Project 1: Building Bridges; A Project in Technological Communication
|Grade Level:||Level I|
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|Project Start and Finish Dates:||To begin as soon as possible, depending on approval and installation of equipment. To continue indefinitely. It is intended to be an on-going project that could be maintained over the years.|
The project is intended to involve a combined effort of the English and Social Studies teachers who share a common group of students. The goal is to set up a link with students throughout the world, with whom students will communicate on a regular basis. It will function as a combined pen-pal, Social Studies, Language Arts project. The students will set up a pen-pal network, with the intent on sharing information on themselves and their country, such that each group learns about the other's geography, history, culture, language, economy and education system. In this way, students practice researching, organizing and communicating.
The Social Studies teacher will focus student research on matters that are related to the subject being studied and will facilitate sharing information received from others. The Language Arts teacher will focus on compiling the information to be communicated, such that the material is well organized, coherent, unified, grammatically and structurally sound.
Work done as part of this project will form part of the students' evaluation for their Social Studies and Language Arts courses.
As noted earlier, the project will address the curriculum areas of Language Arts, Language 1101 and Social Studies, Cultural Heritage 1200. Future possibilities include courses in geography, history, Canadian Law and Economics. Related library and research skills are also taught in a number of courses, especially Language 2101.
The project is seen as an integral aspect of our school curriculum. Students learn about their culture, history, geography, law, economics and are taught writing and other communication skills across the curriculum. It is also important to learn about other people in other lands. Having the ability to communicate with others through the medium of computer technology, serves to heighten student interest and provide an added purpose for doing their work. Having a specific intended audience, other than the teacher means students take more pride in doing a good job.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
- Improved communication skills
- To increase knowledge and understanding about our culture and to share and compare our culture with what exists elsewhere.
- This project will familiarize students with the various components of e-mail, the WWW, technology and their implications for learning through the medium of computer related technology. Specifically, it will address the following components as noted in the Senior High section of the government document "Learning in a Technological Society".
- to devise and implement a strategy which employs a variety of sources for identifying and investigating real life communication problems and opportunities.
- employ a broad range of communication tools, techniques and processes.
- evaluate their own and others' communication products and systems.
- Having a communications link with the world through a STELLAR schools Internet connection, will provide student access to other students throughout the world with whom they will share knowledge and experiences.
- Other resources used in this project include the schools's resources centre and the computer lab.
- Knowledge and understanding gained about the subjects being studied, culture, communications skills, geography, history etc. Student skills and knowledge will improve.
- Knowledge of other people, countries and their way of life. Students will learn how other people live.
- Understanding and knowledge about the potential and use of computer related technology. Students will learn to use the technology and know its potential.
- To develop an enthusiasm for the use of the computer. Do students enjoy working in this medium?
Impact on Curriculum
- Does it increase student interest in computer-related technology?
- Does it increase student understanding in the use of the Internet?
- Are students excited about working and learning and do they see a reason for and take pride in what they are doing?
- Have their knowledge, understanding and skills improved as a result of this project?
- Is there a desire on the part of students to continue to learn in this manner?
The above items can be evaluated in both a subjective and objective manner through observation of students, plus formal and informal evaluation of students in the subject areas studied.