1. Description of Our Community
Hong Kong is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China, it is a place which well-known for its international financial center, free economy and incorruptible. In the early days, Hong Kong was just a little fishing port with small population. But after the First Opium War, Hong Kong turned into a British colony for 100 years; therefore the interfusion of western and eastern cultures had appeared. Because of the rapid growth of the population and development, Hong Kong has turned into one of the most secure, prosperity and high living standard cities in the world.
With a land mass of 1,104 km2 and a population of around seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Moreover, the lack of space effectuated the denser constructions, which developed the city to a modern architecture center and the world's most vertical city. Furthermore, Hong Kong’s government had paid attention to the society and takes care of what people need, therefore the infrastructure and public facilities are all well-developed.
If you come to visit Hong Kong, you will probably amazed by the diversification and unique of its culture, from art to language, food to politics, you will find out lots of funny features among them. Moreover, countless of tourist attraction, countryside scenery, plus shopping and delicacy, it attracted lots of visitors from all over world to come and experience.
2. Summary of Our Project
One of the interesting characteristics of Hong Kong related to our project is that, you can find different unique streets around Hong Kong which only sell one type of good. You may wonder how these shops will think of such silly idea of gather all the competitors in one street, but the truth is through the competition, those streets started to become famous and it attracted lots of customers. As the time goes by, they no longer make struggle to get survival, but to cooperate with each other to build a better place for all of us. We chose four streets: Apliu Street, Lee Tung Street, Sneakers' Street and Wing Lok Street as the main focuses of the project.
Apliu Street, a place for buying up-to-date and cheap computer components and accessories. You can also sell your used electronic stuff and purchase second hand devices there. It’s a great place to search for the missing piece you need for your gadgets.
For Lee Tung Street, it’s a former place which gathered a lot of printing houses and people used to purchase their wedding cards there. However, because of the reconstruction of that area, this street has vanished since then. People had tried their best to protect it and the government eventually agreed that to rebuild a similar one.
Sneakers' Street is a place where full of shops that you can buy different kinds of sneaker at a lower price. The workers there, no matter in which shop are always friendly and give you good advices of what suits you the best.
For Wing Lok Street, you can buy various types of dried seafood there for making delicious dishes. Although most of the shops there are small scale operation, but you will definitely find the tasty ingredients you need over there.
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
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
One of the major obstacles is research on the historical landmarks. Nowadays people often prefer to search for information via the Internet. However, information collected from the Internet may be incomplete and unreliable. We search for information with a bibliography and other sources to ensure the quality of the information. Besides, the information of the historical landmarks are few. Therefore, we took a long time to verify the information before making use of it.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The International Schools CyberFair enriches our knowledge and the culture on the historical landmarks. It also develops our sense of belonging to our community. We choose Lee Tung Street, Sneakers' Street, Wing Lok Street and Apliu Street as the content for the project. These streets have a long history and full of traditional feelings. We can find dream and unite concept in these places. It gave us not only the learning opportunities, but also facilitated the relationship among group mates.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our Cyberfair project address that we should preserve some historical streets which cross between the Chinese and Western culture.
These historical streets captured every vibrant moment of the city and let the next generation to have a ‘taste’ of our past; it’s the best way for students to learn who they are and where they come from.
These streets fit in our required district as these places are the most famous place and popular places in Hong Kong, we all familiar with these streets and the Hong Kong history.
We learn different new skills from this project, like we try to find out the detailed history, the special characteristic and the behavior and the special spirit and attitude among Hong Kong people. We improve our problem-solving skill and boost our team spirit through discussing and finding our problems.
The group concepts we are to practice is that we learn to understand each other thought and difficulties in our mind. We cooperate with each other and communicate all the time.
The specific idea we learn is that preserve historical heritage. We realize that the key to know our identity and our living place is through the old buildings, we can learn our ancestors and our parents life so as to bridge the gap between two generation.
The project fit into the requirement for my school and class because there is one computer in each classroom and students can also access to the internet in computer rooms and library during lunchtime and after school. And the theme of our website is attractive to them as it is closely related to us.
The role we play in our school community is that we are senior students of the school, we are responsible to instill the right thought to students.