1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
1. On spot interviews:We interviewed personally the Directors of the Precinct, policemen, their family, police stations and local residents to see the external side of the tough guys as well as the inner tender side of the police. 2. Questionnaires: We prepared questionnaires ourselves in the hope to look at the police from the viewpoints of the police and residents and see if there are any differences. 3. Digital cameras: We took pictures and video to record the interview procedures. 4. Recording pens: We used recording pens to record during interviews for information arrangement and confirmation. 5. Desktop computers and Notebook: We wrote articles, made web pages, contacted and transmitted files with computers. 6. The Internet: We searched relevant web pages to enrich the content of our special topic, communicated and discussed with friends over the Internet. 7. Scanners: To process images we collected with scanners. 8. Printers: To print out the information for perusal. 9. Telephones and e-mails: To contact with our interviewees and members of the web page design team via telephones and e-mails 10. Computer software: Flash Mx, Dreamweaver MX, PhotoImpact 7.0, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and cuteFTP
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
Most of the impressions of the public come from TV and newspaper reports. Then, there is the contact making negative impressions—people being banned, receiving tickets, being examined temporarily on the road, etc. From our questionnaires, as a result, the police did not get high scores in people’s minds. Nevertheless, maintaining good public security is not the police’s job only. People have to cooperate to have better results. To understand that the police are not really that “tough,” we did not search information on the Internet or quote reports from magazines and newspapers. Instead, we decided to maker personal interviews to understand the true side of the police. We did not interview famous police and what they did never appeared in the media. Nevertheless, they did all these things silently everyday around us. We would love to be ambassadors and present you the firsthand reports and it is our hope to make the relationship between the police and the public more harmonious through the bridge of our special topic.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
We had many first times. The first to interview strangers on the roads, the first to follow police cars patrolling, the first time to experience the temporary examinations on the roads and some members had their first time to go to a police station. Such many first times brought us a lot of impacts—there are a lot to learn outside school. These experiences did increase our knowledge. To help us become independent, our teachers participated in no interviews. That pushed us from flushing and murmuring at the beginning to composure and talking with assurance at last. Everyone seemed to grow up a lot during the time. At the beginning of December, we uploaded part of the completed works on the school website (available at the homepage of Taipei Municipal MingHu Junior High School) for everyone to have a look. Fortunately, we received many messages of criticism, suggestions and encouragement. We felt very touched.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
55% from Students : preparing questionnaires for interviewees,recording,interviewing the interviewees,writing interview script,design, investigation, statistics and analysis of questionnaires,Web page management and opinion arrangement, meeting ecapitulation,completing the progress table and preparing registration,information collection 20% from Instructors : holding meetings,drafting special topic name and outlines,information study and analysis on the special topic,technical instruction on web page making skills 15% from Voluntary Parents : picture taking,drivers and bodyguards,contacting the interviewees,technical instruction on web page making skills,modification on scripts 5% from Police : providing information and pictures,assistance in contacting the interviewees being interviewed, 5% from Family of the police, community residents, li clerks, store manager, students of MingHu Junior High School : being interviewed,feedback from the Internet(criticism, encouragement and cheering)
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Discoveries : As long as you do not offend against the laws, police are not dreadful at all. Actually, they are quite tender! Lessons: We still remember that it took us two hours to complete only 3 questionnaires at the very beginning (2 of the 3 respondents are mothers of our classmates). After discussion, we decided to “ignore our images and just go ahead,” the results were much better. We learnt a lesson—“nothing can be unconquerable if you insist.” Surprises: The works were being accumulated piece by piece. Looking back at these works, we were surprised if they were really what we did? Members of the team were surprised how they could do this! After careful investigation and discussion—it is true!