1. Description of Our Community
DaZhi is bordered by the Keelung River at the south end and backed at the north by the scenical YuanShan and JianTanShan(two lush hills).From the building of Taiwan Jinya, Taiwan Hugou Jinya in YuanShan by the Occupational Japanese to later, the National Government, many important military institutions are congregated in this area. Thus, the public safety is especially praised here in DaZhi. Geographically, DaZhi is situated at the middle of the sightseeing route to many scenic sites. Martyr's Shrine and YuanShan ,the 2 sights situated in the middle of the way from President's Office to National Palace Museum Route, which is the most popular route among the Japanese tourists. As DaZhi High School is close to Martyr's Shrine, we have been fascinated by the ever present crowd of tourists and tour buses. We are, therefore, enticed to embark on this project and wishing to attract more tourists to the magnificent Shrine through our page.
2. Summary of Our Project
Chronicles of the Brave is centered on the YuanShan Martyr's Shrine. With our Local Curriculum Class, we amassed our information through reading the periodicals, internet data, field research, interviews, and questionnaires. We use these information to introduce the history of the Martyr's Shrine, the beauty of its architecture and the most applauded Guard-Changing Ceremony. We obtained many precious and interesting first-hand information to present Martyr's Shrine faithfully, on the other hand, we also discussed the value and the status of the Shrine. Other than editing all the information to a theme webpage, we also introduced the YuanShan Martyr's Shrine to the whole school.
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
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
We are a school in Taipei, therefore our computer facilities are more updated. There are more than 350computers to satisfy the needs of every teacher and student. We have set up the Long Distance Visual Teaching Classroom for long distance interactive teaching, make-up classes, and making of digital teaching material, enriching the content of our teaching and to widen the learning of students. Presently we have an ADSL provided by the Department of Education(Downstream speed:3Mb, upstream speed:512Kb). With these computer facilities, we cherish every equipment, every chance to learn. The teachers at the computer lab also make their best effort to arrange all kinds of computer related learning programs and competitions to enhance the ability of the teachers and students, with the hope that computer can become the best helper for everyone.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
This project is actually kind of difficult. Though we learned about the development and geography of DaZhi community from Mr. Lien, Yi-Jou of DaZhi History Workshop, the origin of the YuanShan Martyr's Shrine and the comparison with the other Martyr's Shrines in other locations from Professor Tsai, Jin-Tarng, we realized that there are still many missing pieces to fit in. So, we tried internet to search as many data for our teacher to shift through and to arrange for necessary interviews. We also made many field trips to the Martyr's Shrine to observe, take photos of the Guard-Changing Ceremony, hand our questionnaires to tourists and to hear the architecture guiding. We have truly made our footprints in the Martyr's Shrine in these 6 months.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Through this project, we realize that only with the oral telling and interviews of many people can make the history of YuanShan Martyr's Shrine complete. This realization not only helps us learn a lot in the project, but also have a true understanding of this important cultural asset of our community.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The object of our project, the YuanShan Martyr's Shrine located at Bei-An Road, is only a couple hundred meters away from DaZhi High School. It is both the cultural asset of our school district and a famous tourist attraction. We study the construction history of the shrine, the characteristics of its northern palatial architecture, the ritual and training of the guard-changing ceremony to assimilate into our school Curriculum of Art and Humanity, Language, Social Science, Integrated Activities. We also procured lecturers to teach us about the history and culture of DaZhi and helped us organized a local culture club. We have since conducted several tour guiding and presentation activities for our Local Classes.