1. Description of Our Community
We live in an old neighborhood next to Dadaochen, old iancheng Circle and Zhongshan North Road. This area is filled with many historical buildings and cultures of great diversity. This area was once flourished with commerce and also the main traffic center for people migrating from south Taiwan to stay. Just by walking on the main streets or passing through small alleys, you find yourself entering a community of mixture of the old and the new, as well as full of unexpected surprises.
2. Summary of Our Project
The red building of Rixin Primary School is almost a century old. The century-old red building, with the beautifully arched double hallways, was built with red bricks during the Japanese colonial period. While in the past the ordinary way was to tear down the old buildings and build a totally different new one, the red building had been decided to be preserved and renovated. For this reason, we start from our own school, the red building of Rixin, to do lots of research and interview. Further, we walk out of the campus to extend our reach to old buildings around this neighborhood, visiting historical buildings in Dadaocheng, Zhonshan north road, and other red buildings in Taipei. During each and every visit to these historical architectures, we try to find out more about them and understand the meaning of preserving and protecting them.
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:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
There are two computer classrooms here at Rixin. Each of them is equipped with lots of computers with broadband access to internet. Sometimes when the computer classrooms are occupied and not available for individual usage, we could only use them during lunch breaks or on holidays for our project.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
1. Time pressure: During the execution of this project, we need to work together for incorporating information and photos, doing group discussions, and so on. As a result, the time issue really intense. Also, we need to learn to make web pages from scratch.
2. Learning about knowledge of historical buildings: In the beginning of the introductions offered by architects, we had difficulties understanding what they have said. Later, our teacher helped us to collect related information and guide us to grow to understand more about the buildings.
3. Information collection: Before actual visits, we are asked to collect information about the background of the buildings. Although searching for information from internet is quite easy, choosing proper information and eliminating the unnecessary one are more complicated.
4.Interview in action: Before each interview, we have to list out our questions and check with each other. We also need to learn necessary etiquettes and do rehearsals. But when it comes to the time of taking real action, we are all nervous. We also practice how to make appointments with others.
5. Compiling data after visits: Writing feedbacks are difficult in the beginning. But later on, we gradually get some clues of how to compile our thoughts. One other difficulty is dictating from the content recorded from interviews.
6. Integration of different themes: Because we are not just focusing on single historical building for introduction, discussions over themes becomes quite important.
7. Division of work: Because we are afraid of insufficient time for finishing every part of the project, we try hard to divide all the work. Also, we arrange time for everyone to get online at the same time, so that we could discuss it together.
8. Website making techniques: It takes lots of techniques making web pages and animations.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We realize that there are so many treasures around us in our lives and neighborhood. Although the historical buildings are solemnly quiet, but with renovation and proper observation, we get to discover their vitality and status in history and modern life.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
1.Through this research, it enables children to learn about different requirement and content of different industries and career. Let them know about the skills needed and characters about these jobs, in order to help them think about their future goals for career choosing. 2.During the process of executing the project, team members need to communicate with each other about individual ideas and concepts, share different points of view, and finally come with a new idea or concept. 3.Working as a team, we need to support each other. The ones who are capable of communicating are in charge of contacting with interviewees and liaisons. The ones who are good at artistic works are in charge of drawing graphics, designing layouts of web pages and icons. 4.Through the process of organizing the structure of a web site, data collecting, listing out the outlines for interviews and questionnaires, we develop the abilities of planning and organizing. In addition, through the actual interviews, activity planning and questionnaire survey, the ability of executing is elevated. 5.Using internet to search for relevant information of historical buildings, using software to compile images, upload data and make web pages. 6.During this project, we encourage children to take initiative to find out problems for research and figure out answers. This would help learn to solve problems on their own.