Project 1: The Cabot 500 Celebrations through the Eyes of Discovery Collegiate Students
Students currently in this course are required to complete three research papers. The second of these must be a Local/Community/Newfoundland research paper. Each of the students from this class are required to choose some aspect of the 1997 Celebrations. They must complete primary research by conducting interviews with members of the various committees both within and outside of Bonavista, and interviews with members of the Vista 97 committee. If students are able to obtain an email address they may also contact outside resources via this means. Once the research is completed the students must then use the digital camera at the school to take pictures to incorporate into their papers. The students must continue the project by typing their paper into a word processing program or directly type into a web page creator that is selected. Once the typing is complete, the students must develop their papers into a web page . This page must include their original research, pictures, graphics, colors and any other feature they deem necessary to make their page attractive. Once everyone has completed their individual papers a home page will be created, with a listing of each of the topics covered, to link them together.
This page will then be incorporated into the Discovery Collegiate home page. They will be linked via the Student Work page - "Discovering Bonavista and the Cabot 500 Celebrations through the Eyes of Discovery Collegiate students."
The main curriculum areas that are addressed by the project are:
specific research for this project must be related to the Cabot 500 Celebrations, as it
is related to the Bonavista area.
Students must present their findings. This project enables them to present to more than
This project fits into the overall curriculum plans for the school in a number of ways:
promoting the 500th anniversary of the landfall of John Cabot in Bonavista. This
project falls within this goal.
Secondly, the school has recently acquired a fully equipped multimedia lab, consisting
According to the Language 2101 Curriculum Guide from the Department of Education, this project will help to satisfy the following Intended Learning Outcomes:
they are right about an idea."
"Compiling the research paper can mean that the student consults a number of outside
This paper includes "research writing based on investigation of some concern in the
Use "appropriate media in presentation of the report."
This project addresses the Intended Learning Outcomes for Technology Education at this grade level by:
"employ a broad range of communications tools, techniques, and processes"
"demonstrate understanding of the impact of technological convergence in information
"develop strategies and skills to manage and accommodate technological change.
"comprehend the role of information and communications tools, systems and networks
"develop proficiency with a variety of communications technologies and tools"
The STELLAR Schools Internet Connection will enable/enhance this project in a number of ways:
feasible without this connection.
Students are able to browse the web for information to complete their research. For
Without the STELLAR Schools connection the students would not be able to view
Students also need to use the browser to view the work they have created, upon the
Finally, they will need access to the Internet to up-load their web pages then to view
Other resources which are being utilized in this project are as follows:
encyclopedias, CDROM encyclopedias, videos, human resources, via interviews and
Word Processing programs for typing papers.
Digital camera for pictures.
Web Page creator program.
The Learning Outcomes of the project in checklist form for a brief follow-up evaluation are as follows:
The general impact of the project on the school and the curriculum in general can be evaluated by:
The students within this class will, no doubt, take pride in the work they completed and publish on the Internet. I feel that this can have a very positive impact on the school and the students. Many of our students are very impressed by the Internet and when they discover something relating to their home community or the school on it, they are very motivated. With student work published on the Internet, I believe that it may lead to other students wanting to learn more about it and to produce their own work for such.