Project 1: School News - ONLINE

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Jon Bennett (Grade 9)
(jbennett@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Derek Ryan (Grade 9)
(dwryan@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Cheryl Donovan-White (Grade 9)

Bruce Lane (Learning Resources/Technology)
(blane@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Mary Queen Of Peace School
137 Torbay Road
St. John's, NF
A1A 2G9
Grade Level: Grade 9
Number of Students: 85
Project Start and Finish Dates: October 1997 - June 1998
  Project Overview

Students in Grade 9 at Mary Queen of Peace School will form a committee, which will be responsible for organizing and producing an electronic school newspaper, which will include:

  • “What’s Happening” at MQP
  • Poetry Corner
  • Project Centre
  • Music Notes
  • Awards
  • Special Announcements
  • Students Stories
  • Sports
  • Interesting Web Sites
  • E-mail to the editor

School News-ONLINE will provide opportunities for students to have their work published on the World Wide Web
(WWW)

  Curriculum Connections

This project will be integrated across several curriculum areas:

  • Language Arts
  • Communication Skills
  • Art/Photography
  • Technology Education

School News-ONLINE will introduce Grade 9 students to the Internet and the creation of a dynamic WWW site, the contents of which will be updated on a constant basis. Students will be given the opportunity to communicate to a global audience utilizing current technology.

  Learning Outcomes

At the end of this project students will:

  • practice organizational skills
  • formulate views and opinions
  • write persuasive and editorial style essays
  • work collectively to produce a web site
  • design an electronic school news site
  • publish pieces of written prose
  • apply the skills of the writing process
    • prewriting (brainstorming, jot-notes, thought web)
    • writing first draft
    • revising writing - changing/evolving ideas
    • editing (grammar, language conventions)
    • publishing
  • demonstrate interest in a group project which involves using their writing skills

  Technology Outcomes

At the end of this project students will:

  • utilize the following programs to produce an electronic school newspaper:
    • Microsoft Word
    • Corel WordPerfect 7
    • Windows
    • HTML Editor
    • Netscape 7
    • CorelDRAW!
    • Netscape Mail
    • Eudora
  • utilize the following hardware to produce an electronic school newspaper:
    • computer with mouse
    • scanner
    • digital camera

  Resource Connections

A Stellar School Internet connection will give students and teachers the time necessary to develop and maintain a WWW site entitled - School News-ONLINE! Other resources to be utilized throughout the length of the project include:

  • texts
  • CD-ROM
  • print materials in the Resource Centre
  • scanner - for inclusion of artwork/illustrations
  • digital camera

  Evaluation

This project will be evaluated in several ways.

The Process:
At the end of the project students will have:

  • completed a minimum of one piece of writing to be included in the electronic newspaper
  • worked successfully as a team member
  • used a digital camera, downloaded photos and included them on the web site
  • used a scanner to digitize artwork/illustrations
  • incorporated graphics on a web page
  • designed and maintained an electronic newspaper on the WWW
  • used e-mail to communicate with teachers, parents and students

This project will have a positive effect on the school as a whole. The School News-ONLINE! team will have communicated with students and teachers at all grade levels. They will have communicated their perceptions of Mary Queen of Peace School to their peers, teachers, parents, indeed, the entire global community. This will have a positive effect on their perceptions of their school and of themselves. They will have been published in the true sense of the word.

The Product:
The web site will be evaluated by the response students receive to the project. This may be in the form of electronic, verbal or written feedback from people who visit their site.

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