CyberFair Project ID: 5054

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Diagnosing Taiwan – Doctor Chiang Wei-shui
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Kang Chiao Bilingual School
    Sindian City, Taiwan, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

9 students, ages 10-12 years old worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): none

Classes and Teachers: Yang Gin-hwa(Grade 6 Class 5), Wang Mei-chu, Oh Li-hwei

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Kang Chiao Bilingual School is located at the southwestern hill side of Hsintien City, Taipei Hsien, with most pupils coming from the greater Taipei area. As a bilingual, experimental school, our credos are experiment, bi-languages, pastoral and abilities. Each pupil is expected to stand tall on the country land and embrace the global village. The anti-colonial movements in which Dr. Chiang Wei-shui was engaged in started right from Taipei. He not only emphasized the leveling up of local Taiwanese culture, but also strived to let Taiwan keep abreast with the world in seeking democracy and liberty. His feeling for this country land and global view are the learning models for Kang Chiao’s pupils.

2. Summary of Our Project

By reading the material, interviewing and investigating, we try to research how Dr. Chiang, under the high-pressure governing of colonial regime, strived for Taiwanese’ rights, and how he put in practice the remedy he diagnosed in “Bedside Lecture”. We hope to revive the image of a unique national hero, who is fast becoming forgotten in his homeland, and to awaken all people to learn his dauntless spirit and regretless dedication to Taiwan.

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:2-3

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

Presently the school has a server host computer, complete with terminals and web nodes all over the classes. There is a computer area in the library, providing internet data search for teachers and pupils. We have 3 computer classrooms dedicated to computer teaching. The information department is dedicated to providing a convenient internet environment and diversified services to the whole school, including web page space and mails, etc. For participating the Web Expo competition this time, all pupils used the recess time at noon and the extracurricular time to make web pages, which were transmitted first to the FTP server at school so that the pupils could then modify the web pages at home, making a greater progress in the process.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1)Setting up the team consensus: With the school belonging to the system of university region and the pupils coming from the greater Taipei area, from as far as keelung and Taoyuan, it is not easy for them to get together. Besides, their bilingual curriculum is arranged with 8 sessions a week in English, along with extracurricular activities in music, fine arts or sports, which occupy nearly all their spare time. With such a tough and tight schedule in learning, those who participate in the project are first asked to set up a consensus for the team, to understand the duty and obligation that require their endeavor and time. (2)Asking for the parents’ consent: Because the work of Topic Research requires using much time of holidays and after school, to get a smooth development of our research from the beginning, an orientation meeting with the parents of members participating the Web Expo was held by the directing teachers to obtain full consent and support from the parents. (3)Collecting historical pictures and material: The era under Japanese rule is handled roughly in present Taiwan history textbooks, without much related historical material. We acknowledge the great support from Mr. Chiang Chao-gen, who provided us with many historical snapshots. (4)Learning web page skills: By using computer classes, We learn to make web pages, to take pictures with digital cameras and transmit them, to make animation with Swish and Flash, and to scan pictures and process them.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We cannot change the length of our lives, but we can build the width of them. In his short 40-year span of life, Dr. Chiang wrote down the glorious pages in Taiwan history when he rose against the colonial rule, awakened the national ideology of Taiwanese and restored their dignity. He started the prosperous development of Taiwan’s new culture, leaving legacy to Taiwan’s posterity.

With deep impression, we try to introduce not only the glorious deeds of Dr. Chiang, but also his great conviction through all his life, that is Truly considering the benefits of Taiwanese people, Truly striving for rights of the small and week groups, Truly sacrificing and being devoted to the cause of Taiwanese identity, without selfishness and regret.

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

In our research and activities for the Topic Research Project this time, we lock on “Chiang Wei-shui – a national hero forgot by history”as the subject for our study. Through web searching, material (books, magazines, document) gathering and reviewing, by the method of oral history and fieldwork, we finally put together what we have collected and felt in mind and set up the web site, wishing more attention to be paid on this history neglected in textbooks and the hero forgotten by history. We fully utilize the modern technology of information by searching on Internet, reading and organizing material, communicating with Emails and setting up the website. Much time is saved in our study and our abilities of website setup are upgraded. We are in an era of team work. All our work of titling the topic, setting up the website, searching for material and organizing the contents of web pages, was settled through repeated discussions and evaluation. Three teams performed respectively the editing of web pages, the design of game and the process of pictures. We always keep in mind the consistency for our website contents in our team work. Through the proceeding of our research, we found that our research implemented the points emphasized by the Grade 1-9 Curriculum, namely taking competence as the nucleus of curriculum design, replacing the course-separated teaching with the curriculum integration, and stressing on the development of school-based curriculum.

