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Postcards from Abroad

Project URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnet-lab/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. "virtual postcards."

Standards addressed:
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.

Materials used:
HyperStudio, ClarisWorks, digital camera, scanner, printer

The students:
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.

Overall value:
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.

E-mail: PAZ417@aol.com

Subject: Technology, Arts

Estimated class periods to complete: 10 or more

Grade level: 7-12



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