This project will entail students to pair up over the internet in a "Cyberevent" and research a particular winter Olympic sport that Canada is competing in. In their research, via the internet, the paired students will select a sport and research it. They will discover when the event first appeared in the games, record held, both Canadian, and World. They will also find out who is representing Canada in that particular event. The student will be paired with a student of the same age in another part of Canada. I expect that the pairing can be accomplished through SchoolNet. Each student will work on a diffrent part of the research and share his/her findings with their internet partner.
I envision that this particular project would make several curriculum connections. Firstly the students will be enriching their writing skills by commenicating with their partner via E-Mail. The students shall learn as much as is possible about the communities that their partner comes from, and as such, they will make the social studies connection. The students research skilled will be honed in researching their particular sport. I also believe that there will be a less tangible yet equally vital connection made. That will be that of gaining a greater understanding of this vast country.
The internet will be used in the project both for communication and publishing information. E-Mail will be the main vechicle for sharing information among the participants. The students will learn to use the net as a research tool. Particularly they will learn to search, and download information. They will edit this and attach it to email files for publication. This project could also call for the use of Graphics generating software such as Corel Draw.
I shall evaluate my students success in several ways. Initially I shall evaluate the program itself on a cursory level by simple student interest. On a more tangible level I shall have students submit updates to the class, on a regular interval, as to t heir progress. I would also like to do some post-project-evalution in an effort to gain some feeling of the merits of such an endeavour.