1. Description of Our Community
Kaohsiung city is in the south of Taiwan. And Sanduo Shopping District is located in the center of Kaohsiung. The Sanduo Shopping District is a center of business, entertainment, art, culture and transportation. In Sanduo Shopping District, you can discover diverse cultures of Taiwan and the oceanic culture of Kaohsiung. For fun-seekers, the important thing provided in Sanduo Shopping District is all kinds of entertainments. A few years ago, Sanduo Shopping District was not famous Kaohsiung city. Apart from some shops, not many major business activities could be found here. In recent years, Sanduo Shopping District has become busy and famous with governmental support and planning. And now more and more people begin to care about the development of Sanduo Shopping District. At the same time, the government and private business groups start to renovate the environment in order to make this area become special and pleasant and create a unique and convenient space for citizens. The 2009 World Games will be held in Kaohsiung. Sanduo Shopping District is preparing to give foreign tourists a warm welcome by offering them an international level shopping district as well as a living environment. Everyone is expecting a brand new Sanduo Shopping District in the near future.
2. Summary of Our Project
This project is meant to discover the development of Sanduo Shopping District and its influence on the future of Kaohsiung City. In the first section, we offer an organized information about Kaohsiung, including its history, influence and urban planning. In the second section, we will take the readers onto a tour to learn the geography , the history and current development of the Sanduo Shopping District. In the third section, we concentrate on the business and trade in the SSD. By observing and analyzing a great range of business and trade activities in the SSD, readers will find out the significance of the SSD in the development of Kaohsiung City. In the fourth section, we explore the past and current transportation constructions and their influence on the development of the SSD. This section also provides detailed desciption of major transportation tools or systems used in the SSD. The fifth section focuses on the construction in harbor area near the SSD. Water is one of the msot important element in Kaohsiung, with a world famour harbor as well as a lovely river going through the city. Moreover, the fifth section demonstrates what the waterfront projects are and how they work to make the “Unique SSD. The sixth section presents the content of our interviews with several important officials from the Kaohsiung City government to get the first hand information about the details and ideas of urban planning and policy making. The seventh section deals with public opinions about the SSD, including working people and high school students. Two questionnaires were designed to collect opinions of the working people and students respectively. The purpose of the questionnaires is to find out what the public think of the SSD and figure out the right direction of further development in the SSD. The last section presents a thorough comparison between the SSD and other famous districts in Taiwan as well as in other countries. This camparison is meant to find out the right way to make the Sanduo Shopping District an international shopping district. Sanduo Shopping District is developing and design continually. Become of friendly and easy life; make it become famous and international area. We hope it will become better and wonderful in the future.
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:2-3
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Each member of our group did not realize this project would be so difficult until we started it. We found several problems after we start to conduct the project. At first, we thought that problems would be solved by the time, but the truth proves we are wrong. However, with the demanding work required by the projet, we learned some crucial skills to solve these problems. Problems which slow down our process the most are editing, interview, and technology application. Editing is the part that took up most of the time. We had to do thorough research and arranged every detail painstakingly. We did everything we could in order to collect and verify information. Interviewing the spokemen of major department stores and high-ranking officials in Kaohsiung City was difficult, especially for high school students. Our schedule to do interview happened to clash with the vigorous campagining period of election of city mayor. We were forced to change our schedule and had problems to get the permission to interviewing the candidates of city mayor. Besides, we also encountered difficulty while trying to persuade the spokesmen of the three major department stores to accept our interviews. We had to convince them with our sincerity and relentless efforts. Arranging interviews definitely took a lot time, but we believe we've got quite a lot of valuable information through these interviews. As for technology application, members in technique team do need stamina to go through it all. Numerous discussions had took place before we reached every agreement and moved a small step forward. Despite all these problems and difficulties mentioned above, we did not give up. We belive that when a problem is sloved, our experiences grow.We all want so much to present the perfect fruit of our hard work to readers aroudn the world and help them learn more about our city and the significance of the SSD.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The Internet has revolutionized the way peopel educate themselves. The International Schools Cyber air Project has given us a precious opportunity to educate ourselves and learn from each other. During the process of conducting the project,we learn a lot about a whole new world which used to be distant and vague. Now, we have a clearer idea about the business, the transportation, the urban planning in our city. Most important of all, we now have a vision for a better future and believe each of us matters in realizing this vision.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The resources found on the internet have been really helpful to our research. Conducting this project once again proves the efficiency of the Internet, regarding collecting information and researching. In the past this type of research would have taken months.
We would like to thank all the people who supported us and provide us first-hand information and constructive advice. Before we started doing research on the SSD and Kaohsiung City, we did not realize there were so many interesting aspects of our city. The more we researched, the more we wanted to find out. Besides, every team member has refined their skills of research as well as designing web page. We are all grateful for the opportunity to work on such a project.