CyberFair Project ID: 5374

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: TheGreatPoles project
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Gimnazjum im. Porucznika Pilota Franciszka Surmy
    Golkowice, Silesia, Poland

5 students, ages 14-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 30, 2008. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): -

Classes and Teachers: Janusz Koziel

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Mainly students and teachers from our school form our local community. Our school is in small spot (about 3.500 inhabitants). Our village's name is Golkowice and it’s in the South of Poland, near to Czech Republic.

Our school is a new building (it was built 9 years ago). Almost 300 students can use more than ten classrooms, library, computer classroom and new gymnastic hall. In our school work 31 great teachers. We've got also some extra lessons which help us to develop our skills and hobbies. Students like it and appreciate it.

2. Summary of Our Project

The main concern of this project is showing all the people around the world figures of great Poles. A lot of people even don't know where Poland is, they don't know history of our country, traditions, culture and famous people from here. We want them to acquaint with Poland - using this website - and we want them to know what great Poles did for all world.

We want to remind people from Poland about achievements of their ancestors and we want Poles to have a bigger respect for Poland, considering that our forefathers fought for this country, fought for young generations. We have to keep it deep in our hearts and not to lose it. That's why we prepared Polish version of this website too.

We decided to create a lot of multimedia extras to make a form of this project more attractive. We also paid attention to show You some anecdotes or curious details.

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

We had a lot of problems during our work. The biggest problem was time – we found out about CyberFair contest very late. The tempo of working was really fast. Unfortunately, we didn't make some things as well as we wanted to do. Every part of project had to be done before our lessons or after them. We had to spend all our spare time and efforts to do everything until deadline. But we don't think that it was only waste of time, we don't regret – it was really great adventure and we'd like to do something like this once again.

We had also some technical problems. We assumed that we can make films using greenscreen technology; however we were not able to have necessary funds to do it. That's why we made them in more amateur way.

It took a lot of time to pick the best rehearsals from a whole film which lasts 5 hours and to create a dozen or so films which had to last some minutes. That was really hard.

Some people from our team are really good at using technical tools, so we could solve rest of problems pretty easy.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Experiencing and getting to know biographies of great Poles in attractive way with using modern information technologies; learning history of our country, realizing what we owe to them, what we can learn from them; knowing history of people who are authorities for every Pole.

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

Our project meets requirements in 'Local Leaders' category. The whole works in the project agrees with curriculum. But work on some important elements needed broadening information from this curriculum. We extended our historical knowledge, our skills in looking for information, skills in using information technologies and translating texts into English.

In the first stage of working we were planning the process of creating project. We were analyzing all propositions, discussing and making decisions. Every person in the group got the directions and they were doing their work using them. Division of parts of project was pretty easy because of small number of participants and the group could be all the time in touch. In connecting with each other we used mobile phones and instant messengers. But mostly we were trying to meet each other personally.

In the course of time we had to change our decisions. But basic substructures stayed the same.

Thanks to working in the project participants were more inquisitive in looking for information, as well in Internet as in traditional sources. However, the Internet was the most important thing. Preparing this project was such a great adventure, so students are planning now another enterprise like this one.

Project Elements

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

During our work on project we used a lot of tools: - desktop computers and laptops, - digital camcorder, - mobile phones, - scanners, - printers, - digital camera, - multimedia projector, - board.

During our work on project we used those programs: - Notepad, - ezHTML (Polish HTML editor), - Paint, - Paint.NET, - FileZilla, - Opera, - MS Internet Explorer, - Safari, - Mozilla Firefox, - MS Word, - Gadu-Gadu (Polish instant messenger), - WinRAR, - Windows Movie Maker, - Ulead VideoStudio, - MS PowerPoint, - Winamp, - IrfanView, - GoldWave.

In our work we used a lot of books and newspapers from our school library, websites and another sources of information.

We used all tools not only singly, but we were also combining them. You can check effects of this combination in our films on website. Creating them, we were using desktop computer, laptop, multimedia projector, board, digital camcorder and digital camera.

Tools which we used are our personal tools and an equipment from our computer classroom and school library.

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

Once a year our school organizes very big performance - Festival of Talents. Students show their achievements, interests, projects and theatric shows. Everybody looks forward for this happening and every seat is kept. We also took a part and we showed results of our work on project. Our presentation took more attention than arts of fighting show or dancing show. Spectators said, that project about this topic is very useful and necessary. By showing it in this easy form, project will extend knowledge of many people. In local media appeared a comment: 'This project which was made with a big professionalism, made a great impression on the spectators.'.

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

Project had a big influence on local community (for example reaction of people during our 'Festival of Talents' - it was already described in point No. 2). When everybody found out that we are making project (which includes almost all world: from California to Taiwan), they were really surprised and impressed. It happens very rarely in our school that a group of students tries to make such a big thing. Of course, everybody wished us good luck and having best result.

Topic of our project is very extensive – it regards not only local community, but also every Pole. Even though the website exists for a little time, we've got already some comments not only from Poles, who live in Poland or abroad, but also from foreigners. Everybody assesses our project as a very positive thing and they're impressed by our idea and professionalism in doing this. A teacher from Canada even said, that he used our website during his lessons, what made his classes more attractive and his students are more interested in history of Europe now.

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

All community of our school was very engaged in project, everybody very willingly was looking at our website, giving us very precious advices. That caused integration in our circle. In realization of this project helped us our teachers with their advices, observations, sometimes with criticizing us. We want to say 'thank You' to our information technology and technology teacher – Mr. Janusz Koziel - because of him this enterprise could go on. Very helpful was also activity of our English teacher – Miss Izabela Platek who checked our language correctness.


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