1. Description of Our Community
The Dangaer ancient city is situated in Huangyuan County of Qinghai Province, in north shore of Yellow River and the Shore of Western Sea, and is the source of Huangshui River, 40 miles away from Xining City. It is praised as the “Sea Throat” and the “Tea-horse City of Business”. The Loess Plateau and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau are combined here; the farming culture and the prairie culture are interacted here; many nations are gathered here, and it is praised with the good name of “Sea Throat” , “Tea-horse City of Business” and “Little Beijing”. There are long-standing history and colorful folk culture here; it is always the economic and cultural hub and military strategic town of West China; it has unique cultural brands such as Tang-Tibet Ancient Road, South Silky Road, Riyue Mountain and Huangyuan Bank Light; it also gathers multiple exquisite national handicrafts such as leather embroidery, drawing and embroidery. In recent years, Huangyuan County has positively strived for cultural project construction, and has invested more than 100 million yuan to excavate historic culture, and it has excavated and arranged the Kunlun Culture taking the stone chamber of Queen Mother of the West in Zongjia Furrow as principle, the commercial culture taking the Dangaer ancient city as the principle, the military culture taking the ancient castle group as the principle, the religious culture taking the North pole Mountain as the principle, the historic culture taking the Riyue Mountain as the principle and the folk culture taking the Huangyuan bank light and the leather embroidery as the principle, which have become the tourism brands of Huangyuan. The successful holding of the Huangyuan bank light art exhibition, as well as folk artwork exhibitions of leather embroidery, paper-cut, embroidery and shadow puppet not only shove windows of folk arts, but also open the culture door of Huangyuan.
2. Summary of Our Project
In this CyberFair, the instructor showed us a lot of excellent works of the previous sessions, and we were hesitated to produce the same excellent works. Our instructor said: “we are in the same team, and we should solidify and cooperate together; union is strength, and we will conquer every difficulty as long as we unite together.” We should try best to learn more knowledge to enrich our brain and strengthen self-confidence, at the same time, we should work hard to strengthen the team building, to make our team develop in a united and harmonious way. The gains can only be made when striving in difficulties, and we should believe in ourselves and firm our target, to strengthen the team solidarity and cooperation, as well as mobilize other classmates to study with us, to propagate the spirit of solidarity and cooperation, and to lean from others’ strong points to offset our weakness, and form the idea of joint force.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20
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
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Our school set up 1.6M optical fiber broadband access. Computer classroom and teacher’s office have got the access to the Internet. So it was convenient for us to search information on line. Maybe it was the biggest advantage in this project.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The participants of this activity were all lodging student of Grade Eight who lived in rural areas far away, and we had intense learning tasks. We got up at half past 6 and started our morning study at half past 7, and we had self study after lunch, and we had just 30 minutes for extracurricular activities, therefore, we had intense time for webpage making. Although with intense time, we had high enthusiasm to find time to search for data and pictures. Our school provided us with good network equipment, and we strove to finish our tasks with the help of the computers in the machine room and the teachers’ office.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The activity of the webpage making of “Li Yongqing - The embroiderer of Dangaer” made us experience a lot; in order to make more people fall in love with leather embroidery and make more women and the disabled participate in producing of leather embroidery, we visited Li Yongqing, the embroiderer, and asked her to tell her experience of starting the business, as well as the materials, methods and process of leather embroidery producing. In order to exhibit the leather embroidery art in a better way, the leaders of our school supported us to make leather embroidery enter into our school and our youth palace. The experience of starting the business of the embroiderer made all the teachers and students deeply moved. In our lives, the plenteous fruits can only be obtained when giving hard and continuous efforts, and with perseverance, willpower and willing of paying out.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We took the experience of starting a business of the embroiderer and the artistic works of leather embroidery as the principal line, to excavate folk arts as well as carry forward and inherit the folk art in our hometown. In this activity, we combined subjects of Chinese, History, Geography, Art, Culture, Computer, activities of Youth Palace and Social Intercourse as well as local folk literatures, to make the “leather embroidery” enter into classroom, to introduce the legend stories in the leather embroidery works, which told their dream of good life. Our school combined with the activities in Youth Palace, to conduct study exhibition, and brought the works of embroiderers to the school, to make all the students appreciate and feel the charm of the folk art. All these were done with the help of many respected teachers and lovely students as well as many people who provided us with help, and I wanted to express my thanks to them. We deeply felt that we could not play the role of “Propaganda Ambassador of Folk Cultures” without excellent team spirit and communication ability.