CyberFair Project ID: 7371

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Career Action Planning For Students
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: St. Paul Lutheran Elementary School
    Farmington, Missouri, United States

30 students, ages 11-13 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 20, 2013. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Classes and Teachers: Leanna K Johnson, 8th and 7th Grade Classes

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our community of Farmington, Missouri is located about 60 miles south from St. Louis, Missouri. Farmington has a population of approximately 16,000 residents as of July 2011. Farmington is located in the county of St. Francois. St. Francois County is located in the Mineral Area region of Missouri. St. Francois County has a population of approximately 65,000 residents as of July 2011. Our CyberFair project interviews were taken from about a 60 mile radius around Farmington. Our school, St. Paul Lutheran School, has just under 300 students in K-8. St. Francois County population info from: Google Public Data. Farmington, MO population info from: Google Public Data.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our CyberFair project entry is named CAPS. CAPS stands for Career Action Planning for Students. It is a online Moodle course/website where people can come and learn about their career field of interest and is found at There are many different pathways and careers on this site. Students are able to read interviews from the professionals in their specific careers. We are doing this project so we can help middle schoolers, high schoolers, and even adults find a career at which they would like to pursue. We have shared the website URL and guest login (stpguest) and password (guest1) at our story site and have advertised the guest site within our local community.

We created three CAPS sites. One of them is our CAPS work area where we wrote about our field trips with personal reflections. Our second site is the CAPS Moodle course, where we provided information about careers and uploaded interviews, almost 50 in total. This is the site that we will be sharing with the schools in our community. Our final site is the CAPS Google site. This is where we are putting together our story to share with the world.

The first field trip we took for CAPS was to KFVS12. We watched a live television news broadcast while we were there. We interviewed three people, and we had other interviews from them emailed to us. To get more interviews, everyone in our 7th and 8th grade classes interviewed someone they knew. Then we uploaded them to our CAPS Moodle course. To promote our project, a few of us also went to KTJJ radio station and explained what CyberFair is and what our project was about. Maridee Lawson also came and interviewed us for the Farmington Press newspaper. Throughout the project we realized that every career uses technology, and that is why we are trying to let kids know what they need to learn and know how to use it before they go into that career field.

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

The main problem we had was scheduling field trips, because we had to schedule around sports activities and tests that we had in other classes. Also, it was hard to go on field trips because we have such a large class; we didn’t have enough drivers since we do not have a bus system. We had to problem solve these issues to make our activities successful. Other problems were finding time around our normal class technology requirements to learn Moodle course management. We also practiced many of our editing skills in writing when we transcribed all the numerous interviews. They took a lot of time!

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We have discovered many different jobs that we didn’t know about, what is involved with education and training, and how important current technology plays a role in the job market. From every interview we learned that technology is used in some way, large or small, so it is very important that we learn everything we can about technology for our own career paths. Providing an online informative site will make it easier for students in our community to make one of the most serious choices in their lives.

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

Most standards of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) NETS (National Educational Technology Standards for Students standards are met by this CyberFair project. We also follow guidelines as presented by iNACOL standards for learning (International Association for K-12 Online Learning Research and collaboration online allowed us to apply our digital skills. We will be better prepared for the future by securing these standards as daily classroom practices. We practiced emailing etiquette, online responsibilities, Moodle course management, and reflective writing.

Writing skills of grammar, spelling and mechanics, plus skill in expression were met in the Missouri Show Me Standards in Knowledge and Performance Goals

We feel that Internet technology made us able to accomplish our goal much better than traditional methods. Using Google Forms allowed us to gather more career profiles because the data method is simple and easy to understand. We collaborated efficiently with mobile phones, emailing, and Google Drive. Dropbox application and management of a Moodle course were new elements we learned with this project.

Project Elements

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

Dropbox application has been a main tool in our project. We used it to share pictures and videos within our classroom work groups. We video-recorded the interviews on field trips with digital cameras and mobile phones. When we were interviewed by the newspaper, we thought it would be a good idea to send them Jing screen captures of our websites to share our digital image. Google Apps For Education (emailing, document sharing) has been a giant part of our project. We shared all documents through Google Drive and created our interview survey of questions with Google Forms. Our project entry was built using Google Sites. Moodle (online course management) is what we used to assign student jobs in the project. We built a glossary in Moodle for the interviews and have shared that as a place to learn about careers. Radio broadcasting was another technology tool used to broadcast about our entry to an audience of over 130,000 listeners in our area.

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

We acted as ambassadors by visiting radio stations such as our local one J98 and talking about our project on air. We also were interviewed by our local newspaper about CyberFair. Since we had so many people to interview, every one of them learned about our project, too. The radio broadcast alone reaches 130,000 people.

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

The impact of our project has shown students of all ages which career path they should choose and what they need to succeed in that career path. By allowing students to learn more about the education, training, experience and technology tools necessary for each career path, we provide the opportunity to consider seriously how important their goal will be and how to achieve it. Not everyone has a network in all career paths. This opportunity to 'meet' professionals in the area will create an invisible relationship to a person that they could then approach in a setting to inquire more about a career.

On a personal level, this project really opened our eyes to the many careers that are possible in the community. We think this will help students tremendously to feel comfortable asking people that they met online and chase their dreams.

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

We have many people to thank for their generous help: KFVS12 News Station at affiliate), KTJJ J-98 Radio Station at, Farmington Press Leader newspaper at, all the interviewed career professionals (almost 50), and lastly, our parents and teachers that helped us along the way to discovery. We have added information about all our helpers at our project entry website.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Technology experience is so necessary for today's careers, especially ones that demand a high level of education. We were very surprised to see how extensively technology is used in our world! Our most important learning came from understanding that what we are learning in the classroom has an incredible impact on our future confidence in a career.


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