1. Description of Our Community
Qian-De Temple is not only an important center of religious beliefs but also the spiritual shelter of most residents in Tianjhong. In recent years, Qian-De Temple has also taken part in the holy pilgrimage of Mazu Temples in Changhua County. Every time when an important festival comes, a number of believers will crowd into the temple. And the development of Tianjhong is closely related to Qian-De Temple. In order to know more about our hometown as well as to promote it, we attempt to design the website to introduce Qian-De Temple.
2. Summary of Our Project
Tianjhong is located in the southeastern area of Changhua County and famous for its rice cultivation. The name “Tianjhong” is originated from rice. This town is situated at the center of a paddy field. Since it was surrounded by green paddy field, it was first named after “Tien-Chung-Yang” (which means the center of a paddy field), and the name was changed to Tianjhong during the Japanese Occupation. Most residents in Tianjhong in the old days worked at farming, and farming is often influenced by the weather or climates, so the support of religion plays an important part in their daily lives. This is also the reason why there are so many temples in Taiwan.
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:1
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
When our teacher proposed to participate in this competition, we were not quite confident of ourselves at first because we were not good at using computers. But our teacher encouraged us to have a trial, no matter what the result is, as long as we had fun and learnt something in the experience. Hence, we finally made up our mind to take the challenge at the beginning of December. Due to the limited time, we made use of the break time at noon to learn about webpage design and art design software, such as Namo WebEditor and Photocapx, to edit webpage and modify photos. In addition, since we were not so familiar with the local culture and history of our community, we also inquired the managers, staff, and volunteers of Qian-De Temple to assist us. Afterwards, the mayor of Tianjhong Town, Mr. Chun-Hsiung Cheng, knew we joined the competition; he even gave us a lot of supports and encouragement. Because of these, we are grateful to those who help us and get more united in our team.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Living in a community, we residents should learn about what happens here. This way, participating in this project can arouse students’ identifications to their homeland and increase their interactions with the community.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Being a residents in Tianjhong, we are supposed to know about the local information, such as characters and events. Taking a view of the development of Tianjhong, we can find that Qian-De Temple is very significant in Tianjhong. After we learning this, we found the history of Qian-De Temple is quite incomplete. Therefore, we expect to introduce Mazu in Tianjhong to everyone and promote Tianjhong as well. By the case, we learnt how to make a webpage, how to communicate, and how to integrate information. Via the contact with the local residents, we get closer to Qian-De Temple and moved by our homeland. So we expect more people can know about Qian-De Temple and refresh their memory of Tianjhong.