CyberFair Project ID: 7364

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Jeju Island
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

School: Korea international School - Jeju
    Seoguipo-si, Jeju, South korea

32 students, ages 12-13 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 13, 2013. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 1

Classes and Teachers: mrs. Brill's grade six English

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Jeju-do is a beautiful island off the southern coast of South Korea. It is a part of South Korea, but it has its own special government and so is also independent in some ways. Islanders are very proud of their island. Most people here farm or take care of tourists for a living.

2. Summary of Our Project

We created this website for two reasons. First, we want other students to know about Jeju-do and come visit us soon. We believe that the world will be more peaceful if people understand and appreciate each other. Second, we dedicate the page to our friend Jenny Rie Vanderlinden because she sets a good example for us all and we want people to be aware of cancer and take better care of themselves.

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:2-3

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

Our school has a one-to-one MacBook laptop program in addition to several computer workstations

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We had to overcome the language barrier. All but one of us speaks Korean as our native language. We had to overcome the barrier of having boarding students (who started the project during evening dorm course) find ways to work with day students so that the project could help UNITE us as a class.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We all live on Jeju-do, but the rest of the world doesn't. It means a lot to us to share this beautiful place with people who might not get to see it.

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

The project meets all of our school's ESLR's (expected school-wide learning results) because it encourages teamwork, leadership, respect, responsibility, and fair play. The project also meet mosts of our technology standards because it demonstrates our understanding of technology and our ability to use it in appropriate ways. It also meets a lot of English standards because we had to research, learn to cite, write multiple drafts, and edit. English is hard for us, so this was a lot of work!

Project Elements

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

We each have our own MacBook laptops so we are lucky about that. We also have cameras that can video that we borrowed from the library. We were lucky enough to be allowed to go out into our community and do interviews with a real Haenyo and a representative of our Olle trails. We learned how to take photos in front of green screens (that we made ourselves with green paper) and then put the pictures onto different backgrounds. We learned how to edit video and make iMovies. We used some information from a local newspaper and a lot of information from the internet. We were also able to write a lot about things from our experiences and use photographs we took ourselves on field trips.

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

When we did the interviews with the Haenyo and the Olle trail representative, we were good ambassadors for our school. Now that we have made this website, we are good ambassadors for our island. When we communicated with Miss Jenny, we were ambassadors for our island and our country. Now our website can help Miss Jenny spread the word about cancer to students everywhere. We will share the word of our new website on Facebook and Twitter and with our families and the local newspaper. A documentary filmmaker, doing a film called 'I Love Jenny' will include our project in his film. He wants the world to see that Jenny has inspired people all over the world. We want the world to also see and understand our beautiful Jeju-do.

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

People on Jeju-do are proud of our participation with this project. Now that we have made the site, people all around the world will think and know about Jeju-do. We also hope people will be interested in Miss Jenny and learn more about cancer so we can help save lives. Most of us are Koreans, so we are proud of our whole country. We are especially proud to be living on this special island and we want people to see how special it is.

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

Our school's business staff helped us by arranging field trips and Mr. Charley arranged for us to interview a Haenyo (a very special honor) and a representative of the Olle trail system. Our principal, Mr. Swanson, allowed some of us to miss classes to go do the interviews. Miss Jenny Rie Vanderlinden allowed us to ask her questions about cancer and she asked us about Jeju-do. Blake Babbitt encouraged us and allowed us to link to a preview of his documentary. Our dorm supervisor, Mr. Marshall, and our dorm specialist, Mr. Vince, encouraged us every Thursday evening. Our tech teacher, Mr. Parnell, taught us about iMovies and green shots. Our teacher, Mrs. Brill signed up us for this project, taught us about research, took us on field trips, introduced us to Miss Jenny, and bought us pizza and wrote us merits if we stayed after school to help finish the project.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We learned even more about our island. We learned a lot about working together and planning a big project. We met Miss Jenny (friend of Mrs. Brill) and learned that is possible to be very brave and still really enjoy life even when you're dying. We learned that some of the Haenyo women also grow broccoli (because she gave us some). We learned to research and make bibliographies and we learned a lot about taking pictures and film editing. We learned to check the sound on a camera before doing the interview!


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