Project 2: Ideas

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Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Resource Connections
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Margaret Prince
Grade Level:Grades 9 to 12
Project Start and Finish Dates:To begin immediately upon approval of the project and installation of the Internet connection. This project will continue indefinitely.

  Project Overview

For the past 9 years, Leo Burke Academy has been at the forefront in the promotion of student leadership in the province's schools. Our students were involved in initializing and hosting the first Provincial Student Leadership conference in 1989, and have attended conferences nationally since 1990. In 1993 we hosted students and advisors from across the country at the 9th Canadian Student Leadership Conference. As a result of these activities and others, student leadership has had a high profile in our school and in our community. We do not view our students as the leaders of tomorrow but instead recognize them as leaders in our school today! We are committed to talking the leadership potential of our students and enhancing it by developing the skills which make them positive leaders and role models in the school environment.

The student body at Leo Burke Academy does not have Internet access at the school. A small group of students who are registered for Communications Technology 2104 are the only students who have an opportunity to become familiar with the Internet through directed experiences within the course.

We believe it is important for students to have access to facilities and training to take advantage of the Internet and all the services it offers. It is especially important realizing that Leo Burke Academy is the only high school in Bishop's Falls and many of the students who attend this school are economically disadvantaged and have no access to computer technology outside the school.

Therefore, we would like to incorporate Internet access with our Student Leadership program. We propose training a group of students form our Student Council in the use of electronic mail, encouraging students to exchange ideas provincially/nationally/globally regarding issues and events ongoing in their schools. Also, we would want them to learn a variety of applications to browse/search the World Wide Web focusing mainly on those sites pertaining to Student Leadership. We would ensure on-line monitoring so that inappropriate sites would not be accessed. Our students would also be trained to develop a simple web site for our council, outlining who we are and the activities we sponsor each year.

  Curriculum Connections

This project has implications for all subject areas. Students will have access to information through the Internet and they will gain experience in the use of technology. It encourages practical application in an area in which they have a special interest.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

Students will develop skills necessary for accessing information on the Internet.
Students will develop skills necessary for downloading and manipulating information on the computer.
Students will develop critical thinking skills as they browse and evaluate a variety of Internet sites and make appropriate selections.
Students will work toward improving their communication skills.
Students will be active learners as they develop strategies to solve problems they experience as they make use of the technology.
Students will make extensive use of a variety of computer applications as they search, collect and edit relevant information and finally publish their documents.
Students will be required to make moral judgments as they search through the Internet for information that is important to them.

Impact on Curriculum:

This project will have both direct and indirect effect with respect to the curriculum. Students will have access to a much larger body of information than our school has been able to provide through traditional means. This will positively affect student achievement and enthusiasm for research and school life itself. While students are using the technology, they will be developing skills that will be necessary for preparing them for the work force. They will develop and improve communication skills. The use of ideas and activities gathered in this project, when put to use, will act as a bonding mechanism for students and staff, making them feel both needed and an important component of the lives of others.

  Resource Connections

Resources on the Internet will become an integral component in the students' educational environment.
Students will make greater use of facilities in the research centre and the technology centre.

  Evaluation

Constant monitoring of the Student Leadership program will provide valuable information concerning student interaction via the Internet.
We will gather information regarding the effectiveness of using technology as an idea generating mechanism to help improve school climate.
Analysis of the level of technology use will provide indicators of the effectiveness of the program.
Interviews with other staff and students will indicate whether the quality of school life has improved academically, behaviourally and socially.

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