International Schools CyberFair 97
Project Narrative


See instructions for completing this CyberFair Project Narrative

St Patrick's School Tongala, Victoria, Australia- Our Loacl Specialities.

Information About Our Site

  1. Link to our Cyberfair 97 Entry

     

  2. Date of Project: 5/3/97
  3. School: St. Patrick's Primary School

    District: Diocese of Sandhurst

    City: Tongala, Victoria, Australia

  4. Teachers or Classes: Luci-anne Quinn - Grade 4/5/6

     

  5. How many students worked on this project? 20

    Their ages were: 9-13 years of age

  6. Project Contact Email: stpatton@mail.cnl.com.au


Project Overview

  1. We entered our Web site in CyberFair Category: Local Specialities
  2. Description of "Our Community"
    Our community is a small rural community based on dairy farming and its associated industries.
  3. Summary of Our Project
    Our project involved the children thinking about what made their town special and what features they would wish to share with the rest of the world. After brainstorming special features, these were grouped under generic headings for the children to research and photograph their features.
  4. Our Internet Access
    The schools uses Country NetLink through our 28.8 modem accessing a standard telephone connection.
  5. Problems We Had To Overcome
    The time frame for completing the project was our biggest obstacle as we only learnt about the project at the start of our school year - Jan 29th 1997.
  6. Our Project Sound Bite
    This project has allowed our students to appreciate the global possibilities and connections that can be made by a small remote school through the internet using the Global Schools Network.


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?

    This project fits with our Studies of Society and Environment course outcomes in identifying features of our local area.

    We learnt how to use a digital camera and create web pages using Claris HomePage.



  2. What information tools and technologies did you use to complete your CyberFair project?
    • telephones
    • video and digital still cameras
    • computer software
    • libraries
    • books
    • oral interviews



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

    While photographing Tongala's special features children spoke with many of the locals telling them how they were taking Tongala to the world. Our local newspaper ran a story on our project. We also email our penpals in Canada to let them know we were participating in this project, so that they could view the final project and gain a better insight into our town.

    The Director of Catholic Education in our diocese has been impressed by the efforts of the students. The Technology Advisor in our diocese has been supportive and enthusiastic about this project.



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

    Parents are extremely keen to be able access our project through their home computers.They are also very impressed that their children have access to learning about and using such cutting edge technology.



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

    Local people assisted us with providing us with opportunuties and locations to take photographs and gave the children their thought on what makes Tongala Special. The Technology Advisor in our diocese provided technical assistance including the loan of a digital camera.


  6. Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises

    The children were surprised at how simple it was to use the Quicktake Digital Camera and to construct web pages using Claris HomePage.


Link to our CyberFair 97 Entry

International Schools CyberFair 97 Winners