1. Description of Our Community
Kaohsiung is a populous and the second largest city, with a population around 1.5 million, situated in the southwestern part of Taiwan. It faces the Taiwan Strait on the west. Kaohsiung, officially named Kaohsiung City, is divided into eleven districts. Kaohsiung is one of two special municipalities under the administrative system of the Republic of China, which gives it the same status as a province. Kaohsiung is an indispensable center for all kinds of business, such as manufacturing, refining, shipbuilding, and other light and heavy industries. It is also regarded as the major marine imports and exports around the island. In short, Kaohsiung plays an essential and mandatory role in the economic development and progress in Taiwan.
2. Summary of Our Project
The Port of Kaohsiung is the largest harbor in Taiwan, which is located in the southern part of Taiwan; furthermore, it is adjacent to Kaohsiung City, surrounded by the city districts. Throughout history, Port of Kaohsiung is the door to the international world, which has enabled many shipping businesses to blossom since it was officially opened in Cing dynasty. With the active development of the government, Port of Kaohsiung was once ranked the third place in the world in terms of its imports and exports business. When it comes to its growth and expansion, The Port of Kaohsiung has renewed its city industries, tourism projects, the revitalization of Kaohsiung harbor districts over the past decades. The Port of Kaohsiung has contained many historical and adventurous legends along its development, and that is the research initiative why the team “Takao Boys” would like to elaborate and investigate.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:4-6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
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):
Internet is accessible in the classroom so that we could be able to link to whatever we wish to see.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Throughout the project, the first and biggest problem that we had come across was the collection of the data since some of them were lack of record so that we had to seek for the dictations from those elder locals, which brought about other two big problems that, first of all, some of us could not speak Taiwanese fluently so that we needed some interpretations from our parents or teachers, and the other problem that we encountered was that we were not good at interviewing people so many rehearsals were carried out before the real interview. Secondly, each of us was responsible for one single part, however, we found it hard to hold a meeting to present our progress report since we were all occupied with all sorts of matters. Next, we came to realize that we were running out of budgets since we had to do the researches in many distinct places so that we were using up the transportation budget. Thanks to the voluntary offer from our parents and teachers, we could get to many places in a more efficient way. Nonetheless, we attempted to solve the problems within a short period of time since we realized that unity is the key to success so that we sort out the free timetable of ours and made a list for a weekly gathering so that we could know how much he/she had accomplished in the previous week and what obstacles he/she had encountered during the interviews or the researches. After the problems listed out, we would examine any possible means to get those problems solved at once so that it would not delay our research progress. Thereafter, we also realized the importance of teamwork.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
All of the pictures were all drawn by us, and we are proud of our own works!
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Throughout this project, we integrated many fundamental courses into it, such as social studies, arts and local humanities, information education, and so on. We found it consistent to match what we had learned and then sort out the information to produce this website, and we gradually understood what the textbook had tried to deliver certain knowledge. In addition, we also had the capability of comprehending what our teachers had illustrated in class while doing those researches. What's more, we got to understand and discover what and where our living environment is like since we did not have so much time to appreciate the beauty of our hometown due to the busy schedule every day. Therefore, we regard it as a genuine opportunity for us to admire our local community and advertise it to the entire world through this project. As for the educational system, we thought it very liberal to seek for any information that is of our interest. Our teachers, to some extent, are facilitators or counselors so that we can turn to them for help whenever necessary. Furthermore, our teachers has been using the Internet for teaching and learning throughout our classes and we consider it very innovative and interesting since we could know how rapid the outside world is changing and what we should learn to enhance our own abilities to become an internationalized person, for we are all living in this digital era.