Project 2: Project Bristol

  General Information

Lead Teacher: Ron Parrott
rparrott@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca
School: St. George's Elementary School
P.O. Box 670
Long Pond, NF
A1W 1N2
Grade Level: Grade 5
Number of Students: 23
Project Start and Finish Dates: Initial work Sept. 1995 to June 1996.
New work (this project) Oct. 1996 to Dec. 1997.

  Project Overview

Students from St. George's Elementary School are learning about John Cabot and his discovery of Newfoundland. For the past year and a half the school has been twinned with St. George's C.E. Primary School in Bristol, England. Both schools share letters, pictures, and other information about their school and community. Because our twin school does not have Internet access, we employ "snail" mail.

Our School has a web page on STEM~Net. Information received from England is included on our web page in a section called 'Bristol'. Our school has only one access point to the Internet, so most of that process has not involved students. Recently we reconfigured our school local area network to Microsoft NT and are now in the process of setting up an Intranet. We have moved the entire content of our STEM~Net web site to the intranet, and are in the process of getting students and teachers familiar w ith web browsers and the organization of web documents.

It is our goal to incorporate the use of intranet/internet base tools into the regular classroom activities of our students. This includes not just student use of the internet to access information, but the use of html editors and other tools to creat e and publish their own work.

We currently have a collection of writings and other works from our grade 5 students. Students will use this and new material, along with more recent information from Bristol students, to conduct an extension of the Bristol page. The work will be dev eloped on St. George's intranet server Ringworld.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop specific communications technology skills
  • assess, evaluate and create information
  • communicate with others locally and at a distance using technology
  • examine the role of explorers (past and present)
  • develop writing, editing and publishing skills

  Curriculum Connections
This project makes the following curriculum connections:

Language Arts

  • Select, read and view a range of information
  • Write and explore other ways to express ideas, thoughts, feelings, experiences, and learning
  • Interpret, select and combine information using a variety of strategies, resources, and technologies

Social Studies

  • Historical, global and technological literacy
  • Participatory and thinking competencies

Technology Education Learning Outcomes

This project supports the Essential Graduation Learning Technological Competence. It is directly related to the Technology Education General Curriculum Outcomes Nature of Technology, Technological Impact, Technological Literacy, Tech nological Communication.

The project addresses these Key Stage Outcomes:

Nature of Technology

Demonstrate knowledge of the basic communications principles of encoding/decoding, transmitting/receiving, storing/retrieving.

Demonstrate knowledge of the nature and characteristics of a variety of media and communications systems.

Technological Impact

Explore ethical decision making and intellectual honesty as factors in making technological choices.

Technological Literacy

Develop a vocabulary of terminology and language related to selected communications technologies.

Work effectively in several communications media.

Technological Communications

Use a variety of communications technology and tools,

Use communications tools to access, evaluate and select appropriate information, and to create, modify and disseminate information.

  Resource Connections

The stellar Schools Internet connection is vital to the success of this project. Access to the Internet at St. George's Elementary is currently restricted to one computer located in the Resource Center. Steller school status would mean that our entir e network would have simultaneous access. Although students have access to information locally, related to Bristol and John Cabot, we view the internet as a rich source of information not available elsewhere. Students would be able to incorporate this t echnology into their practices in real time.

There are many additional benefits. Students will develop skills with:

  • computers and communications networks,
  • accessing and assessing information,
  • writing and formatting documents in a variety of tools,
  • incorporating text, images and other information into a single document, and
  • communication with others at a distance using a technology they control.

In addition they will develop an understanding of the world around them in a manner not possible within the constraints of a regular school setting---one that consists of doors and walls and a limited horizon. Access to the internet will provide students with many doors opening to many horizons. They discover other realities and other views of the world.

  Other Resources:
School resources employed in this project:

  • Windows NT/Windows 95 LAN with 1 server and 17 workstations
  • Color Hand Scanner
  • Overhead Projection Panel
  • Video Camcorder
  • 35mm Camera
  • Hardware - Snappy (teacher owned) used to capture pictures and put into computer

  Evaluation

The project will be evaluated for the following:

  • Student achievement of the project's learning outcomes.
  • Determination of the extent to which students incorporate these new strategies into other work.
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