1. Description of Our Community
Singapore is a small island city-state located in South-east Asia, at the tip of Peninsula Malaysia. Singapore has about 4.5million people spread over a landmass of about 693 squared kilometers, making it one of the densest-populated countries in the world. Due to its limited landmass, Singapore has been building upwards to maximize land utility. As such, over 90% of the population resides in high-rise residential apartments that are built by the Government of Singapore. These characteristics contribute to the unique local flavour of Singapore, which is the main thrust of our CyberFair project.
Our local community is defined to be the citizens of Singapore, who are multicultural and multiracial. Our social fabric is made up of four main ethnic groups, the Chinese, the Malays, the Indians and the Eurasians. We are also a society that is metropolitan, having a constant high influx of tourists. Tourism is thus, a major industrial sector in our economy, contributing a significant amount to our Gross Domestic Product.
Our country experiences an ageing population, where the citizens are generally living to a riper age. This brings about many problems that the Government has addressed, including that of healthcare and transportation needs of the elderly. Our society emphasizes on the value of family as a basic unit of society. Hence, families in Singapore are very closely-knitted and kinship amongst family members is strong. Through our CyberFair project, one would be able to witness for himself the closeness of a typical Singaporean family.
The Global Internet Community would be the people who are looking up information on the Internet about the life of a Singaporean and how Singapore develops her own unique flair. The Global Internet Community also consists of people who are interested in finding out what it is like to belong to the Singapore society.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our CyberFair Project is about our country, Singapore. We would like to introduce our country, its culture and way of life to the rest of the people living around the world. Through our website, we hope that our viewers can have a better concept of our country and its unique characteristics.
Our CyberFair Project consists of two parts. The first part takes the form of fictional diary entries of three Singaporeans, each from a different age group. The typical Singaporean’s way of life is reflected in the diary entries. Through these diary entries, we attempt to show people from other countries the life and experiences of a typical Singaporean.
By writing diary entries for three different age groups, we hope that our visitors can come to understand how Singaporeans live their life through the years, and also witness the diversity of experiences and thoughts that they have throughout the years. We also hope that visitors can also see how similar or different their life is as compared to a Singaporean of their age group.
The second part comprises factual articles about the various unique characteristics of Singapore. Through this section, we hope that visitors can understand more about Singapore’s characteristics and culture in a more in-depth and detailed manner. These articles are meant to let our visitors understand how the characteristics of Singapore affect us in our daily life, as well as to clear any doubts that they may have on the subject.
Our CyberFair Project also includes interactive multimedia animation and games, which will be able to help our viewers get in touch and connected with our local culture in a fun and interesting manner.
We hope that our website would act as an informative and interesting read on the cultures and significance of our sunny island home, Singapore.
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:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Our Computers: Both in school and at home, we use Pentium III or IV computers that run on Microsoft Windows.
Our Internet access: In school, all computers are connected via a Local Area Network (LAN), which is on a dedicated line. At home, most of us use broadband internet connection.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
There were many problems and difficulties that we have encountered during the process of completing this CyberFair project.
As our CyberFair group is fairly large, problems of miscommunications are inevitable. Sometimes, group members were not informed of meeting times or the deadlines of their allocated work. These made discussions of our project progress and work consolidation difficult.
We dealt with this problem in several ways. Firstly, we created an e-group to enable work allocations and completed work to be stored in a common network where everybody can track the progress of our project. We also appointed someone within the group as the Communications In-Charge. This person had the duty of informing everybody within the group of meeting times, their work allocations and deadlines. Through these two solutions, communications within the group became much more efficient and group members were more on task as they knew what they were supposed to do and when they had to complete their work.
Another problem that we have encountered was the tight schedule and busy lives that we have outside of this competition. Throughout the duration of doing this project, we had a lot of homework, tests and assignments that we have to complete at the same time. We also had other competitions and co-curricular activities that required our attention.
Thus, with so many things to do and so little time, many of us had to stay up late in order to complete this project and we felt stressed with the amount of work. However, we encouraged each other to strive on and we started to plan and allocate the work to prevent it from building up into one huge task. Through peer encouragements, hard work and many sleepless nights, we managed to complete this project, and we are very proud of this achievement.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This participation in CyberFair meant a lot to all of us and is definitely an experience that we will never forget, for it has shown us the wonders of our country and made us more proud of it than ever. It has also enriched us with skills and knowledge that we will definitely never find in our classrooms. The project also allowed us to embark on a unique and different learning journey, letting us explore more about our own country.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Through the activities and research for our CyberFair Project, we managed to learn several new skills and acquire more knowledge.
The content and nature of our website helped us learn much more about our country than what we already know. Through doing this project, we saw the different sides of our island home and how diverse and interesting its culture is. A sense of national pride was fostered within us as we learned more and more about Singapore. The desire to tell the world how great our country is became larger and larger. This is important as it supports our country’s curriculum standards by fostering national pride, which is part of our National Education.
Our school places a lot of emphasis on inter-disciplinary learning and research skills. The knowledge and research skills of various different subjects are often used together during school projects and we have to take research education as a subject. Thus, by doing this project, we were able to put into practice the skills that we have learned from our various subjects. This once again, supports the curriculum guidelines of our school.
Being members of an Information Technology club in school, this project also gave us an opportunity to improve on and enhance our IT skills. The web designing, template coding and multimedia aspects of the website allowed us to improve on our skills using software such as Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Flash.
This being a group project, we also learned much about the importance of team work and how it helps us to work together more effectively. We learned to tolerate each other’s shortcomings and to appreciate each other’s talents. We learned to work together by covering up each other’s weaknesses with our strengths, which is an important component in our character development and moral education.