CyberFair Project ID: 6590

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Design for Change - I Can LOVE
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Affiliated Experimental Elementary School of Taipe
    Taipe, R.O.C, Taiwan

10 students, ages 10-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2011. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2007,2008,2009,2010

Classes and Teachers: 3110395

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our school is located at the Chungcheng District, close to the Presidential Office Building and Residence.

2. Summary of Our Project

We established Design for Change (DfC) team by gathering students and teachers. DfC was first founded by Ms. Kiran Bir Sethi of Riverside School in India three years ago. All the children around the world have signed up for DfC by exercising their creativity. The first year of DfC in Taiwan was held in 2010. We hope to introduce DfC to everybody and summarize their development and creative initiatives.

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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1.Difficulty in research scheduling: Cyberfair project members are from different classes in the fourth and fifth grades. It was not easy to work out a schedule for everybody. We discussed during school hours and did our writing by coming to the school over weekends and holidays. 2.Difficulty in summarizing interviews: The biggest challenge in the interviews with DfC was transcripts. We had to take note of everything. Sometimes there were no subtitles. Occasionally the judges did not speak clearly or did not speak Chinese. If they spoke too fast, we would miss the answers. We had problems getting the key points as a result of these issues. We did our best to meet the deadlines and resolved problems. 3.Difficulty in DfC initiatives: When involved in “LKK=Love Kids + Kids Love” project, I noticed that some old people were slow in movement and never played computer games. I took the time to go over game rules and taught them with patience. Eventually, the grandma I taught and other people in the church knew how to play computer games. The friendly and gentle smiles of their faces became our motivation, as well as the best feedback for us. Good morning team and the team dedicated to the blind people had to overcome psychological hurdles by promoting their ideas to other classes or the public. It was a daunting challenge for us!

5. Our Project Sound Bite

When we signed up for Cyberfair, we all thought it was going to be a difficult competition. However, I had great fun and learned a lot during the first day of training in the winter vacation. It was effortless because we all worked together. The teacher encouraged us to learn from the dedication of DfC in Taiwan when we encounter difficulties. He said that we performed very well in the DfC competition and I was so happy to hear that! I learned new skills, such as interviews, note-taking and summarizing data from my involvement in Cyberfair project. I also experienced the pleasure of team work. I wish we can achieve good results in the competition.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

1. Cultural learning & international understanding: Writing and campaign implementation of Cyberfair project can lead to an understanding of cultural characteristics and differences of different countries, and broaden the international horizon of children. 2. Appreciation, expression and innovation: Writing and campaign implementation of Cyberfair project can enable children to understand and develop their own potential. They can also learn to appreciate their own and other’s expression via the interaction and cooperation within the team.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

My school computer classroom have 2 have 72 of computer in all, other administration spend about 100 computers with computer and class, supply with 19 Taiwan of note type computer which a teacher uses, there are 24 students' note type computers, all adopt the optic fibre and host computer room line; There is window2000 one server in the host computer room, Linux one server, Linux 1 server and several servers of other operating systems. The team members mostly use and download the inquiry that ADSL that 2M uploads 512K carries on the materials and transmission of the file at home, and apply for a webpage space in the school

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

Hsin-wei Hsu, the founder of DfC in Taiwan, was inspired by Ms. Sethi. She believes that Taiwanese children should have a platform to them to exercise creativity and be part of this meaningful campaign. Children should be encouraged to observe what is around them and brainstorm with others to take actions and resolve problems. A number of young people involved in DfC Taiwan started their own Design for Change campaign. The interview below summarizes their experience and impacts of their actions.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

In the process of Cyberfair project, we realized that we can turn ourselves from takers to givers. We can help grandmas and grandpas learn computer games, express our care for the disadvantaged students, protect the environment and help people that we did not know before. We also learned that there are many people in the world who are willing to love and give!

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

We took part in DfC because we thought that was a meaningful initiative. We wanted to know more about their organization and goals, as well as their impact and help to children in Taiwan. We wondered how they got their funding and why they organize events in Taiwan. We wanted to know what drives them to complete this tough task in Taiwan so that we can share their valuable experience with others.


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