CyberFair Project ID: 4581

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Desolate Village -Reviving the Golory of Paiwan
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Pingtung County Jia Yi Elementary School
    Pingtung County, Taiwan, R.O.C

6 students, ages 11-12 years old worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 7, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005

Classes and Teachers: Mr. Yi-fang Tsai, Mr. Shih-shi Chi, Mr. Chi-chang Cho

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our community is located in the north-eastern part of Pintung County, it is a small village belonging to the Paiwan Tribe and for two hundred years we used to live in the upper part of Wan-An River, however in the Japanese Occupation Period, to make concentrated management easier, the Japanese forced our tribes-people to relocate to the slopes of Mt. Liding, but due to living inconveniences after the revolution we again relocated to our present place, at the base of the mountain, which, was translated from Japanese into Jiayi Village, belonging to the Majia Township in the Pintung County. The shape of the land is in the form of a longitudinal rift-valley with Mt. Liding at the back and the Chaochou Fault in front, its widest part spans 770m and the narrowest measures 140m. Pineapples are planted on the flatlands of our region and it is a peaceful paradise.

2. Summary of Our Project

Jiayi Village has hundreds of years of history, but after 3 relocations what our ancestors left behind are slowly being forgotten by the young generation, whose memories are becoming more and more vague. If you climb up Mt. Liding behind the village and look down all that can be seen are remnants of the village, with short stone-walls and remains of houses these are all parts of the past, yet tourists come and go while climbing the mountain only for exercise, it is a waste that they can not stop and appreciate the people and culture. In recent years, ecotourism has become widespread and this village was also acknowledged as a National Maolin Scenic Area, with Paiwan Totems and structures in the vicinity having been gradually constructed by the National Maolin Scenic Area Administration Office. It is a shame that few people know of this peaceful and meaningful village, thus a team was assembled with the hope that, through a detailed seminar, more people will become familiar with, understand and discover this beautiful land.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:4-6

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):

Our school internet environment utilizes the ADSL line provided by the Pintung County Internet Center to connect to the academic network. There is a computer room in the school that, in November 2005, was refurbished with 18 new P-IV computers, and although the screens are small and old it is still the most favored place for students. Routinely, outside computer classes’ time the other disciplines can also utilize the computer room to accommodate its syllabus, and during lunch-break it is open to students with the register system, therefore while participating in the Cyberfair the team members had all sacrificed their lunch-breaks to use the various equipments of the computer room, and together with the assistance of volunteer educators and teachers the seminar was successfully completed.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1) Lack of Computer Software: After a year of hard work and searching for aid, the computers of the school were finally updated, but there were no applications in the computers for picture, movie or webpage editing, which was a real difficulty. In the end, with help from the personal equipments provided by the school’s teaching staff and the computers of the volunteer big-sisters, the seminar was completed. We would like to express our deep appreciation here. (2) Humanitarian Data Collection: The period, from Jiayi Village’s relocation to Mt. Liding’s slopes during the Japanese Occupation Period, to its current location after the revolution, spans over 80 years. During this time, there were no literature or photographic records and those that can remember the past are few, many only by word-of-mouth, thus the accuracy of the humanitarian history collected can only be done through multiple personal accounts, where questionable points and personal issues were deleted. The conversations with the chiefs in their mother-tongue were translated with the help from teachers who are fluent, and through questions and answers the problems confronted by all members were solved.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Caitou: Although it wasn’t my love but I had already immersed myself in it, with more time spent every year and after repeated visits I felt more of the importance of historical records. Many people, events and objects disappear in a flash and can’t ever be retrieved. Although this was taxing on stamina, it required more of perseverance and determination Hsiao-ning: I feel that this competition has taught me many things – it allowed me to learn how to plant pineapples, how to make dried-pineapples, where the village people came from, ins and outs of the village in the past etc. I also learnt about the history of Jiayi Village and I hope that we achieve a good result in this competition! Go! Hsiao-ling: I am really happy that I participated in this webpage event, since through participation we could learn about how our people lived earlier by finding and visiting many chiefs and asking about how they kept the old lifestyles. This Cyberfair was pretty fun and gave me many memories! I have worked so hard in making the webpage to increase my knowledge and learn about nature, and I hope that the students that will participate again will appreciate every second of minute of it.

