CyberFair Project ID: 7645

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Alberta: Our Community
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

School: Almadina Language Charter Academy
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

22 students, ages 8-10 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 9, 2014. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2014

Classes and Teachers: Ms. Hamill's Grade 4 class

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our local community is in the province of Alberta, which is located in western Canada. Our province is made up of six naturals regions that were built by nationalities from all over the world which created a multicultural community.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our web project is one that connects everyone around the world to our community. As an ESL school, we have a large number of people that are new to Alberta or have family in other countries around the world. As a class we wanted to connect our families with those back home or help newcomers to Canada learn about Alberta, a place that we call home. We wanted to take the things we were learning in school and share them with others, so they could see everything Alberta has to offer and what makes Alberta unique. This website also provides information for visitors.

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

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

Most of the students in our class, we are the first generation in our families to be using computers on a regular biases at home and in school. We are often teaching our parents how things work. Using computers and other forms of technology is something new and exciting for us that we all took with great responsibility.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We are a big group trying to put together a website about one topic and even though we worked in small groups we had to overcome the challenge of web building. Using Google sites gave us the ability to be able to work on more then one page at a time, but having five people wanting to add information and create a look on that one paged caused a lot of arguing that made us learn of patience and compromising. We also had to share the 22 computers with 10 other classes so we could only take them out when it was our turn. We also have some students in our class that have little knowledge of English and we had to work together to help them succeed too and feel a part of our team. Another issue that came up was that although we all have computers at home some people did not have equal access to internet at home. Ms. Hamill, our teacher is also new to technology and when we wanted to create a our commercials, we learned to help each other and got further help from Ms. Reid, our technology adviser.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

This projected gave us a great opportunity to bring purpose to our learning by connection our community here in Alberta to our communities in our home countries. It also showed us that we can help others learn about our province and that anything is possible when we work as team.

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

This project was able to work alongside our curriculum. Students were able to appreciate the diversity of elements pertaining to geography, climate, geology and palaeontology in Alberta, appreciate the variety and abundance of natural resources in Alberta appreciate the environmental significance of national and provincial parks and protected areas in Alberta, appreciate how land sustains communities and quality of life, and demonstrate care and concern for the environment through their choices and actions. Students learned to demonstrate the skills of compromise in order to reach group consensus, determine the reliability of information, filtering for point of view and bias, and express opinions and present perspectives and information in a variety of forms, such as oral or written presentations, speeches or debates.

Project Elements

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

In creating this project we used 22 school laptops, and 22 school iPad. The programs we used were the internet, google drive, google sites, telegami, and movie maker. We used our classroom textbooks and government websites to obtain information. We use the interactive smart board and a program called Alberta Tomorrow to learn about of the land has changed over the last 40 years and how it will change in the next 20 years. We had a guest, a forest fire fighter come in on a number of occasions to teach us about the different natural landscapes in Alberta. We also had the chief of the Blackfoot Nation come in to speak to us about how the First Nations connection to Alberta is very important. Learning about the internet and how it can connect us to the world was a great learning experience and has taught us how we can also reach out to the world.

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 as we will be showcasing our work to the rest of the school and to our family and friends. We had a guest, a forest fire fighter and the chief of the Blackfoot Nation come in to speak to us.

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

Our project will help not only our school, become more connected to our community through understanding how such projects are available but it will help our families back home learn more about where we are living and allows us share what we love about our province. our website is a place that newcomers or visitors can go to learn more about our wonderful province.

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

Our helper was Ms. Reid. She came into our class and taught us about internet safety and how to not only use google docs/site but also helped us create our telegami videos. She has been a great support throughout this project and we have learned a lot from her.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

This whole project was a learning experience. We learned a lot about working as a team and that technology does not always give you want. It is about being flexible and understanding that it is okay to ask for help. We learned that what we put into a project is want we get out which helped us learn that we all have to work hard or we let each other down and most of all the importance of patience


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