1. Description of Our Community
Yongkang Business District is defined broadly as the area centered Yongkang Park, including the lanes between Xinyi Rd. and Jinhua St., lanes between Lishui St. and Jinshan S. Rd. Section 2, and a small part of Xinyi Rd. Section 2 between Jinhua St. and Yongkong St.
2. Summary of Our Project
There are 7 sections in our website: “History” discusses the Yongkang Business District development history; “Flavor” introduces selected shops in Yongkang Business District; “Professionals” understands the shop owners’ management stories; “Interview” illustrates the stories about the district by interviewing the key people; “Note” explores Yongkang from 6 different perspectives; “Development” records our thoughts about Yongkang Business District; “About Us” shares our experience about producing this website.
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:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
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):
We use the optical networks in the computer classroom, which offers sufficient network resource and bandwidth. Sometimes we bring our own laptops to the school, accessing the internet with 3G coverage. At home, the internet access environment varies since some members have ADSL, some have optical networks, and some have TV broadband. We don’t have big issue in terms of computer or internet access.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
1.The biggest barrier is that we always fall behind a lot in our working schedule! We couldn’t match each others’ schedules usually since our schoolwork loading is very heavy. Sometimes our members would submit the articles late and thus we couldn’t upload the webpage as scheduled. We caught up in the winter vacation and back to the normal track generally and thus came to the final stage eventually. 2.We had a lot of arguments at the beginning when we were making the decision of project theme. Everyone insisted in his/ her own ideas without any flexibility, and thus there was no efficiency in discussion. Everyone had different thought about the webpage typesetting or color. Eventually we made the decision by voting and asking support from the teachers. We also understood that, with more and more understanding about our website, what we insisted in might not be the ideal, although those people whose suggestions weren’t picked up might be uncomfortable at first. We understood that a good website should be liked by other people, not individual self only; so now we can accept other people’s ideas and figure out the best way to the whole. 3.In the process, we couldn’t make our all of our ideas true because of technology; we are suffered from this problem. From the beginning of conceiving the topic, through deliberating the webpage layout and the basic content, we strive very hard to get the initial plan. However, we found that how difficult it is when we made it down to earth. There were so many thoughts which were over our technology ability that we had to re-plan our project.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Through the webpage creation, we are more familiar with the software such as Photcap and Photoshop for editing pictures, Dreamweaver for making webpage, and even Excel for making graphs. The more important thing is that we realize how to teamwork well, and understand the importance and value of cooperation. In addition, we learn how to get suitable solutions. For example, we found that it would be more efficient when we did the survey in several small groups even though we were still given some cold shoulder. Furthermore, we would be calm down to figure out the difficult points when the webpage outcome was different from what we expected. We thus also realized that everyone is very important since we have our own specialty and strength; our website won’t be perfect or successful without any of us.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
In the process, we learned a lot of skills and abilities: we learned how to practice Dreamweaver and other sets of graphic software well, to make our website excellent in both pictures and literary compositions. In terms of the contents, we learned how to design a sufficient questionnaire and interview, and how to rearrange and show out what we got from the interviews. When we interviewed the stores, we sometimes were divided as boy group and girl group to interview different areas; sometimes we went to the stores as a whole group. Everyone has different responsibilities; member who is more confident asked the questions, who could write down very fact recorded the interview, and other members took pictures, videotaped, and understood the map. In terms of making the webpage, each person has his/ her own duties; some people wrote the article, some illustrated the pictures, and some programmed. After all, everyone enjoyed the webpage creation! Our learning on campus is passive. We concentrate in textbooks only and have rare chance to participate in community activities. However, because of this project, we thus have the opportunities to interview people on street, and to have more understanding and knowledge about this district by learning online and reviewing articles/ books. Other valuable experience is that we analyzed the survey result and learned the graphics.