Narrative

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School: Elementary School nr 42 in Zabrze, Poland
Zabrze, Silesia, Poland

6 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this Cyberfair project on March 23, 2010. They have participated in Cyberfair in the following year(s): 2006,2007,2008,2009


Classes and Teachers: Ewa Widera, Tatiana Rebas

1. Description of Our Community

Zabrze is located in the west of the province of Silesia. First notes about our City this comes from XIII century. It is one of the largest cities of Silesia. In Zabrze there are many historic buildings, mainly from the nineteenth and early twentieth century, such as historic buildings in the center of Zabrze, workers' settlements, sacred places. Our school, nr 42 im. Nicolaus Copernicus has over 300 students in elementary grade. Our school community is like a small family. Our teachers and parents work very closely to provide exciting learning activities for the students. We have many special assemblies, clubs, and programs in which we can participate and learn new things. We have a strong character education program at our school. We are organize picnic and party for parents. This is family-oriented community.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our Computer Science Specialist, Mrs. Ewa Widera wanted to help us learn beyond our school walls and get actively involved and aware of the bigger world. So, she entered us in the CyberFair Project. We want the world to know that our industrial monuments are important for our world. We believe we all have the power to present our coal mine and more and more persons will visit our City and invite our industrial monuments that evolved into relic. Conventional picture of Silesia in common polish citizen is a gray-color picture, with coal groove on the horizon and dirty air. We want to break such vision by presenting interesting places, frequently didn’t known by local citizens and presenting our small country in more interesting colors.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

During work with project, we need to across several problems. Each of us has another idea how to create project. It seems to us that the most serious problem was that our English skill is not good enough. We wait for materials too long. They learned intermediate level of HTML document description language. Pupils also additionally learned: how to work on text, document resources and sources, how to effective seek on Internet, students also improved their language skills and they have also found out a lot about the town's history. Also, a lot of our research was done on our own by visiting our local library.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We have participated in Cyberfair now for several years. We feel that our work on this year's project, ‘GUIDO - underground path into the earth's core’ is important and will have a positive impact for the local Community because it will help to inform people in entire World about our attractions. Our great thanks goes to International Schools Cyberfair for giving the opportunity to do this!

6. How did your activities and research for this Cyberfair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

Project fulfills assumptions of local attractions category. All skill and information that was achieved during project definitely overcome coursework and curriculum standards of elementary school. The pupils have to used and overcome a set of computer programs required to create a presentation. Students also additionally learned: how to work on text, how to effective seek on Internet. Students also improved their language skills and they have also found out a lot about the coal mine history. Soon the students will be presenting this project to their school board. This will give them a chance to strengthen their speaking skills as well as give them the chance to promote their project even more.

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your Cyberfair project?

The informational and technological tools used in creating this project were: books on Coal Mine from our local libraries, eight online computers, e-mail for the interviews of our coal mine experts and digital camera to scan our drawings. Software used includes Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word and Mozilla Firefox.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your Cyberfair project both on-line and in person.

Our students have already acted as ambassadors for our Cyberfair project in several ways. The students worked closely with several coal mine experts. Our students personally visited the Town Office, Coal Mine Guido Museum in Zabrze. Parents appeared to be very helpful as well. Some of them helped us by working with their children at home. All engaged people were amazed that our students are researching and creating their own web page.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
This project enables people to see our coal mines in our Town. Many people have visited our project page. Lots of them have contacted with us by email providing testimonial about our work.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
We would like to thank members of 'Zabrze Lovers' Association' for providing photographs and information about historical monuments in Zabrze. Special thanks go to Marcin Fengler for providing photos. Special thanks go to Igor Cieslicki, Grazyna Bednarek, Magdalena Miadz, Helena Pisarczyk, Waldemar Grudzien and other DMiT journalists of local newspaper. Thanks go to Dariusz Walerjanski autho of Zabrze Guide book and Polska The Times juronalists. Here we present our teachers responsible for the project: Mrs Ewa Widera - an information technology teacher and the initiator of the project. She was responsible for the whole CyberFair project and the contacts with various institutions through electronic mail. She worked with the groups of students, checked their works and helped with all necessary problems. Thanks go to Mrs Tatiana Rebas English teacher. She prepared and verified texts of publication.

This is CyberFair 2010 project created by students of Elementary School nr 42 in Zabrze, Poland.