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Date of Project: 24th March, 1999
School: Burley Middle School
District: West Yorkshire
City: Bradford, England
- Teachers or Classes: Mrs
Barnett, Classes 8B, 8M, 8S
- How many students worked on this
project? approximately 70
- Their ages were:
- Project Contact Email:
- We entered our Web site in
Description of "Our
- Our village is situated in a rural
area not far from the Yorkshire Dales and our cyberfair web site
started as a project about our school and village. However once we
started receiving replies to a form
about recycling we put up on
our web site from established links in other countries, and many
new friends - and once we also got involved with a triangular
scheme with a Japanese and Singaporean school our "community"
expanded. It has involved pupils from many countries as well as
most of the pupils from our school and other people from our
community, especially those involved in our recycling campaign. We
really appreciate all the help we have had - and value the new
friendships we have made.
Summary of Our Project
Our Cyberfair project is about making people understand and be
aware of how we ALL can help our environment - in our everyday
life at home and at school. It has helped us be more aware of how
we can avoid wasting resources and polluting our future. We now
need to start to looking to see who are major polluters in the
U.K. and do more research on which companies use recycled products
in their packaging etc. This project should only be a beginning.
It was designed to make us more aware.
Our Internet Access
We had an ISDN access with a Local Area Network of five computers
up until the beginning of March this year. We have just earnt
enough money to have another 5 computers connected up to the
network. This was too late to help us with this project, but it
will mean that more children will be able to be involved in the
Peer Review process, which will be great!
Problems We Had To Overcome
This project was put up onto web pages in dedicated I.C.T lessons.
The fact that we only have one a week coupled with our I.C.T.
setup, did prove quite a hairy juggling act at times and could
have caused us problems, but we overcame them
We now have a dedicated I.C.T. area in school, though it is a bit
crowded at times - and is a walkthrough area, but our machines are
on two networks: 10 faster machines (one of which also has to act
as the server) on one network and 5 older, slower machines on the
other. Web authoring can only be done on the faster machines.
Accessing the web could only be done on 5 of the machines. The
children had to keep a careful note of written work and pictures
done on the network of slower machines ready to transfer onto the
other network and copy and paste into applications.
We also found that when children were using web authoring
software, or worse still going on to the Internet, on the machine
acting as server it slowed up the other machines, and very often
crashed, which meant that all the children got very frustrated.
None of them could save work or access other files or pictures -
and with just one lesson a week time is precious. The solution was
NOT to use the server, which lost us a valuable work station, but
was better in the end. Groups 8B and 8M are between 26 and 28
strong - you see the problem.
The students, in their groups, had to be well organised and make
sure that they brought all the research, ideas etc. to the lesson
ready to get on. They had to be tolerant when it was another
groups turn to be using the faster machines, and have planned what
could be done on the slower machines. They did of course have
other I.T.. work to get on with too.
Timing has proved tight, and we haven't taken the project as far
as we would have liked, but ALL the children have been involved,
have worked well together and shown respect for the work of others
in different classes.
- Our Project Sound Bite
Working to a deadline to complete their own section of our project
has focused the children, made the them work collaboratively and
take responsibility for not letting down all the other groups by
being late in completing their web pages. Getting feedback from
schools in other parts of the world has really made them feel part
of the global community, has brought it home to them that their
work is actually being viewed by others and made them eager to
continue participating in the debate.
This section explains how your project
addressed the project elements found in the CyberFair
Assignment to Schools.
1) How did your activities and
research for this International School CyberFair project support your
required coursework and curriculum requirements?
Our web project really brought together under one umbrella what
we do in various areas of the curriculum with what we do in
conjunction with parents and friends of our school on our regular
- In our French lessons we do
a section on the water cycle, and ways in which we can help our
environment by our actions at school. We also watched a BBC
languages video called Jeunes Francophones and had do lots of
listening for details. In the video we saw the recycling
work done by Collège Rosemont
in Montreal IN school. That is what decided us on extending OUR
recycling activities into school hours. We contacted Monsieur
Litzler from the Collège and he said he would answer any
queries we had so as a class 8B decided what they wanted to know,
and Natalie and Amy had the job of putting them all together into
to him (in French of course!). Unfortunately we haven't had a
reply back yet.
