Project 3: Cyber Volcano
An Interactive Curricular Webpage

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Neil Warren - Technology Education/Social Studies Teacher
(nwarren@calvin.sternet.nf.ca)
School: Queen Elizabeth Regional High School
P.O. Box 160
Foxtrap, Newfoundland
A0A 2J0
Tel: (709) 834-2081(2)
Fax: 834-7121
Grade Level: Level II - III
Number of Students: 30
Project Start and Finish Dates: 4 weeks per year

  Project Overview

The study of volcanoes is a major part of the World Geography 3202 curriculum . As residents of Newfoundland, the affects of volcanic activity is not a part of our students’ everyday lives. To familiarize our students with volcanoes, we incorporate text material, periodical and video with our lessons. Even though all of these are very useful, we can do more.

The use of Internet Resources is a new approach we are striving for. This involves a curricular Webpage (Cyber Volcano) which, through the use of the internet and its resources guides the student through a series of volcanic related activities. The Cyber Volcano webpage will be student centered, and will require students to exercise problem solving and critical thinking skills.

The Cyber Volcano webpage has been locally developed and is currently available for use on the internet on one computer in our resource centre. This project is only useful if first it is used in conjunction with the internet and second if we are able to obtain network access to the internet so that the entire class may become involved in the project. Without network access to the internet, our students will not have access to the infinite number of volcano related sites required to complete the activities on the Cyber Volcano webpage.

  Curriculum Connections

This project will allow the student to:

- understand what causes volcanic activity.
- comprehend terminology related to volcanic activity.
- identify areas of the world that experience volcanic activity.
- recognize a volcanic mountain and differentiate between the three types.
- understand how volcanic activity has affected cultures around the world.
- identify economic activities that have developed due to volcanic activity.
- appreciate spatial differences between their homeland of Newfoundland and volcanic affected regions around the world such as Hawaii.

  Technology Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Explore the internet as a communication system.
  2. Use technology (the internet) to build new knowledge from existing information.
  3. Use information tools to access, evaluate and select appropriate information, and to create, modify and disseminate information.
  4. Use HTML as a communication/presentation tool to present their findings to classmates and post on the internet.
  5. Exercise critical thinking and problem solving skills that are such an integral part of the design process.

  Resource Connections

With a high speed internet connection, our school will evolve from single computer access to a multiple user, network access to the internet. This will allow the entire World Geography class to use the Cyber Volcano webpage, explore the infinite number of volcano related sites necessary to complete the activities and use these resources in conjunction with the school’s resources presently available to our students. Also it will allow the class to become familiar with the internet as a research tool.

Finally, students are able to explore HTML as a new method of presentation to their teacher, classmates and the world, enabling classroom walls to disappear.

  Evaluation

Students involved in this project will be evaluated in the following areas:

  1. The students’ ability to differentiate between related and non-related sites.
  2. The students’ ability to exercise creative thinking and problem solving skills during the completion of the Cyber Volcano webpage.
  3. The quality of the HTML presentation of their findings.
  4. The ability of the student to understand and use the internet as a learning tool.
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