I wanted to join the group because it would teach me how to put up a web page and to learn more skills about computers and things about the internet. I became the expert at scanning pictures and photos. Scanning is really easy now. We were each given a topic on which to research information. I chose the topic lighthouses. I have gained lots of skills about designing web pages especially putting them up, scanning information, pictures and photos.Isabelle and Maia did the digital camera, Ferdinand did the e-mail, Angus and Freya did FTP, Alannah and David did typing and composing, Freya, Angus, David and Anthony did the Design. Alannah and Jodie did the scan and Anthony, Maia Freya and Jodie did the internet searches.
I would give next years group advice about working hard and having to give up some of their time to try to finish as quick as possible, not to drop out and give someone else your job and to stay in as long as possible.
I have a Macintosh so I had to find a way to transfer the work that I did on the computer at home to the schools PC. I don't have the internet which meant that it was harder to find information on my topic. I wanted to join the group because I wanted to learn more about the computer and the internet. I also thought it would be interesting.
My job was researching flags, flares and fog signals. I also learned how to use the scanner. I have learned more about computer skills, learning more about flags, flares, fog signals, lighthouses and the internet.
My advice to next years group is be prepared to commit yourself and enjoy the research. I think you should also find as many sources of information as possible.
It was quite hard in the beginning because I was unable to use my computer at home as it was being upgraded. This was OK because once I got it back I was able to connect the internet and send e-mail messages. The reason I wanted to do the learning 21 project was that I thought it would be fun and I could learn some more computer skills. My job was to do the GPS research and I was also on the design team. By doing this I believe I have gained skill and confidence in using the computer. The advice I would give to anyone else making a web page is not to rush and to get all the facts correct. I would advise people to look at our web page as I think it is rather good.
I have a PC but we wrecked it by throwing something in the recycling bin! We are connected to the internet. I took part in this group because I wanted to do something other than school work, my job was to write about early mapping and sometimes I had to send and receive e-mails. I mainly learned how to use special tools like the internet. If people in next year's group would ask me for some advice I would tell them not to muck around with their work.
In my home I have a PC computer and Internet connection which was very useful for looking up information. I wanted to be in the L21 project because I thought it would be a good learning experiment and to have a chance at web designing.
During the process of the L21 I researched two things that were similar. The first topic I researched was the Rottnest and Fremantle Heliograph. The second thing that I researched was the Time Ball. My expert job was to take photos with the digital camera. I was also able to have the chance to manipulate the photographs and scanned images in Paint Shop Pro 5. If any one asked me if they should do the L21 I would tell them to enjoy them selves and to be prepared to work hard.
To share our work we should send the address to e-pals and tell friends with connection to the internet to look at the home page.
From doing this I gained a great deal of knowledge of working with cameras and computers and I can now type faster.
I didn't have the advantage of having a computer at home, therefore I didn't have the internet. The reason why I joined is because I thought it would be fun. My job was to do the shipwreck research and I was also in the expert design group. I gained confidence with using the computer. The advice I would give to the next group is to work hard and stick with it.
The computer I was using was a Power Mac and because our school only has PCs, it was difficult to get my information to the school. Because I had an internet connection I was at an advantage when it came to finding information. I wanted to do this Web Page Design because I thought it would be a challenge. The part I played in the group, along with Davidwas to do the Shipwrecks research. I was also on the Design Team. I have gained more skills from being involved in this group . The advice I would give to next year's group is work hard and finish as soon as possible so as not to gain ill favour with your supervising teacher when you don't get your work to him/her on time. It's a good idea to tell your family and friends to check out the finished site
I have a Mac at home so we had to find solutions on how to overcome the problem of how to get my work on to the school IBM computers. I found it very useful being connected to the internet at home, as it meant that I could get in and look at the last year's winning sites, sites on how to create your own web page, and sites with the info that I wanted.
I wanted to join L21 because I thought it might be useful to have some skills on both the computer and the internet, especially for high school. My job was to write up a page on weather, to design and put up the pages with Angus, and to connect them all to the internet. I gained a lot from participating in L21, especially developing many new skills. I also feel much more confident on the computer.
If someone asked me, "Should I participate in this year's L21?" my answer would be, "If you're not very interested, and only joining to get out of work, then forget it, as you need a commitment to do a lot of work in your own time too. If you're keen and interested though, it's great fun, and you could learn a lot if you pay attention."
I think that information technology is great, and it will go a lot further in the future. It could be really useful if only more people took the trouble to learn how to use it. L21 is a great way to give young kids the chance to gain heaps of skills, and in turn they can pass them onto other people and so on.
At the time I did not have a computer which meant I didn't have the internet. Not having a computer or the internet made it difficult for me to look for information and I couldn't e-mail anyone. I wanted to join so I could learn how to use the internet and to have a chance to do some work on the computer.
My job was to research flags and flares, write a draft then type it up on the computer with my partner. My other job was to use the digital camera and to learn how to manipulate images in Paint Shop Pro 5.. From being involved I've learnt lots of many new skills, especially how to use a digital camera.
If someone asked me if they should join I would say it's great fun but you have to be committed.
I connected to the internet at home, 15 months ago and finally found I had a good reason to use a computer! When I found out about the competition, I was keen to be involved and to work with a group of interested volunteers. As I was already involved in the school's web page, I hoped as a side benefit, to skill up the students who could then act as peer tutors to get other classes involved in publishing their work on the internet.
As their art teacher, I only have one hours contact a week with them, so we found a lot of the work had to be done outside of class time or when released from class during my DOTT. A lot of time was taken early on, modelling and teaching the new technologies and software we have recently acquired. Moving locations between 4 different computers became difficult. We soon learned how to scan a floppy for a virus every time it moved!
We currently only have one internet connection which is in hot demand by others. At times it felt like we were doing this one year too soon! In reality, it has helped the school to reappraise the systems that are currently being set in place in readiness for an intranet system next year.
My advice for anyone thinking of taking on the role of adviser next year, is that you have to make a start somewhwere. Guiding Lights became a true group venture where we became co-learners. Our skills have grown enormously and the sense of pride with which this project has come to be held in the school community is reward enough. Remember though, that everything always takes longer than what you think it will!