- Right through from Year 5 we use
recyclable materials in our Art projects. Go to our pages
Art to see!
- When we started to get emailed
responses to our survey form we started to mark them on a map of
the world. It helped our Geography no end. We will also be
doing further work on Global environmental issues later this year
as part of our course work.
- Many of the groups got their
information through questionnaires. They then had to use a
spreadsheet and make graphs of their results, as they had been
taught in their Maths lessons.
- Of course, much of this project
involved us in activities we are required to do as part of our
English work: writing for an audience, conducting
interviews, drafting and redrafting, proof reading each other's
work, researching through books and leaflets and writing letters.
- The project fits in really well
with the Communicating Information part of the National Curriculum
I.T.. requirements. As part of our I.C.T work in Year 8 we
have to use email facilities and publish work for a wider audience
using web authoring software. We also learnt to animate our
computer assisted graphics, to scan pictures and to use the
digital camera. Using the Internet has meant that we could get
information from other students in other parts of the world really
- We have also had to learn to work
effectively in groups. We have had organise our work carefully,
and work cooperatively.
2) What information tools and
technologies did you use to complete your CyberFair
- Telephones: One group only
had to use the telephone during the course of the project - to
ring Mrs. Wood (our local Christian Aid worker who helps organise
the Recycling Saturdays and direct money to worthy causes) to
gather further information and ask for some clarification on
points gathered from other sources.
- TV station: Japan's NHK came
in to school to video Sam and Claire analysing results from their
recycling questionnaire. We were then part of a Japanese TV
programme which showed how English schools use the Internet.
this they came in again and filmed us working on the Earth Club
project, a project they set
up and asked us to take part in. This was used in a TV programme
that then had its first screening at a symposium held in Tokyo at
the time of the presentation of the Japan Prize for Educational
Also, it was through WATCHING the local news that Alexa found out
about the Environmentally
Friendly House. She then
emailed the newsroom who put her in touch with the house builder
- Digital still cameras: We
have one digital camera and it was used by all the groups. They
either used them to take pictures in school (e.g. of
recycling, making their
recycled fashion etc.) or booked it out and took it in the evening
or at the weekend to take pictures in the local vicinity. e.g. at
Litter Clean up Day. At
least one child in the group then learnt to download the picture
into the computer.
- Scanner: We have one scanner
in school. Many of the children used it to scan pictures they had
drawn themselves (e.g. to add some interest to their facts and
figures page about recycling in Collège Rosemont), photos
taken before the start of term or in albums (Rodger's
litter bins) or certificates
etc. (e.g. certificate for recycling)
- Video conferencing: Courtesy
of NHK, and their equipment and expertise, we worked with C.H.I.J
Kellock School in Singapore and Kosei Elementary School in Nagoya
during the symposium held in Tokyo at the time of the presentation
of the Japan Prize for Educational programmes. To see more about
to the page on our school
- Computer software:
Claris Home Page for web authoring
ClarisWorks for writing letters and and typing some of the text to
be copied and pasted into Claris Home Page. Also for doing the
drawings which we then animated using Gif Builder.
QuickTake software for the digital camera.
Adobe Photoshop for editing the pictures taken with the digital
camera, and for scanning pictures.
Netscape for looking on the Internet and for emailing.
- Books, newspapers and
leaflets were used by some groups. All have been
- Oral interviews: Some of the
groups interviewed people who could help them with their part of
the topic. Philip interviewed his grandmother, Rodger and Chris
interviewed Mrs. Wood, others interviewed our Deputy Head teacher
and yet others interviewed Mrs Barnett!
3) In what ways did you act as
"ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both
on-line and in person.
By giving up their time on Friday
evenings and Saturday mornings once every month to gather together
all the recyclable items in the village the children of Burley Middle
School have long been good ambassadors of their school to their
community. With some of the money raised being used within the
village there is a lasting bond and tangible reminders of that bond.
Want to go straight to that part of the web site for a more detailed
view of what we do? Click
While putting together this web project
the children drew the attention of local councilors to their concern
over what will happen to recycling collections once the school is
closed due to reorganisation, and also their thoughts about the
inadequate facilities for dog owners and of the people who would like
to lessen the amount of litter in the village. Some were most helpful
and supportive of the work, and are looking forward to viewing the
site on the web!
