Project 2: "Library Vertical Files Update"

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Pat Costard
(pcostard@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Leo Foley
(lfoley@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Wayne Marche
(jmarche@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Our Lady of the Cape
P.O. Box 100
Cape St. George, Nfld.
A0N 1E0
Tele: (709) 644-2180 or 664-2181
Fax: (709) 644-2005
Grade Level: Level I, II and III
Number of Students: 14
Project Start and Finish Dates: March 02 to March 31, 1998

  Project Overview

Students will search the World Wide Web for information about current events and topics as outlines by the librarian and teachers. During class time the students will conduct their research, compile it into a coherent presentation and present a bibliography to teachers and librarian. Each students will be asked to concentrate on a different topic. This project is well suited for Web research because the librarian is always looking for current information for the vertical file. The Web is an ideal location where such information can be found.

Class time from Communications Technology 3104, Language 1101 and Language 2101 will be used for this project. The intention is to incorporate several curriculum areas into one student project, Language, Computer Technology, and Information Technology. A three week time frame will be devoted to Web Research. The last week will be used to complete the bibliography and compiling of the information. Students in Language 1101 and 2101 will use the information in their writing as well as provide it to librarian and teachers. It will allow intense devotion to the project and prevent distraction by other projects. Ten or Fifteen classes over a three weeks provides the same amount of online time as a Ten week project with one or two classes per week.

  Curriculum Connections

Main Curriculum Areas:

This project directly address two curriculum areas:

  • Language
  • Computer Technology

School Curriculum Plans:

This project fits in quite well with the goals set fourth by teachers in our high school program. One of our goals this year is to increase the integration of computers into the curriculum and to increase teacher and student computer applications. This project obviously contributes to the attainment of that goal. One of our other goals is to improve resource materials available for our students. During this project students will be exercising their research skills as they use the Web to retrieve current information.

Provincial Curriculum Objectives:

Language 2101 is a research paper course. Students are required to choose topics and write research papers. This project provides an excellent opportunity to fulfill that objective by providing an additional up to date source for information.

Technology Education Objectives:

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 School 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 communications could 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 papers and bibliographies.

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:

Students will learn how to browse the Web for a specific topic using search engines such as Yahoo and Altivista.

Students will write research papers using the World Wide Web as a resource for their information.

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. How ever 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 the students do not get the opportunity to explore it. This access will open them up to a world of information equal to a student living in St. John's living next to the Queen Elizabeth Library. Undoubtedly the biggest impact will be that of equality of academic opportunity.

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