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

1. Collaboration of Society and Teaching: While researching for the Cyberfair we used every Wednesday afternoon and public holidays to visit various parts of the village and with the photographs, knowledge and feelings obtained we were able to present to our classmates, who, through each photograph, could also experience our joy and growth, as during discussions they were often surprised that there were such rich and colorful content in the community we lived in. After the students’ interest was aroused they would ask their parents, “Where did we come from?”, and they would conduct visits with us on Wednesday afternoons and would frequently enquire whether there was any new findings. 2. Cultivate Our Sentiments To the Land: During the research process, we truly exited the schoolyard to further learn about our community. We also introduced our community to the local people to teach them of its beauty. Through the internet, the residents away from home could also feel the warmth of their home, sooth their nostalgia and allow them to be proud of their tiny Jiayi Village. Thus, we all worked hard while cheering one another throughout the event, and it is hoped that through the capabilities of internet this small mountainside Paiwan Village can be made known to outsiders, so that we can all share this pure, untouched, and unique beauty. 3. Our Progress and Growth: During the research process every student could transform from the role of the worker to a project planner, they could also change from a listener to the speaker, and also from reader to writer, they knew how to ask, record, sort the data to become their own, and they knew that if we didn’t do it now, then more historical culture will be lost to “I think heard that..” or “Once upon a time..”.

Project Elements

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

Digital Camera: During research it was the best tool during interviews for taking pictures of every place and scene. Provider:Teacher Digital Video-recorder: Splendid images are often hard to capture, therefore our teacher taught us to use digital photography to videotape our interviews, which not only allowed students that couldn’t come with to watch, but also was the best method to record the images, sounds and even the times. Provider:School Scanner:We used the scanner to scan the many precious photos and converted paper data into digital for processing by the computers. Provider: School Pen Recorder: During the interview, we used the digital pen recorder to record each valuable interview. Provider: Teacher CD Re-Writer: Typically used to backup the picture files. After we complete the project, the teacher will save the webpage for us to keep. Provider: School Computer Software: By using Frontpage and dreamware to make the webpage and Photoimpact for photographic touchups we could successfully complete the webpage and its artistic processes. Provider:School Internet: Provided search engines. E-mail communication lessened the distance between one another.Provider: School Telephone: Telephonic convenience has shortened the distance between people and allowed us to plan the interview and organize events. Provider: Home

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

We started with tribal humanitarian history by personally visiting the village elders and seniors that described the past which were translated by teachers fluent in the language and who asked questions on our behalf. With clues from the past we searched and visited the tribe’s artists to understand Paiwan’s beautiful and diverse content. We then visited the village chiefs with the hope that more detailed information can be gathered and that more exquisite historical artifacts may be seen in their homes. After such many meticulous visits we hope that everyone can more deeply understand this Paiwan Tribe, at the base of Mt. Liding, which, though it does not have an extravagant exterior, its content encompasses the many aspects of history, humanitarianism, nature and art, and it is worth a visit by all.

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

1. Affect on Tourism Development: During our on-site visits and investigations we often met tourists who were climbing the mountain for exercise and not tourism, so we hope that through this project we can convert mountain-climbers into tourists, who, by initially understanding Mr. Liding’s ecology and developing nostalgia for the past by means of the old village site, their appreciation for the village art and humanitarianism can later be strengthened. By introducing Jiayi Village we will allow people from various places to know our village, understand Paiwan Tribe’s culture and further appreciate the tribal arts. Not only is there humanitarian history, natural ecology and Paiwan art here, but it is also a great place for mountain-climbing and a great touring spot. This seminar can be combined with the network of spots in the National Maolin Scenic Area to attract many new friends. 2. Affect on Educational Resources: After this investigation is completed, it not only can be provided as educational reference in cultural lessons in schools, but also as a great resource for school teaching-trips. During the process of site-visits we came to understand that, in fact there are beautiful sceneries all around us with humanitarian history everywhere, waiting for us to find and explore. We hope that our hard work will make more and more people feel moved.

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

• Students: 1. Interviewing the subjects and relevant people 2. Photography 3. Recording the interview contents 4. Editing paper data • Teachers 1. Holding team meetings 2. Seminar data classification and analysis 3. Formulating seminar title and project 4. Assisting with computer technologies • Parents 1. Communicating the interviewees 2. Project enquiries • Community residents 1. Data provision 2. Tour-guides 3. Translating • Volunteer big-sisters 1. Webpage design 2. Programming

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Getting to know the history of Jiayi village was our greatest surprise. In fact, our village, which not only has hundreds of years of history and also contained the Paiwan Tribe’s arts and culture, has so many people who worked silently to carry the task of passing on the Paiwan culture, and during the process the teachers, team-members and community residents all felt the beauty of the land and learnt how to protect it. Although there are no skyscrapers and no busy streets, we do have our unique pureness, fresh air and greens that are worth our conservation, and that is the most important message we want to tell everyone. We are very happy to live here, and we are proud of it.


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