1. Description of Our Community
Our school--Te-Long Elementary School is located at Longtan Township, Taoyuan County. If you take a bus from Longtan to Buxin, you will see “Sacred Deed Pavilion” on your left side. It is the largest and most well-designed respect words pavilion in Taiwan. Then you will pass an up-slope which is called “Lingyungang.” It was called “Henggangzai” before. There is a flat basin between the up-slope and the nearby “Rugu Mountain.” The basin is called “Henggangbei,” where the literary author, Feng Hui-yue, lives. It is also the location of the our elementary school. Compared with Taoyuan and Zhongli, this place is not highly urbanized yet, so people live simple and leisurable lives here. This basin is surrounded by mountains. The broad view, the fresh air, and the dense tea plantations make people feel carefree and joyous.
2. Summary of Our Project
Feng Hui-yue, a literary author of children’s books, was the director of academic affairs at the elementary school and lived along Shengting Road near the school. Feng Hui-yue wrote lots of warm and interesting prose about his hometown--Henggangbei. His children’s poems and songs were inspired by plants, insects, and birds in Henggangbei. In his works, “Henggangbei” embraced and nourished him like a tender mother. We are deeply interested in this literary author living at “Henggangbei”--How about his childhood and present life?Why does he decide to be a writer?How does Henggangbei attract and inspire this writer?Therefore, we explore the career of the “king of children at Henggangbei.”
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:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Our internet devices: the school connects with the academic network with Fast Ethernet 100M
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
1.Congenital quality: our school is located at Longtan, but the campus is in the secluded area.Compared with the urban area, we don't have the same cultural inspiration and life standard. Our members worked hard and realized how to grasp rare chances. 2.Information capability: our members could not type fast, search for useful information, or deal with images effectively. Fortunately, our instructors taught them many things in this project, so students learned a lot. 3.Information collection: there was lots of information about Feng Hui-yue on internet, but we found lots of repeated information. We spent lots of time and strength finding the information we needed after making a painstaking investigation. We studied Feng Hui-yue's works for collecting more reliable information. On the other hand, we had several interviews but the sound effect was not so clear. It was hard for us to turn the contents of the radio records into texts. In addition, we interviewed Mr. Feng Hui-yue twice and visited community residents and the community empowerment association. The information made our collection perfect. 4.Music skill: in order that students in the school can join in this activity, we planed to hold a Hakka children's song performance. We made use of the simplest way and recorded a Feng Hui-yue's work in a Hakka children's song TV show by listening. Then we recorded the melody with composer software. After consulting music teachers about the composing principles, we tried to edit a double-part harmonica score with the bass part. 5.Teamwork: most teamwork was done during the winter vacation. However, some members must go to the cram school, others go traveling, and still others take part in the harmonica club at school. As a result, there was just a little time for the teamwork. Besides three meetings at school and an interview, all members kept in touch with phone calls and e-mails. Each member finished his or her responsible task respectively.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Through this interview, we realized that 'unity is power.' The power of one person is limited. Without the discussion, inspiration, and cooperation with others, we could not accomplish many things. On the other hand, we found the 'simple beauty' from our object of research, Feng Hui-yue. We realized ordinary things, simple life, and easy games could lead to internal satisfaction. As long as we try to observe and think carefully, we can find our own 'Henggangbei' in our mind.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
1.Linguistic field: for understanding Feng Hui-yue, a children's literary author, we read lots of his works, so we gain great progress in the problem analysis of the research, information collection, integration, communication, and expression techniques. In addition, we integrate the project with the vision of our school: landscape, poetry, love, and vigor. We have assignments of children's poems every semester. Students accomplish this assignment smoothly this year. It proves our capability of poem composition is improved after being instructed by Director Feng's works. Our appreciation of Hakka children's songs makes us realize the beauty of Hakka dialect. 2.Social field: through the prose and interview of Director Feng, we understand the rural life in Taiwan in the 1950s and 1960s. The interpersonal relationship and the relationship between people and their community were so inseparable. They were totally different from the modern society. We are more familiar with the change of the land where we live-'Henggangbei.' We understand more Hakka culture and customs. 3.Natural field and life technology: we apply the knowledge and capability we learn in the computer class to the collection and integration of information. 4.Artist and human field: though the process of composition is not successful, we learn how to record the notation with the software and realize many musical principles.