Completing the ISTF
Congratulations are in order for any teacher/facilitator who has
made it to this point. By now, your students understand why we refer to
the Internet Science and Technology Fair (ISTF) as a "real-world
challenge." Below are some suggestions you should consider as your students
are nearing the conclusion of their projects. Now is the time to involve other
teachers/facilitators, parents of students or your school's/organization's
administrators in viewing your final project(s). Having extra "sets of
eyes" checking students' content against the guidelines, watching for
misspellings, making sure images are appropriate and all hyperlinks work are
vital to success.
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||There are, as in any team effort, loose ends
that need to be tied up before the final ISTF Project is
submitted. As a teacher, here are some suggestions you might
want to consider.
||Stay current with each team's
progress. Teachers in previous competitions had time
constraints just as you do. It was not always possible for
them to view the website progress either for content or for
design. Several former participants stated that they would check the projects more
often to see that students were staying on track.
||As you know, the enthusiasm of
team members will ebb and flow. Sometimes a team will be
unable to convince a member that she or he is responsible
for an important piece of the ISTF Project. It may mean that
you will be called upon to be the final arbiter.
||Teachers who have several teams
may wish to enlist the aid of other teachers to scan
websites or provide input. We believe team teaching is an
excellent way to use the ISTF Program.
||The Office of Special Programs,
administrator of the ISTF, is willing to answer any
reasonable questions. We do ask, however, that the questions
come from you as the teacher. If every student wrote us with
a concern, we would have an enormous e-mail traffic jam.
||Evaluation is a critical part of any
educational program and holds true for the ISTF.
||Students want to know what
you think. Therefore, we suggest that you review your
student team's final website.
||For teachers who have many
teams, this can be a problem and you may wish to enlist
the aid of other teachers and parents. A language arts
teacher can help students uncover grammatical and
spelling errors, both of which are taken into
consideration by the judges.
||A person who understands
links may be useful as well. It is important that all
URLs included on the web pages take the reader directly
to a website associated with what is being read.