1. Description of Our Community
Changhua City, which is situated on the hub of mountain and seashore transportation, is a pristine city featuring a wealth of outstanding people and historical monuments. The Grand Buddha on the Bagua Mountain has been rated as the most representative landmark in Changhua City by local residents. CHSH is situated on Huayang Hillrock of Bagua Mountain in Changhua City. It is the number one education institution in the greater Changhua area. Featuring plenty of old and leafy banyan trees, the CHSH campus is famous for its nice environment with overflowing greenness. Entering the CHSH campus from the school gate on the Huayang Street, one would immediately catch the sight of a few snails on walls of the Mingde Building, which symbolizes CHSH students’ sprit of “working steadily and making solid progress, and engaging in down-to-earth hard work to pursue one’s dream”.
2. Summary of Our Project
Over the past few years, CHSH has endeavored to broaden students’ international vision and was appointed as a “model school for international education” by the Ministry of Education under the lead and advocacy of Library Director Hsing-chung Lyu. In particular, the CHSH International Youth Volunteer Club, which was established under the guidance of Director Lyu, is responsible for preparing for a series of activities such as the annual Global Young Leaders Conference of High School Students, international volunteers to Swaziland in Africa, thematic site visits in Japan, and the “Marks of Angels” youth development platform. Students who participated in those activities are our role models to emulate as they showed us high school students’ care for their roots and their contribution to the society which nourished them besides their diligence in academic studies. Our Cyberfair project intended to feature a series of caring for the international society activities initiated by the CHSH International Youth Volunteer Club. We also planned to conduct in-depth studies and visits to see how those CHSH students, who were only three to four years older than us, pursued their dreams bravely, turned the impossible into the possible, and realized their sublime ambition of establishing a reservoir in Swaziland, Africa.
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:none
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Lack of experience and difficulty in controlling the progress As the CHSH International Youth Volunteer Club did not have its own website, all data of volunteer activities had to be compiled from the scratch through actual interviews, which was very challenging. Project members’ lack of experience also resulted in a lot of time being wasted in the process of organizing records of interviews and the subsequently delayed work progress. Fortunately, we made use of recording pens when the interviews were in progress. Learning from our previous failure in recording the first interview, we attempted a more effective method later on: dividing the audio file of each interview record in to six smaller audio files, emailing the six audio files to responsible project members individually, and letting project members convert content of the six audio files into six word documents. In doing so, project members could have a faster typing speed as they did not have to understand the content of each audio file. Finally, project members combined the six word documents into a word document of complete interview records, went through the whole document to ensure the comprehensibility of the content, reorganized and embellished the entire text, and turned the document into an all-inclusive, clear, and coherent interview record.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
During our participation in the Cyberfair project, we have witnessed the CHSH “one person’s library” and the establishment of the CHSH International Youth Volunteer Club, which has become the best learning platform for students to expand their international vision and to care about societies worldwide thanks for Director Lu’s insistence on never giving up. In the past eight years, Director Lu has led students to organize the “Global Young Leaders Conference of High School Students” each October, travelled to Swaziland in Africa to participate in international volunteering activities each July, and initiated the “Walk for Water” fundraising campaign for building a reservoir in Africa for three years in a row. From the array of activities, we could envision Director Lu leading a group of young volunteers to pursue their dreams fearlessly. How could high school students build a reservoir for Africa to improve the life of orphans in Africa? However, what showed in front us was a group …
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
In order to incarnate Chang Sing Junior High School’s ideal imaginary students – students who are well-educated, sensible, and possessing a great character, the school especially values the promotion of education through reading. Further, the school also acts as a “central school to promote life education in Changhua county”, and is devoted to the promotion of active and positive life experience as well as participation in the society. Other than the emphasis that students have to complete the task of reading through actions, our current theme CHSH International Youth Volunteer Club encourages students to enrich their own knowledge, walk toward people, and change the world through reading. Through giving story-sharing presentations and participating in the fundraising campaign with other students, our project members gained a wealth of life experience, which was in line with the school’s education principle.