1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
a.Hardware: Computer, Internet, digital cameras, digital audio recorders. These tools can be connected to computers and save a lot of time of film editing and picture processing computers, scanners, printers. The essential tools for our project. b.Software : FrontPage, Flash 6, Cool360, Those software makes our homepage more interesting. Photo Impact, PhotoShop, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) We add pictures and sound effect to our homepage with the software which are the most helpful to our project.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
We visited the owner of every old mansion. In fact, they were the best spokespersons. We realized that every part of the mansion exerted their ancestors’ painstaking efforts. When we presented the information, books, and photos to them, they felt astonished. They didn’t believe their ancestor mansions were so pretty and meaningful. They knew the value of their mansions. They also felt touched to see we were willing to spend much time and energy to let their mansions be on-line. They were proud of their mansions showing on the computers all over the world.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Through interviewing the villagers, we found many of them were touched by their ancestor history and their mansions. They knew nothing or a little for their past and the environments. We talked with individuals, downloaded the data, and read books. Then we shared these with the villagers. The elders told us about the past, and others listened to them. The love flew between us. We aroused the old men’s memories and stimulated young guys to appreciate the beauty of our Chinese architecture. During the activities, we got a lot of love. That’s the most important for us.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
In the process of doing the project, we got a lot of help and advice from a lot of people. For example, our teachers taught us how to collect information, edit our page effectively, make homepages and use different resources to make our project more convincing. Our alumnus, now studying in colleges, were also willing to help us with English translation or sharing their experience of making homepages. Most important of all, it is our parents' love and encouragement that support us to achieve our goal. With the aid of these people, we learnt a lot from them and finally finished our project. We can't show more gratitude for what they have done for us!
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Within these three months, we have learnt that, as the modern citizens of Changhua county, some abilities or concepts are required： 1. Combining what you are learning with the Internet. Since the speed, reliability, and availability of the Internet improve, now we should take advantage of it to expand our knowledge by surfing this vast repository of information. When gathering information related to Chinese traditional architecture, surprisingly we found a lot of Chinese traditional architecture websites, which are much more than we had expected. We didn't have to spend a whole day in libraries. 2. We also have learned an old mansion seemed ugly, but abound with wisdom. Before we did the project, we knew nothing about the old mansions. Worst of all, most of the villagers also ignored the value of the ancestor mansions and their meanings. Few people were willing to protect them and repair them. But now we are very glad in our hometown there are still some interested persons preserving them well. They will become the spotlights of Tatsuen. And they are the unique in the world. 3. Share what you have learned with others. After finishing our project, we realize that students are not only the receivers of knowledge but also the givers of what they have learned. Through Internet, it is easy to share what we think with others and exchange opinions. Many people learn many details about Chinese traditional architecture through our homepage. And we also get many ideas from others. We believe it is the best way of learning!