1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
The technological hardware we used included, computer, digital camera, video camera, cell phone, USB disk. Also we used computer software to help us to do our project including, Microsoft office, Windows Media Player, Namo Webeditor, Swish Max, PhotoImpact, Openoffice Draw, PhotoCap, Internet. In completeing the project, we used cell phone the most. Through APP LINE, we communicated with each others frequently, integrated each others’ parts of work and even encourged each others to keep going on. There were a few programs that we had never used before, including programs for video editing and web page making, thus we had to learn how to use them from the very beginning. It was hard in the first, however the students learned fast and practiced a lot so some of the students even became good at some programs in the end.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
First, we built our project website to let more people know more about the stray dogs and the changhua stray dogs' shelter. Second, everyone should spare no effort to make it better to find every stray dog a sweet home, including the government, non-governmental organizations, and the people in Taiwan. Third, We really hope you guys can adopt, not to buy them.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
We have grown up under parents’ protection. We have no experiences in being volunteers. Because of the demand of this project plan, being one-day volunteers at the stray dogs’ shelter is what we have never experienced before. Its main job is to observe dogs, walk them and feed them. This seems simple, boring and meaningless, but we find it very important after the explanation of the long-term volunteers there. We make those hairy children keep happy and healthy, keep learning to live with people and look forward to someone that are doomed to adopt them. Through our social networks, we announce the information. Being volunteers is really dutiful and meaningful.
Do not refuse any charity for its pettiness. As a matter of fact, “Twelve Nights” is only a record film at first. Its director Raye doesn’t believe that it will become a hit at box office of sixty million tickets. His original intention is to arouse society’s attention to the problem about stray animals. Now the movie not only strikes the audience’s chord but also donates its profit to help stray animals. The movie director sets up a good example for us to learn his spirits: doing something good slowly and silently.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
1.Thank every dog and cat for being with us during the project plan. Only few of them are luckily adopted. Most of them are mercy-killed. We thank you all. 2. We are grateful to everyone at the shelter, Dr. Hung, elder volunteers, working staff and so on included, for guiding us ardently to see every side of stray animals. 3. We appreciate the assistance from our teachers, parents, and senior schoolmates. Your filling out our questionnaires makes us understand your opinions and know how to adjust our research directions.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Before we participated this International Schools CyberFair project, we learned by what our teacher taught us. However, during the process of completing our project, we learned to collect information from the Internet and the library by ourselves. We also learned to summarize and organize the information we had. Moreover, we stepped out of our school and did the first interview in our life. Through the interview, we gained a lot of useful information which we could not read on the Net or in the books. We changed a lot after participating this International Schools CyberFair project—from passive learners to active learners!