1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
What information tools and technologies did we use to complete your Cyberfair project?
(A) Telephone: To conduct interviews and facilitate communication between team members.
(B) Digital Camera: The interview process was photographed and placed on a dedicated website, showing the real interviews.
(C) Scanner: To scan our paintings into web pages that represent different activities at Lu-Way.
(D) Voice Recorder: To record the contents of the dialogue in our interviews.
(E) Video Conferencing: Was used to facilitate discussions, planning, and to report progress.
(F) Computer software:
1.U-lead Photo Impact 8.0 (graphic software) 2.Photo Cap 4.2 (graphic software) 3.Illustrator (graphic software)
4.Photo Shop (graphic software)
5.Office 2003 (word processing software)
6.Adobe Dream weaver (web page creation software)
7.SWiSH Max (animation software)
8.Flash MX (animation software)
(G) Book: Computer software, books, web-page reference books.
(H) Field Interview: Actual interviews done at Lu-Way Center.
(I) How did these tools help me? Where did we locate each tool?
We used these tools and software to organize, collect and compile data, build websites, proof read materials and supervise the progress of team members to complete our website.
(J) What were your most valuable tools? Why?
Computers were our most useful tools, because most of the work was done using computers (prerecorded files to read, the instrument layout, data integration). The were also used in the production of web pages.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
The truth is Lu-Way Center in Sinshih Township is only known to precious few people and even they are not aware of the full extent of the activities at Lu-Way. We only knew that there was a center for physically and mentally handicapped children. Even our school's students did not quite know what the center offered. But by our participation in the School CyberFair research project, we didn't only create a website; we also arranged a series of activities, such as: charity events, invoice collection, visits to Lu-Way, morning assembly and so on. I believe in the activities conducted we played our 'ambassador's role' very well that the representation we gave the center during and after the study made more people aware of the Lu-Way Opportunity Center.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
(A) How did our research change local perception?
Although we have only a small group of students, we believe that step by step this region will be more aware of Lu-Way Center, and also gradually more people will be willing donate their time resources to Lu-Way Center!
(B) How did our research project affect other places?
For a long time, in rural places, all information was passed on through word of mouth. News spread slowly! However, this time we used school education for our case study, so that more people can have contact with Lu-Way Opportunity Center. It also stands to reason that due to the location of the Tainan Science Park, there is also a large international population which I believe have a lot of caring people, who, when they look at our special study, will certainly be willing to play a greater role to help Lu-Way Opportunity Center. Therefore, we believe that our efforts can bear fruit one day.
(C) Can local people learn something new from our website?
Yes, because Tainan Science Park is in Sin shih, there are a lot of talented people in the high-tech industry that have access to our website and can learn more about Lu-Way Opportunity Center.
Families that have physically or mentally handicapped children can also learn about Lu-Way Opportunity Center from our website and they can get in contact with the services that can help them.
(D) Can other people around the world gain insight and information from our website?
Yes, there may be international visitors who want to come to the science park at Sin shih, who also have children who need help. I believe that the Lu-Way Opportunity Center must be their first choice to turn to for help, or when they learn about Lu-Way Opportunity Center via the web, they can also make donations to help the special education center at Lu-Way Opportunity Center.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
(A) The text on the web page:
We used official advertisements and information pamphlets provided by Lu-Way Opportunity Center, modified them and integrated the information into our web site.
(B) Web Pictures:
We created and photographed our own images at Lu-Way Opportunity Center.
(C) Background Music:
We obtained a license form the music ministry to use the music played on our site.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
The study of this topic was not simple. Only as a team, through the division of labor, we were able to complete each phase, step by step. Through the work we had discussed, the contents of each part were completed. The need for the communication, discussion and prior planning was felt and performed throughout the whole process and contributed to the efficient completion of the project.
Because we did not have experience, our plans often did not run smoothly or reached the required goals, so they had to be done from scratch. We realized that advanced planning is very important.
After the completion of this project, we fully understand the physical and psychological barriers that can present themselves and the need to ask for help in overcoming them. But we also now know that if we get the opportunity to assist disadvantaged groups in the future, we will jump at the chance to get involved.