Project 1: Language Research

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): MaDonna Sparkes - English Department Head
(msparkes@thezone.net)
School: St. Michael's High School
19 Greenwood Avenue
Grand Falls-Windsor, NF
A2A 1S6
Tel. 709-489-5608
Fax. 709-489-1473
Grade Level: Level II
Number of Students: 30
Project Start and Finish Dates: January, 1998 - June, 1998

  Project Overview

Language Research for Language 2101.

St. Michael's has just been blessed with a new computer lab with 24 Pentium 133 computers and as English Department head I have been asked many times by my students for access to this technology. Up to now, I have not been able to comply with their wishes. However, if we receive "Stellar Schools" status, I want to offer "Research Online" for my Language 2101 students. The "Research Online" website has been developed to promote information literacy across the curriculum in Junior and Senior high school. It allows individual users to login to the site and follow a "research road map" that leads through the essential steps required for information access, processing and use. The student will go beyond the traditional search methods and use real Internet sites and data as the raw material for Language 2101 Research paper process. All the users' work at each stage can be entered online and stored at the site and allows the process to be either teacher monitored or self-directed.

  Project Objectives

The objectives of this project will allow students to have:

  1. Essential research skills as outlined in the Department of Education's Course Description for Language 2101.
  2. Literacy skills demanded by all curriculum areas.
  3. Critical information processing.
  4. Technology literacy.
  5. Meaningful use of the Internet.
  6. Location, processing and use of information.
  7. Creative communication skills.

  Description

Once provided with technical instruction, each student enrolled in Language 2101 Research Online will be granted access to the Internet to begin their research process for 3 major research papers. Once they adapt their traditional research skills to a new technological framework, their progress will be tracked individually. As they log on to the site, they will be able to continue where they left off and be prompted to make appropriate decisions that will lead them to the final product they want.

  Summary

Language 2101: Research Online prepares students to function productively and participate fully in a multimedia society. Therein lies the success of this project.

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