1. Description of Our Community
The location where this study takes place is Taiwan. The research scope starts from visiting the most famous temple “Longshang Temple” in the city we live in, to interviewing craftsmen who we have learned work on renovations of temples in surrounding countries and towns. Furthermore, we visited towns in Taiwan that have developed a tourist industry because of Koji pottery, while selecting cultural parks of Koji pottery as the major research area. As a result, the study extends from northern Taiwan to middle and southern Taiwan for a thorough exploration, covering several important towns in terms of Koji pottery.
2. Summary of Our Project
Koji pottery is a special sort of pottery originating in China, a type of art that has been quietly developed and extended among folk cultures. After being passed down to generations and innovated for 300 years, it has become a feature of Taiwanese culture. Because the performance and production of the decorative art of Koji pottery applied to temples are very interesting to us, we interviewed several famous craftsmen, observed their work and learned from them the differences in Koji pottery among different regions and different factions. We also visited a ceramic workshop, during which we even particpated in the production process in order to study directly this artistic culture. After collecting data considering the origin, history, materials, methods as well as glazes of Koji pottery, we have summarized, introduced and then compared the information.
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 school uses a 100Mbps fiber-optic to connect to the Ministry of Education.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
At the begining we were unable to find interviewees. Meanwhile,we had been demoralized when a team member dropped out. Despite of these, we pulled ourselves together and tried to solve the problems, looking for craftsmen and temples that were willing to be interviewed. Each team member has encouraged each other. Led by our team leader, we were finally able to complete the project.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We have not become masters of this traditional art form, but what this project hopes to achieve is to encourage everyone to appreciate this art form and to become interested in it. What is the most important is that the young generation should be aware of the risk of a cultural interruption and should learn about these different cultures.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
1. Social study related courses: local cultures, regional geography of Taiwan. 2. We applied what we have learned from computer courses and multimedia projects to construct a thematic website.