Information About Our Site
1. Link to our Californian Cyberfair 99
2. Link to our Endangered
Species And Nature Mirror website
3. Links to our School Home Pages:
Cannelton Elementary School (Indiana - USA)
Primary School De Wadden (Netherlands)
4. Date of Project:
Started in Aug. 1998 to present...an ongoing project
||Cannelton Elementary School
||Primary School De Wadden
||Cannelton City Schools
6. Teachers or Classes
René de Vries,
Haarlem, The Netherlands
**We have 29 schools participating from all over the world...
See our Participants List on the California Website.
7. How many students worked on this project?
We estimate around 500 or more students worked or continue to work on this project.
8. There ages were:
6 to 18 years
9. Project Contact email:
Joan Goble: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rene de Vries: email@example.com
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1. We entered our project in the CyberFair
2. Description of our Community:
Our project community is world wide. We now have 29 schools representing 10 separate
countries from 5 different continents and we receive new participants every week. ;-)
We are two schools cohosting this project that are over 4000 miles apart...Cannelton
Elementary School in Cannelton, Indiana, USA and Primary School De Wadden in Haarlem, The
Netherlands. The task of hosting it though was made very easy by the Internet. Our schools
used E-mail, chats, and even video conferencing which took away the miles and allowed us
all to be able to work "side-by-side" to develop and maintain the project.
3. Summary of Project:
Our project is called TESAN: The Endangered
Species And Nature of the World - an International Research Project. It is a
sister project to TENAN: The ENdangered ANimals
of the World that our schools are cohosting again this year. TESAN asks schools to take
their research about endangered animals a bit further, and research nature parks, zoos, or
wildlife sanctuaries which are located in the area of their species and find out what
programs they have to help save them. We also have added an area for reports on endangered
plants. This project promotes collaboration and telecommunication among school children of
all ages from around the world as well as an appreciation for the plight of the earth's
thousands of endangered species. Our students hope that this project will help people
become more aware of their environment and how we can help endangered species to survive.
4. Our Internet Access:
Cannelton Elementary has a Local Area Network with a 56K line. Each classroom has at least
four computers hooked directly to the Internet. That is not the case with many of our
participants though. Many of the contact teachers from the schools involved in this
project tell us that they have only have access to the Internet in their school library
once or twice a week for an hour or so...so that has made it difficult for some of them to
progress with their projects as soon as they would like.
Primary school De Wadden has several stand-alone computers now which are connected to
Internet. Access is made by ISDN-connections and the speed of the ISDN-line is 64K.
Our webhost is VuurWerk...they have graciously provided us with free space on the Internet
for our project. So, we have two identical sites: one at VuurWerk and one at CyberFair.
The generosity of these providers have made it possible for us to begin and maintain our
5. Problems we had to overcome:
Probably the biggest problem to overcome was the long distance between our two schools
(USA-The Netherlands) in creating and maintaining our site. However, using email, chats,
and sometimes video conferencing we were able to do this very well.
For many of our participating students this is their first experience with research of any
kind and for many of our participating schools this is their first experience in an
Internet project. We have pages on our site which are designed to help the students in
their research, in their publishing of web pages, and in usage of video, audio, scanning
pictures, etc. We also send out a monthly newsletter to all participants to keep them
updated on new reports, new participants, and new ideas. These newsletters are all
archived on our site.
Other problems include: A few participant emails have been incorrect...which meant we had
to wait for them to contact us so we could correct them.
As with our sister project TENAN, this project actually have a bilingual site. It is
published both in Dutch and in English, the two languages of the host schools. Many of the
students from The Netherlands, as well as other schools from around the world, had to
learn some English as well, in order to use the information found on various websites on
their chosen animal. Publishing our site in both Dutch and English, we feel, is another
way to promote collaboration and cooperation among all of our participants.
6. Our Project Sound Bite:
Our participation in Cyberfair has provided us with a chance to work with schools from all
over the world in researching about endangered species and what we can and are doing to
help preserve them. This experience has truly provided us all (students, teachers, and
parents) with a chance to collaborate in a way we had never been able to before and we
have truly enjoyed it.
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This section explains the project elements found in the CyberFair Project Assignment.
|We sent out these questions to all of our participating schools
and the following includes answers from these schools: Elanora Heights Primary School in
Sydney, Australia *** Alta Elementary School in California, USA *** Aiea Elementary School
in Aiea, Hawaii *** Micklefield School in Cape Town, South Africa *** Vineland Elementary
in Weedpatch, California *** Homeschool - Westborough Group in Westborough,
Massachusetts*** Cannelton Schools in Indiana, USA *** Primary School De Wadden in
Haarlem, The Netherlands - and Cannelton Elementary School in Indiana, USA.
1. How did your activities and
research for this International School CyberFair 99 project support your required
coursework and curriculum requirements?
This project is topical and the research and information gathering crosses the curriculm
well. Math, geography, research strategies, literature and other language arts,
cooperative group learning, problem solving, and more were addressed by many of the
participating students. Many classes have taken field trips to zoos or nature preserves
and interviewed foresters and even surfed the net to get great web sites with up-to-date
information on their animals. (Examples: Micklefied School students in South Africa went
on a field trip to Betty's Bay where there is a penguin colony on the mainland to find out
about their programs to help save the penguins. Cannelton Elementary Students in
Cannelton, Indiana USA visited Patoka Lake Reservoir to see what is being done to help the
nesting Bald Eagles there...and they also invited the Hoosier National Foresters in to
their classroom to discuss the Indiana Bat and what programs they have in force to study
them in their natural summer habitat.)
