Project 1: Communicating Across The Globe

Logo General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Resource Connections
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teacher: Mrs. Claudia Long
clong@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca

School: Paradise Elementary School
Grade Level: Grade 4
Number of Students: 24
Project Start and Finish Dates: ASAP to June 20, 1997

  Project Overview

Using our student "Susie" accounts in the previous school year, contact was made with a school in Stansbury, Australia. Through e-mail, students became e-mail pals and a sharing of resources took place between each class.

This year's class has continued the communication in a more limited way. Although we continued to receive e-mail for each participating student in Paradise Elementary, we have only been able to respond through the traditional mailing system. Having regular access to e-mailing and internet services will enhance this communication immensely for our students.

Through regular communication with the teacher of this Australian class, we have been able to:

  • share information about Newfoundland and Australia with our students.
  • explore interesting children's web sites with our students based on each other's recommendations.
  • share community projects/ideas completed in the two classrooms.

  Curriculum Connections

The activities completed in this project would be directly related to the grade four Program of Studies in these areas:

  • Language Arts (writing and communication skills)
  • Social Studies (study of our own community, study of an Australian community and map skills)
  • Mathematics (problem solving, time zones, distances on the globe)
  • Science (study of Australian wildlife, comparison of weather between the two countries)

This project is directly related to the Technology Education General Curriculum Outcomes. At the end of this project, children will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of basic communications principles of encoding/decoding, transmitting/receiving, storing/retrieving.
  • demonstrate knowledge on using a modem, printer, scanner, computer.
  • demonstrate knowledge on using Netscape to explore the Internet.
  • demonstrate knowledge on sending/receiving e-mail.
  • demonstrate knowledge of how to write appropriate e-mail messages.

  Resource Connections

Being a STELLAR school will enable this contact with Stansbury Primary School to be consistent and regular. At present, the traditional mailing method is utilized to send mail, information, project work, sample lesson plans to Australia. Most of the correspondence from Australia has been immediate via the internet. This time-factor alone will enrich the connection between these two classes.

The contact with Stansbury Primary School has been made as a direct result of an Australian unit of study covered in the classroom. Many materials from Australia are used extensively in the classroom. Guest speakers from Australia and/or people who have travelled to the country have also been to visit our school. In addition, many print and non-print materials (such as videos and CD encyclopaedias) are utilized in the classroom to promote the study of this country.

  Evaluation

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the project, children will be able to:

  • write appropriate e-mail messages.
  • send e-mail messages.
  • retrieve e-mail messages.
  • use Netscape to explore assigned websites.
  • use various search engines to explore other possible sites.
  • use a scanner to send project material, photos, artwork.
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of modems, scanners, printers, computer, hard drives.

Impact on School and Curriculum in General:

This project will:

  • enhance the learning environment at our school.
  • enrich the assigned curriculum for grade four.
  • encourage this introduction to e-mail/Internet to be explored more extensively in grades 5 & 6.
  • relate school topics to the "real" world.

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