Project 3: Computer Tech-Net

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Helen McDermott - Class teacher
(hmcdermott@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Lilian Bussey - Learning Resource Teacher
(lbussey@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Kevin Andrews - Project Designer
(themarketplace@usww.com)

School: Beaconsfield High School
Waterford Bridge Rd.
St. John's, NF
A1E 1E2
Tel: (709) 368-0146
Grade Level: Computer Technology 3200 students
Number of Students: 40-50
Project Start and Finish Dates: March 1998-June 1998

  Project Overview

Due to an ever growing, technologically advanced society, students of today need to prepare themselves to be the workforce of tomorrow through hands-on computer experience and training. As a result of the advent of the world wide web there seems to be a new method of communicating throughout the world; that is HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). The Internet has become a vehicle for delivery of resources, projects and ideas for both students in the classroom and teachers.

Beaconsfield High currently offers a limited curriculum, with limited resources available in the field of computer technology. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the students to integrate HTML into the computer technology 3200 curriculum. As part of the current curriculum, students are provided the basics in computer technology, which we hope will then be used as a basis for new avenues of development through hypertext media (webpage design). By doing this students are able learn about the back-bone or make-up of the Internet itself, i.e., HTML and at the same time focus on the goals and course objectives of the course at hand.

Goals:

To develop a knowledge and appreciation for HTML through webpage development.

  • To create a working atmosphere for students who would not normally have access to such facilities, the opportunity to interact and work with the Internet.
  • Students will establish personalized webpages on the Internet for inter as well as intra-school/community communications.
  • Students will also become familiar with File Transfer Protocols (FTP).
  • Students will broaden their understanding of advanced computer programming languages (Java, Qbasic, VRML) and graphics manipulation using different graphical programs.
  • Students will develop an understanding of computer networking.
  • Students will maintain a proficiency in using Internet browsers.

  Curriculum Connections

Computer Tech-Net is designed to be integrated into the following computer science courses at Beaconsfield High.

  • Microcomputer Studies 1100
  • Computer Applications 2100
  • Computer Technology 3200

Not only is this project designed for computer science courses, Computer Tech-Net can also be accessed for the Language Arts and Social Studies curriculums.

  Resource Connections

Currently available to the students of Beaconsfield High are 20 networked computers, with one Microtek Scanner to be used as a tool to manipulate graphics for incorporation into student webpages. If accepted as a STELLAR School, Beaconsfield will have the ability to maintain Internet webpages, communicate with other schools both throughout the province and internationally who also have an Internet access, and develop a heightened awareness of how important and powerful the Internet really is.

  Evaluation

  • Students will link with other students throughout the world using different forms of online communication (webpage Java chat, newsgroups and e-mail) to share their ideas concerning webpage development and computer technology as a whole.
  • Students will be expected to develop an understanding of Internet etiquette.
  • Students will develop a knowledge and appreciation for HTML through webpage development.
  • Students will broaden their understanding of advanced computer programming languages (Java, Qbasic, VRML) and graphics manipulation using different graphical programs.

The Internet is a new form of media in our society today. This project can enable our students to develop valuable skills needed to succeed in the our ever-changing, fast-paced, technologically inclined society. In order to determine the impact of this project on the school and its curriculum surveys may be provided to teachers and students. School board members and school administration can meet and discuss the projects viability to determine the importance of the project and any further continuation in future years.

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