NewsWave Canada Spring 1996
Call for Participation
You are invited to participate in our international, multidisciplinary,
student telecommunications project! JOIN US on the Internet at St.
Elizabeth School in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada as we celebrate Earth
Day, April 22, 1996 with schools in every province and territory,
through our very own, student-run national news service!
(Spring 1996): a forum for students of all ages across Canada and
through online dialogue and the publishing of student-created news
letters and news magazines both in print and on the World Wide Web.
- to learn about issues of local, national and global importance,
- to share research,
- to build dialogue,
- to promote
THEME (Spring 1996):
90's: Environmental Issues and You
- Anytime two or more
people disagree, you have an issue. If everyone agreed on how to treat
our earth, we would not have any environmental issues. However,
different people have different uses, dependencies, and needs for the
earth. These needs and values are often a source of disagreement.
- What is the biggest environmental problem facing your
community, country, world? What are the environmental issues people are
most concerned about?
- Air pollution?
- Population growth?
- Hazardous waste?
- Solid Waste/
- Land use?
- Preserving open space?
- Global warming?
- Endangered species?
- Acid rain?
- Rain forest loss?
- What are we as individuals doing about it? How are schools
contributing? What environmental actions are youth around the world
undertaking to make a difference for the future of the planet? How are
governments trying to face these issues especially in these lean times?
- Research an issue either locally or globally. Make an
action plan. Make a pledge. Share your findings through news articles,
poetry, pictures, word games or puzzles. Be creative!
- March 15, 1996 - June 5,
- (Registration deadline: Monday, March 15, 1996)
Modes of Participation
- All classes participating in this project MUST have access to
e-mail. E-mail will be the main means of communication among the
WWW and GOPHER :
having access to Gopher and WWW will have more resources available to
them to use the Internet as a research tool. Our home page will
provide many links to environmental sites.
- The administration of NewsWave Canada will
initially be in English, but French-language participation and articles
Language, Research Skills, Science, Geography, Media Literacy, Social
Sciences, Environmental Studies, the Arts
- Grades 4 to 12.
Inter-grade participation is encouraged as material will appeal to all
NUMBER of PARTICIPANTS:
classes ( minimum 10)
- To develop and apply students' skills in
information technology, research and writing, through the medium of
Internet communications and publishing on contemporary, real-world
- use a variety of technologies to develop skills
retrieval and analysis, word processing and desktop
- develop skills in research, problem solving,
planning, time management,
interviewing, writing, editing, revising,
proofreading and publishing
- work cooperatively and effectively
- use telecommunications: e-mail, terminal software
downloading, Gopher, netiquette and WWW
- learn how geography and cultural forces lead to diverse perspectives
In order to participate you must agree to do the following:
- Register by completing the form below and e-mailing it to the
coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the registration deadline.
- Keep to the time line in sending HELLO LETTER and 5 NEWS ARTICLES
(other classes are counting on you)
- Participate in online
- Send a hard copy of your
newspaper/newsletter to each participating class and to the Coordinator
by snail mail.
HOW TO REGISTER:
- Send a
separate registration for each class participating. This information
will be forwarded to all participants at the start of the project.
E-mail address -- email@example.com
- with Subject:
Name of contact:_____________________
e-mail address:________________________ School:
____________________________ School address:_________________________
Longitude:______________________________ Grade(s) :_____________________
Subject(s): _________________________ Access to gopher: YES_____
NO____ Access to WWW: YES_____ NO___ URL of homepage if applicable
Description of type of school/community (in 5 lines or less)
FEBRUARY 15 - MARCH 15
- Register for the project by
filling out provided form and mailing it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- (DEADLINE for registration is FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 1996)
- The students compose a HELLO LETTER introducing
themselves to the other participants.
- Do not send the HELLO
LETTER before MARCH 25th.
- The HELLO LETTER should include:
- Name of School:
- Location: (town, city, country)
- Grade/Age of
- Description: (in 200 words or less describe your
- Teachers introduce the newspaper unit, plan
and organize curricular topics to be covered.
- Official list of participants is sent out. Locate NewsWave
participants by using latitude and longitude provided
- E-mail your HELLO LETTER to the list.
MARCH 25 - APRIL 26
- Research and write your articles.
- Choose the 5 BEST articles that will be uploaded to the NewsWave
list by MAY 3 AT THE LASTEST
- Use the WWW (if available) to access resources.
- Plan your newspaper, organize work teams, collect graphics.
APRIL 22-26 EARTH DAY in the Schools
- During this week participants will celebrate "EARTH DAY" by
participating in online dialogue (YOUTHSPEAK) via the NewsWave
listserver. A series of discussion topics for students, covering
environmental issues, will be posted to focus participants' thinking and
analysis. Actual topics to be decided as the project unfolds.
MAY 3 NEWSWAVE
- DEADLINE for uploading newspaper articles to the list.
each article in a separate message with the NAME of the school and
ARTICLE NUMBER in the subject line, eg. ST. ELIZABETH #1. Make sure that
each article is identified with:
- Name of author, age, school, city,
province and teacher.
APRIL 26 - MAY 31
- Create your newspaper by
incorporating articles written by your class and those from
participating schools. Try to include at least one article from each
participating school. Publish your newspaper.
- The students at St. Elizabeth's School will use the uploaded
articles to create NewsWave Canada on the WWW.
- Last day to mail (snail) a copy of your printed
newspaper to each participating class as well as the coordinator.
- Celebrate World Environment Day
- In NewsWave Canada students across the country
write news articles and upload them to the NewsWave
listserver mounted on Canada's SchoolNet to
create their own electronic "wire service". Each participating class
then chooses what materials to download in order to publish its own
news magazine or newsletter. Hard copies of publications are shared
among the participating classes by snail mail.
- The students at St. Elizabeth School in Ottawa,
Ontario, Canada use the uploaded articles to create, manage and
publish NewsWave Canada electronically on the WWW for
the whole world to see.
YOUTHSPEAK: Online Student Discussions
- In all
Special Editions of NewsWave, registered participants
engage in online discussions via the NewsWave listserver (provided
through Canada's SchoolNet). During the week of April 22-26, 1996,
classes will celebrate "Earth Day" by participating in online dialogue
via the NewsWave listserver. A series of discussion topics for students,
dealing with environmental issues, will be posted to focus participants'
thinking and analysis. (We call this discussion area YOUTHSPEAK).
Students participating in this multidimensional project
not only become researchers and analysts, but also writers and
publishers. Students develop skills needed in the information age.
Through the use of technology they gather, analyze, process and
communicate information dealing with contemporary issues in the real
- Dalia Naujokaitis
- St. Elizabeth Catholic School
- 893 Admiral
- Ottawa, Ontario CANADA K1Z 6L6
- Telephone: (613)
- E-mail (personal): email@example.com
- Class e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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