City: Arjeplog, Lapland, Sweden
Their ages were: 7-12 years of age
Our local community is the community of Arjeplog. A village situated in the very north of Sweden, in Lapland. The community is over 12 000 squarekilometres big, but the number of inhabitants is only 3 700. Our school is located to the central village of the community of Arjeplog. We have 183 pupils in the grades 1-6.
Our Internet Access
This is one of our main problems for the moment. The school doesn't obtain internet acces for the moment, just through the modems 28.8 speed we can borrow from the information technology teacher when we need it.
The community is constructing a net which were supposed to have been finished by the 22nd of February, but is now delayed. The school also can get internet access by Bengt-Urbans computer at home on a Telix modem at speed 33.6.
The main obstacle is mentioned above about the internet connection. This we overcome by using the modem of Bengt,urban and by borrowing from the IT-teacher.
Other problems have been the short time to finish the project since we heard of the competition just about the 17th of February. But the children has conducted the project with such wonderful intensity so we could overcome that problem as well. The last designing of the web pages had to be done during vacation time.
The problems the students met during the project was mainly the obstacle of using another language. In the lower grades we overcame the problem by using the method of letting them do everything in Swedish and then let the older ones translate it into English.
The most signifying of the outcome of the project is the awareness, the project has brought to students, of how much that is special to our community and how wonderful this community is to live in. The project has also created a curiousity of how to construct web pages and how to get in contact with students via internet.
We first heard about this project on the 17th of February and decided the next day to enter the project. It sounded
marwellous and fitted well into the intentions we have on our school about connecting to people in other countries
and especially to our intentions about learning more about your own local community.
Much of the work on our local history, i.e the market, the animals and the laps was already being covered in our work at the school. The remainder of the aspects of the project came together naturally as classes became involved.
All aspects of our national curriculum and our local curriculum hav been encompassed - creative writing, art, social studies, history, geography, sports and nature life ( a local subject for our school), and even sports.
Another part of the curriculums that have been especially encompassed is the goal of the schools going to be a more active and natural part of society.
We included the use of these tools in our project:
- Digital camera to take digital photos
- Scanner to scan ordinary photos
- Paint Shop Pro to create and edit images
- Photo enhancer
- Fax, Phone and E-mail to get in contact with people
-Extensive use of library books
- Serach enginges like Lycos, Alta Vista an Webcrawler
- Netscape Navigator Gold to create our Web pages
- Internet Explorer to edit the forms
- Words for windows to write the textes
Some of the things we learned during the project was how to:
- grab backgrounds
- work with easier html-codes
- scan pictures
- design Web-pages
Since the start of the project we have been aware that, in order to to gather information that would be interesting to
the visitors of our Web-pages, we would have to involve our community. We used parents, teachers and other
community members in this information collectioon endeavour.
Members of the community who have learned of the Cyber Fair from students and teachers have proven most supportive. The most common reaction is the idea of this being a wonderful task, and an important as well. Everyone have been most willing to coopereta and have stated their wish to help us create an interesting presentation of our little corner of the world.
We also promoted the project when seeking assistance from community organizations and businesses.
Our project has come at an especially good time for making an impact on our school community since the new
national curriculum is due to be put into work, and the intentions of the project fit very well into the ambitions of
this curriculum. This project has in many ways proved that the ambitions of the curriculum is able to fulfill.
Another impact of this project is that many person has laimed that they have started to regard Arjeplog in a new way and that they have discovered a lot of nice things with their own community. Cyber Fair has created a kind of new pride in Arjeplog.
The most important impact of the project is that the children has started getting curious about how to present things they have done in school, on the Internet. The Internet has turned from a thing where you find information to a place where you can spread your own information.
In the process of conducting our projects a lot of other community members have been involved.
A very useful source of information has been the Tourist Information Office in Arjeplog. They have provided us with very much information and have been very helpful and cheerful and encouraged us a lot in our work.
The Silver Museum, and especially the manager Mrs Ingela Bergman has helped us in many ways. We have always been welcome to come to the museum and look for information and make interviews.
The community office, Tingsbacka, has also participated in the information providing process. Especially the persons working in the reception.
We have also been cooperating with a photographer, Bertil Sundqvist, who has provided us with wonderful teachers. More pictures have been given to us by one of the neighbours of Bengt-Urban Fransson, Roy Andersson who also helped us with some scanning.
The information technology teacher of Arjeplog also helped us in our work in many ways. He gave us tips about how to improve our Web-pages, helped us scanning, and finally helped us publish our project.
Some of the local businesses, especially in the car-testing business have helped us with information.