1. Description of Our Community
Our school is located in Songhua Community, Shou’an Town, Pujiang County, Chengdu, Sichuan Province. You can take a bus at Chengdu New South Gate Bus Station, via highway of Cheng (du) - Ya (An) for about 40 minutes, and get off at Shou’an exit stop, turn to the west and go along for about 5 km, then you can find our school. Our school locates between the big and small Wumian Hill, close to the Linxi River, about 20 km to Pujiang County. The fast track between Chengdu and Pujiang under construction is only 1 km away from our school. When the project is completed, it will become more convenient your coming to our school.
2. Summary of Our Project
Pujiang, as a national ecological demonstration zone, enjoys the reputation of 'green Pujiang, natural oxygen bar'. Pujiang’s people are hard-working and kind. The elders in Pujiang are loving and caring, who care about the next generation.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20
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):
Our school began to use the education group private network this year. Since it is just a beginning, the supporting facilities are still uncompleted. There are always too many classes using the school computer rooms, thus it is difficult to get one. The West Side Story and website production has been arranged in the school administrative office. There are three computers in the office, used for the teachers to find information and print the files most often, and sometimes students don’t have the access and they have to go to other places for writing, including teachers’ home and other school leaders’ offices.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
First: the tight schedule. The beginning time for participating this activity is a little late this year, but the students in boarding school have to get up at 6:50 everyday morning, have breakfast at 7:30 and do the morning reading time at 8:30 am, and the end time for the night classes is 9:00 pm. Ms. Liu is the class teacher and also responsible for school administrative office work. Students use the time after breakfast and before the morning reading, free time for PE class, after lunch and after dinner. We try to make good use of our time to do something, and sometimes on weekends when it is accessible we can do some at school. Little by little, the work needed to be done is accumulated. Second: Although I have accessed to some information in the school CNG committee (Working Committee Caring for the Next Generation) long before, it is still really difficult to contact with the elderly extensively. To understand the true lives of the elderly, especially their thoughts, we must go into them. But the nearest community university for the senior and the working group caring for the next generation in the community don’t open all year daily. After all, it is rural. The elderly have their own home and families, and they can be together only three or four days in a month. In order to get the first-hand information, we asked the school CNG committee for help. The committee made a contact with the community university for the senior and the working group in the community, thus our interview activities was carried out successfully. Huang Wanming, deputy director of the school CNG committee, and Mr. Lv, member of the school CNG committee and the director of the school moral education department, provided us with great help.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The elderly is not a burden. The elderly are not pessimistic. They have the fun of their own. The elderly are all caring for the next generation and they all wish that the younger generation can grow up healthily. Old people are enjoying lives by their own way, continuing to glow at their later years and make contributions for the community. Sunset is magnificent, even dusk.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The purposes for organizing students to participate in this activity are: 1. To cultivate the students’ team spirit; 2. To exercise and develop their ability of life observation and information extraction; 3. To broaden their horizons; 4. To help students to go into the elderly and understand their spiritual world; 5. To promote the students to learn and acquire more knowledge.