Project 1 - Homepage Newsletter

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Project Overview
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  General Information
Lead Teacher(s): Barry Pack    Computer Studies
bspack@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca

Theresa White    Language Arts
School: Catalina Elementary
Catalina, NF
A0C 1J0
Telephone: (709)469-2263/2265
Grade Level: Students from Grade Seven
Number of Students: Twelve
Project Start and Finish Dates: September 98 - June 99
Project's URL:
   Project Overview

Students from the two Grade Seven classes will collect news items from within our school and post them bi-monthly on our stem-net Homepage. Newspaper type articles will be included (complete with photgraphs of the student(s) involved) that report on significant accomplishments of our students and teachers. Some examples would include:

  • Photos of school events.

  • A photo of the Student of the Month along from each class along with a brief description of the accomplishment that lead to the student being so named.

This would give our school some exposure to other schools in the province and elsewhere and hopefully would lead to some Internet correspondence between our students and theirs. We are also hoping that when our students log on to Stemnet and see the exposure that our "Students of the Month" are getting, they too will be motivated to strive for excellence.

   Curriculum Connections

Language Arts

This exercise uses the "Writing Process" as outlined in our objectives for Language Arts; i.e. prewriting, jot notes, first draft, editing and publishing. The project also would encourage students to use the Internet to get information. By accessing the Homepage to retrieve information on their own school, students will lrarn to use the Internet and develop an appreciation for technology.

Technology Education

According to "A Currculum Framework fo Technology Education", students in the intermediate level will:

  • use communication tools to access, evaluate an select appropriate information and to create, modify and disseminate information.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will learn to write publishable articles using the writing stages.

  2. Students and teacheres will use communication technologies(computer and the Internet" to communicate with other students and teachers.

  3. As per "A Curriculum Framework of Technology Education", students will
    • use communication tools to access, evaluate and select appropriate information and to create, modify and disseminate information.

   Resource Connections

This project could only be undertaken using the Stemnet School Internet Connection. Other resources to be used in the project are

  • Wordprocessor - including Spellcheck and Grammatik.

  • Scanner - This was purchased for the project.

   Evaluation

  • The students directly involved in the project will learn the proper techniques of reporting and creating publishable writing.

  • Students will become acquainted with the procedure for creating and maintaining a Homepage.

  • Our general student body will become motivated to strive for excellenceafter seeing the publicity being given to the students of the month, and to others who have achieved highly.

  • Our student population will become more comfortable with using the Internet.

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