1. Description of Our Community
Taipei 101' is the highest building in the world, attracting various tourists from all over the world to stay and visit. Besides, the peripheral business circles of Taipei 101 is located at the new city- Xinyi plan district.
Xinyi plan district is the city plan which the government set twenty-five years ago. The purpose was that letting the west cities develop into undeveloped east.
Many landmark buildings are located in this district, such as the Taipei Financial Center (Taipei 101), Taipei City Hall, Taipei City Council, World Trade Center, International Conference Center, International Commercial Building , Grand Hyatt Taipei, etc. With the greatest number of landmark buildings, Xinyi Dist. is considered the political, economic, and cultural center of Taipei City.
2. Summary of Our Project
This special topic probes into the transition of this district with the view of culture and history, understanding the new developing commercial circles extended out by 101 buildings by the view of the recreation trip rest, include the aspects , such as culture , music , recreation and beautiful scenery ,etc., can utilize diversified regional characteristics , develop different recreation ways.
We expect to introduce the beautiful place to the whole world and offer detailed tour guides about here.
At last of our project, students held a hiking-tour activity, introducing residents and classmates about this area on their own to be real tour guides.
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):
(A)10Mbs fiber optic cable: Our school is the technology-focused school in Taipei; therefore, we have good software and hardware equipment. There are 40 computers in the computer classroom for little tour giudes training with laser printers shared. The network backbone is 10Mbs fiber optic cable. And there is an independent FTP space of the group, offering materials uploading and downloading.
(B)Multimedia classroom: There is a multimedia classroom for producing and editing films with a professional a flim studio. Besides, wireless network is available over the whole campus.
(C)Interactive server website Because of the huge amount of the data, teachers develop an interactive website to provide “diary” and “forum” functions. It is beneficial for little guides to type their feedback and collected data, then arranging all documents in order. Morover, we can discuss the meeting schedule and homework on the forum.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
(A)Define the project range: Because Xinyi pla district is huge, we take a long time to define our project. Until interviewing vice mayor of Taipei and the chief of Department of urban development , we finally decide to begin with urban development and history, then emphasizing sightseeing spots where children can take part in.
(B)Time limitation: Because the market around 101 is huge so there are a lot of spots to visit and also a lot of people to interview. It is a big challenge to arrange the schedule to interview and correct d ata.
The team members have to use every noon break and the time after school to join the activities to put these data in order. If doing the work more than 5:30 the teacher will send them to home.
(C)Collecting past pictures: Xinyi plan district was the armory to manufacture artillery and bullet of gum during Japanese colonial rule, so it is less picture left. We have looked for the pictures on museums or authorized website , though, it’s still hard to find.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Mr.Hu Shi (a famous chinese writer) said “ As you sow, so will you reap.” . The idiom tells us that if you want to get good, you have to work hard. We make a lot of efforts to make this website, which is our fruitful gain
This topic is hard and complicated so we have to stay almost every afternoon. Even though, we don’t think it is difficult because we really learn a lot. We have a fulfillment even more.As the saying goes: “ No pains, no gains”, if not cultivated, the harvest would not come!
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We use the project based instruction, lead team members to interview and collect materials. Combining analyse skill, putting information in order, affection express, and including social field skills like understanding local affairs , visiting community's history ,etc., understand that the procedures of the urban design , experiencing designing the idea and course , develop the deep emotion to the community.
Moreover, students learn the technology skill to collect the information and put them in order, joining create activity to find out the beauty of the architecture. Further, students also learn the team unity that divide the work and help each other.