Students' Extracurricular IT Activities: Inform@Puce
Fabián A. Rodríguez <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Computer Science Student
Elke C. Meyer <email@example.com>
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
At the present time the Internet has several weaknesses:
- It is not obvious for the common user to integrate, in a practical
daily fashion, these incredible communicative and informative
- Resources aimed at empowering students (K-12) are particularly
scarce. This situation is especially critical for francophones.
- Resources created by students are not promoted; at present
their works are difficult to locate and identify.
The Inform@Puce pilot project was launched by two university students,
and supported by Canada's SchoolNet,
in an attempt to address these growing needs among youth. An initial
francophone WWW site is being built at
to help provide valid input about common practices and exemplary
uses of information technologies among students.
Objectives of Inform@Puce
The main objectives of Inform@Puce are to see if such a format
(WWW site) can:
- Instill a francophone telecommunication culture in K-13 youth
(note: the Quebec education system has a 13th grade).
- Encourage use of and interest in the Internet (WWW, e-mail,
MOO, chat, etc.) and other related resources (BBSs, networks,
etc.), among students by illustrating practical uses and projects
of their peers.
- Encourage the use and development of new technologies by
- Promote a proactive francophone youth culture on the
- Encourage student interaction and participation with their
schools and communities. Students will become resources for information
and servicing in information technology (IT).
The study will also conduct an exploratory (descriptive) study
using a questionnaire that will be distributed in a few primary
(late elementary levels) and secondary (early high school levels)
schools. The collected data should provide an insight on the needs
of francophone youth and their reaction to the Inform@Puce WWW
WWW site organization
The Inform@Puce WWW site will feature several sections to
encourage students to use online resources.
- Quoi de neuf? (What's Up?): a brief description of additions
and modifications to the structure and content of the site, arranged
by chronological order (latest changes first).
- La Galerie (The Gallery): featuring, through pictures
and descriptions, the IT or Internet accomplishments of students.
An "Internet personality" is featured every week. This
section has the following objectives: to permit youth to gain
recognition for their work and to promote co-operation and participation
among youth on the Internet.
- Activités (Events): a collection of links to ongoing
or upcoming events for youth (meetings, contests, expos).
- Points+Liens (Youth Link): links to youth forums, such
as WWW sites, listservers, IRC channels, MOO, newsgroups, and
other existing or future resources. Inform@Puce has its own discussion
list. This section should permit youth to exchange experiences
and knowledge, as well as offer a forum where students can discuss
school matters (homework, student council, helpful resources they've
- J'embarque! (I'm In!): a list of resources for or
created by students to help students explore areas of interest
and start projects in new fields.
Other sections might be added, depending on youth feedback.