1. Description of Our Community
Our community is the heaven of nature lovers because it is by the Golden Phase Mountain and the Keelung River,. With this as the backdrop, Xi-Hu campus is resounding with the chirpping of birds and croaking of frogs. Three years ago, we started the eye protecting 'Gazing Afar' exercise using Wind Records 'Forest Caprice' as the background music. We realized that nature could be beautiful music if you just know how. Our community is ,therefore, the ideal place for pursuing the music of nature.
2. Summary of Our Project
From the roaring of the waves to the sounds of birds and bugs, Winds Records has produced a series of nature music. Due to our fondness for all these music, we decided to introduce the uniqueness of Winds Records and the ideology and creativity of Mr. Yang, the founder, through our project 'Meet the Sky'. Other than knowing the process of producing a record, we hope our students will come to love music. We also hope to nurture their care and appreciation for nature and their respect for the copyright.
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:1
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):
Our school has excellent computer facilities. Now we have two brand new computer labs and a multi-media studio, and each teacher has a computer. There are over 200 computers to satisfy every teacher's and student's needs. We have an ADSL provided by the Department of Education (Downstream speed: 2Mb, upstream speed: 512k). We also have another ADSL (Downstream speed: 8Mb, Upstream speed: 640k) for our teachers and students to use. Besides, we provide our teachers and students with other equipments such as digital cameras, DVs, scanners, recording systems and software for photos and sound effect. Our school also provide everybody with his or her own e-mail account, space for personal websites and a hardware space of 120MB (1GB for each teacher) to satisfy everybody's needs for the internet service so as to establish his or her personal website. With those facilities, we cherish every equipment we can use and every chance we can learn. The teachers at the computer lab also make every effort to organize learning programs and all kinds of on-line competitions to improve the ability of the teachers and the students with the hope that everyone will be a master in using computers and the internet service.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
One of the most frustratingtime during our making of the project was the time when Miss Wu took us to search for the beautiful sounds of our campus. Miss Wu brought a lot of special equipments with her. When we tried to record the sounds of campus, the frog croaking we had always proud of suddenly disappeared, because the season was wrong. We had thought it would be a lot of fun to record in a studio, but we kept singing out of tune, so it took many hours to finish the recording.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
From this project, we have the happy discovery of the sounds of the community and campus we usually ignored. More importantly, we have realized that if we do not pay proper attention to these nature sounds, they might disappear someday. We also realize the difficulty of music creation, and the harm piracy has on music industries. Therefore, we should not buy pirated music to encourage more music creation.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Music is a very important part of life. Without it, life would be very dull. Our theme of the project is about Wind Records’ creation of nature music, healing music and Mr. Yang Jin Cong’s encounter with music. Music education belongs to the Art and Humanities field in Nine Year Consistent Curriculum. Other than the school classes, Xi Hu also has clubs of Cello, flute, traditional music and ocarinas to enhance the experiences of our students and become one of our school special elements. Wind Records emphasizes mostly on nature music, they care and record the precious and beautiful Taiwanese music. From the waves to the frogs to the tribal heavenly songs, Wind Records takes it as a mission of cultural heritage. From the concept of ecology preservation, we also took our students to know and care about the bugs and birds and all the lives in the campus.