1. Description of Our Community
Peitou district is located in northern Taipei city. It is a community with the great development of information broadcasting and the involvement of Chinese and Western cultures. Through the news broadcasting of the internet and TV, the people in the community can immediately get the first-hand information. Among the news media, there is a bilingual community TV studio insisted of Mingde primary school students. By broadcasting the community and school news on TV and the internet, the little reporters make our people and foreigners, our school and the whole community closely together.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project focuses on how our school bilingual TV station “ Minge e Channel” has some educational influences on our community and our school by broadcasting school and community news. The programs made by a group of the students under 13 years old provides the motivation to inspire more other students, teachers, and community people to know more about our community. Besides, this TV station may also affect the future of us, the members of cyberfair and aslo the TV station because it makes their dream come true— reporting news and share their ideas with everyone! Maybe one day “reporting news” will become their future job one day!
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:4-6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
1.Time limitation: When we discussed our project, it’s always hard to arrange time to have a meeting because of our tight school schedule. And it really took us lots of time to contact interviewees. Solution: We finished our main research in the summer vacation and discuss our project progress on MSN. Our teacher assisted us to contact the interviewees. 2. Language limitation: Because our TV station is bilingual (Chinese and English), our members, also the reporters, should speak English fluently. It’s a great challenge for us who take English as second language. Solution: When we prepare the English interview, we often seek our English teacher help and correct our interview questions. Besides, we work as a team to gather related information. 3. Team work, communication problems: Since our members are not in the same class, at first we were not familiar with each other. We sometimes had problems in working together and discussing. Solution: In summer vacation and during the break time in school, we got to know each other and built up an atmosphere of teamwork and cooperation by doing our project. 4. Interview problems: Because our TV station reports not only school news but also community news. But it’s not convenient to gather community information or interview the people in our community since sometimes we have to spend a lot of time and money on transportation. Solution: We have the fund which is offered by our family to pay the fare of transportation. 5. Equipment limitation: Though our members all have computers at home, some of us don’t have the website-making software, which delayed our project progress. Solution: We did some word process at home. And most of the time we made our project and website in school. 6. The lack of the sufficient knowledge of using information technology: We didn’t take enough courses of using information technology. So sometimes we couldn't handle film editing and the elaborate parts of making our website. Solution: Our IT teachers spent extra time teaching us how to make a good website and the members with great computer aptitude can help others.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We think joining Cyberfair contest is a very special learning experience because we’ve learnt lots of valuable knowledge by doing the project. Unlike only learning things form books, “learning by doing” makes us truly understand the value of the things we’ve learnt from the project. And by joining the organization” Minde e Channel” the object of our project, we can realize the function of our school’s TV station and how “media” and “technology” affect our school and our community. In our daily life, there are so many things available to observe, research and report. There are so many people who need our care and support. We also learnt the importance of teamwork. We can’t feel until we indeed experience it. We hope through our project and website, every one can see our dream and love to our school and community.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our nine - year coherence curriculum emphasizes the development of schools features, the interaction between schools and the community, and students’ ability of learning independently. “Mingde e Channel” has the education function of introducing our school features and social resources to our students, having them know our community. So by researching Mingde e Channel, we can realize our school organization and the community information it offers. By joining Mingde e Channel, we ’ve learn many skills like writing skills, people interaction skills, and information process skills. Moreover, our project makes our TV programs can be watched on the Internet, which makes it more convenient for our teacher, students, and our community residents (local and foreign residents) to know more things happening in our community, in our life. Besides, after we join Mingde e Channel, our program start to affect our community and in the future, our TV station will play an important role of broadcasting more and more school and community news Our school and community will get more and more closely and people will care more about each other. Our TV station not only change our community's future but also ourselves. Many of our members want to work as reporters in the future and help more people through gathering and reporting news!