CyberFair Project ID: 4959

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Never Give Up - Loving Mothers
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Hongyeh Elementary School
    Hualien County, none, Taiwan

5 students, ages 11~12 years old worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 20, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2006

Classes and Teachers: Mr. Guo-liang Lyu, Mr. Wen-guang Yu, Ms. Mei-ying Lyu

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Years ago, Hongyeh used to be the habitation of Amis people. They scattered about mountains near the police station. It was so named as “Gaoyao” for its numerous Shanmao. Later, the native Amis moved far to the west wing of coastal mountain (nowadays Hegang) when the Typhoon arrived, the land flooded and plowland eroded away, in addition to the harassment and invasion of Bunun. A small number of invaders settled in the hillside along the Hongyeh River. Since 1993, Truku began to settle in. They called the area “Itofukelenan”. However, as it’s narrow in shape and umbrageous with flourish ample trees, the name was translated as “Hongyeh”, only local Truku still call it “Ifunan. Truku was actually a clan of Sedeq Toroko. Most of them firstly lived in Hutou Mt., a southern mountain at the left bank of Hongyeh River lying to the west of Ruisui Hot Spring. They were named Hongyeh Tribe; Then a small branch of a tribe moved in Dijia Mt. near the nowadays Hongyeh Hot Spring. As the Dijia Mt. sits opposite to the habitation of Hongyeh Tribe, they were also called “Sipao”; the subsequent colonies, Bunun of Mahowan, occupied the eastern edge of Hongyeh Tribe habitation. Hongyeh Community, a small community in the utmost south of Wanrong Township (mountainous township), is 3kilometers in the west off the Ruisui Expressway 9. The Hualien County Government now marks it out as Ruisui New Hot Spring Area (Ruisui Township occupies an area of 500 acres while Wangrong Township Hongye Village takes up 360 acres). The entire Hongyeh Community is embraced in the area. As most hot springs are right within the community, it has been agreed that the community should be developed into a Hot spring leisure & sightseeing tourist attraction. Besides the natural hot spring, the trait of native culture, including traditional songs, dances, techniques and food, etc should also be preserved and displayed. The villagers in the community have decided to hold activities aiming at preserving ethnical culture, which can demonstrate the vitality of the community, on the one hand and attract more tourists on the other hand. Through these activities, the management of the community as well as villagers’ life is expected to be improved.

2. Summary of Our Project

The ten Great Mother come from different areas of the country including Taipei, Taoyuan, Ilan, Jiayi, Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Hualien. The great deeds of every mother could touch people to the heart. Mrs. Mei-yuan Lin, trekked all the way moving from Taipei to Yungkang, then to Shipai, Sanchi, Luchou, and at last settled in Hualie simply to ensure that her daughter could receive ready treatment for her congenital brain development deficiency. Her story resembles much of Mencius’s mother who moved their home three times from bad neighbor in order to keep her son from their bad influence(Mencius was a great thinker and educator in about 370 BC.);There is also Mrs. Chang-hong Li Yang, who patiently attends her disabled son as well as her granddaughter with Cerebral palsy; to free her two kids with mental retardation and dysaudia from their father’s abuse and violence and give them good education, Mrs. Yu-yan Chou ventured to ask for the intervention of social volunteers. She resorted to every help available in the society to procure the rights of custody of two kids and fosters two kids independently later. A vonWillebrand victim, Mrs. Chao-jin Wang, took the trouble of attending two kids suffering from the same disease. Mrs. Mei-hua Hsu had once thought of giving up the two kids with dysaudia, but now the two kids become superior sportsman. With Mrs. Hui-ling Wu careful attendance, her kid who had been diagnosed to have no more than three months to live by doctors due to development efficiency of enteric canal nerve is seven years old this year. Another kid with dysaudia, under years’ attentive care of her mother, Mrs. Chiou-ju Chen, has grown up to be an accomplished college students studying in the sociology department of Fujen Catholic University. In order to acquaint mothers with the symptoms of handicap kids, Mrs. Li-ching Chen, organized an Ichthyosis Association. Mrs. Yu-ling Hsu founded the southern chapter of Asperger Syndrome spreading their love to more handicap kids. These Great Mothers’ story, the strength and courage as well as the tensile force and flexibility of life they displayed in struggle with misfortune, baptized our soul. It spurs us to plan this project to let all members discern the greatness of mother’s love and through this, we intend also to give encouragement and consolation to those suffering friends.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:2-3

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):

There is only one computer classroom available in our school. There are 27 computers. Though it is not very big, it has all the necessary devices. Every computer has access to internet. The LAN is connected to Hualien County Computer Center with a special fiber optic line. The Hualien County Computer Center then has already been linked with TANet. Besides computer classroom, all the other administrative departments in Hongyeh Elementary School have all got a computer with access to internet. The data search, compilation, and record modification are all accomplished in the computer classroom.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1)Technical difficulties with computer We haven’t learnt webpage design, to say nothing of doing research with it. The teacher has told us the first that that the work would be very tough. We need to prepare ourselves for it mentally. During that period of time, we try to learn as much as we can from our teachers. We learned to record our progress, register email address, surf on the internet, search webpage, download materials and the most difficult, and webpage design and art design. (2)Difficulty in obtaining materials The five of us live in the tribes of Hongyeh Village while those Great Mothers scatter around countries. Only Mrs. Mei-yuan Lin and Mrs. Hui-ling Wu live in Hualien, the information of the other mothers can only be obtained through telephone interview and written data. It is much more difficult than the previous years’ projects. We have to find relevant pictures and data from school library and internet as well as the library of National Hualien University of Education. (3)As we are all in grade six and this is the second time for our five to participate the project, teachers have to show more concern on our state of studying. Fortunately, we have college students from Persian Cat Tutor Club of the National Hualien University of Education to tutor us. Every one of them tutors one of us on how to use E-mail and MSN Messenger, how to design webpage and conduct interview. We all make great progress.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

