1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
a. Hardware: *digital cameras, digital video recorders These tools can be connected to computers and save a lot of time of film editing and picture processing *computers, scanners, printers The essential tools for our project b. Software :*FrontPage, Flash 5 The software makes our homepage more interesting *PhotoShop, Composer (a musical processing software), MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) We add pictures and sound effect to our homepage with the software which are the most helpful to our project. c. The interview with the famous Chinese musicians: the interviews with the conductor Mr. Chen Chung-sheng , the chief of percussion section Miss Lee Huei, and the Erhuist Miss Ching Ya-ching of Taipei Municipal Chinese Orchestra d. On-line resource：Hsin-Ya primary school http://www.hyps.tp.edu.tw/ (Chinese) The websites about Chinese music http://www.musicofchina.com/erhu.html(English) http://smci.sapp.org/(English) http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/2682/la.html (English) Taipei Municipal Chinese Orchestra site http://www.tco.gov.tw/(Chinese and English) e. Book：Introduction of Chinese Musical instruments
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
We had interviews with three famous members of Taipei Municipal Chinese Orchestra. They not only told us the features of every instrument and the ways to maintain them but also made us realize the importance of preserving Chinese music by sharing their experiences of the services in our community and performances in other countries. These Chinese musicians encouraged us to do our best to make more people build up the concept of keeping Chinese culture. So to have people know more about Chinese Culture, we took many pictures of we holding the instruments in our school and dressed up with Chinese costumes. But we had never thought it was so exhausting to be a
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
To promote Chinese music and our project, we hold a concert at the McDonald's near our school. We invited our parents, friends and neighbors to our concert and shared our project with them. Although some of them know little about Chinese music, they were very interested in our homepage. Mr. Chen, a businessman living nearby, said that our page was interesting and easy to comprehend because he could really hear the melodies of Chinese music, which was different from the traditional abstruse introduction in the written form. Besides, they also thought our concert was an very creative presentation of combining Chines and Western Culture. One of our parents said that it was really great and special to hear Chinese music while she was eating hamburgers. During this activity, we got a lot of encouragement and suggestions. We were glad that our project and concert could be recognized by so many people, which is a great advancement in music and computer education.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
In the process of doing the project, we got a lot of help and advice from a lot of people. For example, our teachers taught us how to collect information, edit our page effectively and use different resources to make our project more convincing. Our alumnus, now studying in junior high schools and colleges, were also willing to help us with English translation or sharing their experience of making homepages. Besides, the US company Adobe Systems' branch in Taiwan sponsored our project and Mr. Chen, the expert in Multi-media homepage design, helped us make our English website more systematic. Most important of all, it is our parents' love and encouragement that support us to achieve our goal. With the aid of these people, we learnt a lot from them and finally finished our project. We can't show more gratitude for what they have done for us!
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Within these three months, we have learnt that, as the modern citizens of Taipei city, some abilities or concepts are required： 1. Combining what you are learning with the Internet. Since the speed, reliability, and availability of the Internet improve, now we should take advantage of it to expand our knowledge by surfing this vast repository of information. When gathering information related to Chinese music, surprisingly we found a lot of Chinese music websites, which are much more than we had expected. We didn't have to spend a whole day in libraries. After all, the Internet is just a click away! 2. Cherish and promote Chinese music as we can. We found most people don't like Chinese music because they know little or even nothing about it. Once they can get rid of the stereotype that Chinese music is only an old and boring music, they will try to appreciate the beauty of this local music. 3. Share what you have learned with others. After finishing our project, we realize that students are not only the receivers of knowledge but also the givers of what they have had learn. Through Internet, it is easy to share what we think with others and exchange opinions. Many people learn many details about Chinese music through our homepage. And we also get many ideas from others. We believe it is the best way of learning!