Project 2: Tourist Reflections of our Town

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Darrell Stacey - Computer Resource/Grade Three
(dstacey@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)
School: Bishop's Falls Elementary
1 Canning's Lane
Bishop's Falls, NF
Grade Level: Grade Four Students
Number of Students: 15
Project Start and Finish Dates: February - June 1998

  Project Overview

We have just celebrated the 500th anniversary of John Cabot's Discovery and subsequently the awareness of Newfoundland's history has increased considerably. The voyages of John Cabot, the places he visited, as well as the vessel on which he and his crew sailed, have been the focus for many tourists who traveled throughout Newfoundland this past summer. Through their travels, they found interesting facts that link this province and its culture to the historical discovery. Tourists that visited our province this past year, may never have the opportunity to visit such a place again. Reports indicate that reactions to their visits were very positive. As friends from their visit, we should provide ample opportunity for them to revisit, via the Internet.

Students in our school and other schools that may join in, will be responsible to research and develop relevant information about their home community. The associated groups within the classes, will gather information to publish an on-line report about some aspect of their community that tourist may have found interesting this past summer. Some tourists never had ample time to visit certain towns. This on-line report would now give opportunity for them to find out interesting facts about our community and others around our province. The report would by the means whereby the students would communicate to their Internet readers, the aspects of their town that make them a good place to visit and possibly live. All aspects of good living associated with the community would be enclosed to arouse an interesting Internet guide for potential tourists.

This project would be the product of a community study in the Social Studies and Language Arts program. The project procedure will be teacher guided while the product will be organized via student research and presentation skills. The research project will be reviewed and evaluated for content, reader clarity and effective communication of ideas. Once the final projects for the school is established, HTML programming will allow each class the opportunity to prepare their project for viewing via the Internet.

The objectives of this project include:

  1. participants should be able to manipulate various means of research to find out valuable information about their community (i.e., interviewing skills, library-text research, community archives/museums).
  2. Participants should be able to use a variety of multimedia to display their community presentation.
  3. participants should be able to, after the project is completed, make a connection and raise an awareness to their community that it is a significant member of our provincial history.
  4. others can discover a means where by they can discover our town.
  5. participants would, along with others, communicate information and ask questions of interest about other communities around them.

  Curriculum Connections

Social Studies:

The grade four curriculum covers a wide range of community studies and explores the factors that constitute an effective community. The project will enhance this cause and bring real meaning to their language.

Language Arts:

Before the actual posting of any information on the Internet, students are responsible for gathering appropriate information that will lead to a well written research paper.

Technology Education:

Students will develop skills in Communication Technology. These skills will include image digitizing, file conversion, uploading and downloading files (FTP), HTML Programming and basic telecommunications.

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