Project 2: Aids NT

Logo General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Resource Connections
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teachers:David Antle

Brian Hodder

Keith Fagan

Address:LeGallais Memorial
P.O. Box 170
Isle aux Morts, NF.
A0M 1J0
Grade Level:Level I
Number of Students:13
Project Start and Finish Dates:April 27, 1997 - May 9, 1997

  Project Overview

Students will search the World Wide Web for information about the Newest Aids Treatments. Hense the title of the project AIDS NT (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Newest Treatments). During class time the students will conduct their research, compile it into a coherent presentation and present it to the class. Each student will be asked to concentrate on different treatments. This topic is well suited for Web research because the treatments are so new and experimental. The Web is one of the only locations that such information can be found.

Class time from both Biology 2201 and Language 1101 will be used for this project. The intention is to incorporate several curriculum areas into one student project, Language, Biology, Computer Technology Bio-technology & Information Technology. A short 2 week time frame will be devoted to Web research. This short time is intentional. It will allow intense devotion to the project and prevent distraction by other projects. Ten or Twelve classes over 2 weeks provides the same amount of on-line time as a Ten week project with 1 or 2 classes per week.

  Curriculum Connections

Main Curriculum Areas?

This project directly address three curriculum areas:

  1. Biology
  2. Language
  3. Computer Technology
School Curriculum Plans?

This project fits in quite well with the goals set forth by the school improvement process at LeGallais Memorial. One of our goals this year is to increase the integration of computers into the curriculum. This project obviously contributes to the attainment of that goal. One of our other goals is to improve Language skills by emphasizing it throughout the curriculum. During this project students will be exercising their Language skills as they prepare their presentations for class.

Provincial Curriculum Objectives

One of the topics covered in Biology 2201 is that of AIDS. The old notes on AIDS will be thrown out in anticipation of students finding more current information.

One of the objectives of the Language 1101 course is to instill in students the importance of the presentation of their work. This project provides an excellent opportunity to fulfill that objective, as well as the objective of public speaking and improving oral skills. Technology Education Objectives

One of the ILO's for Biotechnology at the High School level is to:

  • "Use computer based technologies to research biotechnology issues and problems, collaborate with others on solving biotechnology problems and communicate the outcomes to others."
One of the ILO's for Communications at the High School level is to:
  • "Demonstrate understanding of how information and communications tools are used to access information, to evaluate and select information appropriate to the need, and to create, modify and disseminate information.

    Both of these Intended Learning Outcomes are directly addressed by this project as it is proposed.

  Resource Connections

How Will Stellar Schools Internet Connection Help?

The Stellar Schools Internet connection would bring one very valuable and crucial resource to this project. That resource is the World Wide Web. This project would not be possible without the Stellar Schools Internet Connection. The information being sought is so current that no other means of communication could be asked to make it available to a class of students.

Other Resources?

The students will obviously be using the computers in their research. However they will also be using them to prepare their presentations. It will not be mandatory but some may chose to do their presentations on Power Point.

There may be other auxiliary technologies used by students at their discretion. However none will be required and none will be brought in to the school especially for this project.

  Evaluation

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will learn about the latest treatments for AIDS.
  2. Students will learn how to browse the Web for a specific topic using search engines such as Yahoo & Altivista.
Impact

For most students this will be their first experience with the Web. This will account for the greatest initial impact. Undoubtedly students will be motivated by the technology. However the most important and lasting impact will be their access to unlimited information resources. Right now if the topic is not adequately covered in our limited Library, then students do not get the opportunity to explore it. This access will open them up to a wealthy world of information equal to a student in St. John's living next to the Queen Elizabeth Library or a student living next to the Library of Congress.

Undoubtedly the biggest impact will be that of equality of academic opportunity.

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