1. Description of Our Community
Da Tong County is located in the Northern Agricultural Region in Eastern Qiang Hai Province. It belongs to the province capital-Xi Ning city. The total area of this county is 3090 square kilometers, which has 22 villages, 6 towns and a population of 410000. The population density is 129 people / km2 . There has rich resource and the available pasture is 2340000 mu; forest area is 100000 hectare; forest coverage is 26.4%, which ranks first in the province. Transportation is very convenient here. The county town is only 35 km from Xi Ning and no more than 50 km from Xi Ning Cao Jia Bao airport. Da Tong County is National commodity grain Base County and the country's 500 largest counties of food. Now it has agricultural acreage 79000 mu, which is abundant with wheat, bean, rape, barley and so on. Bean and rape is the local characteristic crops. Da Tong County is the municipality County of Xining City—the approved opening inland city by the State Council. It enjoys the same preferential policies like those coastal cities given by the State Council.
2. Summary of Our Project
Chinese calligraphy art is always an essence of five thousand years’ Chinese culture. However, with the popular of computer, people are used to enter words with keyboard. The traditional paper and pen is facing with stern challenge. Calligraphy art is almost forgotten by people and many schools have stopped to open calligraphy courses. Therefore, we choose to use calligraphy artist as our interview topic and use our own effort to publicize and develop Chinese calligraphy art. Only in this way will people not forget and abandon our traditional culture but shows it the charming part of Chinese traditional culture to the world.
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:none
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):
3 computer consist of the ADSL broadband LAN
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
First, it’s hard to find a interviewee. Our interviewee is defined as a person who is not only good at calligraphy but also has some local influence. Hoever there merely has no such kind of person locally. We asked from students as well as parents, but still got nothing. When we thought that the plan was going to fail, our schoolmaster Shang communicated with the village heads there actively and finally found grandpa Liu in Tao Jia Zhai Village. Second, time is limited and task is heavy. We had a very tight time schedule and it was hard for us to e interview outside. Considering the heavy course work and not to waste too much time, we had to use the short rest time and weekends to finish it. When faced with problems, we helped and encouraged each other and teachers also cheered us up. Therefore, though time was limited, we were all very confident. More importantly, everyone has been imperceptibly influenced by calligraphy art during this deeply understanding process this time, which firmed our courage to conquer all difficulties. Third is the English level problem. Our English level is not high and due to that the committee required to hand in English version competition works, we can only asked for help from teachers in Qian Xiang Wan Cai. There we express our thanks to them.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We enjoyed the feeling as if being interviewed by journalist at TV, the feeling is quite well for us. 1, have a more comprehensive understanding to calligraphy art. 2, this is a very wonderful practical course.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The teaching at school and students’ learning should not just be the 40 minutes at class, nor to learn knowledge from textbook. It is important to learn from real life and our living environment, to put what we’ve learnt from textbook into practice. It is important to focus on independence and autonomy cultivation of students, to guide students to question, investigate, explore and learn in practice, to promote their own initiative and personalized learning under the guidance of teachers, to fully play to the advantages of information technology and provide rich educational environment and a strong learning tool for student learning and development. Therefore, the research is to give students opportunities to practice and use knowledge, allow students to learn what they can not learn in the textbooks and enable the students to become the master of knowledge as well. This activity is the most famous practice course in our school. They all like computer and calligraphy. This kind of learning style has never been experienced. The students showed great fervor during the real operation process and experienced a kind of learning experience they’d never had. Under the guidance of their teacher, they firstly experienced the combination of knowledge at class and outside class. Especially the 3 students learned all the skills about the information resources to finish the webpage making. Though there is something not that mature at last, it makes them know that the knowledge in the textbook can be rewrite and how the new knowledge be discovered and created. It makes the students understand more clearly about calligraphy art, the kindness between people, cultivate their love to calligraphy, stimulate them to love traditional culture and the emotion to love their own nationality.