CyberFair Project ID: 4626

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Beyond the Silence World
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Taipei Municipal Xingya Junior High School
    Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China

5 students, ages 13-14 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): none

Classes and Teachers: Hui-Lin Huang, Yuan-Tai Sun, Lin-Qing Li & In-Tsao Yeh

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Taipei is a business-intensive metropolitan and focus on technology and culture. But, there is a group of people who have conquered their hearing problem and face their life and work persistently to seek their stage. They don’t need mercy, but more time to communicate with them to understand their real need. Behind them, there are a group of people denote silently to give them help and concern. This kind of story always happened besides us and touches our heart.

2. Summary of Our Project

In our regular understanding, the deaf is the one can not hear and talk, and can just communicate with others by hand language. The education for deaf has been noticed gradually. For a correct understanding in our society, the government promotes ordinary education to clarify the misunderstanding of deaf, and enhance the training of oral and listening ability, and let them talk like regular people. For a deaf, they need more opportunity and assistance in their learning process. Their original hindrance causing by unable to hear and pronounce makes them hard to communicate with others and results in mis-understanding. These all make them back slide, without self-confidence, and scare to contact with people. But, in our interview, we found their hiding enthusiasm and confidence under their bashfulness. If you can listen to them and with good response, you can be affected by their simple and nice heart. We believe: To give them education, they will walk out of the silence world and to give them stage, they will perform a shining life.

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:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

A) Hearing impaired persons failed to understand what we have been talking about Most of them used lip reading. When they failed to understand our meaning, we used body language or sketches and notes to solve the problem.

B) Non-standard pronunciation and misunderstanding We needed to type out the conversation into interview transcripts. Because they could not hear formal pronunciation, they learned speaking through mouth’s shape and its movement. Later we had to guess and listen the audio records repeatedly to understand their speech.

C) Design layout The other difficulty we faced this time was 'poor drawing skill'. We were not good at drawing so we didn’t know what to draw. When we visited other people’s web site, they used simple patterns to demonstrate their style. We thought perhaps we could use their idea, and then we shared this finding with each other.

D) Lack of time We did not have many experiences and managed our time inappropriately. Also, we often spent time on discussion and revising the work.

E) Communicate with hearing-impaired persons The hearing-impaired people did not understand some abstract sentences, such as,” the development in the field of family and career”. We finally used writing and translation from the third person to explain what we mean.

F) Interview question design Long ago when we thought of individual with hearing disability, we only thought that he can neither see nor speak, therefore he must not be diligent to learn, but after interview Brother Bo, we realized individual with hearing disability are indeed diligent to learn. Later, we interviewed one of the worker’s uncle, and we learned individuals with hearing disability has their own culture. It just proves that we don’t really know them.

G) Unfamiliar with computer software

5. Our Project Sound Bite

“I thought this time was harder than before, but I still learned some interesting experiences, like chatting on msn and going to Shawnhwe Association to discuss some activities.” – Shang-Ya Gao

“It was my first time attending this Cyberfair competition. Through the process, I realized the importance of teamwork.” – Bei-Hua Lin

“Students in junior high school had more schoolwork to do and had less free time. Through this interview, I learned something interesting in our life.” – Bo-Ya Wang

'I strong realized that 'No pain, no gain.' If we made this website in a rash manner, we might not have high achievement as those who work hard.' – Jia-Jia Lin

“I could not get the sense of the topic at the beginning because our life and those who were hearing-impaired were different. Eventually, I found some ways to improve because we did not have many people in charge of this work.” – Hui-Min Lin

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

A) It broaden our learning dimension by understanding the deaf community, which including the hearing-impaired people, their family members, friends, related organization. We learned and expanded our research topic by means of organizing multiple informatics, learning cooperatively, and supporting jointly.

B) By interviewing and personal experiences, we could better understand the hearing-impaired group. We learned to respect them and realized that there was a lot of patience, courage and caring supporting the hearing-impaired people.

C) We utilized internet, books, newspapers and other form of informatics to develop our research project. Simultaneously, we learned more about efficient informational tools and computer applications. Particularly, with Internet, it surpassed the geographic barriers and limitation, and allowed us immediately obtain more information. Owing to the process of researching, we also educated other schoolmates the accuracy of Internet usage, and guided them to accurately use the information on Internet and similar circumstances.

