Our CyberFair 97 Entry
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Date of Project: 7th March1997
School: Anderson's Creek Primary School
City: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Teachers or Classes:
Grade Three: Carole Egan, Val Lynch
Grade Four: Elaine Robertson, Rick Gordon
Grade Five: Karen Cochrane
Grade Five/Six: Dianne Weinert
Grade Six: Liz Falls
How many students worked on this project? 180
Their ages were: 8-11 years of age
Project Contact Email: email@example.com
Our CyberFair Category:
Community Groups and Special Populations
Description of "Our Community"
Warrandyte is a small township of 10,000 people living around the Yarra River on the
North-Eastern outskirts of Melbourne.Originally settled as a pastoral district, the population
grew when gold was discovered in the 1850's. The Warrandyte community takes in
Donvale, Park Orchards, Warranwood, South Warrandyte, Wonga Park and Kangaroo
Ground. Because of the town's history and relative isolation from the suburbs of Melbourne,
the people of Warrandyte are a very 'close' community. Our Local Community consists of lots of different people who live here, give us
information, take us on tours and help us to look after our natural surroundings.
It is also our native animals,State Parks,Yarra River, Anderson's Creek and our Gold
Our community is our Clubs, such as Sports Clubs, Local Community Clubs, APEX,
Lions Club, Scouts and Guides.
It is our Schools and kindergartens.
In our community we have churches, a cemetery, sporting areas, open air entertainment
areas and the Community Centre and Hall.
We have many Craft shops, Galleries, Pottery cottages and restaurants.
Our Community is our Warrandyte Festival, where we can all have lots of fun and
entertainment. Our Community is a great place in which to live.
Summary of Our Project
We are studying Community Groups as part of our Study of Society and Environment, and
groups of students from each class have gathered information about each of the groups,
including Service, Sporting, Recreation, Church, Educational, Arts, and Emergency Service
groups. The Grade Three and Four classes went on a walk along the Yarra River through to
the town and visited the Community Centre, seeing over 20 groups during the walk. The
students then used the information they had gathered, and produced a page of information
about each of the groups. They have also drawn and scanned graphics and photos, and
created activities to accompany their page.
Our Internet Access
We have a computer laboratory with 16 IBM Pentium Computers all networked to a Laser printer. 13 of these computers are connected to the internet through a router which is connected to a modem.
Problems We Had To Overcome
Half way through our project, the computers in the computer room were upgraded to
Pentiums with Windows '95. We had to find where the old computers had been set up
around the school, and save our work onto disks. Scanning our work also took a lot of time,
with small groups of students working in the computer room on one computer. We also found that the time line for Australian schools was very limiting because we have new grades at the beginning of the year and with only 6 weeks to work on the project, it does cause some limitations.
We also found it difficult to convert our video into VDOlive and with the limited time span found it difficult to get support.
Our Project Sound Bite
We got to learn a lot about computer programs, scanners and publishing on the 'Net.
This project fitted into our curriculum because in the curriculum area, Studies of
Society and the Environment, we were developing an understanding of our Local
Community Groups and how they function and how membership of groups affects the identity of individuals.
It also gave us an excellent insight into sharing information around the World Wide
Web and how to develop a Web page and send Email which is apart of Information
Technology. We would like this project to become a sharing with other children around
the world, by people contacting us via our email address, after enjoying our CyberFair
Project. We learnt lots more about making Web pages and we look
forward to making even more. We learnt how to scan graphics and then save them as jpeg images and sharpen them. We loo forward to making lots more web pages for Internet projects.
We also enjoyed talking with many people in our community and learning lots more
information about Community Groups of Warrandyte and also looking at community groups of long ago and how they have affected Warrandyte today.
- What information tools and technologies did you use to complete your CyberFair
In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair
project both on-line and in person.
The walk to the community centre was most helpful because we could see where each of the
community groups meet and examples of what they do. Direct personal experience was also
of great benefit, because children could write about groups that they were familiar with.
The children used a number of information technologies and media, including telephones to
conduct interviews, tape recorders to record sound, and video cameras, digitizers and
scanners to record images, especially during a visit from the Country Fire Authority.
Computer software programs used included FrontPage, HotDog, VisionPort, CorelPaint,
Paintshop Pro, PaintBrush and MsWorks.
The children found information in libraries, books and pamphlets which was particularly
helpful because it was already written down, and often had graphics as well.
Internet Web Sites were also used, and were especially helpful for the State Emergency
Service and C.F.A. Groups.
We contacted many people in our communtiy when we were researching about Community groups in
Warrandyte. They were really impressed about what we were doing, infact a lot of
people didn't even know about the Internet. We have invited all our parents up to the
school, for a CyberFair World Wide Page Launch Night to be part of this exciting
project, to view and listen too what we've been doing. I'm sure they'll be impressed,
because they didn't have computers when they went to school! We have an Open Night on March 24th, where we will be showing people what we have done with the
CyberFair. It will be very exciting to feel so important. Many people, like the volunteers from the Historical
society and the Friends of the Park volunteers all felt very proud to be part of this exciting event.
We are looking forward to sharing our project around other schools in Victoria. The
Victorian Teacher's Newspaper, The Education News, is going to do an article on us
about what we have been doing with the International CyberFair. We hope that it will
mean lots of good things for our school and lots of sharing with other schools! Maybe
next Cyberfair lots more Victorian schools will be keen to participate as well.
- What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Our project has made a big impact on our community, because we are the
only school in our community to make a Web page about Community Groups in Warrandyte.
To have our Cyberfair Project on the WWW, will make people in our community very
proud of us, because we have shown people around the world, what our community
offers to everyone. People will learn about all the Community groups of
Warrandyte which they may not have known existed.
We think that through articles in the local newspapers, people will be very interested to
view our Web page and see what great things we have done about our community to
share around the world.
This project has done wonderful things to show what school children are able to do
and how we have people within our local community who can help us in achieving such
a great project. Many schools not only around Victoria, but around Australia and the
World will be interested to look at our project.
How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and
A parent, Doug Robb, has helped to present the project, but he hasn't had to do nearly as
much work as last year.
Juanda Ismail from Mag-net, an Education Support Group helped us with some of the vidoes. Many children interviewed people in their Community group and wrote letters asking for information.
Two students, Jordan and Thomas, from the Grade 5 classes became experts at scanning and making their web pages. The RSL and SES provided us with pamphlets and the CFA and Police visited us and talked to us.
Discoveries, Lessons and Surprise
We all learnt something new about each community group that we studied.
We also learnt more about making web pages and scanning graphics.