International Schools CyberFair 97
Project Narrative


ARJEPLOG
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THE VILLAGE OF FIVE SEASONS

Information About Our Site

  1. Link to our CyberFair 97 Entry

  2. Date of Project: 7th of March 1997

  3. School: Öbergaskolan
    District:
    City: Arjeplog, Lapland, Sweden

  4. Teachers or Classes:
    Teachers participating:
    Bengt-Urban Fransson
    Richard Westerberg

    Classes participating:
    Grades 1-6

  5. How many students worked on this project? 183
    Their ages were: 7-12 years of age

  6. Project Contact Email: bubbe@algonet.se

Project Overview

  1. We entered our Web site in CyberFair Category:
    4. Local specialties

  2. Description of "Our Community"
    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.

  3. Summary of Our Project
    Our project is about the specialities of Arjeplog in the way how we coexists with nature. We´ve tried to show the specialities according to the relation to the seasons as our community is very different in the various seasons. We´ve also tried to show the importance and specialty of the fifth of the seasons. The most typical and special of our seasons.

  4. Our Internet Access
    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.

  5. Problems We Had To Overcome
    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.

  6. Our Project Sound Bite
    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.

Project Elements

This section explains the project elements found in the CyberFair Project Assignment.

  1. How did your activities and research for this International School CyberFair 97 project support your required coursework and curriculum requirements?

    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.



  2. What information tools and technologies did you use to complete your CyberFair project?

    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



  3. In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

    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.



  4. What has been the impact of your project on your community?

    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.



  5. How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

    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.


Link to our CyberFair 97 Entry

International Schools CyberFair 97 Winners