1. Description of Our Community
We locates in Taipei city and it’s the capital of Taiwan. It’s not only the most populous metropolitan areas but also a center of politics, culture, business, entertainment, communication in Taiwan. Our school is located in Neihu, Taipei, the twelve of its administrative distributions. There are a colorful flower market and a numerous technology, media, marketing and commercial buildings in this area. Therefore, the business of them gathers highly developed. Dream Carnival, the idea originated from the Dream Community Culture & Education Develop Foundation : the 'community development' to 'Art Festival'. When the dream carnivals are hold in the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and Ke-tagal-an Boulevard in Taipei City , it will link the power of people, communities and groups by enhancing the vitality of Taiwanese ,and create a great representative international Taiwan Festival Activities.
2. Summary of Our Project
The project is to understand The Dream Community Cultural and Educational Development Foundation (DCEF).DCEF, established in Xizhi division in 2000, improves the quality of community life and enhances the arts of community demand. The foundation offers their service not only for it’s division clients, but also welcomes other divisions or anyone to participate in carnivals . Moreover, DCEF Founder Mr. Cong- ming Tsai tries to induce imperceptibly the community people to like the arts in their daily life and carnival activities , and inspire them to care of environment. We hope, through participation in this feature, to know more about how DCEF contributes to society, the unique characteristics of their activities, how do they induce 'community development' to 'Art Festival', how do they link up the relations of people, communities and community groups, so that we could learn how to do any action to care our life and island.
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:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Problem 1 : Insufficient Common Time: Solution :1.Dismembered: We break up the whole project into many small parts and combine them into our curriculum to overcome the limited time problem. 2.Use of fragmented time: In order to allow research to proceed smoothly, we try to take advantage of the morning or lunch break to complete our discussions and reports . 3.Division of tasks: Each task or job has one leader to co-ordinate and organize. Everyone has his own duty to do ,so that we can reduce the delay of progress or lack of study reports. Problem 2:Lack of experience making carnival props. Solution :1.Seek expert guidance: Because we can’ t go to the Nei-hu Community college on site which supported by the DCEF, our teachers ask the artist of the Nei-hu Community college to help us . He made a film that how he processed the carnival props. We watched the film and discussed ourselves dressing up in an empty classroom which borrowed. 2.Simplifies props method: After determining the project theme, we immediately prepared to participate in the dream carnival activities and discussed what types were involved in the carnival dream. Finally, we decided the easiest way: making actor's headgears after discussion Problem 3: Rusty of interviewing techniques Solution:1.Prepared in advance: Our teachers taught the effective interview techniques and basic etiquette.2 Practice makes perfect: To increase hands-on experience, and release tension, we took turns being an interviewer and an interviewee to do drills. 3.Observe and Correction: In the drill process, we provided the feedback to each other for improving ourselves performance .
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Through this project, we found that ' Dream Carnival ' developed from the community celebration to local representative activities, and then gradually changed to the national parade art activities. However, we thought that the best of them was 'community spirit.' Because the DCEF always offered their support and instructions to communities, and established creative workshops to provide artists for communities , so that people can participate in the procession to create any fashion ideas, no matter what they make their own stilts, masks, costumes lanterns, floats or fantasy dancing style. Furthermore, it also lead the hidden community artists to join the artistic creations. Some of them devoted themselves to creations, some give their guidance to communities, and then the arts becomes a bridge between community and residents. It will not only affect community interaction , but also establish more community consensus.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
From this research project, the teachers instructed us to use the KWL method and how to collect information and key point which we want . It was a great helpful method for us to collect and organize data, and how to absorb large amounts of data ,and contextualize pieces of data into relevant passages. We also used the KWL method in our discussing , oral presentation and interview process . It also effected improvement in our writing skills due to the frequency by which we were required to do.