1. Description of Our Community
Fu Hsing Primary School is the leader of the private school in the top district of Ta An of Taipei City. Our school is next to the lively commercial center of Chung Hsiao. The nearby streets are decorated with many amazing installations. In the avenue, the most important and significant installations are all kinds of colonnades on the central pavement. When you drive a car and pass by this area, we are sure that you will have an impression of calmness, peace and pleasure. It was said that "trees are the lungs of the city". Except parks and schools, the easiest contact trees are the colonnades on the sidewalk. Fortunately, our school is surrounded by two famous avenues of Taipei City, Tun Hwa South Road and Jen Ai Road. The flourishing colonnades with defoliation, florescence and fructification are just like the old kind neighbors which accompany us in the different seasons
2. Summary of Our Project
After seeing by chance the monographic report of "Yang Gan-Lin - a doctor for trees", we just know that trees are just like human being which will get sick and need a doctor to cure them. The trunk with a disease also needs "by surgery" to be cut , the wound swathed in order to recover branches and flourishing leaves. Because of building the house, they maybe need to be replanted by some necessary procedures to let their life continue.
Right now, Doctor Yang plays an important role. The job which is about the life should be respected. Doctor Yang is just like a pecker which can catch the pests in the tree and let dead branches be implanted with a new life. We appreciate his having no regrets and his time devoted to the life of the tree.
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:2-3
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
School: We use the line "T1" in the school, which is connected to the academic university network of Taiwan. The students take advantage of the afternoon break, the end of the day's classes and the holidays in order to design their homepages in the classroom of computer.
Home: Five persons on the team use "ADSL" and cable modem to connect to the internet, and then they use a software "cuteFTP" to upload and exchange each other the data and the homepages.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The biggest difficulty for us was that we could not make an appointment with Doctor Yang who was always busy. By making stead efforts of Mrs. Chiu and Mrs. Hsu to communicate with him, we could finally visit Doctor Yang at his home in Hsinchu on New Year's Day in the year 2003. During the interview, some children could not speak Taiwanese and attendant mesdames had to translate every Taiwanese sentence into Mandarin Chinese word for word. Besides, We had heavy rains the day when we visited "New Garden City", where the children with raincoat saw Doctor Yang diagnose the trees. The children paid attention to the explanation despite wetting all their cameras. Finally, we thanked Mrs. Hsu and Mrs. Lin for their help to offer the car and let us accomplish successfully every visit.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
1. One generation plants the trees under whose shade another generation rests.
2. Protecting trees is more important than Planting trees; If we want to save trees, we have to first of all know how to cure them.
3. If we have a love of the earth, we have to first of all green our environment. Let us together hand in hand care for the natural world.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Over the monographic study of Doctor Yang's respect for the life of the trees and over the observation of the population by the 6th grader, we can know deeply the close relationship between human being et the trees.
During the outside visit, we allocated duties in advance: recording, taking the picture, asking ...everyone did his own job. Householders charged themselves with the communication, the vehicle and the board. During the communication, because we did not know the persons who would be visited and everyone had his work to do, they always disconnected the telephone with so little conversation. Therefore, how to use some little time to explain clearly our intention, and introduce ourselves again and again to accomplish the collection of the information and the appointment, which let us know, besides the knowledge in the school, mutual communication is very important.
In the monographic study and project, we used some computer skills to produce the animation, to transform the digital recording into CD, to intercept the image from CD, to compress and analyze the data from the scanners, and to carry out the OCR in Chinese...etc. We collected the data about how to save the trees by Doctor Yang and abridged all the data into only one CD. Over the system of video-conference in the school, We broadcasted this Doctor Yang's CD for all the students during the time of learning by themselves in the early morning. We designed some questionnaires about the old trees and sent the e-mails to twenty management offices of primary school in Taipei City, but the feedback was not good.
In the monographic study and project, Doctor Yang exclaimed that students were always taught to be the number one in the exam, but they lacked the respect and the practice to the life.