1. Description of Our Community
“DaJia” is a very unspoiled agricultural town. It becomes famous out of the belief of Ma Tzu in Jen Lan Temple. Da Jia is located in the west-northern corner of Taichung County. Basically, Da Jia is an agricultural town, not civilized completely. Besides Jen Lan Temple, Da Jia has lots of specials, including eddyroots, rice, Da Jia mats and rush hats. Rush mats and hats are used to be the national business. Though the skill of rush weaving is declining, the value never fades. People say, Da Jia is a blessed name, which means prosperity and fields. Sure it is, Da Jia is a very rich town in the seaside. Jen Lan Temple is the richest temple in Taiwan. Rush businesses in Da Jia have made a lot of outstanding businessmen and a interesting weaving history. For the new generation now, it is not easy to figure out the prosperous and splendid old Da Jia, and hard to imagine rush hat business used to play an important role in the trading market of Taiwan.
2. Summary of Our Project
Fragrant rushes for aged elders are sweet and full of memories. They are grown up from the rush mats with their childhood dreams. However, for the young generation, they should know that Da Jia rush hats and mats business used to be exported to the whole Taiwan, Japan, South Asia, Europe and America. Rush business not only makes this weaving skill popular, but also earns the name as “Weaving Country” for Taiwan. DaJia rush hats and mats are feministic products. Rush products are often weaved up by female craftsmen. Two wonderful women have devoted most of their lives in DaJia rush hats and mats. One is the winner of traditional weaving award—96 years-old Mrs. Ke Juang Wei, the other one is 65 years old lady—Ju Jou Guei Chueng. The two women have one thing in common; both of them are from Jian Shing Country. Now, through the interview with these two grandma craftsmen, we expect students to discover the beauty of traditional rush cultures.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
We use Fast EtherNet(100 Mbps) to link every point of our school ,and use ADSL (1.544Mb/384kb) to link to the Internet. There are two server we had . The one is for Web server ,and the other one is for mail server.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
1.Most computers in our school are Pentium-133, which are not very considerable for us in using. Teachers have to show their notebooks for students after class. 2.During the interview, because interviewers use Taiwanese, teachers have to translate these the contents for students. 3.We get very precious weaving information, and old pictures from DaJia Farmers’ Association and Miss Li Pei Jing help us a lot. 4.The procedure of setting up a website is a whole new experience for us, however, through this precious experience, we have learned and made up our website.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
1.Anticipating this tour is interesting, we have traveled the craftsmen’s hometowns and DaJia Farmers’ Association. 2.Through this activity, we find out that computers can really help us a lot in our daily life, not only for games. 3.Teachers have spent lots of time in teaching us using computers and setting up the websites. We really thank their devotions. 4.We also have to thank a lot of people who helped us a lot, including Grandma Ke, Grandma Ju, Miss Li… and so on. 5.Culture study is a lifelong matter. During this project, we have learned our humbleness and we have known that we should keep on devoting in restoring our treasure culture.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
1.Practice the speaking ability through interviews. 2.Practice the ability to induct and analyze by collecting information. 3.Practice their rhetoric by filling in contents of the website. 4.Install students space senses by the composition of the website. 5.Understand the geographic and direction through interviews. 6.Bring students to search the information from Internet by themselves. 7.Practicing their typing ability. 8.Learn about the hi-tech equipments by using cameras and DV. 9.Know about rushes and the advantages they can bring to human bodies. 10.Respect the elders and treasure old cultures. 11.Know more about the local.