Addison Elem. School
Information About Our Site
Addison Elementary School
Brookfield Local School District
Brookfield, Ohio, USA
- Teachers or Classes:
Mary Hudson and Adele Bark, Teachers; Jean Beckman, Teacher's Aide; and a group of fourth grade students.
- How many students worked on this project?
17 students worked on this project.
Their ages were:
9 and 10
years of age
- The following people helped us
Nancy Williams and Elizabeth Boozer helped to contact the businesses and community organizations. The community and business people who responded to our request are too numerous to list, however, they helped by providing the information for us to work with. We used web sites designed to teach html, among our favorites are Creating a HTML Page,a handout to students at Olmstead Falls Middle School who are beginning to create a homepage,and The Basics to Writing in HTML, a more advanced site. Both of these sites are maintained by William Schuck who we contacted by e-mail when we had a problem with uploading to our server.
- Project Contact Email:
We entered our Web site in CyberFair Category:
Category 3: Business and Community Organizations
Description of "Our Community"
Brookfield is a small "bedroom" community of 11,000 people located on the state line between Ohio and Pennsylvania. We are fortunate to be within 20 miles of three medium size metropolitan areas (the Shenango Valley in Pennsylvania, Warren and Youngstown in Ohio) and within 70 miles of 2 major cities (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cleveland, Ohio). This gives us access to three local newspapers along with the opportunity to participate in activities that our town couldn't support because of its size. Even though our community is a subset of the communities around us, Brookfield residents remain very close, with the schools being a very important part, if not the focal point, of the community. Because of this, we decided to include our school as part of our focus on community organizations and businesses. The economy of the whole area has changed during the last 20 years from one in which people were dependent on large steel mills and related industries to one in which small businesses and companies predominate.
Summary of Our Project
We chose this category because it tied in with our students learning about careers and the necessary skills that they need in order to join the work force. We hoped that it would help students to see the real world applications for their studies. We found that it gave students a chance to see the interdependence between businesses, community, and residents and gave them a chance to meet with and involve business and community members in what our school is doing. Students were able to identify local businesses and organizations and the contributions these organizations make to the community. But even more importantly, this project gave our students a chance to give something back to the community. Students worked hard on everything they did and were not satisfied until it was perfect and then they still wanted to do more. Our project is just a start.
This section explains the project elements found in the CyberFair Project Assignment.
1. How did your activities and research for this
International School CyberFair 96 project support your
required coursework and curriculum requirements?
This project fit into our required curriculum guidelines in several areas. Students did a great deal of writing, both creative and expository, to tell about our school activities. They read and typed in information from businesses and community organizations. They worked in cooperative groups and collaborated on what needed to be done. They took leadership roles in working with other students. Many of the concepts, skills, and understandings that they learned had to do with responsibility and relationships with classmates.
One of the most interesting things we found out with this project was that there are a lot of small businesses in Brookfield. When we began, we thought that there were about 20 but when we researched the area and listed all the businesses, we found that number was around 50. We also were surprised at how much time it takes to do a project like this. Students gladly gave up recess and teachers helped by giving students time to work on the project
2. What information tools and technologies did you use to
complete your CyberFair project?
The tools we used to create our project included the telephone, Macintosh Computer, Wacom Drawing Pad, QuickCam digital camera, video camcorder, and a scanner.
The software tools we found to be most useful were The Writing Center, Microsoft Works, Kidpix, and Netscape.
Students used the QuickCam to capture individual pictures and to make Quicktime Movies. However, we decided not to include them in our entry until we have a policy statement from our school board. We had some problems with the technologies that we wanted to use. We took a video of the Kindergarten Tour of Brookfield but then couldn't locate the cords to connect the camcorder to the computer. We also had problems scanning. We used the Junior High's scanner and the bulb burned out. They didn't have a spare and were unable to purchase another one in time for us to finish the scanning.
We do not have a computer lab at our school so finding the time and available computers required creative problem solving along with cooperation and responsibility. Students accepted this challenge as they did all the others, asking permission of anyone with a computer in their room if they could use it, and then working diligently to complete their tasks.
3. In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and
spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and
In order to accomplish our project we contacted people in our community through letters, phone calls, and e-mail. We explained our project in a letter to area businesses and a parent delivered it along with a self-addressed envelope for the reply. We were pleasantly surprised at the replies with many of the respondents using the greeting "Dear Student Ambassadors," and thanking us for including them. We asked that businesses tell us about themselves, their future plans, and what skills they look for in their employees. They did and many made a point of letting the students know how important they consider these skills to be. We intend to use this information as we continue to study career choices and how students can begin to prepare themselves for success in adult life.
4. What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Our project is unique in our community because it is one of the few web pages in the community. People know about the Internet but very few people have access to the WWW.
Our web page has only been viewed by a few adults and students. We are planning an open house to invite the community in to view the project.
The construction of our web page has created a tremendous amount of interest at school and in the educational community. All those who participated have shown a willingness to help. We expect more participation once we have the open house to demonstrate what is possible.
5. How did your project involve other members of your
community as helpers and volunteers?
Since members of the immediate community were not knowledgeable about the construction of a web site, we did a lot of learning as we created the site.
Nancy Williams and Elizabeth Boozer did the leg work for us. They hand delivered the letters to the businesses and the community organizations. The community members who responded to the letters gave us the information to work with.
It's impossible to list all the sites and information that we viewed in our attempts at learning the language and conventions of publishing on the web.
6. What other things have you done at your school to
"Share and Unite" with your community?
As a Venture Capital School, we have a working partnership with the community. Our governance structure has parents serving on cadres and involved in decision making committees. Parents are welcome in the school at all times and actively help in many activities.