Imagine the Challenge: Building Community Capacity Through Developing Teachers' and Students' Information and Communications Technology Skills (2000)

A Showcase Grassroots Project

Participating in Imagine the Challenge helped both students and teachers at four schools develop their information and communications technology (ICT) skills and, at the same time, build a global community.

Between September 1999 and January 2000, a Canadian runner named David Adie ran more than 5,000 kilometres between the east and the west coasts of Australia as part of the international Steps 2 Peace project.

His run raised money for children’s hospitals, and provided the inspiration for the Imagine the Challenge project, supported by Industry Canada’s GrassRoots Program and carried out at four schools in Calgary, Alberta. The project’s goals included helping students understand the concept of challenge through multiple curriculum areas and authentic learning activities; instilling in children the idea that they can make a difference; developing children’s awareness of the global community and their role in it; and enhancing ICT skills in students, teachers, and the community.

Project activities for the students included researching Australia’s people, Aboriginal art, climate, weather, ecosystems, flora and fauna, and cultures; corresponding via email with Adie and with Australian schools; building web pages for every topic covered in social studies and science; using spreadsheets and graphs to plot the runner’s progress; and producing a video for their website.

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2013-10-29
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Kurtis Kitagawa and Douglas Watt. Imagine the Challenge: Building Community Capacity Through Developing Teachers' and Students' Information and Communications Technology Skills 2000. Web. 6 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/imagine_the_challenge_building/imagine_the_challenge_building.pdf>
Kurtis Kitagawa & Douglas Watt (2000). Imagine the Challenge: Building Community Capacity Through Developing Teachers' and Students' Information and Communications Technology Skills. Retrieved August 6, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/imagine_the_challenge_building/imagine_the_challenge_building.pdf
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