In January 1998 Ms
Swanson visited the city of Chichén Itzá where she collected materials
for the students' Maya projects. Information based on her Visit
to Chichén Itzá was included in our web site.
In June 1998 Ms Swanson, our webmaster, visited Amsterdam. During her
stay she came to our school to meet with the grade five students with
whom she had been working on Internet projects during the 1997-1998
school year. The students, teacher and webmaster had a
lively discussion evaluating the year's work which included the
students' favorite projects and the project management and presentation
skills they had acquired, their experience of group work and online
publishing, and a summary of the feedback which they had received on
their Web pages throughout the year.
Several students told how family members and friends had visited their
projects on the Web. One student recounted how she had sent the URL of
her class pages to her new school. A number of students who were
transferring to new schools the following year planned to keep in
touch with former classmates and friends via their grade five web site.
All agreed about the benefits of having an electronic portfolio of
their work and looked forward to publishing their middle school projects
on the Web.
The students had just completed a number of projects and posed for
photographs in front of their colorful exhibition
of African Masks. There were classroom displays of previous
student work including: the
Ancient Mayas and Tessellations.
The class was busy finishing work on their Inuit
Projects which they plan to add to their Grade Five pages
During the afternoon visit, Ms Swanson showed
the class the final version of their Maya
Projects which she had just posted to their web site a few days
prior to her visit. Everyone agreed this had been a great year for the
Internet in their classroom and the students were genuinely enthusiastic
about their first experience of publishing on the Web.
Ms Hos-McGrane, Grade
at her computer.
Ms Hos-McGrane Grade
Class of 1997-1998.