1. Description of Our Community
McKinney's mantra is Unique by Nature. McKinney, Texas is a very interesting place to live. It strives to keep a vibrant downtown area which is historic and quite nostalgic of how small towns 'used to be' and yet has all of the amenities that our culture strives to obtain. We have been designated the Second Best Place to live in the United States.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our International Schools CyberFair Web Project is about leaders in McKinney. We discussed as a group how we could portray the importance of leadership in McKinney. We chose to interview leaders in a different roles in our community, then share that through the use of a webpage as well as videos.
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:4-6
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
One problem that we had to overcome was working on a deadline, quite a new concept for some 10 and 11 year old children.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Participation in International Schools CyberFair was exciting for our 9 participants, they relished showing their technology skills as well as their journalism tendencies.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The activities and research for the International Schools CyberFair project directly aligned with our Texas Essential Knowledge and Skill standards. Specific standards reached were in the subjects of reading, writing, technology, and social studies. Our club learned many new technology skills during this project. They edited a movie using iMovie, built a website from scratch, and communicated about the project via a collaboration website, Edmodo. While using technology, students taught one another how to successfully use devices and websites. This collaboration helped boost new social skills and team working skills amongst our club. In addition, we found that each leader that we interviewed was very willing to help with this project and their interests were directly centered around our community's future in education.