1. Description of Our Community
Lujhou is a low and plain sand bar along the Dansuie River. There were puddles everywhere and lush reeds grew and nodded with the winds, along the river bank. In the old days, this place was known for “reeds under the silver mood”. Luihou was plagued with floods in the past because of the alleviation of the river. Today, due to appropriate urban planning, Lujhou has transformed itself to a prosperous city from a flooded area. The rapid growth of Lujhou was followed by a gradual expansion of culture scenes. Under the planning for Taipei County 18 Cultural and Artistic Routes, Lujhou Elementary School became one of the important historic spots. Among all the displays, the exhibit of Teresa Teng is our research focus.
2. Summary of Our Project
Teresa Teng has a close tie with Lujhou. She graduated from Lujhou Elementary School, and grew up in Lujhou. Lujhou is her hometown, and there are still many fans of hers visiting her old residence in Lujhou today. Therefore, as the natives of Lujhou, we study her past associated with this place, as well as the attractions and features of Lujhou. This research project serves as a vehicle to establish a clear picture of Lujhou through the story of Teresa Teng.
We attempt to gain a better understanding of Teresa Teng through field research and interviews. Teresa Teng was an ordinary girl that grew up in military dependents’ village, but became a well-known singer, and remained a super star to all Chinese around the world even after her death. The charm of this eternal star is unfolded in our research.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
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 School has a 100MB fiber optic network connecting to the Education Network Service Center of Taipei County. The participating members of this project have access Internet via 56K dial-up, ADSL or community internet services. Meanwhile, we also used the FTP provided by the School to establish a back-up file system and to organize the homework. Internet photo album sites and blogs were utilized to store images and documentations.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
(1)Tight deadlines & the need to juggle with a variety of activities:Teng’s Investigation Team met up during lunch breaks and sometimes morning study time to accomplish the majority of the work. The teachers would squeeze some time during classes and the short breaks after finals to guide us through the story of Teresa Teng and instruct us on the promotion of the project. Of course, we needed to spend time logging on the Internet for documentations of status reports. We have learned a great deal and found the project very interesting, even though it demanded a fair amount of hard work. (2)Difficulties in communications across different grades:We split into study groups to carry out this project. The teachers divided us into three groups across different grades. Sometimes it was impossible to assemble all the members at the same time to conduct field investigations so our team leaders would coordinate the communications and manage the to-do list. Meanwhile, we also communicated via the bulletin board that was exclusive to Teng’s Investigation Team so that we could post our messages on the board. Our teachers would also post announcements under the section News so that we knew what was expected of us. (3)Lack of experience & difficulties to establish text files: Our solution was to come up with a schedule to spell out our activities and follow the calendar for the implementation details. In this way, we would not feel disoriented or lost and our teachers could monitor our progress against the schedule. (4)Insufficient technical competence & difficulties in website deployment: We sought assistance from the School. Mr. Wu, Teacher Lai and Teacher Wu recruited a couple of computer whiz kids from the sixth grades. After the screening process, we established five IT teams, a boost to our website production efforts. Meanwhile, the teachers also gained knowledge from various workshops and transferred such knowledge to us. more in http://18.104.22.168/gsh2006/gsh4640/n2.html
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Our biggest learning throughout the study of the story of Teresa Teng was her dedications. Born in a poor military village, Teresa made it in the entertainment business with her efforts in learning performing techniques and songs from different countries. We believe that her dedications in career are a fine example. Therefore, we would like to demonstrate the same dedications in Cyberfair by putting our best efforts in all activities and assignment as a team.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Languages: ? We are now able to independently complete a comprehensive report after rounds of status report compilations, practices in reading and writing and feedbacks from the teachers. ? We developed the abilities to listen carefully and articulate our ideas during the process of interviewing and promotions within the School. We have learned to be patient and pay attention to the content when speaking to experts, as well as good story-telling techniques to express our own ideas.
Math: We learned how to apply statistics techniques to estimate the number of people after our counter-signing campaign.
Social Science: ? Human, space & time: We learned to how analyze the problems associated with the development of Lujhou and devise the ways to make improvements after we came to a good understanding of the evolutions and cultures of Lujhou through information gathering and interviews.
? We learned the workings of democracy via a series of debates. We know how to communicate rationally and respect each others.
Liberal Arts: We learned how to listen and appreciate music from the music legacy of Terasa Teng. We used a variety of tools and exercised our imaginations to depict the life story of Teresa Teng and produced a drawing book.
Summary: We learned how to express ourselves during the process of study. We shared experience after each event and fostered a culture that we respected each other’s opinions. Also, we learned how to actively engage in all kinds of activities and savor life outside the School. We also learned to be responsible for our own behavior.