1. Description of Our Community
Have you ever been to “Gueishan Township” – a place that seems not to be noted for any special artifacts? In fact, Gueishan is the birthplace of the redbrick industry in Taiwan. The local residents are very proud of this cultural activity. For a long time, they also make much effort for this brick kiln culture dearly. We love our hometown – Gueishan so much that we would like to invite you for a redbrick tour. By doing so, you may realize the development of this brick kiln culture. Truly, the brick is not only the building block, more important; it is a considerable cultural tradition.
2. Summary of Our Project
In this project, we visit the brick kiln factory in Gueishan Township. Thus, the history of the brick kiln will be introduced. Traditionally, most of the houses in Taiwan were made of redbricks. During that period, it is the so-called golden age of the redbrick. However, as more and more modern buildings are formed, the demand for the brick is reduced day by day. As a result, the brick kilns are on decline gradually. Indeed, the history of a brick kiln also shows the changes of the whole society in Taiwan. “Chun Hsin Chi”, the largest brick kiln factory in Taiwan, is in Gueishan Township. As the good time and the bad time go by, how could it still stand erect and not be shaken? In what ways does the founder create the new changes for the factory? What kind of perceptions do the members of the factory hold during those days? Through the web site, let us tell you this marvelous story between the brick and Taiwan!
Our main host http://mailedu.mcu.edu.tw/~s8160153/english/index.htm
Our minor host http://188.8.131.52/~th51211/english/index.htm http://gsh.taiwanschoolnet.org/gsh2005/4039/index.htm
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:1
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
There is a computer center, which also opens to the public, in our school, with 40 computers and Fast Ethernet LAN connection linking to TANet.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The arrangement of time: Teachers reminded students to arrange time by themselves. Students had to concentrate on studying as well as to perform and canvass our project after school. To obviate troubleshooting of the computer: Sometimes, the computer may shut down or operate abnormally. Teacher would obviate troubleshooting or plan the reserve scheme right now. We met up some setbacks when we found the 'Sin Min Culture Documentary Team' that produced the documentary 'Red Brick'. It is exciting that we were authorized by Huan-Yue Liou (the cineaste of 'Sin Min Culture Documentary Team') and we can broadcast the documentary 'Red Brick' on-line. To overcome the fear of high-temperature: We were in the brick kiln factory and walked in tunnel kiln that has high-temperature in 900 degrees. If we were not careful, someone may lose in the fire. We were really scared. Finally, we all overcame the fear of high-temperature. It is the most unforgettable experience.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We want to introduce the bricks of Gueishan everyone and let people know our traditional industries. We also want to show ours project and teamwork during last six months. Our project: All articles in our homepage were collected by students. About our homepage: The teachers took the productive model which student's directed. When you visit our website, the every part you saw is students' ideas and inspirations, we hope that you can appreciate the beauty of the red bricks.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We have a specific ides and a new skill when we make “brick at Gueishan”, such as “on-line teaching.” Our teachers majored such kind of computer subjects.