Project 3: Networking Students With Physical Disabilities
This is a continuation of a Schoolnet Rings project begun this year. It is to provide students with physical disabilities an opportunity to network with other students across Newfoundland and Canada with similar disabilities. Students will actively explore the disability-related newsgroups and other resources on the Internet. Students participating in this project will expand their knowledge of issues relevant to their disabilities including: accessibility, independent living, transition to the community, post-secondary issues, and employment concerns. They will create a web page that provides resources and links to other resources that will reflect the advocacy skills they have gained from the project.
Because of the individualized nature of programming for challenging needs students, the curriculum connections are more general. A number of objectives can be cited for this project. These include:
The specific goals of the project serve to illustrate the nature of the proposed activities. These include:
Because of the intensive teacher/student interaction, an Internet connection allowing one computer for each one or two students (depending on individual abilities) is essential.
Evaluation will be informal, based on teacher observation. A number of specific project goals will be assessed.
The student will demonstrate an ability to perform the following (with a level of teacher assistance appropriate to the student's ability).
The introduction of Internet skills will enable our less able students to enhance their self-esteem and communication skills. This will facilitate their integration into both the school community and the community in general.