1. Description of Our Community
Doushan Shrine is located in Beidou Village, Shetou Township, Changhua County. Shetou Township is at the southeast of Changhua County. The township connects with Nantou County by the east side of Bagua Tableland; Yuanlin Township is to the north of the township, Yungching Township and Tianwei Township are to the west and Tianchung Township is to the south. The altitude of the township is 30-430 meters. The township is divided into two geographic areas. The east is the west foot of mountain of Bagua Tableland and the west is part of the area of Changhua Plain. The east of the township is Bagua Tableland. Because of the intense summer rain, there are consequent valleys on the west foot of the mountain and varied sizes of alluvial fans. The central part of alluvial fan is the highest and two sides of the fans are lower. County Expressway No. 137 is constructed along the foot of mountain. It rises and falls because of crossing several alluvial fans. The sections in Shanhu Village, Chingshui Village, and Beidou Village are the most significant. Natural ponds and springs usually appear in some areas at the altitude of 50 meter. They are mostly in Chaohsing Village. Before the development, the groundwater level of Shetou Township was high. Ponds, canals and swamps were everywhere. It is demonstrated by the old place names in Shetou Township, such as Dayuchi, Shantiantze, Neihu, Hsiatiantse, Nantze, Nandi, Yuliaotze, Yuliaotze, Beidou, Yamunan, etc.
2. Summary of Our Project
Doushan Shrine is an attractive building, the ancestral shrine of Doushan of the Hsiao. It is spectacular, approachable and sophisticated and functions as culture education and art sharing. With agreement and assistance of Teacher Rui-lu Hsiao, current secretary of Doushan Shrine, the school was provided with precious data and pictures. Through Cyberfair project and by the assistance of principal, director, teachers and volunteer parents, the members of “The Beauty of Doushan” reorganized “Doushan Shrine”, explored the history, building structure, artistic characteristics and educational functions, conducted interview and research, produced the homepage and preserved the precious record for the community. Thus, people will approach the historic relics.
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:2-3
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):
In group research and production of homepage, we used the facilities and internet in computer classroom of Nan Ya Elementary School. In the school, the internet connection is by fiber and the speed is about 10MB. The members access the internet at home by ADSL. We recognize data needed by searching for and passing the research information. The school provides homepages for each participant to keep the works.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
(1) Time limit: Nine members were from five classes of grade 5 and 6. We could only use the lunch break. The members included the little angels of lower grades, school band members and piquet. They had to sometimes participate in the class teachers’ activities. Thus, there was time limit in the research.(2) Lack of the research experience: All members have never done the related study and never interviewed people. We did not know how to write the report. What should we do in the research? At the beginning, we have all kinds of questions!
5. Our Project Sound Bite
In more than two months, we left the classroom and approached the community. In the visit, we discovered the beauty and implication of the historic relics in the hometown and realized that the Hsiao descendants were devoted only to be grateful for the ancestors, enhance relatives’ cohesion and contribute the next generation, society and country. We were moved by their spirit. In the research, we probed into the ancestors’ early hard work in Taiwan and approached our hometown. We loved the hometown more and became grateful. Finally, we appreciate all who have helped us.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Grade 1-9 Curriculum promotes the care for the community and actively introduces homeland teaching materials. The building of Doushan Shrine in Beidou Community near the school is magnificent and on holidays, many visitors come to visit the spatial yard and attractive sights. Therefore, we decided to treat Doushan Shrine as the topic and the students could thus leave the classroom, approach the community and learn the historic building, culture and art. The Cyberfair project was started by the teacher’s guidance. The students then continued and actively explored and studied the project. By team work, we realized the background of Doushan Shrine and learned the method of interview, research process, practiced communication skills and advanced the capabilities of technology and information.