1. Description of Our Community
As one of the eight Haidong Counties, Datong County is surrounded by Lanque Mount, Daban Mount, and Niangniang Mount. In ancient war period, large amounts of migrants went to Qinghai Province for taking refuge. Four-tile Dance is also the folk culture migrated from Zhongyuan. It mainly performed in sacrificial ceremony. Huangjiazhai Town, as the only heritage of this dance, is facing the endangered situation. Because of tight budget, change of family construction and migrant labors, this dance is ignored and dying out.
2. Summary of Our Project
Most people are not familiar with Four-tile Dance. Why frog is chosen as taboo? What’s the meaning of four tiles? What’s the cultural value? What about its status quo? With such questions, we did research in Huangjiazhai Town of Datong County. We hope our reseach can draw more people’s attention to the intangible cultural heritage. More people can participate in the protection of our local folk culture.
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:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
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):
There are only tem computers in campus, which are used by teachers to prepare for courses. The computers were used since 1998, and thus the speed is very low. There is no floppy drive or disk drive. We have to record the material on notebook and type into computer in our spare time. Neither of the student has computer at home.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The team members have little commonly free time apart from the time for group activities. Therefore, we make use of the spare time for group discussion with the teachers. This is the first time we participate in the Cyber Fair. The supervising teachers and the team members lack previous experience in webpage construction. We have to consult others whenever difficulties arise; hence, we have to overcome all kinds of hardships and difficulties during the process. Our computers are very old with low proceeding speed and surfing speed is also terrible. However, with our endeavor, we have succeeded in completing the website. We are proud of ourselves and the experience is unforgettable.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We have got a better knowledge of Four-tile Dance history. The activity has enhanced our teamwork spirit and improved our communicating and interpersonal abilities.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
At the beginning, we were innocent about Four-tile Dance. While at the end of the research, we can tell you its origin, facial make-up, special tools, and the meaning of the intangible cultural heritage. Our research is cross subjects, referring to Chinese, history, society, nature and practice. During the interview, we communicate with interviewees by dialect. Our team members cooperate in collecting information, classifying material and writing report. It’s also a good opportunity to improve our computer skills. ,Social science:In the research, we communicate with community dwellers and learn local culture. 2,history:In the research, we get to know the origin, cultural value and sacrificial ceremony of Four-tile Dance. 3,Natural science:In the research, we use many advanced digital equipment and our computer skill level is improved. 4,Chinese:All the team members learn to collect information, write report and edit web pages. It’s a good chance to improve our Chinese level. 5,practice:In the research, team members learn to cooperate and communicate with others. We discuss, share our experience, express our ideas and respect others.