By taking part in village initiatives
Clean Up Day and the planting
of daffodils in many of the open areas the children have also been
extremely good ambassadors of their school.
Sam and Claire's questionnaire about
recycling on the school web site brought us many email responses,
some people adding further details to help us get a picture of the
conditions in their neighbourhood. For example, a student at the
University of Southern Queensland called Andrea Kelley, answered our
questionnaire and said that she used to live in Otley (a town very
near us) and would be happy to give further, so Andrew P. replied to
her and she sent us LOADS! Enough for a whole
web page! Thanks
The group of children who worked (early
in the morning!) live
with Singapore and Japan were
certainly very good ambassadors for the school as were all those who
contributed to the Earth
4) What has been the impact of your
project on your community?
As a part of our recycling campaign
within the village, every four weeks we run a collection, which
relies on members of the village community putting their paper, foil
and cans, old clothes and stamps out at collection points along their
street so we in turn can collect it to be recycled. The money from
this goes to lots of worthy
Although our web site has not been up
long enough yet to make an impact on our village our recycling
campaign HAS, and many of the villagers are concerned that it may
have to stop soon. The chronicling of that campaign will let them see
how we value all the help and support many of them have given to our
Saturdays", will also inform
them of some of the good causes the money raised has gone to and will
bring back some happy memories of some of the special collections and
some of the awards we have been presented with. We hope that when
Ilkley Council views our web site (we are reminding them about it
through a letter once everything is up on March 31st) it will spur
them in to action to carry on this sort of community action once our
school has closed.
At Christmas, through posters we
produced, we also drew the village and school's attention to the
various schemes for recycling their Christmas trees and cards.
Through our selling of the "recycled"
crackers that we had made we
made people at the fair aware of the Secret
Santa campaign in Bradford.
Our recycling campaign within school
has made the pupils more responsible - and even made some teachers
"feel guilty" if, at home or school, they inadvertently throw
something in the rubbish which COULD have been recycled! Within the
lunch hour, people who bring a packed lunch have begun to recycle the
foil, cans, and plastic containers from their boxes. We've all become
more aware of the need for us to save energy, replace what we've used
and we've all learnt that there are lots of different ways in which
we can do this as well as recycling.
Through just one page on our school web
site, and from correspondence generated by them answering our on-line
recycling questionnaire people around the world have learnt about
what we do in our community to help save the environment. We have had
lots of encouragement through e-mails and letters from various
different countries and many people realize that destroying the earth
is a growing problem.
Our exchanges of information with other
schools, particularly Emerald Primary School in Australia, Kosei
Elementary in Nagoya, Japan and C.H.I.J. Kellock in Singapore have
made us all think long and hard - and provoked much interaction.
5) How did your project involve
other members of your community as helpers and
As we have said above, the Recycling
Saturdays have involved many hundreds of pupils, parents and friends
of the school over the years and to all of them we would like to say
a great big
Mrs. Wood should be thanked in
particular. She is always in school on the Friday before,
bundling up the leaflets (which she has produced) which
remind the village to leave out their paper etc. so that we
can deliver them in the evening. She has been one of the
driving forces since the beginning, and through her
connection with Christian Aid has directed much of the money
raised to worthy causes. Through her efforts we have also
got much of our publicity (e.g. Country File programme on
the BBC some years ago, when we won the Big Green
Our teacher Mr Womersley also gave us some technical help,
particularly with the CGI script on our forms.
Mr Hollway (Deputy Head), Mrs
Moffat (teacher) and our past and present head teachers Mrs
Rowe and Mr McIntosh are also ALWAYS there ready to duty in
the skip or on transport, as are some other teachers, though
not on such a regular basis.
is Mr Hollway, on one of our Christmas Recycling
the schools and individuals who
answered our questionnaires deserve a BIG thank you. Also Japan's NHK
Broadcasting Company for inviting us to work on the Earth
Club, for linking us up with
Singapore and Japan that morning, and the pupils of C.H.I.J. Kellock
and Kosei Elementary for sharing their thoughts and pictures about
recycling via the Earth Club pages.