1. Description of Our Community
Dan Geer, namely, Huangyuan County in Qinghai province, which has a meaning of “white conch”, is located in the north of the Yellow River, coast western of the ocean, the source of Huangshui, and 40 kilometers away from Xining (Capital city of Qinghai). It is the place where Loess plateau and the Qinghai-Tibet plateau jointed together, farming culture and the grassland culture intersected ,ancient Road in Tang Dynasty and south silk road passed through , many peoples gathered, it is well-known as the “ the throat of Qinghai and Tibet”, “ Tea and horse Commercial City”, “Small Beijing”. The ancient city built in Ming dynasty ( Hongwu Period),with a history of 600 years, is an important economic and cultural hub and holding an important military position in western China.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project research theme concerns the customs of ancient Dan Geer city, we photography, interview, collect information, sort and research its traditional culture such as historical culture, scenic spots culture, humanities culture, folk culture etc, during which we get strong support from people in Huangyuan county Propaganda Department, Tourism Bureau, Regional Management staffs and scenic spots commentators, therefore, we get a lot of materials. We use our own website to propaganda the local conditions and folk customs of Dan Geer,let people know more about our beautiful hometown, at the same time, this activity cultivates friendly mutual cooperation spirit between teachers and students. We stick to the theme of the visit: “Watch and Feel”, we hope that through this contest, we share the historical and natural beauty of Dan Geer, our success, experience and happiness with friends from all over the world.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none
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:4-6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
(1)Our school is located in the countryside, the children all come from mountainous area, and don't have a computer and Internet at access at home, there was no students who have access to Internet at home. (2)Because the school is still in built, there is only one computer classroom, and 40 computers’ access to Internet is not stable, only about ten computers in teachers’ office have access to network. (3) Surfing internet at school is expensive, where applies the dormitory LAN agent mode. (4) Students can have acess to the Internet for two years, but the Internet is not stable.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
In collecting material and making web pages, we meet many difficulties. This project is to research folk culture of Dan Geer, the materials collection is relatively easy, but because of the wide design range, it's hard to be comprehensive in collecting materials. In order to collect more information, we visit and take photos in attractions at our own, in advance, we contact the people in Propaganda Department and workers in the attractions, seeking their help to give us free charge to visit attractions, and it this does not work, we pay the tickets ourselves. After getting consent and support from school leaders, and then approval of class advisor, we can go out, while only in afternoon, there is time for us to go out. Sometimes, because we classify material in computer room at soon, we miss noon self-study time, at that time, some of the teachers do not understand our behavior, but we will prove to teachers with excellent study performance that we didn't drop courses. In collecting, sorting and making web pages, the school network often fails in working; so we have go to the teacher's office to transmit the material to the Internet. In addition, we should not only make web pages carefully, but also improve our study. After all, we are in eight-grade, and it is an important year for us, learning task is aggravating, secondly, our guiding teachers are very busy with their work, they do not only have many teaching tasks of many classes, but also have to guide us to make web pages, they really work very hard, and they also love to finish web pages together with us.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
In this activity, we seek folk customs and cultural inheritance of Dan Geer, which helps us understanding the fact that precious memory of ancient civilization of one thousand years of winds and rain vicissitudes of life is left in this ancient land, where there is accumulated rich and unique local culture, manifesting amazing intersection of the farming culture and the grassland culture. Thank again for teachers and school leaders’ support to us. Abundant activities strengthen our social practice ability. In the project activities, we understand that: folk culture attaches with people’s life, their emotions and beliefs, is the blood and soul of a land, is also the important embodiment of national spirit and of national character. This project strengthens our love towards our hometown, and also plays a positive role in exploring, protecting and inheriting rich folk culture resources of Dan Geer, and developing folk cultural tourism.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Learning class courses in the classroom is our priority, and this project research activities doesn’t influence our normal study, we just try to find time and opportunities to complete the web page designing, sometimes we make use of holidays, weekend time to do interviews, to take pictures, and we want to thank our guiding teacher for their hard-working, and also appreciate all concerns and support from all level of leaders.