CyberFair Project ID: 2935

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: St. Anne's Home
Category: 3. Business and Community Organizations
Bibliography: No bibliography page cited

School: Tian-Mu Elementary School
    Taipei City, Taiwan, Taiwan

8 students, ages 11 - 12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 20, 2003. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2000

Classes and Teachers: Jong-Shiuann Yan & Ching-Yuan Chuang

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Tian-Mu is located in north part of Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, the Republic of China. It is well-known for its exotic culture. Due to the early Japanese colonization and the residence of American troops in the 50's, it still has two schools for foreign expatriates, Taipei Japanese School and Taipei American School. The exotic atmosphere appeals to more foreign residence and makes it a special community with international scope.

Tian-Mu however is not just the community with special foods and entertainments. When exploring deeply, the kindness of the residents is like the lights of dawn, warms every heart of the community.

2. Summary of Our Project

St. Anne's Home was established by a Holland Father G. Beunen in 1951 in Tian-Mu. It is a nursing home for local seriously retarded children. The project leads the students to this incredible place where people are loved and cared without hesitation. With this project, the students discovered the story of some dedicated Fathers and Sisters starting a loving "home" with bare hands in a foreign land. With this project, the students knew how love and care can be organized and persistent. And the most important of all, the students learned not just to tell a story but actually carry out the spirit, they give their love back and help to make St. Anne's Home a real merry land in earth.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 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:4-6

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

Our school uses optical fiber to connect the Internet. We set up firewall, and adopt NAT system to complelte the environment. Except our web server, we link every server with Linux system and build up the whole Intranet environment, thus provide basic services. All the students involving in this project have either wide-band Cable or ADSL services at home.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The students have faced the following problems in this project:

1.The Language: The Fathers and Sisters in St. Anne's Home speak little Chinese, so we asked the English teacher in our school to come with us when interviewing them.

2.Team cooperation and coordination: Because the team members are from different classes, we have to arrange some extra time to meet together and talk things out. Luckily, we are all responsible for the extra tasks and aim to do the best for the project.

3.Limited resources of the project information: The current data about St. Anne's Home is scarce. To do this project, we had to do the first hand investigation. We did the field work and intervewed the Father, Sisters and fellow workers frequently.

4.Different schedules: People involving in this project had different schedules, to work on the project smoothly, we needed to communicate more often and kept every one updated. Our team leader and advisors helped a lot.

5.The facility: The facilities in our school lab and the teacher's place are sufficient, however, some of our team members had limited softwares at home. So some of us had to stay at school late to work on the tasks.

6.Technical obstacles: Most of our team members were fresh to this CyberFair. Some of us even were novice of doing web pages and processing images. We made mistakes all the time. So when we were not familiar with the techniques or faced new technical problems, we asked the senior members or our teachers for advice.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

After the project, students know how to communicate with others well and take care with seriously retarded children. Teachers also get connection with their community and create the school-based curriculum.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

In Taiwan’s new Grade 1-9 Curriculum, it focuses on the abilities students can actually carry out, not purely the knowledge in the text books. It also emphases on the skills students have to learn from their living experiences. We did this research basing on these ideals and insisted on “Students are the main learning substance, teachers are the guide.” process. From the topic of the project to the last step of the production were all did by the students. This project was totally made on their own.

During the research activities, students had to design a web page frame, they also had to submit their proposal to St. Anne’s Home to persuade them to agree on the project. They had learned how to plan and organize a project, how to arrange their schedules, how to collect relevant data, how to get the access to potential helpers. They had known how to explore and investigate. Moreover, they had learned to respect and care the philanthropy institution like St. Anne’s Home. They learned the spirit of the organization, shared and spread their affections to more people. Through the project, students not just understood the latest technology but the touching moments from real life. They learned how to work with people, how to express themselves, how to communicate with others. They learned all these abilities by actually doing them.

Although St. Anne’s Home is in our community, before this project, people didn’t quite get to know it. While now the community should concern more about the great people and the things they do to our society. The School-based Curriculum and the awareness of local education also encourage students to explore into the community and concern the minor groups. This project had leaded the students to carry out the concepts.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

The tools we used to complete the project: Hardwares--

* Scanners: It helped us to scan the precious old pictures, activities photos and some pictures in the books. We scanned the items in school or some team members places.

* Digital cameras: They were provided by the teachers and some team members. They helped us to recod the latest activities photos.

* Digital video camera: It was from one of our team member. It helped to tape the whole program we performed to St. Anne's Home on Christmas.

* Tape Recorder and recorder pen: We recorded every interview and every discussion. They were provided by either the advisors or team member.

* Computers: The most valuable equipments of course. Help with alomost everything, typing, searching, editing and etc.

* TV and VCR: They were from the school. We watched the tape we borrowed from St. Anne's Home and the tape we recorded.

* Telephones: The major communication tool.

* Fax machine: Helped us to fax some questionaires or interview questions to St. Anne's Home. It was from school.


* Microsoft Word: Word processing.

* Front Page: Making web pages.

* PhotoImpact: Images Processing.

* PowerDirector: Editing the film of the show we performed in St. Anne's Home on Christmas. This was the new techonology software we learned from this project.

* ACDSee: Showing photos and pictures.

* FTP : Up loading various information we made.

* Internet Explore: Collecting web information. We have the access to these softwares either in school or at home.

Other references--

* The booklets: Some booklets people made to thank the Father or the Sister.

* Oral interviews: The unforgetable experience of talking to these great people.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

The students had talked to Father Van Aert, Sister Petronelly, the nannies, working fellows and volunteers through the activities. They interviewed them, visited them, called them and asked them by questionnaires. In addition, they conducted several activities to actually deliver their concerns, such as raising a campaign of donating Christmas gifts to the children, producing three shows on the Christmas and of course making the only web pages designed to St. Anne’s Home. All they did were not just out of temporary impetus, but the deep concerns.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

When the students first contacted St. Anne’s Home, they did not know quite well the importance of this kind of institutions in our society. They didn’t know why it needed donations or what was it good to us. After participating in the project, they realized the operation of such institution, knew the goods it brought to the society and changed their minds. There must be people understanding little of the institution just like these students were before. Our web pages therefore will be the good access for them to know the institution better. The web pages can be the host of the auction, calls more donations or contributions to these happy angels.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

We here have to thank many people who assisted us, all the fellow workers in St. Anne’s Home who accepted our interviews and visits in their busy schedules, especially the volunteer Mr. Zao in St. Anne’s Home. Besides, the English teacher at our school, Ms. Wu translated for us and the Music teacher, Ms. Liu, rehearsed our Christmas shows for us. The teacher in 6th grade, Ms. Dong gave us great advice on the web design, the parent Ms. Lin helped us taking pictures when we’re out of hands. And tons of teachers and schoolmates donated Christmas gifts, they were also good helpers in our activities. Millions of thanks to them!

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

The great lesson we learned from this project is to know how hard it is to establish St. Anne’s Home and keep it running. We should be grateful of what we have had and give our hands to the ones who really need us.


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