1. Description of Our Community
We live in a community largely composed of middle class people of Anatolian origin. It is typical settlement made by village people of inland settlements who are in pursuit of better life.These people move big cities with some capital on hand and attempt to break the cycle of the routines they have been in.
2. Summary of Our Project
We believe that each and every cultural and traditional dance has its own value with magnificent story behind it, so as to Zeybek, which is one of the most gorgeous dance of all time. The Zeybek dance is believed to have related so much to the lifestyle of Efes in their respective villages and towns. So, when Zeybek is performed, it actually brings us back to feel how Efes had taken the roles as heros and leaders. This dance acts out almost the exact way of life and it also projects the characteristics, gestures, habits of Efes. Nevertheless, the outrageous outfit the Efes wore at that time is also being exhibited in the dance.
In this project we intend to introduce the beauty of Zeybek and how it reflects the lifestyle of Efes from generation to generation.
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:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Since Nur is in charge of the web page, we, rest of the team members are to adapt our works to her convenience. Sometimes, we had to wait hours to get our findings appeared on our web page. As she understands the importance of her role, she tried to give us hard time just for joy/ fun/ the sake of a laugh.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The only hardship we face is the electricity cut-off from time to time.We have hard times to keep up with our regular studies plus project work. But thanks to our sincere attachment to our project we have always found a way to get over problem. To tell the truth luck is with us fortunately.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
For us, it means first of all to tame about our way of life. We appreciate much as long as we make you familiar with our country and our folklore. What excites us most with this engagement, on the other hand is to get a chance visiting the White House. For our parents and community, it is an exception that they regard it a progress for us to improve our English and get better understanding towards western countries.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our ministry has been always keen on promoting the rich cultures of our country internationally through various types of events and programs. And to attract more students to involve in such kind of activities, the ministry usually organize suitable school curriculum to students. And this project is really considered a “big hit” to our school and also a proud to our country. Since that this is the first time ever we have been given such courage from our teachers to take up this project, we have faced quite a bit of difficulties due to lack of experience. But we are blessed that along the way, we have learned a lot of good qualities especially in terms of both self management and mood management.
We have develop a good discipline at work. After taking up this project, all of us realized that we are more alert in what we do knowing that making slight mistake may affect the whole team. Working as a team makes us better planners, decision makers and problem solvers. On the other hand, we have learned how to take criticism as a form of encouragement. It is undeniable that to produce a great project need to work under pressure especially when we couldn’t meet our high expectations. We are able to overcome stress from teachers advice. And how to take slight disappointment easily claiming that it’s a step closer to success.
Because of the fast moving life we are having now, it forces us to agree that using the internet is more efficient. Searching through the internet has made research faster and easier. It actually saves much of our time. However, we still believe that the traditional learning methods are more effective even though they need more time to produce.
During this project, we need some talks with actual people, visit them at their places and need to observe their lifestyle. We hope we can let you sense the real lifestyle of Efes and enjoy Zeybek fully/ to the fullest/ to it’s best.