1. Description of Our Community
Qilian Mountain is as majestic as always, the Gualang Gorge still plunges as steeply, and the Yellow Sheep River still flows protectively around the town. There is still a severe drought, harvests are unchanged, and the residents continue to struggle to survive on infertile land. However, the arrival of the internet succeeds in bridging all gaps between Yellow Sheep River and the outside world. For the first time in memory, villagers harbor hopes and dreams. Their fates are soon to change. In the years since Town and Talent Technologies has worked with this remote town, they have installed IT school computer classrooms. They have the opportunity to do e-business. Events such as official government inspections, news courage, and visits from honored overseas guests have rendered Yellow Sheep River a place knows in the hearts and minds of all. They have found a way to solute poverty.
2. Summary of Our Project
Mr. Sayling Wen was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. He was born in 1948 and later graduated from Taiwan University with a degree in electrical engineering. Over the course of his career, he served as general manager of Jin Bao Electronics, as well as general manager, president and finally vice-chairman of Inventec Group.
During his time as vice-chairman of Inventec Group, Mr. Wen was noted as a far-sighted visionary and placed in charge of strategic development. He used his keen business instincts to readily adapt to the lightening innovations in high-technology. Mr. Sayling Wen was not only an outstanding individual in the field of high-technology, but also a respected scholar holding dear one long-cherished dream. At the age of 50, Mr. Wen retired from active daily business. He proceeded to found the Ming Ri Workroom in conjunction with famous cartoonist, Mr. Cai Zhi-Zhong. He deeply believed that culture was the very heartbeat of the nation, and that technology must form the foundation of new culture. He launched the English One-Step software program, World of Books, as well as authored multi-media and 'handy' works. He also implemented the Town and Talent Project in mainland China in order to carry out the theory of developing western China within 10 years. Mr. Wen was always deeply concerned about what he could do for his country and how to best make the Chinese dream a reality.
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):
We have a computer classroom in campus, where we can search information and make web pages. It’s broad-band system and the speed is 1M. We have no computers at home.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Time: In the whole process, we feel that the schedule is quite busy. Since setting the subject, we search information, books and write reports in our spare time, such as lunch rest and weekend. It’s a good opportunity for us to improve our writing ability and computer skills. Computer skills: As our team members are not good at computer, we have to learn since the very beginning. We learn to type, make diagram, search information, write email, and use other soft wares, such as Form page?Dreamwaver mx?flash mx. With teachers’ guidance, we finish the website in time. Interview: As Sayling Wen’s friends are spread in Taiwan, China mainland, USA and other nations, we have to overcome the difficulty of space an time. Thanks to their cooperation and our endeavor, we solve all the problems and finish the website in time. Picture possessing: As we have no pictures of Sayling Wen in hands, we have to borrow the pictures and scan them into computer. Our school offers great help in this problem. We spent our weekends in scanning pictures and making web pages.
Design: This is the first time we make web pages by ourselves. 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. We often confused with the location of headlines and photos. However, with our endeavor and help from Town and Talent Technologies, we have succeeded in completing the website. We are proud of ourselves and the experience is unforgettable. Interview schedule: As most of Sayling’s friends are quite busy, we have to arrange the schedule in advance and think about the questions carefully. In this way, each team member learns how to arrange schedule. Information searching: As Sayling has left for several years, we consider to make a website to show his different aspects. And thus, we interview his school, learn his participation of social services, and his company-Town and Talent Technologies. We also interview local villages and leaders. Here, we want to express our sincere acknowledgement to all the interviewees. Information tools and technologies: (1) Hardware facilities: computer, digital camera, recorder, scanner, flash disk, scanner. (2) Computer software: Dreamweaver for webpage editing, PhotoImpact for graphic processing, Microsoft Word for textual information editing, Outlook Express for receiving and …
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We have got a better knowledge of Mr. Wen Sayling’s contribution to the development of western regions. We also realize that the arrival of internet succeeds in bridging all gaps between YSR and outside world. The activity has enhanced our teamwork spirit and improved our communicating and interpersonal abilities. We have learnt a lot about communication with others. Although the process of research is harsh, we know that there is no harvest without sowing. The sweet fruit comes only with hard work. We have also gained the valuable experiences of interacting with others; this ability will be a long-life benefit for us.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Schools Cyber Fair project support content standards, required coursework and curriculum requirements? Mr. Wen Sayling was a famous businessman in Taiwan, who had deep feeling with western region in China. Yellow Sheep River (YSR) is a small mountain village in remote western areas. Sayling considered setting YSR as a shining model for agricultural society using internet to develop knowledge-based economy, triggering a direct leap into information society. Furthermore, decided to carry out a plan called “Town and Talent”, to copy 1000 “Yellow Sheep River” in national wide. However, Sayling died of apoplexy in Taiwan in Dec of 2003. Mr. Wen left a unique and indelible mark in the changing world of high-technology and human civilization. All the team members have witness the changes of their hometown in recent years. They want to introduce Sayling’s contribution to more people and thus give implication to undeveloped areas.