project I was suprised about the statistics I looked at. This really got me thinking and got me to want to know more about San Diego's different ethnicities.

CyberFair is a great learning experience. it teaches you so much about kids and how they are so different and yet how alike they are to you. It has lots of information about countries you never heard about or that you want to learn about.


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