1. Description of Our Community
Kang Chiao Bilingual School is located in Shindian City Taipei County, Taiwan. The School strives to provide a bilingual, experimental and nature-loving environment for students to succeed in a global society. We encourage our teachers and students to take the challenge of climbing Yushan, long distance running, long distance swimming, and even triathlons. Up to now, many teachers and students have completed the Yushan climb and swum across Sun-Moon Lake.
2. Summary of Our Project
Yushan, or Jade Mountain, is the highest of the hundred mountains in Taiwan and the highest mountain in Northeast Asia. If you finish climbing it, you have conquered Yushan. Therefore, we have chosen the title “Conquering Taiwan’s Everest Mountain” for our topic. And our students get their graduation certificates from the principal at the top of Yushan. Therefore, we really have a “special graduation ceremony”.
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:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
The students work on their own web pages after class or school on their own, and the IT department also supports them and provides various assistances.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
A. Building a common consensus: Team members need to reach mutual understanding and the sense of responsibility in order to work together on the project. B. Seeking parental support: The research itself is very time and effort consuming. Therefore, an orientation targeting the parents is required to earn their support. C. Scheduling interviewees: Most interviews were done through emails, phone calls and personal contacts. D. Dictation and manuscript: Before and after the interviews, there were various kinds of editing and organization that need to be done. It was not only difficult but important. It also takes much patience and willpower to accomplish the task. E. Technical issues: Members need to learn digital editing and many other related techniques. They also need to work in smaller groups and discuss various issues to be able to put things together.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We have learned many things, like how to make web pages, how to organize articles... etc. The most important thing is teamwork, and students learn how to get along with others. Everyone in the team has its indispensable importance.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
A. Language: Writing, interviewing, and public speaking B. Math: Learning how to measure Yushan’s climbing distance C. P.E.: School hours mountain climbing. E. Liberal Arts: Learning basic computer skills: PhotoImpact 8, Photoshop, Photocap. F. Activities: Organizing and processing data (Team work) (a) Technology: Researching, collecting, processing and editing data and information. Sharing and communicating with group members. Keeping records. Saving data and information. Producing web pages. (b) Projects: Learning and using various research methods.