As we are relatively free to choose what to do in informatics during our last term, after having done the basics of the programming laguage Pascal and having taken a look at Assembler before, we chose communications as our subject.
So it came in handy to do the CyberFair project as it was the best way to incorporate both theoretical and practical aspects of global communications. As our school is currently busy to create it's own Web-pages (getting away all this "Under Construction" stuff and putting there some facts) which of course is first done in German, this project is considered useful to promote the use of the Internet either via e-mail to get new contacts or by creating Web-pages.
In addition like this the fears people have when they hear words like Internet may be reduced and they might get incorporated in global communications more easily which is very important nowadays.
As our school's resources are relatively poor we couldn't do fancy things like videos or even videoconferencing.
To get done our basic work we had to do with (9) Mac LCII s in our informatics lab (Running an editor and Netscape on such a machine with only 4MB physical RAM is a real pain!). For the harder work we could use our PowerMac 6100 with 24MB RAM. This is also the machine we used for our Modem (PPP)-Connections to the university to get Internet-access.
To collect information we used several books and brochures which are listed in our Bibliography. As there isn't a Web-site concerning the Bremer Haus yet, we couldn't get any information out of the Internet.
To cope with the pictures we used a borrowed QuickTake and our old Apple grayscale scanner.
Our favourite software tools were - as mentioned above - Alpha and Netscape. In addition we used the "Grafikkonverter" to polish up our QuickTake pictures a bit.
Concerning this aspect there wasn't much we could do, as we were able to get all the knowledge we needed out of local libraries or our private resources. The "Amt für Denkmalpflege" that takes care of the Bremer Häuser didn't have any additional information and borrowing the QuickTake wasn't a big action either...
As our project concerns different communities
no unified impact can be declared because the latter two communities aren't affected at all.
- our informatics course for the creation,
- our whole school because of the new medium Internet,
- the Internet itself as a "victim" of our project,
- the whole of Bremen due to the fact that the Bremer Haus is a part of Bremen's history and culture - a so-called "Bremensie" and
- the middle and working classes around the end of the last century
Taking a look at our whole school this project will hopefully make a difference as like this a foundation for publishings by our school in the Internet is set and people start getting aware of it.
The largest impact however was on our informatics course because we had the chance to get the Internet "hands-on" over an extended period of time.
Astonishinly we didn't need that much direct help through the Internet during project creation. As some of us already knew HTML (and don't remember who helped them with it back then) we were able to distribute this knowledge within our group. Additional knowledge about HTML we got by peeking into other people's Web-pages - so it was a more passive method.
As I already wrote we want to promote the use of the Internet at our school. So some pupils (and they are getting more) are regularly exchanging e-mails with friends in the US for example.
Furthermore we posted our Homepage-address to many sites so there regularly are e-mails from other schools concerning e-mail-projects or simply simple questions like for example about Christmas in Germany or eating habits in Northern Germany (no, it's not Sauerkraut...).