win TCEA Web design contest
Two eighth grade students talk about their award-winning Web sites and their experience using technology at their school.
By Melissa Brown
| his month, Kidspeak spoke with two eighth grade students
who attend a technology magnet school in Texas, who's Web site entries placed in the top
three in the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Web Publishing Design
Contest. Each year, TCEA sponsors student contests to encourage students to use
the Web to communicate ideas and information about curriculum-based subject
material. The contests are divided into four grade levels; PK-2, 3-5, 6-8, and
9-12. Each grade level is assigned a different subject area to create their Web
ui and Jonathan entered the junior high portion of the
competition. They are both members of the Future West Tech Web Team at their
school. This after-school program consists of a group of eight students who keep
the school Web site updated and spend time learning to use different computer
programs. Their experience in this program sparked their interest in joining the
Web design contest.
| ui tells us about his award-winning entry. "I did my Web
page that won first place on Admiral
Chester Nimitz. We were already doing a social studies research project on
him, so I went ahead and picked him out of a pretty large group. Once I found out
more about him I became more and more interested. Lucky for me the TCEA contest
topic was about Texas heroes so I just went ahead and did him. I did a basic Web
site with some scrolling text and some pictures and I put my research into that
page and it all turned out well. I also added one animation I did from Web
Painter on my page," said Rui.
| "I did my Web
page that won first place on Admiral
Chester Nimitz. ... Once I found out
more about him I became more and more interested." --Rui
|| ui got involved in Web
Design when he entered junior high. His parents encouraged him to take advantage
of this experience because it would be useful in the future. He agreed, and once
he got started he realized that technology wasn't that hard to learn.
"Previously, I didn't have much Web page experience. So basically, last year the
Future West Tech Web Team was my first experience. I didn't think it was very
hard to learn. It did take a while though for some of the more complicated
programs such as Flash and maybe even Fireworks. I think both of them can do a
lot and they are just wonderful programs. If you really learn to use them you can
make a wonderful Web site," said Rui.
learning to make Web pages in fifth grade when his friends encouraged him to join
the Web Team at his elementary school. Once he got to junior high he had already
had a few years experience building Web pages so he joined the Web Team and his
teacher, Ms. Davis encouraged him to join the TCEA Web Design Contest.
| "I just think that the technology at this
school is great. ... In the future the companies are going to start needing people
that really know how to use the computer." --Jonathan
|| art of the reason both boys
chose to go to Richard West
Junior High Technology Magnet School is that technology is infused into all
of their learning. "In all of our classes such as social studies and science,
many of our projects relate to using computers and other forms of technology. We
will occasionally make our own Web sites or a Power Point presentation. In
language, if we do essays we type them in Word. A lot of our work is done on
computers, using computer software. I think that helps all of the students to
learn how to use this technology that will useful to them in the future," said
Jonathan says that it's obvious that the school spends more of the budget on technology and it's worth it. He says having access to digital cameras and good printers and software will help them be more marketable to companies in the future. "I just think that the technology at this school is great. We have everything that other schools don't have, such as digital cameras. In the future the companies are going to start needing people that really know how to use the computer," said Jonathan.
dvice to other
students? Rui sums it up for us "I agree with Jonathan about starting early.
Don't put off technology as something that would be wasting your time. Take the
time to learn it now and in the future it will be very useful to you."
Both boys also entered the Texas Library Association Web Design Contest.
out their award winning sites!
Rui won 1st Place in the Texas Library Association Web Design Contest with his Onward to Mars entry.
Jonathan won 2nd Place in the Texas Library Association Web Design Contest with his Mars entry.