Project 3 - Weaving a School Web Site

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Gerard P. Butt
(gpbutt@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)
School: St. Joseph's Elementary
Carbonear, NF
A1Y 1C1
Tel: (709) 596-6821
Number of Students: 35 students
Grade Level: 6 - 7
Project Start and Finish Dates: February - March, 1998

  Project Overview

The aim of this project is for the grade six and seven students of St. Joseph's Elementary, Carbonear to develop a school homepage for the World Wide Web. Through this medium, the school will make available information that may be of interest to students, parents, the community and others.

Using the resources of the World Wide Web, the students will preview other homepages and then formulate some plans for their school homepage. The students will experience some current communication technologies, as they learn about HyperText Markup Language and HTML coding from searching the Internet. As well, they will use the resources of the Internet to search out and download appropriate Web page resources, such as HTML editors, image viewers, and other Web page resources that will enhance the quality of their homepage.

  Curriculum Connections

This project relates mainly to the Reading/Writing/Viewing components of the Language Arts program and to the Curriculum Framework for Technology Education in the Elementary/Intermediate grades.

This project will provide many opportunities for thinking, observing, listening, investigating, inquiring, talking, reading and writing, as well as the development of skills specifically in the area of communication technology.

Technology Education learning outcomes that are applicable to this project are in the Communication Domain. Students will:

  • develop an understanding of the nature of online communications and its limitations.
  • identify real life communication problems, situations and opportunities.
  • identify ways in which information and communications technologies are used.
  • identify advantages and disadvantages of selected communications technologies.
  • develop a vocabulary of the terminology and language used in communication technology.
  • employ the language and terminology when solving technological problems and when describing their solutions to others.
  • use communications technologies to build new knowledge from existing information.
  • use communications technologies to collaborate with others at a distance to gain understanding of problems and opportunities in production and control.

  Resource Connections

Students will avail of the Internet access provided by the STELLAR Schools program to make this project possible. Using this access to the Internet, resources such as HTML editors and graphic conversion programs can be examined and evaluated; students will choose the utilities and applications which be useful in the school's homepage creation.

The following resources will be procured to complete this project:

  • Digital camera
  • Flatbed scanner
  • Appropriate software

  Evaluation

Evaluation will determine how well the students have used the Internet and other computer technologies to research and present their school's homepage. It will reflect the activity-based nature of this technology. Students will be evaluated on their effective use of Internet tools - graphical browsers, search engines, HTML editors, graphics enhancement programs, e-mail, etc., as well as various other applications which are current examples of computer technology.

Feedback from students, as well as parents, teachers, etc. will help determine home the students' current knowledge has been enriched in this particular project, and how this homepage resource can be improved. The creation of a school homepage by the grade six and seven students will help students achieve the objectives of the curriculum and highlight the importance of the Internet as a learning resource.

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