Project URL: http://teachnet-lab.org/is24/lvelez/postcard1.htm
Purpose of the Project:
"Postcards from Abroad"
empowers students to use their computers in a creative manner. First,
students will learn how to search the World Wide Web efficiently, using
Internet search engines and strategic commands. Then, they will learn how
to edit digital photographs using HyperStudio software tools. Finally,
they will create composites which will include a recognizable
"background" from a faraway vacation site, and a personal
photograph. As a result, the culminating project will feature the creator
and friends at a fantasy vacation site somewhere in the world, i.e.
NYS Standards addressed in this unit:
MST 1 - Students will use mathematical
analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to
question, seek answers, and develop solutions.
MST 2 - Students will access, generate,
process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
MST 5 - Students will apply technological
knowledge and skills to design, construct, use and evaluate products and
systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.
HyperStudio, ClarisWorks, digital camera, scanner, printer
The intermediate school students involved in this project are average and
above average academically. They have basic knowledge of both word
processing and computer art programs, as well as a general knowledge of
the HyperStudio program. They each have access to a computer in the
computer lab. However, this project can be adapted to classrooms with
fewer computers. It is recommended for use in various disciplines,
including: social studies, foreign language, and English/language arts.
Students should have basic computer skills.
Students will learn creative use computer skills that may later be adapted
independently for projects in various disciplines. The lessons on
the strategic use of the Internet search engines will prove valuable for
their independence as life-long learners as well.
Teachers may wish to display vacation photos and postcards, vacation
magazines, and advertisements to assist students.
Louis Velez has been teaching for
more than 27 years in the New York City Public School system. He has
taught both special and regular education students in elementary and
intermediate schools. Louis has taught computer classes at IS 24 in Staten
Island for many years. He has received several individual and team teacher
grants to develop his curriculum.
Subject: Technology, Arts
Estimated class periods to complete: 10 or more
Grade level: 7-12