International Schools CyberFair 98 Project Narrative

Uniquely Bahamian


Information About Our Site

1. Link to our site: http://www.globalschoolnet.org/archive.cfm?URL=webs/kasaints/

3.Link to our School Home Page: N/A

4.Date of Project: 31st March 1998

5.School: Kingsway Academy - School 657

City: Nassau, Bahamas

6.Teachers or Classes:

Mr. David Hellam, Ms Tena Reichman

7.How many students worked on this project? About 50 made contributions in one way or another. A major part of the work was done by a small group of very enthusiastic 8th and 9th grade students.

8.Their ages were: 9-18

9.Project Contact Email: dhellam@bahamas.net.bs


Project Overview


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


2.Description of "Our Community":

Our community can best be summed up by the phrase "One Bahamas": everyone who calls the Bahamas their home whether they arrived here in 1648 with the Eleutherian Adventurers, 1780 with the American Loyalists (and their slaves), or more recently.


3.Summary of Our Project

Our aim was to highlight some of the things which are uniquely Bahamian of which we feel proud; including aspects of our culture, crafts, and natural history.


4.Our Internet Access

We have a single dial - up connection via modem to Bahamas Online, one of the two ISP's in the Bahamas. Our maximum connection speed is 28.8kbps. Internet access is expensive, costing about $2.00 per hour. We are limited to budgeting for 10 hours per month for the whole high school.


5.Problems We Had To Overcome

Communication with the elementary school is always difficult for collaborative IT projects. The use of e - mail for students and teachers to send work and ideas to one another was helpful at times. Our main problem has been working under time constraints. We are sure that if we had known of the CyberFair earlier we would have done a better job.


6.Our Project Sound Bite

We found it useful in helping us to learn how to create Web pages and look forward to using these skills in future competitions...


Project Elements


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?

All students are taught IT in both the high school and the elementary school. Part of our course deals with using the internet, so it is useful to have a practical project like the CyberFair for us to work on.

All students study Bahamian culture and history as part of their BJC and BGCSE courses.

However, an important part of an education at Kingsway Academy is National Pride: a week - long celebration of what it is to be Bahamian.


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

All the photographs on the website were originals taken by Kingsway staff and students and then scanned on a colour flatbed scanner. Additional graphics were supplied by an eighth grade IT class.

The recipies were taken from submissions from past and present editions of the Kingsway Kookbook.

Interviews were carried out by the students working on the CyberFair project.

Our main tool for website construction has been NotePad. During our preliminary meetings, a style for our web pages was decided on, and a template was created for us to work with.

The school network has played an essential part in putting together the website. Students have been able to work together using Internet Explorer to simultaneously view and edit the entire website under construction.


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

Being able to interview our guest speakers at National Pride was very helpful.

We are particularly grateful to Greg Lampkin, Obediah Smith, and Dr. Rahming for allowing us to include examples of their work on our website.


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

We have found that those individuals whom we have approached within the wider community have been enthusiastic and encouraging.

It will be interesting to see whether in the future we can build on this and work with schools in the region on collaborative projects.


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

Apart from providing valuable information for us, there have been no other volunteers to help us in other ways. Perhaps in future years, we might be able to find additional help to include a few more technical "bells and whistles".


6) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises

We have discovered that in order to really do well at this, it helps to be well-organised. Probably about three months before the site needs to be uploaded ;-)