Scientific topics include the study of the habitats and what has caused the decline in
number of these animals and what can we do to help. A world map is posted on the project
web site and the students use it to see where all of the reports are coming from. Students
have incorporated the use of many forms of technology in doing their webpages and
research. The newfound skills include using email and using Scientific methods to do
research, along with gaining valuable skills in the use of various technological tools
such as scanners, video cameras, web publishing tools, and more. Students found that they
can be actively involved in teaching others about their own environment by writing their
reports and publishing them on the world wide web.
2. What information tools and technologies did you use to complete
your CyberFair project?
The Internet was our biggest help here. It is a massive resource for information and there
are many fine sites on the web that deal with endangered animals and plants...such as the
National Wildlife Federation and Bat Conservation International, Inc. We were able to use
Email, live chats, and even video-conferencing to help us with our research and work on
our site. Many of the participating students have used such tools as word processing,
CD-Rom software, web publishing tools -such as Microsoft Frontpage and Claris Homepage,
and even Notepad to code the HTML files (Sydney, Australia), Internet browsers ( Netscape
and Microsoft Internet Explorer), various search engines, scanners, video and digital
cameras, and even fax to gather the information needed for their reports. Most of these
tools were on hand in the schools.
Library resources (such as books, magazines, and newspapers) were used by the students as
well, along with trips to museums, zoos, and wildlife preserves to gather further
information for their reports. Many of the schools are also doing off-line activities to
further enhance their learning such as Vineland Middle School in Weedpatch,
California...they are constructing a life-size model of the California Condor. Visits from
real-life experts have taken place in many of the schools involved.
As mentioned above, we had a live chat to further encourage collaboration among our
participating schools from all over the world.
This Global Chat, as it was called, was held on Feb. 18 . We
actually hosted three of them to accomodate the many different time zones of our
participants. The chat was such a success that many of our participating schools have
asked that we hold another one this year. We are looking at another one on Earth Day,
April 22. (As we did last year for TENAN)...again we feel it will give us another great
opportunity to promote worldwide collaboration. You can view the Feb.
18 chats here.
3. In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and
spokespersons for your Cyberfair project both on-line and in person?
Our participants have been ambassadors for our school and project in many ways... click here for some highlights!
4. What has been the impact of your project on
Our project has enabled our students to reach a global audience with their research. They
know that what they are doing is having an impact. An example of the impact too has been
that, for Cannelton as well as for other schools, the students are being asked to present
their project to many community boards (the Cannelton School board for one). The above
mentioned examples of ambassadorship have given the many communities involved a feeling of
accomplishment and pride. (We know this from the many emails we receive from our
participants not only in TESAN but in TENAN as well.) Many parents have voiced how proud
they are of the accomplishments of our students and have said that they would like to see
us continue with this project beyond the end of this school year. We receive quite a few
emails from people who write to tell us how much they enjoyed our site...many of them are
students who want to write their own report...not only for a school project, but also on
their own because they are inspired by the work these students have done. We feel that the
classroom now has no walls...that the world is our classroom and the students of this
classroom speak the many languages of the world! This has truly been a most rewarding
5. How did your project involve other members
of your community as helpers and volunteers?
We know that many of the participating school students asked for help from area wildlife
workers and from others who know a lot about their certain endangered animal and its
habitat status. At one school, Alta Elementary School in California the whole student body
became involved in actively helping Cat Haven. They believe that this work is probably
what started the interest in Cat Haven in the first place. We know that many schools saw
quite an interest shown in finding information on the habitat or endangeres species chosen
by their students to research...parents, grandparents, and other interested family members
have sent in information, web links, and even stories in order to help the work the
students are doing. We had several parents accompany our students on their field trips to
Patoka Lake and to Marengo Cave.
There are several schools who have actually had visitors into their school, like when
Cannelton Elementary had a visit from The Hoosier National Forestry. The students received
help, guidance, and technical support from parents and other volunteers to help get their
work published on their school sites. The success of this project has enabled the students
to see first hand what collaboration and communication can achieve. We need to also
mention the Global chats that we hosted here as well...because that again gave many a
chance to help out in some way.
6. Discoveries, Lessons, Surprises...?
The concensus here from our participating schools is the sense of community
that is reached...when students are researching something that hits home, like endangered
animals and their habitats in their own community, county, state, etc...it becomes more
their own learning...they are active in their own learning and feel more like they are
accomplishing something worthwhile. The Internet helps so much here too, one example would
be the comments we have on our Guestbook of TESAN...so many people say how much the
project has helped them. As Cheryl Vitali states, from Alta Elementary School, "I
am most interested in building children's awareness of species, plants, concerns in their
own area that they may not be aware of. It is harder to find material, but this is meeting
a real need for a community. My hope is that the animals, plants, and activities my
students do ties them actively to the environment around their community not an area they
might never encounter except on the Nature Channel. That is not to say they can't actively
help a project elsewhere, but how much more powerful it is if their work has a direct
impact that they may actually be able to see."
We feel that the discoveries with this project are an everyday event...and as long as our
work is on the Internet, there is bound to be many more discoveries and surprises yet to
come. Thank you so much for this opportunity.
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our Californian Cyberfair 99 TESAN-Entry
Link to our Endangered Species And Nature
Link to our School Home Pages:
Cannelton Elementary School (Indiana - USA)
Primary School De Wadden (Netherlands)
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