1. Description of Our Community
The protection of indigenous cultural heritage, encouraging mobility and intercultural dialogue among youth within educational museums are the main goals of our project. It provides a crucial opening towards feeling part of a community and develops civic responsibility in national and local communities. The city of Focsani has a history of more than 500 years and has evolved from a small trader town to a cosmopolitan area. It has also played a major role in the unification of the Romanian provinces
2. Summary of Our Project
Given that both landmarks and historical sites are present in Focsani, the National College „Al. I.Cuza”, in collaboration with Vrancea County History Museum, Union Department propose a new approach towards teaching about heritage. The series of proposed educational activities will take place both within the museum objectives in Focsani and the National College „Al.I. Cuza”. Educational modules were designed by combining learning and theater, students can better understand the significance and importance of local and national cultural heritage , can see specific details of field research, historical and cultural, as well those on the protection and enhancement of the architectural objectives in Focsani. The project aims at student’s development of sensitivity and respect for local and national heritage values as a means of understanding and preserving their national identity, both spiritual and cultural
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:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:not sure
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Ever since the first meeting, there were many problems with the amount of information we had to deal with, mainly because of the large numaber of people involved in the project. We had to organize all the data, along with pictures and presentations, in just two months. The technic issues weren't so difficult to overcome as the IT teacher involved in the project supported us throughout the project with advice and information. Communication wasn't a problem amongst the team memebers as for the bonds created between them along the two months of constant work.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The 'Living History' project aims to bring people together in a journey to the past and future of Focsani. Believing in unity and trusting that we cannot forget our cultural heritage and links to the past, it is our desire to emphasize the importance of our local history for generations to come.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our main aim was promoting schools as institutions that seek providing comprehensive training and European standards for pupils in the completion of a career, understanding culture, but act as a complement to knowledge and skills in the educational environment. Using paper based books and online courseworks, we were able to gather the necessary information to influence positively the opinion of students for the local architecture. By analysing the importance of structures, persoanalities living in Focsani and former residents, we could understand easily the relevance of the Union in 1859, the political figures living here and support the local Museum by having presentations at the Union Museum. Students played in theatre plays, discussed about history topics and brought to life historical moments of Focsani