Students at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School recently delved into a project-based learning assignment initiated by STELLAR teacher Stacey Weinberg that embraced technology, web design, research and geography. The project challenged the fourth- and fifth-graders to build websites for the travel agency Liberty Travel that will increase tourism to major U.S. cities.
Working on school-issued Chromebooks under the guidance of Ms. Weinberg, the students researched popular cities, for which they identified three major attractions, two sports arenas, local restaurants and hotels, and transportation. Building off of their research, they used the website builder Weebly to design two-page sites that would entice travelers to their destination city. One page displayed the student’s research, while the other shared his or her information as web developer. The students personalized their sites with a variety of color palettes, fonts and designs.
Ms. Weinberg was very impressed by the students’ perseverance in completing these websites. “They should be really proud of their work,” she said. “I hope they remember the process it took to get to the final stage of their websites and see how much they’ve grown since the beginning of the project.”
The project culminated with a Website Design Expo at the school on Feb. 3, attended by Liberty Travel reprentatives as well as families, teachers, administrators and Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss. Among the major cities showcased were Austin, Orlando, Boston, Honolulu and Seattle. As guests visited classrooms in rotation to scroll through the websites, they were asked to leave positive comments about the students’ work.
Following, all attendees gathered in the cafeteria for a closing ceremony to acknowledge the web developers’ hard work. Liberty Travel representatives Felicia Mulhearn and Lauren Erkens awarded six students certificates of recognition for their research, design and implementation skills.