1.No pain, no gain. In our preparation for the contest with Mr. Lyu, Mr. Yu, and Ms. Lyu, we notice that teachers experience more strain and hardship than us. They make us know that one can not reap without sowing. 2.Thanks to our good teamwork, every activity is a success. Everyone is vital element, their performance can directly influence the achievement of the whole team. 3.We learned through this project a lot about how to use compute and other digital devices like digital camera, DV and recording pen.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

In the project, we integrate language education into nurture of art & humanity and the application of science and technology. We believe that what we reaped from this project can be conducive to our life education. It helps us not only realize the value of our life but also improve our computer skills. We have gathered a lot of information about the “Great Mother” and tried to interpret the profound implication of mother love in the form of drawings. Though the products are far from being sophisticated, the experience with these unfortunate but insurmountable families engraves in our mind the vitality of life. Meanwhile, through this project, we acquired skills on how to design webpage and roughly process videos. Though we have sacrificed our time for noon snap and holiday, it is worthwhile.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

1.Oral Interviews:We have visited the local people and came to understand the regional oral history better. 2.Internet:We searched for related websites on the Internet and communicated with many net users. 3.DC,DV,Graphics capture card:We took pictures, recorded the voices and images of the interviewees during our interview. Then, we converted the images into VCD and voice recordings into MP3. 4.Scanner and Printer:We processed the images with scanners and had the information printed out for circulation with printers. 5.Phone & Fax:We communicated with the interviewees be phone and fax. 6.Flash Drive and CD-RW:We stored the information on these media for the use on PCs with no network connection. 7.Computer Software:NAMO, DreamWeaver, PhotoShop,Cute ftp, Office2003,etc.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

On the day we are to interview, the teacher gathered us and gave us tips and techniques on how to conduct interview at large and communicate our project to the relevant personnel. They were kind. In the interview, we recorded the interviewees’ sounds while putting forward our questions and taking the photos as proof. In the beginning, we had had a fear that the role we played might arouse their antipathy. However, they were so patient with us while answering our questions that we can’t help feeling gratitude to them. We took their words earnestly. Sometimes we presented them with small gifts to show our great gratitude. The interviewees ranged from teachers, parents, neighbors to staff from different organizations. They also contributed a lot of useful information to the webpage, making it worth reading.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

(1) Parents show great concerns on the quality of education service, particularly, teachers’ professional competence and teaching efficiency. Our Cyberfair Project is a good chance for parents to learn about our teachers’ advanced professional training program and its effectiveness on the improvement of teaching plan and strategy. Furthermore, we intend to, via the students of these teachers’, find out what difference has been made on the students’ learning in and out of class after the teacher being trained. Meanwhile, people can learn about interrelations between our teachers’ training and the improvement of teaching quality from our webpage so that people can obtain first-hand information about the interaction of education as well as our school’s growth. (2) As the data compiled and summarized for the Cyberfair was obtained entirely from interview by teachers and kids in our school. Our “kid correspondents” had to shuttle between cities those days, which make their learning diverse and interesting. Through this project, we had a wider contact with the people outside school as well as people of different class and from other counties or cities. In addition, other students in our class and their parents who had visited our webpage also came to our computer classroom from time to time to cheer us up.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

1.Principle De-cheng Huang of Hongyeh Elementary School: giving us utmost support and assistance 2.Hope Agent Development Association: our firm supporter and backup 3.County Councilor, Mr. Rong-hui Lin: He learns a lot of people, which helps save a lot of time. 4.Everyone in Hongyeh Village concerned : Mr. Jhung-yi Chen Lin, Mr. Wen-long Lan, Mr. Jin-yao Hong, Village Head Mr. Chiou-gu Yen, and others who had offered to help us 5.Persian Cat Tutor Club of the National Hualien University of Education: Thank you for being with us all through the project and giving us instructions. At last, thanks Hope Agent Development Association again for their assistance, with which we could wrap up the project successfully. They have provided us with resources once more and readily offered to help when we encountered difficulties. Jia-ping Li and other nine students in Persian Cat Tutor Club of the National Hualien University of Education have sacrificed almost every weekends during that period of time to tutor us on the project. Many thanks for their support and assistance here.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

(1) The whole process of 2007 Cyberfair was filled new discoveries and surprises, which reaped a lot. Some things we had learnt are: Discoveries: we did not only experienced great love of mother, but also learned that people with mental and physical handicap need more care and help to live independently, and there was a story of bitterness and struggle behind everyone of them. Lessons: the old saying goes that many heads are better than one. Since we had a team of seven, it would be handier for us to work. However, if we hadn’t worked as a team to make full use of everybody’s talent and solved dispute with cool heads, we would have been split asunder and could have achieved nowhere. So to speak that the project taught us that union produced greatest strength. Surprise: Computer could be so much of use! We had ever known that we could play computer game and chat via internet, but we had never thought that computer could play so indispensable a role in the project. It’s really amazing that it could handle everything from static text, animated video to sounds. (2) The project was a striking experience to every one of us. We didn’t only learn to use computer to handle data, our ability of data gathering was also greatly enhanced. The interviews, especially that face to face contact with many celebrities, as well as the scene of being interviewed, would be an indelible memory.


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