1. Description of Our Community
Our community comprises of the students of Maria Sklodowska-Curie Secondary School nr 3 as well as their parents and teachers. But there’s more to that as all of us are citizens of the town whose past we describe. So all the other inhabitants should be included in that category. We hope to reach them through our work.
2. Summary of Our Project
We strive to describe the historical landmarks in our town focusing on their most important and interesting characteristics in a way which will help everyone get a clear picture of the town’s tangled but fascinating past. Teach and unite is a great theme because it’s based on the idea that we learn best by teaching others. To be able to teach others we knew we had to really be good at making right choices, planning, researching and presenting. Learning from mistakes was also something important. The plan was to prepare an attractive web design where all the information, clearly presented, would include first hand reports, interviews and other elements which would help us attract readers’ attention. Readers’ comfort and their needs was something we had in mind all along. We really hope we have managed to achieve our aims. We were also teachers to one another in the group, helping with work and corrections and we learnt a lot in this way. We learned to work in a team, to organize free time, to merge school duties with the project, to use various sources information and not only the Internet. We went into town to discover something more on the spot and also we learned new English words thanks to translation tasks.
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
Our first, biggest problem was lack of organisation. School, learning, our free time. We needed to abandon some things and catch up with stuff in school.
During the interview with Mr Machura , the batteries in our old fashioned dictaphone went flat. We were lucky that Mateusz managed to record everything on his cell phone.
When we were in the Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus to gather information, we were locked up inside. It was funny, because we only needed to push the door knob harder if we wanted to go out.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Know which way you are headed (our aims), be accurate, creative and professional and remember to have some fun all along.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Ability to work in a team, share responsibilities and help one another is something we really enjoyed. It was possible thanks to frequent email exchange between us and our teachers as well. We learnt to organize our work better and to present information in a meaningful and clear way. Choosing right materials, rephrasing them and presenting the information in a clear and interesting way was something which we practised a lot. Most of all, we learned a lot of English language-new vocabulary, we had to use correct words in the context, learn about the word order and much more. Also we learned many translation techniques. We learnt how to correct our own work. Skills like that will be necessary for those of us who will get ready for their final exams in next years