New: This site was featured and Tobin was interviewed on KOCE Television on February 24, 1998!Hello there! This site is the work of Tobin Fricke and Lauren Bradford, who created this site during the summer of 1996, largely between the hours of 9pm and 2am. Lauren and Tobin were both Juniors at the time, Lauren at Santa Monica High School, and Tobin at Mission Viejo High School in Southern California. Now they are both seniors!
Why did we do it? We created this site both to compete for a ThinkQuest Scholarship (we didn't win) and to show that the Internet is a viable learning tool in the classroom. We hope that our site will excite all those fourth and fifth graders out there in California who study the Missions as part of the California State Curriculum, and we hope that teachers will find it useful as well. Of course, this site is for anyone and everyone, not just California's fourth graders.
How did we do it? The tools used in the production of this page were pretty simple. Most of the HTML code was written in a plain text editor. Tobin likes a program called TextPad32, but Microsoft's Notepad usually works, too. Images were processed in Paint Shop Pro and acquired using a Casio QV-10A digital camera. Lauren uses a Macintosh and Tobin uses a PC. Netscape Communicator has become useful because of its great "composer" function, too.
Statistics If you want, you can use accesswatch to see how many people visited this page yesterday. Or, you can look at the official ThinkQuest statistics page for our team. Our site has had over 800,000 hits. Come on! One million isn't very far away!
How You Can Help You can help us out, please mail us and tell us what you think of our site. If you have any ideas for ways that our site could be improved, or you have interesting ideas relating to learning/teaching about the Missions, include them, too! In addition, please fill out the ThinkQuest feedback form (We are TQ96 Team #3615) for educators and you might help us get a scholarship! (college is expensive!). Another great way to help is just to tell your friends and coworkers about this site. The address (write this down!) is http://tqd.advanced.org/3615.
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