Project 2: Writers' Network
Those students referred to previously will be given the opportunity to post their original writing to one of the Writers' Network three student newsgroups. They also can read the postings of other students and send constructive criticisms to form a thread. After receiving feedback from their peers, the students can post a final version to the newsgroup.
This project will enhance the Creative Writing element of the Junior High Language program. It will also allow the students involved access to the technology required to post, read, and respond to others on the Internet through a newsgroup atmosphere.
This project is based on the ability to have students submit articles to Internet news groups and also to allow these students to communicate with other students across Newfoundland and the world. The addition of a SLIP connection at our school which would allow these students access to the Internet is imperative to the success of the project.
Access to the Internet at present is restricted to one computer and one modem which is located in a room which is not often accessible to these students. The addition of a SLIP connection would allow several other computers access to the Internet and thus allow greater student access.
The students will undergo self evaluation as well as evaluation of their work by their peers. As well, their writing will be evaluated formally by their teacher as part of their course grade.