Project Elements

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

(1) For our initial material searching and the transmission of our work, we used Internet. For the setup of our website, we used “FrontPage”. (2) Used telephones, USB drives with recording function, digital cameras, notebooks and Emails, etc to perform our oral history and fieldwork. (3) To make up for the loss of Dr. Chiang’s historical pictures and to make our web pages more interesting, we added illustrations. This was done by Yo-rung, who first drew pictures and scanned them to be processed by “PhotoImpact”. (4) To draw more visitors to our site to know Dr. Chiang, we used “Swishmas” to design our animation.

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

To understand Dr. Chiang in depth, we used Internet, telephones, interviews, visits, field surveys to search in every possible way, for the verification of our material and the ambassador role playing of our research project. (1) Internet: searching material online for our initial understanding about Dr. Chiang. (2) Telephones: making all the contacts prior to our visits. (3) Interviews: By way of oral history, we interviewed many times the following people: ? Mr. Chiang Sung-hui (the eldest son of Dr. Chiang) ? Teacher Chiang Chao-gen (grandson of Dr. Chiang), ? Legislator Huang Huang-hsiung (author of Dr. Chiang’s biography) (4) Site survey: ? Da-dao-cheng: visited the points related to Dr. Chiang’s social movements. ? I-lan: visited Dr. Chiang’s native place and the strongholds of his social movements in I-lan. ? New culture of Taiwan exhibition center:went to an exhibition of New culture movement of Taiwan at this center.

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

During our project research, we found that those visited by us were curiously interested in knowing how we got interested in political figures. At the beginning, there were parents who objected to our research on this subject, Politics is a complex issue, is too difficult for children. After they accompanied us visiting related persons, however, they became affirmative of our study. Through the research this time, we all become more acquainted with the history of Taiwan, the national ideology of Dr. Chiang, his deep love of Taiwan and his endeavors and fighting, which moved everybody deeply. In the report of Social Division, we introduce this hero to our entire students in 6th grade. This Parents Day, we arrange an exhibition of Dr. Chiang Wei-shui for all invitees. In our website, we introduce the history and contribution of Dr. Chiang Wei-shui and two trips about the background of the related location in Dr. Chiang Wei-shui’s age. Also, we designed an interesting game (called “Challenge”), which is expected to be more attractive in education. We hope we can bring this “Taiwan’s Doctor” on the international stage.

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

(1) Teacher Chiang Chao-gen (grandson of Dr. Chiang): We acknowledge him for his accompaniment to all our fieldwork and visits, his supply of all our related information, material and valuable files of graphics. He is the greatest supporter to this study of our project. (2) Mr. Chiang Sung-hui (the eldest son of Dr. Chiang): He told us lots of the truth of Japanese era, the family living of Dr. Chiang and his strong national sense (having a tutor at home to teach Mandarin and talking in Mandarin). (3) Legislator Huang Huang-hsiung (author of Dr. Chiang’s biography): From talking to him, we learned how he disclosed the historical truth in Japanese era, how he gathered data and retrieved facts through visits. His attitude and spirit of research serve as the model for the study of our project this time. (4) Archives of I-lan Hsien: The library stores the material and published books on Dr. Chiang. They gave us a clear understanding about his early life and the achievement of his movements, which further strengthen our resolution on the study.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We found in this study that the spirit of Chiang Wei-shui is the spirit of Taiwan, a spirit to insist on ideals without compromise. We found the same spirit in Legislator Huang, Grandpa Chiang and Teacher Chiang. In order that we may not forget the strives done by Dr. Chiang, they gathered relics from everywhere and appealed to the government for stress. As a result, there appear the Taiwan Cultural Museum, Chiang Wei-shui Memorial Park, Chiang Wei-shui Highway and Taiwan Cultural Day.

With a deep understanding through his being engaged in social movements, Dr. Chiang appealed for “unity among our fellow people for true power”. As a saying goes “only the broad-minded are the greatest”, the conflicts and chaos among ourselves will give our enemies the best chance to defeat us. Facing the jeopardy of Taiwan’s situation today, we should think deeply into his motto.


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