International Schools CyberFair 2006

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Date of Project:  Friday 10th March 2006

School: San Andrea Senior School
District: L-Imselliet
    City: L/O Zebbiegh, Mgarr, Malta

Teachers or Classes:
Mr. Stephen Briffa (Humanities Coordinator and History teacher); Mr. Mark Sciberras (Italian Teacher), Ms. Allison Borg (History Teacher), Ms. Lina Farrugia (School Librarian); - Grade 9 students

How many students worked on this project?  22 students

Their ages were:   12/13yrs

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Project Overview

We entered our Web site in CyberFair Category: 

Category 6; Historical Landmarks

2. Description of "Our Community"

Our community consists of the Maltese islands, mainly the island of Malta and the smaller island of Gozo.  The total area of the two islands, which are found in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, is about 320 square km.  Surprisingly, more than 350,000 people live on this small archipelago and about 1,000,000 tourists visit our Islands every year.  Malta is only 27 km and 14 km at it's longest and widest parts respectively.  Malta's strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea has lured settlers from as early as 5000 B.C. up to Malta's Independence 1964.  This has made Malta very rich in its historical heritage with a number of locations being designated as UNESCO heritage sites. 

The community represented in this project consists of all the people of Malta since our
school's "catchment area" is from all over the Island.  Malta became a European Union member in May 2004.

3. Project Description: 
The city of Rome today is a bustling place full of crowds of people and cars.  However, if we were to go back in time, to around 800 BC, we would find a small number of villages on the hills, along the banks of the river Tiber.  Legend tells us that Rome was founded here in 753 BC.  In the following centuries, Rome and the Romans came to dominate Italy and the Mediterranean.  Rome grew to become the centre of an incredible empire that stretched across Europe into Asia and North Africa.  The Roman Empire lasted for centuries and introduced a sophisticated way of life to the inhabitants of its provinces.  The Maltese Islands, situated right in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, fell under Roman influence in 218 BC.  Many artifacts and several roman structures still survive on these islands.

The Maltese Islands have a rich and fascinating cultural history spanning round 7,000 years.  This unique legacy is reflected in the numerous archaeological and historical sites that are scattered around the islands.  This project explores the Maltese Islands during Roman rule, between 218 BC and the 5th century AD.  We shall be looking at various aspects of Roman rule in Malta, such as the system of government, as well as offering detailed information on various Roman sites throughout the Maltese Islands. Through this web-site one will be able to learn more about this interesting yet perhaps less known period of Maltese history and learn about the culture of the Romans and the heritage they left in the Maltese Islands.  The origins of the great Roman Empire will be traced back to the very beginning as important background information to the Romans in Malta.

4. CyberFair Theme

The theme of the Cyber Fair competition is
Inspire and Unite.  Our project, entitled the "Romans in Malta", ties in very well with this theme.  The Romans can be said to have been the power of the Ancient world that has inspired varies aspects of life, be it political, legal, economical and social up to the present day.  The Romans were also the ones that managed to unite the whole Mediterranean under their rule in ancient times and so manage to transform it in a "Roman Lake".  The idea of a united Mediterranean under one power has inspired many European leaders throughout history among whom Napoleon.  This dream can be said to have materialized through the creation of the European Union, of which our country has formed part since 2004.  The European Union has brought political, religious (Europe is predominantly Christian) and economic unity to the twenty-five European Nations in which 450 million Europeans live.  Modern legal systems have also been inspired by the Ancient Roman Law.  And it was thanks to the Romans that our country, often isolated throughout its prehistory, came to be united to the culture and politics of the then known world. 

5. Problems we had to overcome

The students taking part in Cyber Fair worked on their project during the midday break. This created some problems because the Computer Laboratory was not always available due to other activities and many times there were unexpected interferences in the laboratory while the students were at work.
Moreover, not all the students could work regularly on the Project during break-time because of other commitments and activities taking place during break-time; including compulsory sports activities. Group-work succeeded to alleviate this problem.
Another setback was that unfortunately the students and teachers had minimal technical support during the project. We succeeded to solve this problem by communicating through emails with technical people outside school.
In the last few days we also had some electricity cuts at school. We solved the problem by meeting and working earlier than usual on the computers before the planned electricity cuts.

6. Our Project Sound bite

Through this project, students had the opportunity to work with the different teachers who teach them different subjects. It also helped to link History with Italian and Environmental/Cultural Studies.
Through this Project, the topic Roman Malta became "more alive" because with their teachers, the students visited roman archaeological remains (Roman Domus and Catacombs) within their local community, took photos of them and then inserted them in the website they created for this Project.
Moreover, students working in groups learnt research skills and how to create a website using Microsoft Publisher.
(also refer to "Cyber Fair Theme")

Our Computer/Internet Access

A) Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B) Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom: None
C) Connection speed used in the classroom: dedicated connection
D) Number of years your classroom has been connected to the Internet: more than 6

Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional) 

At San Andrea Senior School we don't have computers with internet access but instead we have two computer laboratories/classrooms with eleven computers in each have a dedicated internet connection.

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