1. Description of Our Community
Mudong County, 30km away from Chaotianmen port, is located at estuary of Mingyue Gorge (It is one of the three ancient gorges in Sichuan Provinces. The three gorges are Tongluo Gorge, Mingyue Gorge and Huangcao Gorge. )on the southern bank of Yangtze River. It is an ancient county in eastern suburb of Chongqing Municipality. It’s said that the Yuwang Temple was built there in Ming Dynasty, in which all the woods were got from a 500m away mountain hole. The mountain hole was named Mudong(“Mu” means wood and “Dong” means hole.). People here like to sing folk songs.
2. Summary of Our Project
Mudong folk song is an essential part in local people’s life. According to “Chinese Folk Songs Collection-Chongqing Municipality-Baxian County”: these songs can be divided into: Helai, which means farmer’s songs; Shenge, which means joke songs; Haozi, which means work songs(The Haozi is mainly divided into Shangshui Haozi, which includes Chenghao Haozi, Banrao Haozi, Qifan Haozi, Laxian Haozi, Shouxian Haozi and Xiashui Haozi, including Qichuan Haozi ,Pingshui Haozi ,Jiantan Haozi , Chongtan Haozi, Chongtan Haozi and etc .); folk custom songs (For example, they sing different mountain songs according to different festivals. The most famous representative is about marriage. For engagement, there are Jumei songs, Kaijian songs, Shangshu songs, Zuotang songs and etc; for marriage, there are Hanli songs, Jiegaitou songs, Jiaobeijiu songs, Hexi songs, Xieke songs, Shuoxi songs, Zhujiu songs and etc. Before entering bridal chamber, there are Puchuang songs and Anjiaju songs; while after entering, there are Naofang songs, Lianxiao songs, Songke songs and goodbye songs. In funeral, there are E’hao songs, Ruguan songs, Qiling songs, Diaoyan songs, Songzang songs, Raofo songs, Shilonggan songs and etc. These folk cultures laid basic foundation for the formation of Mudong Mountain Songs.)and etc. These songs have different features in melody and tunes. According to collection data, there are thousands of lyrics and hundreds of tunes. These songs are popular in urban and rural area; on TV; in campus. In May, 1992, Mudong County government led a team of folk singers to participate “Wangcong International Concert”, in which Mudong folk songs got applause from all the audience.
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:none
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
With the help of Town & Talent Technologies and local educational administration, we installed broadband network. The speed is 2M. Through the competition, each team member learned much computer skills and knowledge beyond the textbooks.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Without experience of participating in International competition, we don’t know how to develop our research and assign the tasks in the beginning. The team members come from different grades and classes. We have little commonly free time apart from the time for group activities. Therefore, we make use of the lunch hour three days a week for group discussion with the teachers. This is the first time we participate in the Cyber Fair. The three supervising teachers and the team members lack previous experience in webpage construction. We have to consult others whenever difficulties arise; hence, we have to overcome all kinds of hardships and difficulties during the process. One supervising teacher leaves our team because of study abroad. Our computer room was stolen, which leads to abnormal function of our campus net. However, with our endeavor and help from Town and Talent Technologies, we have succeeded in completing the website. We are proud of ourselves and the experience is unforgettable.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We learn knowledge from participating in the Cyber Fair. It will be the beautiful memory of participating in the Cyber Fair.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
? make clear the features and functions of Mudong folk songs ? research on the present situation of Mudong folk songs ? research on the value of reserving folk songs ? offer suggestion on reserving folk songs ? try to share Mudong folk songs on internet ? enrich teaching issues ? train students’ researching and cooperation ability