As the year 1995 comes to an end, we find Fairland Elementary School Caught in The Web. As soon as you arrive at Fairland's website, you'll notice the importance of student work. Their motto, displayed prominently, attests that "Fairland's students are not just using the Web; they are helping to build it."
Fairland is fortunate to have an educational technology pioneer on their faculty. Mary O'Haver, the 1994 Computer Educator of the Year for Montgomery County Maryland Public Schools, teaches 4th, 5th, and 6th grade at Fairland. Her 5th grade class published their Famous Americans Biographies Book Reports on the Web for all to see. For obvious reasons, we particularly liked the Ben Franklin report. Check out Michael's drawing of Ben for a commemorative postage stamp. Another student, Libby, chose to report on the biography of Cal Ripken, Jr., a famous American and a famous Marylander.
Fairland Elementary's students have become part of the global village, as their Digital Village Project shows. Their "electronic self-portraits" are on the Web, for all to see. What a wonderful sense of community for students!
In the spirit of math meeting art, Mrs. Sulik's 5th grade math class has been studying the work of M.C. Escher. Their Tesselations Projects are especially fun. Take a look at the interesting objects they chose to use for their tessellations. A particular favorite is Katherine's.
December is a busy time of year, but try to make time to visit Fairland Elementary School. You'll be glad you did!
Who will be "Caught in The Web" next month? Feel free to send us suggestions.
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