1. Description of Our Community
“Makazayazaya”, which means highness and roundness, is the name of our home ---Majia Township in Paiwan language. To the east of Majia Township is Mt. Dawu, the sacred origin of Paiwan. The local residents are Paiwan people and Rukai people. Just like the Aboriginal Cultural Park, this area has many attraction spots, such as Baibingshan and Mt. Liding for mountain climbing, Liangshan Waterfall for summer resort, and Old Paiwan tribe. Many people are doing their best in various ways to improve our hometown. All in all, Majia Township is a place abundant of interests and mysteries, we just need to feel it by heart.
2. Summary of Our Project
On mentioning aboriginal tribes in Pingtung, Sandimen would come across our minds immediately and our hometown, Majia Township, is shadowed. It is our sincere wish that, by constructing this website, people can come to know Majia Township, its location as well as its attraction.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
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):
There are 17 computers in the computer room of our school, all connected to the Internet by ADSL. As few of our families have computers, the webpage making was done in the computer room. We would like to express our gratitude to Hope Agent Development Association, who provided us with a computer and a printer.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
(1) Difficulty in making webpage: students were not familiar with page making and had little skill in this field. They had to learn how to process photos and make webpages from the very beginning. Thanks to the assistance given by those big brothers and sisters from National Pingtung University of Science and Technology MIS Department, we managed to overcome this difficulty. (2) Work division: As our computer skills varied, problems arose in dividing the work. (3) Problems in visits: Usually our interviewees had tight schedules and we had to visit them during holidays, causing much delay accordingly. Furthermore, some of our interviewees could only speak Paiwan language; we had to have a translator in our communication. (4) Outdated computers: the computers were outdated and very slow. We had to pick up a few in better conditions to do our work.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
To implement this plan, we had to visit every place in Majia Township and began to pay attention to those things we used to take for granted. We truly feel proud now that we can live in such a great place.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Integration into the curriculum: in order to carry out this plan, we integrated this plan into Class 601’s curriculum of this school year, such as arts, society and folk culture. We applied knowledge we learnt from the class to the plan and made it a stage to show our learning efforts. Therefore, the education on folk culture was strengthened and students’ basic abilities were improved. (2) Integration into the community resources: Starting from the students’ viewpoint, our website on Majia Township was made on the basis of field visits and joint efforts. We hope that this could concentrate the community resources and improve the sense of belongs among the community. We also wish this could uphold the overall image of the school. (3) Familiarization with the Internet: under the instruction of students from MIS Department of National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, students had first-hand experiences on internet, e-mails, page making, etc. this was very helpful in narrowing the digital gap between tribes and cities.