1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Digital Camera:Photographing the pictures required and our progress Card-reader:Transferring the photographed images Pen recorder:An important tool when interviewing the volunteers and local people webcam:An important equipment for interviewing the main informant Computer:Searching for associated data, design questionnaire, making the webpage and reports Printer Printing the planned questions’ outline Telephone:Communication and coordination during this event Library:Searching for associated information Face-to-face Interview:Homecare Association Office, Lanyu Website, Homes of the cared elderly
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
The data collection involved in this topic was grouped into internet resources, literature, interview data, visits and personnel feelings. During arrangement of the interviews the interviewees’ response to the research team were mostly surprise and encouragement! “Surprise” as in, how would children complete such an enormous project topic? But unlimited encouragements were also offered! Perhaps by leaving aside the concerns for traditional views they hoped that the children will be more able to face this world with caring hearts! During the interview, observation, recording and compilation processes the children had bit-by-bit completed the various parts of this research, and during interactions had also allowed the main informant and community member to re-feel all the feeling obtained from the process! Whether it was the digital exchange when utilizing the information tools, the face-to-face interviews or pre and post- discussions, although the completion of this research was achieving the learning goals determined beforehand, but all the feelings produced during the learning process was the main power that had affected the students and community to care for the elderly people.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Although perhaps this research topic had been a shocker for the community parents and members, however, with the help from the good long-term relationship that was established between the school and community, many parents were willing to provide support through “unorthodox” methods for the school’s research, including homecare staff Mrs. Bao-gui Chiang, volunteer Mrs. Cai-lan Shi, former volunteer Mrs. Bai-chi Chiang and Mrs. Chi-yu Hsieh we well as the Head of Parent’s Committee, Mr. Yung-chuan Hsieh, especially. Thinking back to the beginning when we asked Mr. Yung-chuan Hsieh to share his published article with the students, his initial hesitation was due to the eclecticism and thoughts concerning “traditional culture” and “education”, but the decision ultimately impacted him greatly. While our students were learning, the village also grew and culture continued to change. The village residents’ traditional thinking concerning the concept of “death” was also gradually transforming, it was a change that responded to being stimulated by all the factors in living, and due to this, we believe that we may provide even more caring for the elderly people in future. I think that this is not a rebellion against traditional culture, but rather an extension and growth of culture.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
When this research topic was chosen in the beginning, in fact it was not the first choice of the students and since this topic was overly profound and deep, as the guidance teacher I was also afraid that I would not be able to effectively instruct these children to complete a topic such as this! Truly, all the anticipated problems had occurred one by one, but the support and assistance that was expected from the school, community and teachers had not only timely appeared but also far exceeded its predicted power! I then realized that in fact some things are not impossible, they just needed more and better preparation. The students are not without abilities, they just needed a structured assistance and guidance, the community did not stubbornly followed tradition, they just needed stimulation and some thinking, and the parents did not have poor parenting abilities, but you just have to involve them into the school at appropriate times! In addition, the investment and concern expressed by the students during the process was not only towards the research itself, but also to the people, objects and matters involved. The students could break free from indifference and intolerance and was willing to feel with their hearts, which evolved into actions and implementation. Perhaps what the students can achieve now is little, but this seed filled with caring love was planted into their hearts, and perhaps one day it will become a tree soaring into the clouds to shelter their home, or into forests to protect the whole tribe. This was not simply discovery and surprise, but a most sincere expectation for these research students.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
(A)Students:(40%) 1. Interview the subject or related persons 2. Handle photographs and imagery 3. Recording and compilation of interview content 4. Discuss and formulate interview outline 5. Fill in progress report 6. Collecting on-line data (B)Advisors:(30%) 1. Holding team meetings 2. Analysis and categorization of research data 3. Webpage guidance and inspection 4. Formulate title and project 5. Assistance with computer technology 6. Making the webpage (C)Volunteers, students from Department of Art Education, National Taitung University:(15%) 1. Assist in sorting the interview data 2. Assist in instructing students with webpage-making skills 3. Making the webpage (D)Parents, community residents who provided information and encouragement:(15%)