1. Description of Our Community
Dong Nan Junior High School is located in Xiluo Township, northern Yunlin County. From the north of Xiluo Township, across Jhuoshuei River, is Changhua County. Dacheng Township, Changhua County is on the way the wind blows and the river ends, so during fall and winter, the northeast monsoon is very strong and Jhuoshuei River brings in very thick mud that is rich in organic matters and very fertile. The mud is the best gift from heaven for farmers and the “secret weapon” of Jhuoshuei River rice, Taiwan’s best quality rice. The mud is also the best organic fertilizer for growing drought-tolerant wheat. With the strong northeast monsoon, fall and winter are not a right time for growing rice; however, it’s the best time for growing wheat since wheat is not afraid of the wind. Additionally, the strong wind is the most natural “pest control prescription” that stops pests from infringing wheat plants. Wheat is a dry-farm crop and does not require too much time and labor, so it is very suitable for Dacheng Township’s geographical environment. Through the promotion in the past three years, its area of wheat farmland has rapidly expanded to 180 hectares, about one third of the national wheat farmland. Dacheng Township hopes to make “Dacheng wheat” know to the public and improve Taiwan’s wheat self-sufficiency.
2. Summary of Our Project
Joy & Hope Wheat has assisted in developing Taiwan’s wheat agriculture and establishing a contract platform between crop production and marketing of crops to help silently hard-working wheat farmers look for more developmental opportunities for a long time. They started the wheat contract plan in 2007, from Joy & Hope Fantasy to Joy & Hope Wheat, and then to Joy & Hope Soybean Team. Besides putting efforts into the restoration of miscellaneous grain crops for improving food self-sufficiency, Joy & Hope Workshop also works with contracted farmers to implement environmentally friendly farming to care for nature. The farmers that contract with Joy & Hope Workshop are all around Taiwan. Besides providing farmers with choices of crop planting for making money, Joy & Hope Workshop also helps reduce the percentage of fallow farmlands and lazy farmers, and restore the natural ecological diversity of the countryside. They even utilize the Internet technology to build a contract and mobilization production resume system to provide producers, processors, consumers, and service providers a clear and friendly communication platform. Dong Nan Joy & Hope Wheat Team will visit organizations and factories related to Joy & Hope Wheat, interview important characters, personally plant wheat and make wheat products, and then make a series of reports about the business structure of Joy & Hope Wheat.
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):
Our Computer and Internet Access: TANet and 4G mobile access
School: our school has a computer room and 36 computers available for students to use. The computers in our school have access to internet, which is convenient for us to discuss in school, check data and print documents. Each teacher is equipped with a computer and has the basic ability to operate computer and webpage edition.
Home: the team members have computers, tablet, and mobile phone at home. They can have access to internet at any time and do tasks of Cyberfair project everywhere.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
1. Joy & Hope Wheat is a community-based agricultural cooperative. The relevant business entities are diversified, and there are too many data values to introduce and stories to tell. Therefore, it is a huge problem as to how to select and edit. *Resolutions: 1. Joy & Hope Wheat. It is best to present with photo and words, so that readers can have a general understanding. 2. Let the readers have a general understanding over“ Joy & Hope Wheat” in terms of 5 aspects, namely wheat in Taiwan, growth in a friendly environment, wheat field chimera, production record system, wheat products and Joy & Hope Workshop.
2. The study activities to visit and interview the Joy & Hope Wheat are diversified and rich; it is not each to present the entire fact. *Resolutions: 1. Emphasize on the digital video and illustration of visit and interview by the students plus their study notes. 2. Have interviews with Magistrate Ming-ku Wei, Mr. Ming-huang Shih, and Mr. Chi-sheng Liu. Present by recording every word, so as to faithfully record the opinions and experience of interviewees.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The Cyberfair project teaches me some knowledge about the growth and products of wheat. We hope to circulate the ideas and concept of Mr. Shih through the Cyberfair project, and spread the growth technique of wheat in Taiwan to the world. Through the Cyberfair project, I deeply feel the contribution of these people to agriculture (land) of Taiwan. Mr. Chi-sheng Liu and Mr. Shih do not work on the precondition of profits but the interest of the public. Although preliminary success has been made, they dare not to slack, but continue to spread their concept, wishing to be accepted by the general public and make Taiwan a better place. The best lesson and enlightenment are “You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself.” – Harvey Firestone, Entrepreneur.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
During course reform, the integration among subjects and the flexible use of abilities are emphasized. During the process of overall research, the participating students could enhance the combination and application of their abilities in various subjects among the actual research, and apply to cyber network. The subtle study effect will help them to study independently in the future and enhance interest of study.
In the domain of social studies subject, we learned the history and operation of corporate organizations and established resources with relevant experts outside the school. In the domain of language, this project integrates our abilities of listening, speaking, collection, reading and writing in an overall manner. We now can actively express, and apply digital sci-tech, integrate message of words to make detailed reports.