Project 1 - St. Patrick's Global Network
The St. Patrick Global Network of Schools is a project that has already started in
St. Patrick School, Swift Current, Saskatchewan under the direction of Delmar Wagner,
A major objective of the elementary Language Arts Program is to foster within students a desire and interest in writing. This project exposes students to a variety of instances where they will communicate through writing. Secondly, because of the formation of lasting friendships, the students will be further motivated to write.
A major objective of the Social Studies Program is to provide the students with a broader base of world communities and cultures. By focusing in on people and lifestyles from other cultures, the students will grow in knowledge and understanding by being in constant contact with students from other countries.
These outcomes are not limited to the following but those most applicable are:
At the present time we receive periodic correspondence from St. Patrick School, Swift Current. In order to respond effectively and to become an active participant in this project access to the Internet is necessary. Secondly, a school of this enrollment does not have the financial resources to secure the services of the Internet without jeopardizing other areas of the curriculum.
In addition to the Intended Learning Outcomes presented earlier in this proposal, we feel that this project can serve as a great climax to the activities undertaken as part of this year's School Improvement Program. We have already made contact with other St. Patrick Schools who have helped us develop our new crest and motto. This was a major focus of this year's School Improvement Program labelled under the heading Building School Spirit. Because these schools have helped us in this endeavour it would be most fitting to continue this relationship by corresponding about other school related matters. A more formal part of this evaluation would see students involved in the following: develop web pages for their project using Netscape and Procom Plus; use e-mail to provide online reports; contact other students across the world for purposes of sharing information.