1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Technical Equipment: We use computer, ADSL wide network, telephone, scanner, printer, digital camera, traditional camera, portable disk, Record pen, and recorder. Data collecting: (1.) Computer - learning, surf on the net, data reorganization (2.) Newspapers - reading and reorganize data (3.) Books - reading and reorganize data. We finished our Internet pages through different kinds of software, mostly, we used Word, Excel, notebook, Namo Web Editor, PhotoImpact and Flash. The whole topic plan was completed in the computer classroom.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
Every time when the students participated in the activity, they were on an important mission for school. Therefore, we had to be very careful and ask for perfection. Before writing the articles, we looked for information first. And then we selected the needed contents and characters for our topic. Finally we interviewed people by ourselves. The interviewees totally agreed that the students through attending the International Schools CyberFair could share information with others over the internet, so thy we are all glad to tell us the relevant information. In order to get more better information in an atmosphere, we interviewed the people face to face and asked further questions during the interview. Sometimes we received deeper insight to the interviewee’s hearts, so we wrote down many unforgettable little stories that impressed us. These touching stories are all shown on our homepage of the “ Record of the Interviews.”
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Owing to the motivation of learning, curiosity and interest, we cooperated each other for our research project. While we were studying about Taichung’s Dakeng, we whipped up emotion in our mind. We really want to tell the whole world’s children that the people who live in Taiwan are really lucky and happy! Local carnival activities are held in Dakeng every year, so tourists are increasing as well. We have to appreciate the various government institutions which invest in the area and the local people and travel lovers who promoted Dakeng with great exertion. During the process of the interview, we got closer to the local people. Some of them appreciated our learning spirit and even hoped that we would integrate local tourist resources into the curriculum and our project. Hence, we can understand our local community resources more and even present the beauty of Dakeng to the global community through our research project.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
During the process of doing the research project, we interviewed many places in Dakeng. Owing the local people’s guidance and explanation, we could considerate and feel Dakeng that was different from my original impression. For example, the fortune and care of Uncle Guo’s for Taiwanese Macaques, which are protected animals, are incalculable. Aunt Guo devoted herself to the hometown without gaining the pay. Vice principal, who is one of Dakeng’s locals, led us to understand the function of walking trails and showed the love to his hometown again. Because of their effort, the community resources can be preserved so that we have the opportunity to learn more about our hometown. We should be grateful in mind and hope that we can hand down this love of the town from one generation to another. Among the interviews for this research project, we interviewed many specialists. We praised them greatly that they were really “Unbeatable.” We tasted the harvest fruits and learnt a lot of knowledge from the experienced specialists. The agricultural prizewinner, Leader Luo, taught us the whole process of Oncidium from planting to the export. Leader Gu let us know about ecology and introduced us more phenomena of Dakeng’s natural ecology. Owing to their enthusiastic explanation and introduction, we learnt a lessson that I have never had at school and enriched the content of our research project. We are really grateful of those “unbeatable” people. Hopefully we can also be the specialists and contribute ourselves like them to others when we grow up.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Discovery:Dakeng is a community beside ours. Originally we thought its excellent view declined for the amusement parks. Because of doing this project, we had the opportunity to understand and considerate again. Except the radiant and enchanting scenery and unique ecology, there are still various types for leisure for us to analyze in detail and to conclude. We discovered that Dakeng is different from our impression. We hoped we could experience it by what we saw and we heard. Furthermore, we can let more people know about Dakeng-- a beautiful back garden lying in the prosperous Taichung City. Lessons:During the process of this research project, we had to visit many attractions. The students originally thought that they could join the activity freely, but they found they had to prepare well before the interview. They also needed enough physical strength. In case the voice was not recorded, they had to interview again. In addition, they had to center the picture in the image of the camera lest they took the pictures again. Sometimes the pictures were gone while we were moving the data clip to organize the data in the computer, so we had to do it again. All of these are the lessons we took this time. We have to prepare well for everything and have a good attitude. We can’t do at our pleasure because something is not allowed to do it again. Let’s encourage each other! Surprises:Even thought we are all the locals, we didn’t know Dakeng belongs to Mt.Touke. Mt.Touke is Taichung’s highest peak. It is surprisingly that there are some unusual plants, which should be stayed in 3000 meters high, in the mountains. Dakeng abounds in the most magnificent golden deciduous leaves in its forest. After the 921 earthquake, the stratum of the earth vibrated excessively and occurred terrestrial heat so the the hot spring sprang out. Mt.Touke certainly became a natural ecological plant garden and zoo. All of these were the surprises we encountered while we were doing the research project. Dakeng’s walking trails are known by everyone. Most surprisingly, our vice principal has gone hiking for more than thirty years. During the process of the interview, he told us the surprises he came across. He really let us dumbstruck. Therefore, we completed our research project step by step with a big surprise. Thanked the people who devoted themselves to help us so that we can reap the harvest of our hard work. This learning process was an unforgettable memory!