1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
We used two AOC computers. We also used telephones, TV and radio stations, video and digital cameras, internet video or other teleconferencing, type computer software, libraries, books and newspapers, and oral interviews. These tools helped us get more information. None of these items were donated by businesses. We think that the most valuable tool is the computer. It was the most helpful as well. It helped us get more information.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
I could act as an ambassador of my school by talking to my family members about what they think about the Philippines, why their heritage is important for them and how they can approach on making their children learn about the importance of the history of the Philippines. History in general is very important to everyone and as the old saying goes, “Those who fail to learn from history will be doomed to repeat it.” Thus I could also make them understand how we as Filipinos have been both liberated for three times from our colonizers yet we managed to learn a lot of things from them. Yet getting back to how I can be an ambassador, I could also communicate with several of my friends who have graduated and moved on to college to get their views on the Philippines. This will be done via Facebook or Yahoo! Messenger in order to gain easier access to what their say is about the Philippines and her importance. Probably phone calls might be a disadvantage because of the limited amount of time my respondents will have to talk and due to the fact that they might not be able to get the call until later as a missed call. When I am going to use phone to phone communication then the best way for me is to text those respondents. Perhaps I could get more contacts maybe because there are some people that my respondents know that could be of assistance with the Cyberfair as I speak. Another thing is there might be a chance that people might be slightly impressed with what we are doing because of their reactions of enthusiasm and encouragement that will help us so significantly with the Cyberfair.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
In this project, we are trying to let people from the outside know how our school works and how technology is used. Our local community can gain new knowledge about different historical places in the Philippines that we have featured in our web site. Foreigners from different places of the globe has seen the true beauty of the Philippines with its traditions and culture. I have asked my friends from other schools to view our web site and they indeed, have learned more about the country. And now, they would want to explore the Philippines and just admire the beauty. Through our web site, they have gained new information about the country and they would not be ignorant about the history of the Philippines.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
The main members of the community that helped us were the students from CIE and the teachers. The teachers guided us through out the project and the students all helped us by both assisting in the creation of the site and giving us the information. The 3rd year High School students from CIE gave us the information they gathered from their previous Ed Tour (Educational Tour) in Manila while the rest of the information we were able to gather ourselves when we had an Ed Tour. The adults who were in charge of our tour also helped in this project by taking us to the places we needed to go and provided us with the information they already knew, the rest we had to gain ourselves. Technically, our parents also helped us voluntarily by giving us their consent and helping us out financially to be able to go on this trip.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
It was an honor to finally visit the places that had a connection with our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. It was amazing to see the Rizal Park. It was said to be the place where Rizal's body was buried. It was really wonderful to see how neat the place was and how the Philippine flags stood which represented love for our country. I really appreciate how the guards stood still without moving a muscle just to watch over the shrine. We also visited Fort Santiago wherein we saw the exact prison cell where Rizal was placed before his death. There were also bronze footsteps that were planted on the ground to represent the path he walked in going to Bagumbayan, the place of his death. On the second day of our Educational tour, we went to Calamba, Laguna to visit the home of our beloved national hero. In the house, we saw photos and some of his laminated works which sculpted his childhood. It was enough to be able to step on the floor that Rizal once stepped on since the floor was not ruined from WWII. This Educational tour was a great experience knowing that the exact places that were once just talked about in the classroom, were places that we would actually be in. :)