D) Through personal experience and personal involvement, I believe the students will personally experience a great deal of empathy, patient and caring.

E) Throughout the research, I found currently the education system in middle school, students’ leisure time after school is much shorter than those who are in elementary school, and it’s harder for them to concentrate on research. Also, students generally have poor writing skill. Thus, we found out that it’s difficult to process the research in heavy schoolwork pressure circumstance. At the same time, we realized that to improve students’ fundamental knowledge and writing skill is important.

F) It was also a self-challenge. Under the research topic, there were many perspectives surpassing what we learn from school, such as, writing ability, research ability. Various disciplines integrated applications, interaction with people, computer applications, website production, and audio-visual multimedia processing.

Project Elements

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

We used PC, Notebooks and on-line communications, further, we used a digital camera, DV, V8, flash disc with recording function, and a scanner to digitalize video and audio into computer. We also used several kinds of software to make our web pages, like Microsoft FrontPage, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other media editing tools.

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

The topic we found was from the newspaper reports. We discovered that the topic is worth to be studied and explored. Therefore, we began to discuss and plan this interview. Owing to our interviewees were hearing-impaired, we had to use simple question to interview them. In order to avoid the worry of misunderstanding between interview subjects and us – the interviewees could not understand the questions that we asked about and could not answer them. We got some help and information from Shawnhwe Association’s volunteers, who let us learn more about hearing impaired persons, and also teach us more how to get along with them. Thus, while interviewing, the interviewees opened their hearts to us and answered our questions.

By doing this special web project, we could better understand the hearing-impaired persons’ world. At the same time, we hoped that the community to give them more caring and the government could give them more resources and help. We believed that by giving more love to the hearing impaired persons’ would make their world better.

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

A) Change the original way we think of the hearing-impaired person. Long ago when we thought of individual with hearing disability, we only thought that he can neither see nor speak, therefore he must not be diligent to learn, but after interview Brother Bo, we realized individual with hearing disability are indeed diligent to learn. Later, we interviewed one of the worker’s uncle, and we learned individuals with hearing disability has their own culture. It just proves that we don’t really know them.

B) Promoting our understanding about individual with hearing disability. In the past, we only know that individual with hearing disability uses sign language to communicate. But after the interview, we learned that not only they use sign language to communicate with us, they also do lip-reading and written.

C) My view of individual with hearing disability changed. In the past, I viewed an individual with hearing disability as someone who can not hear well and do not know what he is saying as if he never thinks before he speaks, and viewed him as someone hard to get along. However, after interview with two individuals with hearing disability, I found them very friendly and genuine and this changes my view of them.

D) Get along with hearing-impaired people. Before the interview, we viewed individual with hearing disability as someone who is difficult to get along with. In fact, it is not so difficult. We just need to ask them simple questions without any bias. When he/she became more comfortable with us, we can chat with him/her like a normal friend.

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

We would like to give our thanks to our teacher and parents for their advising and assistance. We also appreciate Mr. A-Bao and Xiao-Wen accepting our interview and gave us their insight. Their mother, employer and colleage shared what they have learned from them. The Shawnhwe Association also provided us valuable information so we can make this project complete.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

i) In the past, I do not know any advantage of individual with hearing disability, not able to hear, isn’t it very disturbing? Interviewing with Mrs. Chiu, she taught me that the advantage of individual with hearing disability is that there is no distraction. Because they can not hear, they don’t have to deal with the distraction from the physical world, and be able to concentrate on their own tasks and it is something we can not easily accomplish and it is something we need to learn.

ii) I never imagine how an individual with hearing disability lives, all I know is that they can’t hear, living in a complete silent world. One time, I tried to imagine how is it not to be able to hear, the imagination frightened me, not able to hear anybody’s voice, car’s sound, any little noise, it makes me feel abandoned. Thus, I must help those individual with the disability as much as I can, rather than ignore them.

iii) Never dreamed about that I will actually know individual with hearing disability and able to understand them. Even though they are hearing-impaired, they have a genuine heart. It is the tendency that everyone aims for perfection. In this way, most of hearing-impaired people can perform perfectly in their own tasks. In addition, I found out that they are very easy to get along with.

iv) When interview with individuals with hearing disability, I feel that as long as they are able to accept their disability, they can be like us, live in a normal life.


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