1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
***Telephone Using telephones, including cell phones, to contact with our interviewees, to maintain the connection between our team members.
***Digital Videos Shooting the interviews and converting the tapes into VCDs
***Digital Cameras Taking photos for our project, like the photos of the interviews, the relevant pictures for diversifying our webpage and the process of our teamwork.
***Books& Newspaper Used as references for more information about Dr. Chu and Far Eastern Memorial Hospital.
***Interview Visiting Mr.Wong is our main-source of data.
***Internet Searching for relevant websites for more information. Uploading our project data to Internet or downloading them to personal computers. Serving as a communication tool among team members.
***Scaner The scanner was used in image processing.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
We are going to present our topic by photographs, tape recording, interviewing, practicing, note-taking, etc. Among them the interviewing is the most important way to make this topic known. We hope to catch the very glimpse of the character, the unique sense of folk culture, and the very moment of two generations getting connected and skills being passed down. With such expectation, we hope we can be the ambassadors of Taiwan to promote our local culture and to tell a story about enthusiasm and perseverance.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
This topic reawakened our childhood memory. We did not feel too excited in the beginning, but after doing it, we could still feel the excitement and joy. Looking at every miniature being made smoothly and skillfully, we felt like taking a time machine back to our childhood. We discovered the elders’ hard word and persistence, so we hope to explore further and more about their work. This project generated and brought our attachment to and identification of our own culture.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
First we would like to name one who has always helped us and guided us- Ms. Li, our computer instructor. She gave us suggestions and feedback honestly and specifically. Of course we would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Wung, who kindly shared with us the culture and stories behind dough sculpture and sugar blow, their renovation, the tools, and the passed-down skills. Our senior students helped us in using the software. There are many others that we would like to thank: the students and teachers of our school, and other nearby school, the pedestrians on sidewalk and in the parks, street vendors, who patiently did the questionnaire for us. With their help, we could be able to obtain the data and have them analyzed.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
A. Discovery We barely knew each other when doing this project. However, thanks to the very many problems and difficulties we met, we got to know each other better and better. Thus, we become good teammates and close friends, now, we have same goal. Also, by conducting many interviews, we met different folks and situations. We’ve found that by studying the past, we would know more about our origin, the traditions that we were born in, and because of it, history and the past could mean a lot to us. B. Lesson Learned We have gone through many frustrations and mistakes, such as time control, organizing the data, and web page editing. Mistakes appeared most often when we started to interview people, so we learned to review the findings that we had collected, so that we would not make the same mistakes next time. Not being able to communicate with Mr. Wung in Taiwanese, we suddenly realized that how little we knew about the culture and the society. By speaking the interviewee’s language, he/ she will lay more trust on us and thus be willing to share with us. This experience is a lesson of the importance of language learning. C. Surprises We had the honor to witness how dough sculpture and blow sugar were done. When we watched Mr. Wung shaping the dough, we were amazed by how fast and how beautifully he could turn the dough into miniatures, which actually are very lively and vivid human figures. More surprisingly, within a few minutes, he could blow the sugar syrup into all kinds of shapes. What an incredible man! To tell the truth, folk crafts are so much more fun than Xbox!